Is the ALC CELTA different from other
All centres have the same internationally recognised
Cambridge University approval and all candidates receive
the same certificate as they would at any other centre
in the world. Courses may vary from centre to centre
but each CELTA centre, trainer and course is externally
assessed and accredited by Cambridge University to
the same high international standard.
the difference between Trinity TESOL, TEFL, CLETA,
One very important difference is that only TESOL
and CELTA are recognised worldwide. We do not recommend
teaching certification that is not internationally
recognised. For employment purposes, these internationally
recognised certifications are much better, and between
them, CELTA is more widely accepted by employers,
is the case in New Zealand and Australia. There are
some differences between the two in quality control
administration and perspectives on methodology.
I be able to find a job?
At a regional and national level demand may fluctuate
but globally and overall there has been a sustained
high demand for English language teachers. CELTA
certification is the very best choice to enhance
a new teacher’s
employability. Our CELTA graduates have consistently
found teaching work both in New Zealand and abroad.
The course includes workshops dedicated to helping
you find the kind of work that you want, which
includes providing you with names and addresses
resources for job search and skills development
on the Internet, and interview preparation. As
international CELTA Centre in New Zealand and worldwide,
we are host to recruiters who come to speak with
Can I get a student loan?
CELTA trainees are not eligible for student loans.
In special circumstances, CELTA trainees have
been able to get some funding from WINZ or ACC.
you to contact the appropriate government agency
for details on your eligibility for subsidy.
arrange financial aid for you
I am not too
confident about my knowledge of grammar. Does that
I can’t take the CELTA course?
Not at all. The certificate is designed for people
entering the field. A basic level of language
awareness is sufficient. The course includes
for increasing your language awareness. ALC also
has courses to prepare you for the CELTA language
requirements. If you are accepted on the programme,
we provide you with a voucher to take one of
Who will train me?
ALC has a core staff of tutors who have worked
internationally and bring a wide range of key
and knowledge to the course. All CELTA trainers
undergo a rigorous selection and training process
by Cambridge University. We also recruit top
trainers from other centres around the world
to work at
How can I be sure I will pass and be
The course assessment is continuous - there
is no final “exam.” You are given
one-to-one counselling to focus on your strengths
and to identify areas
in need of development. The grades awarded
are Pass, Pass ‘B’, and Pass ‘A’,
based primarily on teaching ability and competence
in lesson planning. The written assignments
are also taken into
account for the final grade. It is only on
very rare occasions that candidates fail
the course. The application
and interview process is designed to ensure
that only applicants likely to succeed on
the course are accepted.
How do I enrol?
Simply complete the application
form online. We will
contact you to arrange an interview at
the school or by telephone. Once accepted on
of a deposit guarantees your place on the
course of your choice, subject to availability.
Am I too young/ old?
The profile of New Zealand CELTA candidates is very
varied. The age of course participants ranges from
the minimum age of 20 to 69. We have younger
people just finishing University and looking at their
first overseas experience through to retired
looking at doing an OE too –but it’s
often not their first one! We welcome all ages
as we find that different ages bring different
strengths to the profession.