Next course starts: September/October 2019

Who is the course for?


The CELT-S course is for teachers currently working in secondary education with learners aged 11-18 who would like to refresh and build their knowledge and skills. The course leads to a recognised qualification from Cambridge English.


With CELT-S, teachers can show that they:

  • have developed their understanding of, and ability to respond to, the specific needs of secondary school learners
  • have extended the range of approaches for developing their learners’ language skills
  • have become more aware of ways to make effective use of resources to support learning in and beyond the classroom.


Why should I choose CELT-S?

  • It’s ideal for teachers who speak English as a second language.
  • I can do the online tasks whenever I have time.
  • ‘Theory to practice’ assignments help me to apply what I have learned to my own classes.
  • I gain two Cambridge English certificates: CELT-S and TKT: Module 1.

Course Length

  • 120 hours of blended study over 6-9 months
  • start date to fit your school term times

Course Components

  • Eight online modules
  • A face-to-face seminar for each module
  • A practical written task for each module
  • Teaching observations


  • Module 1 – Classroom management in the secondary classroom
  • Module 2 – Language learning and the teenage learner
  • Module 3 – Teaching language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in the secondary classroom
  • Module 4 – Language awareness for teaching
  • Module 5 – Teaching language (grammar, lexis and phonology) in the secondary classroom
  • Module 6 – Planning language learning (lessons and courses) in the secondary classroom
  • Module 7 – Language learning resources and materials for the secondary classroom
  • Module 8 – Assessing language learning in the secondary context


Each module has a number of lessons, which all have the following structure:

  • an introduction to the topic
  • learning activities
  • activities that check learning
  • activities that focus on practical classroom applications
  • a review of what’s been learned
  • a short, multiple-choice progress test
  • further reading.

Course schedule

All applicants will be informed about the exact start dates of the course.


  • Completion of the online modules and progress tests
  • A multiple-choice teaching knowledge test (TKT: Module 1).
  • Completion of portfolio tasks
  • Assessment of teaching