Application process

  1. Read through the information which can be found on both CELTA-training's and Cambridge’s website and if you need any more information, please contact us via email or phone and you will receive a reply within 24 hours
  2. Fill in the on-line application form and pre-interview tasks and send back together with the times and dates when you are available for an oral interview.  
  3. Interview

For the Skype pre-course interview you will need access to the Internet and a telephone/Skype. 


The oral interview will take 30 – 40 minutes. 


An in-person interview lasts two hours and includes written tasks (one hour and 20 mins) and an oral interview (up to 40 mins). The written tasks can be done before and handed in upto 30 minutes before your interview.


At this stage, you have an opportunity to ask any questions about the course to the course tutor or an experienced trainer.


If you are successful….


  1. You are contacted by our CELTA administrator to re-confirm all details about accommodation (if needed), start date, any special requirements and any optional extras you would like. Such as airport pickup and ticket booking services.

  1. You will then receive an invoice,  acceptance letter and a Cambridge Pre-course Learning Task. This pre-course learning task does not have to be submitted and is intended only to help you prepare for the course.


Pre-course task


The aim of this task is to introduce you to some of the areas covered on the CELTA course and to provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the course. The tasks should be completed on a separate sheet, and you may be asked to submit it at the start of the course.  This is not part of the interview and acceptance stages, but a series of 50 tasks to help you prepare for the course together with the answers.

The tasks should be thought about and completed in the order they are presented, but you are not expected to complete the pre-course task at one sitting. It would be more beneficial for you to work on the task in a number of sittings over a period of time.


There are five sections to the task, with each section focusing on a specific topic area from the Cambridge CELTA syllabus.  These are the units on which candidates are assessed during the course:

Unit 1 – Section 1 Learners and teachers, and the learning and teaching context

Unit 2 – Section 2 Language analysis and awareness

Unit 3 – Section 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing

Unit 4 – Section 4 Planning and resources

Unit 5 – Section 5 Developing teaching skills and professionalism


To help you successfully complete these tasks it is advised to do some pre-course reading. Here are some books which may be useful:


Gower, Walters & Philips – Teaching Practice Handbook – 2nd edition (Macmillan)

Harmer, J. – How to Teach English – 3rd edition (Longman)

Kenworthy, J – Teaching English Pronunciation (Longman)

Lewis, M & Hill, J – Practical Techniques for Language Teaching (LTP)

Riddell, D - Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (Teach Yourself) (Hodder Arnold H&S)

Scrivener J – Learning Teaching (Macmillan)


  1. You pay for the course


Payment can be made via bank transfer or by payment portal


  1. You get to Ceske Budejovice


Here at CELTA training we pride ourselves on making your stay here as comfortable and as stress free as possible.  We offer the following services:


  • we can book all necessary tickets from door-to-door, including air, train and bus tickets.

  • airport and railway station pick-up

  • accommodation booking

  • free city maps and guided tour

  • welcome dinner for all candidates and staff before the start of CELTA


  1. You start CELTA