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Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

Are you a teacher who wants further professional development or are you interested in teaching English to adults?

Teaching to AdultsWith a University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) qualification you can teach English language to adults at language schools and Universities throughout the world.


2019 dates to be advised


On-campus (Waikato Pathways College, University of Waikato, Hamilton)

Course Requirements

This intensive programme is designed to train you in the skills you need to teach English as a second language. CELTA is recognised as the standard introductory qualification for language teachers worldwide. During the CELTA course, candidates become familiar with the principles of effective teaching and develop range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. Besides daily sessions on teaching methodology and language analysis, the course offers teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and the completion of a range of practically-focused written assignments. Candidates are assessed continuously during the course and there is no final examination. An external assessor, who is appointed by UCLES, moderates each course.

There are three components of assessment:

  • Assessment of Teaching Practice: Candidates teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability.
  • Written Assignments: Four written assignments explore aspects of teaching and learning English at adult level.
  • Professional Development: This is based on a candidate’s overall performance on the course.

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Key information

Weeks: 4 (full time)
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: 2019 To be advised
Fees (Domestic): $3300 (This course does not qualify for funding from Studylink)
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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There are no entry requirements and it is not necessary to have a university or any previous teaching experience.  Applicants must complete the Application form and Pre-Interview Task (hand written).  These should be posted to Waikato Pathways College or scanned and emailed.  Please include a verified copy of your New Zealand birth certificate, passport and or residency.

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Waikato Pathways College

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO or +64 7 858 5600