Ready to begin your journey as an English language teacher?

Three out of four English language teaching jobs worldwide require a CELTA qualification. If you’re looking to start a career as an English teacher, getting your CELTA qualification with the British Council is a great place to start.

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognised teacher training and certification programme moderated and accredited by Cambridge Assessment English (UK). For over 30 years, it has been offered worldwide in over 60 countries by over 300 schools and with over 12,000 graduates per year. 

Whether you’re a new teacher looking for their first teaching job, or you want to prove to employers that you have the teaching skills with a recognised certificate, CELTA is the qualification you need.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • have gained essential knowledge of the principles of effective English teaching
  • have developed a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • have demonstrated your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context
  • are ready to begin working in a variety of ESL teaching contexts around the world.

CELTA is offered as an online course across India in below plans to suit your convenience:

  • A part-time, flexible 10 weeks and 180 hours (120 contact hrs + 60 additional learning hrs for course preparation) curriculum at INR 1,55,000/-

CELTA is offered as a classroom course across India:

  • A full time, intensive 4 weeks and 180 hours (120 contact hrs + 60 additional learning hrs for course preparation) curriculum at INR 1,68,000/-

As a part of this course you will:

  • train as part of a small group and receive individual support and attention
  • attend daily input sessions focusing on language awareness and teaching methodology
  • plan and deliver six hours of observed teaching and receive feedback on your performance
  • produce four written assignments on language, learning and teaching theory
  • observe other course participants and more experienced British Council teachers
  • find out what it is like to work in a busy and successful teaching centre.

You will cover five main topics as part of your CELTA course:

  • 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 teaching contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

How will you be assessed? - There is no final written exam, but you’ll be assessed on:

  • planning and teaching 
  • ability to transfer what you learn to the classroom 
  • awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your teaching
  • contribution to input and feedback sessions
  • classroom-related written assignments

How to Apply

In order to meet Cambridge requirements and to ensure applicants have the best possible chance of success on the course, there is a five-step application process.

Important:  The application process may take several days to complete. Applications will therefore close approximately 5-10 days before a course is due to start.

Step 1: Please download and print the form below, complete it by hand, scan it and send it to

Step 2: If your application meets our requirements, we will send you a language awareness and analysis’ task.

Step 3: If your completed language awareness task meets our requirements, we will contact you to arrange for an interview.

Step 4: if you are successful at the interview, we will then offer you a place on the course and you can proceed with the registration process.

Step 5: We shall send you a pre-course task focussing on language awareness and other aspects of teaching in order to prepare you for the course. This represents about 25 hours’ study time.

Note:  There are a limited number of places on each course. If you are accepted but we cannot offer you a place on your chosen course, you will be offered a place on a subsequent course. If you are not accepted, we will provide feedback and advice on how to best achieve your goals.



Course Dates (Online) Application deadline Deadline for full payment and register
1 July to 06 Sept 2023 (Part-Time online) 15 June 2023 19 June 2023
Course date (Full-Time classroom course) Venue Application deadline Deadline for full payment and register
19 June to 14 July 2023 Delhi 06 June 2023 10 June 2023
12 June to 7 July 2023 Chennai 28 May 2023 07 June 2023
17 July to 11 Aug 2023 Kolkata 27 June 2023 02 July 2023