Teacher Training


4 weeks
Class days and times
Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Minimum age
20 years
English level required
C1 or equivalent
Class size
Maximum 12
2018 dates
18 June – 13 July 2018    or
06 Aug – 31 Aug 2018
Course fees

Do you

Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work in different countries. You will need an internationally recognised teaching qualification. The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is highly regarded throughout the world.

CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. More than 12,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants should be at least 20 years of age, educated to A-level standard or the equivalent, with qualifications that would allow access to a university degree. Your spoken and written English should be of a high standard, at least C1 in the Common European Framework.

Applications must be made at least 4 weeks before the course is due to start and all applicants must complete a pre-interview task and an interview with the Academic Director.

What is this course?

TEFL is highly regulated in the UK and Ireland. To work in an official language school, teachers need a relevant qualification that includes real life teaching practice. The CELTA qualification meets all the criteria sought by accrediting bodies. In fact, CELTA is the benchmark certificate-level TEFL qualification. The course is suitable for people who …

  • want to work in TEFL
  • already work in TEFL but who need a solid teaching qualification
  • require a solid grounding in teaching methods and the language syllabus
  • want an internationally recognized qualification

Main Topics

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism

You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course.


There are two components of assessment:

Teaching Practice: You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.

Written Assignments: You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching. To be awarded the Certificate, you must pass both components. There are three passing grades ? Pass, Pass ?B? and Pass ?A?


Foyle International is a great place to study for a CELTA qualification. The standard of teaching is very impressive and engaging. Changing career from solicitor to TEFL teacher is a big step which was made a lot easier with the support of Foyle’s teaching staff. The opportunity to teach students of all ages from many cultures and continents was an invaluable experience.

Graeme McIntyreCompleted his CELTA in August 2017

Walking into Foyle International on the first day of the CELTA course was both a daunting and an exciting moment. I had been warned about the intensity of CELTA, and it truly was a whirlwind four weeks.  However, within that short four-week period, I gained a plethora of new skills, as well as invaluable experience in both the theoretical and practical aspects of ESL teaching.  Juggling observed teaching practices, methodology lessons, and assignments is challenging, but at Foyle International the wonderful trainers, staff, and facilities make it a lot more manageable.  The trainers are always on hand to provide support and guidance, and because of their wealth of knowledge and experience, I would highly recommend the CELTA course at Foyle International. I personally left the CELTA course with the knowledge, practical experience, and confidence to pursue a career in the world of ESL teaching, and am taking advantage of the travel opportunities which come along with it.

Jade TurnerCompleted the CELTA course in July 2015

CELTA has changed my life forever. Although I was already a qualified senior teacher (Graduation, MA and PhD), having this Cambridge certificate has refreshed my methods and teaching practice, not to mention the fact that it has opened the doors of the world for me. CELTA is recognised worldwide and got me a place with International House Pamplona (Spain), International House Portugal, British Council Portugal, Wall Street Institute and several other schools throughout the years. It’s a certificate that does make a difference!

If you want to go further on your teaching career, hand in hand with highly professional tutors and trainers, a wonderful teaching environment and fantastic social activities, then Foyle International – Derry – NI is the right place for you! I loved it and I thank my tutors, the school and my peers from the bottom of my heart! Keep up with your amazing work!

Marina Rocha, PortugalCompleted the CELTA in August 2014