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Certification - CELTA


The globalized  world  is leading governments to revise their foreign language acquisition programmes in schools and in further education. Opportunities for language teaching worldwide have soared both in the public and private sector. 

The increasing demand for language and subject teachers worldwide both for:

Language acquisition and for CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) in primary, secondary and further education sectors has opened a new career path for potential teachers and for experienced practicing teachers worldwide

ILC France in the heart of Paris is a centre of excellence for  Teacher Training and offers a range of courses for those who want to become language teachers and for those who are practicing teachers.

  • CELTA  Intensive and Extensive Courses

  • Methodology and Development for Practicing Teachers.

Training Team - Trainers


All teacher trainers at ILC France in Paris are highly experienced E.F.L. teachers, holders of the Cambridge Diploma (D.E.L.T.A) and are officially recognized Cambridge Language assessment  trainers and oral examiners. They are impassioned by teacher training and seek constantly to raise standards .

Jane Denier - Cambridge Assessor : Before working as a language teacher Jane gained valuable experience in a variety of professional fields such as advertising and market research in the UK and in Nigeria. At ILC she has worked with a wide range of learners and has taught specialist courses (pharmaceutical, telecommunications and airport companies). Her current interests include cross-cultural courses and coaching  She has been a teacher trainer since 1996 and an blended online trainer since 2016


Dan Clark : Dan has been working as a teacher trainer since January 2014. Prior to teacher training, he gained a wide range of experience working in both the adult and young learner classrooms, as well as teaching specialist business English courses to company professionals. He has worked in Paris and China, teaching general English courses as well as preparation classes for Cambridge examinations. Dan is also a blended online trainer


Margaret Brosnan : Margaret is a very experienced teacher of General and Business English to adults. She has worked in Brussel, Dublin and Paris preparing learners for the Cambridge examinations and for IELTS, teaching a wide range of professional courses and coaching corporate clients at top executive level. Margaret has been an enthusiastic and efficient  CELTA trainer for several years.


CELTA Courses

1. What does CELTA mean exactly?


CELTA stands for : Certificate in Teaching English Language to Adults

The CELTA qualification is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world famous University of Cambridge. It has top quality recognition worldwide and opens up a host of professional opportunities to those who possess it.

Over 10 000 candidates successfully complete CELTA courses every year.


As the first centre in France to offer the CELTA course, ILC France, located in the heart of Paris, has been running courses for over 35 years, providing trainees with proven techniques for teaching English as a foreign language to students of all nationalities. 


2. How does the CELTA course work?

A major feature of the CELTA course is that it combines theory with hands-on practice. and is composed of five main units of learning:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning contents.

  • Language analysis and awareness.

  • Language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

  • Planning and resources for different contexts.

  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

There are two types of CELTA course on offer at ILC France in Paris:

  • Intensive four week course

  • Extensive thirteen week blended online course

The courses are exactly the same but with a different delivery modes: 


Intensive four week course


  • Full time face to face at ILC France in Paris with 140 hours in total.

  • There is a mandatory 6 hours of teaching practice for each candidate.

  • Teaching practice, feedback and guided lesson planning takes place every morning.

  • Input seminars take place every afternoon.

  • The mandatory 4 written assignments are submitted one per week.

  • Contact and exchange with the trainers is constant every day over the four weeks.


  Extensive thirteen week blended online course


  • Thirty online seminars organized extensively over thirteen weeks with 140 hours in total

  • Trainers monitor online course work every 2 days.

  • Trainer forums are organized regularly.

  • There is a mandatory 6 hours of teaching practice for each candidate.

  • Teaching practice, feedback and guided lesson planning takes place 2 days every 2 weeks at ILC France in Paris.

  • The mandatory 4 written assignments are submitted one every 2,5 weeks.

  • Contact and exchange with trainers and candidates take place online regularly.


3. What does the CELTA course cover exactly?

  • The course covers the general principles of teaching adult classes, at all levels from beginners to post-intermediate: most students throughout the world fall into this category. 

  • Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in professional practice.

  • Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner.

  • Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English.

  • Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom.

  • Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and referencing.


4. Assessment 

There is no exam on the CELTA course,  assessment is continuous and integrated. "Continuous" means that assessment takes place throughout the course. "Integrated" means that each assessed component contributes to the overall grade and that any one assessed component can cover a number of topics and objectives in the syllabus.
Every course is monitored by an external Cambridge English assessor. There are three components which are assessed:

  • Teaching practice

  • Written assignments

  • Professional development


At the end of the course, candidates are awarded either a PASS A, PASS B or PASS grade. 

For more information on the grades please refer to the syllabus which can be found on the Cambridge English  website


5. CELTA as a passport

CELTA is appropriate for a wide range of people. It is the ideal qualification and a passport to travel for those who want to start English language teaching anywhere in the world.


It is also suitable for people who want a career break or change and for those already teaching English who have no formal qualifications.


6. Admission requirements


  • Be at least 20 years of age

  • Have a higher education diploma or equivalent (This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the CELTA Director based on the candidate’s oral interview)

  • Complete a pre-course language evaluation task and take part in a 60-minute interview;

  • Have competency in both written and spoken English

  • Have potential to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher.


Non-native English speakers applying must demonstrate a sufficiently proficient command of English.  Minimal level  C1 + , preferably level C2 c or IELTS band 7.


7. Course fees and admission procedure 

If you are interested in doing the Intensive four week or the Extensive thirteen week blended online CELTA at ILC France in Paris, 


    1) Send in the completed application form and pre-interview task by email or post. The application form can be found in  "Download application".
       2) Upon receipt of your application, we contact you to arrange an interview with a teacher trainer. Candidates can be interviewed by telephone if distance prevents you from getting to our centre. If the interview is successful, candidates are offered a place on the course.

      3) During the interview we consider your language awareness, your motivation and your aptitude for teaching. 

"The fee for the interview is 150 € and is deductable from the total fee if you are accepted on the course. 
The cost of both CELTA courses is 1 995 € including the Cambridge board fee  (fee applicable from 1st July 2019 to 31st July 2020)

If you are offered a place on either of the CELTA courses at ILC France in Paris  you must :

·         Pay a deposit of 900 € within 5 days of receiving your letter of acceptance in order to secure your place on the course. 

·         The balance is to be paid before or on the first day of the course.

·         Please note that the course fee is not refundable unless the course is cancelled.




The CPF code for the Celta is 236805

The Celta course is registered on the RNCP 3262


Candidates who require funding from Pole Emploi or other funding organisations should start the application process at least 3-4 months before the start date of the course in order for all the paperwork to be processed on time.


ILC France will only provide an estimate and complete the funding documents once the candidate has been accepted on the course ie after the interview and acceptance letter stage.


There is a supplementary charge of 200 € "frais de dossier" for all candidates accepted on the course with an external funding. The total fee for those requesting external funding is 2 195 € (fee applicable from 1st July 2019 until 31st July 2020).


Candidates must inform ILC France as to whether or not they have received external funding not less than 6 weeks before the course start date. Failure to do so will result in the candidate losing their place on the course."



4 weeks

 BLENDED CELTA 2021-2022

Extensive 13 weeks

01 March to 26 March 2021

06 April to 03 July 2021

29 March to 23 April 2021

08 November 2021 to 18 Feb 2022

31 May to 25 June 2021


05 July to 20 July 2021


02 August to 27 August 2021



Customized Methodology


Learn new techniques and develop teaching theories and methods in the context of the CEF and Cambridge English  exams at ILC France in Paris.

The customised two-day courses are aimed at practicing teachers who want to improve their teaching communication skills.  These modules are customized according to the needs expressed  and include :

  • Current Trends: Theory and Practice in English Language Teaching (ELT)

  • Classroom Skills for Primary Teachers

  • Classroom Skills for Secondary Teachers

Teacher development courses are very practical and interactive and will give you lots of ideas that you can use in your own classroom. 


Current Trends: Theory and Practice in English Language Teaching (ELT) covers:

  • Underlying principles of teaching a second language with practical techniques tor implementing.

  • How to motivate learners at different language levels.

  • How to use technology in lessons

  • How to design a syllabus

  • How to cope with big classes and implement task-based learning.


Classroom Skills for Primary Teachers

Classroom Skills for Primary Teachers is a special teaching development module for English language teachers. It is aimed at teachers working in the UK or overseas whose first language is not English. 
The module will give you
practical ideas for classroom management and teaching communication skills for primary level (5-10 years old). The techniques can be applied whether you are teaching English as a second language, or even as a third language. 


Course overview

  • Overview of different primary teaching approaches and evaluation of the teaching materials available for children at this level. 

  • Teaching classroom management, and how to use English songs, games and stories for primary school learners.


Classroom Skills for Secondary Teachers

Classroom Skills for Secondary Teachers is a special teaching development module for English language teachers. It is aimed at teachers working in the UK or overseas whose first language is not English. The module is very practical and  looks at the different communication skills for teaching children (10-12 years) and teenagers (13-15 years)


Course overview

  • Study of relevant aspects of child development for this age group.

  • Best practices in how to optimize language skills.

  • Techniques for improving pronunciation

  • Effective classroom management

  • Evaluate the teaching materials available for this age range to help you choose the best resources for planning and delivering your own English language lessons.


Further Information

Please contact us directly on 01 44 41 80 20  or for more detailed  information on dates, times and prices as each module is highly customized according to the needs and the requests of the teachers.

The modules can be set up on school premises for a closed group of teachers.

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