CELTA course at IH Barcelona

CELTA courses at IH Barcelona

CORONAVIRUS Our next CELTA courses starts online June 29.

NOTE At this exceptional time our normal face-to-face CELTA courses are not taking place in Barcelona. However, we our transferring at least some to online formats.

Most of the courses dates given below are still to be confirmed, but the four-week course June 29—July 24 will take place.

About the CELTA course

The CELTA course is the original "TEFL" course and provides initial training leading to the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

It is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with no previous training in this field.

CELTA enables you to obtain your first TEFL job: the course is highly regarded by employers around the world as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.

Without it, in many parts of the world (including Barcelona), employers simply won't consider applicants who have not passed CELTA.


of our trainees say they would recommend CELTA at IH Barcelona

DATA: course exit surveys 2013-2018

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Choose the course format that suits you...

 CORONAVIRUS Please note that only the courses marked ONLINE are currently confirmed as taking place. Others will be confirmed shortly.

The 3 different course formats are assessed and moderated according to the same criteria and lead to exactly the same qualification and certificate.

Places There are currently places available on the courses unless marked "FULL" or "waiting list".

1. Full-time

4 weeks

Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, with a further 80 hours required for assignments and lesson planning.


  • June 29 — July 24 ONLINE
  • July 27 — August 21
  • August 24 — Mon. Sept. 21
  • Fri. October 2 — 30
  • November 2 – 27


2. Part-time

3 months

The 120-hour twice-a-week part-time course has the same course content but is specially designed for people living and working in Barcelona.


  • April 20 — June 26 ONLINE
  • October 5 — December 21

The part-time course is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.00am to 2.30pm.

See our course FAQs page for full timetables.

3. CELTA blended

15 weeks

The online course involves face-to-face sessions for teaching practice observed and assessed by your tutor, with the input sessions being delivered online.


  • January 17 — April 3
  • September 18 — December 18

Find out more about the online course


NB The full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. You cannot hold even a part-time job while taking the intensive course!

Teaching practice

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees teaching students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by your course tutor.

You are expected to liase within your group outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by your course tutors.

Assessment and certificates

Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability and potential.

At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report | See our FAQs section for further details

Course content

  • Language analysis and awareness
  • The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
  • Language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Planning and resources for effective teaching
  • Classroom management skills
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation
  • Teaching practice

Course tutors on our current CELTA course

Claire and Liz are the tutors on our online CELTA course starting April 20.

More about all of our CELTA course tutors.


Claire taught English in Taiwan, Turkey and the UK before coming to Barcelona in 2004.

She has been a CELTA course tutor since 2000, in both London and Barcelona, and has worked on part time, full time and blended CELTA courses.



Liz has worked at IH Barcelona since 2003, teaching everything from beginners to Proficiency to both adults and young learners.

As well as being a tutor on our CELTA courses and courses she has also taught multicultural classes in Britain, preparing university students for their Master's course.


Why would you want to do CELTA?


  • CELTA is probably the most internationally recognised ELT certificate in the world
  • Moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment
  • Highly qualified, experienced course tutors
  • Practical approach to methodology
  • Extensive supervised teaching practice
  • Great post-course support, including jobs vacancies

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

  • be at least 18 years old at the start of the course
  • have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country
  • have an awareness of language, and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course
  • have the potential to develop into effective teachers

You don't need to be a native speaker but note that we don't offer places to candidates whose English is not suitably proficient.


Applicants for the course must download and complete an application form and a pre interview task and email it to us.

We will then set up an interview, either face-to-face in Barcelona, or via telephone (or Skype) at a pre-arranged time.

Start your application


Course fees (including Cambridge registration fee):

  • €1,500

Note that you do not pay anything until you have submitted your application and been interviewed and accepted.



When should you apply? To guarantee yourself a place you should apply for the course at least eight weeks in advance, particularly if you want to take the course in the summer.

Late applications We DO accept late applications, provided there are places still available.

Are there places currently available? To find out if there are places for the dates you want, call us on (00 34) 93 268 33 04, or contact us by e-mail (see foot of page).

Accommodation in Barcelona

We have an accommodation service if you need somewhere to stay in Barcelona.

Find out more about CELTA

We have lots more information on the course in our CELTA FAQs section and you can also find out more on the official Cambridge English CELTA site.



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