• Germany
    • Frankfurt
2 - 4 weeks

Program Details



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Access to the IH World network of schools
Job placement and careers advice service
Dec 28, 2015
Apr 03, 2013
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About Program

The CELTA course is the original "TEFL" course and provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). It is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with no previous training in this field.

Success in the Certificate has enabled many candidates to obtain their first teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.

Course length: 4 weeks
Price: 1,630 Euro (aprox. 2,000 US-$)

Dates 2013:
January 14 — February 8, 2013
April 3 — 30, 2013
July 1 — 26, 2013
July 29 — August 23, 2013
October 7 — November 1, 2013

Entry requirements:
Candidates must be at least 20 years old at the start of the course. They must have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country.

Program Reviews

4.60 Rating
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  • Support 4.4
  • Fun 4
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Yes, I recommend this program


My CELTA experience was a good one! I enjoyed the teachers and fellow trainees. The teachers were extremely professional and helpful toward us trainees. All in all it was a great experience. Prepare to work hard though and to be stressed at times.
Something which was critically important was that the trainees work well together and enjoy being around each other. I would highly recommend IH Frankfurt to anyone who is thinking about doing a CELTA course.

What would you improve about this program?
The facilities were excellent except for the library. I thought there could have been more books than there were.
88 people found this review helpful.
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Worth doing!

I must admit that taking part in the CELTA course at IH Frankfurt has been one of the best experiences in my life. I could not only learn a lot about teaching and about the language itself but I also found out a few things about myself, for example how I deal with a stressful situation.

The course is very intensive and scheduled in the way that everything (input sessions, feedbacks, TPs, etc.) works together and is conditional on one another.
It is important for participants to cooperate and help each other. I was lucky to have fantastic people around me. I could rely on them in many situations.
We also had wonderful tutors at IH Frankfurt (Guus van der Made and Antony Wilson). They were not only nice and funny but also experienced and supportive.

It's hard not to take the course very seriously, nevertheless, I'd recommend to be as relaxed as possible in order to enjoy the course more! In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed and under pressure.
However, if you are hardworking, well-organised and you've got potential to be a teacher, there's no point in being very stressed.

What would you improve about this program?
I'd have been happier to have the possibility to print my writings, sheets, lesson plans, etc. directly from my laptop. I had to copy my materials to the USB memory stick and paste them into a school's computer. That was probably because of my operating system (Windows, not Mac) which was incompatible with the copy machine at school. (To make things clear, the copy machine at school is great and works very well!)
95 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CELTA at IH Frankfurt

IH Frankfurt is located in a very central area of Frankfurt. There were a lot of opportunities for outside lunch including various fast foods joints but also supermarkets, bakeries and more healthy food options. The staff at IH is very nice and helpful, aside from the CELTA tutors and the course colleagues these will be the people you will really learn to appreciate. In my case they always were always willing to answer questions regarding material and equipment and generally very supportive and nice. The materials and equipment were generally of a high standard. Markers, paper, rulers scissors etc. were made available.
Guus van der Made was one of my tutors and he is the CELTA coordinator at IH Frankfurt now. He is one of the most competent people you will ever meet and is a great resource due to his decade long experience both with teaching and coordinating CELTA courses.

What would you improve about this program?
There were some problems with transferring files because the school uses (used to have?) old apple computers. This problem might have been fixed by now.
98 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Intensive training

Be prepared to put the rest of your life on hold and to dedicate yourself solely to the course- it is an intensive course with a great workload, especially in week 3 (two assignments on top of preparing for and giving lessons, input sessions in the mornings etc). That said, I can only recommend the course. Although I had had a little teaching experience beforehand, I found the course very rewarding- learning much from both the input sessions as well as from observing my fellow trainees teach and also from their and the tutors`feedback on my teaching. My fellow trainees came from all over the world and getting to know each other was a great experience. The tutors were supportive and the input sessions ( e.g. on learning styles, different teaching approaches, phonology, grammar etc) were well-prepared and fun.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked to have a better library at my disposal and to have been introduced to more different textbooks.
92 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Stressful but good

The CELTA course was very stressful but very helpful as well. I was at a four week course that was jammed with so much information you can't process it all at once. You take what you need at the time to complete the course and the assignments, then take time afterwards to review the material again.
The instructors were very knowledgable and supportive. What I liked most about the course was the bonds I made with my fellow students during this time.
If you take the 4 week course, be prepared to do nothing else but CELTA training.

What would you improve about this program?
During the course you are required to teach real students at both intermediate and elementary levels. For your teaching hours to count you need at least five students. We sometimes had difficulty finding enough students, which is stressful for the teacher. I would like to see them do a better job recruiting students.
95 people found this review helpful.

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