CELTA in Lisbon


Teaching English as a foreign language could allow you to pursue a career that sees you travel the world, make friends across continents and help your students achieve their life goals. It is a thoroughly rewarding and life enhancing experience.

If you would like to develop a successful career in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) then becoming CELTA qualified with International House is the first step. The CELTA is an intensive, initial TEFL qualification designed for people with little or no previous English language teaching experience or training.

The CELTA is certified by Cambridge English Language Assessment and as a result is highly regarded internationally and recognised by OFQUAL at level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Taking a qualification such as the CELTA is essential if you want to pursue a career in TEFL, the course is very practical and will give you the confidence and skills you need to teach English to adults effectively.

  • Did you know?

The CELTA as it is known today was actually born from an initial teacher training course called the IH Certificate that International House first ran in 1962. This course rapidly set the standard for teacher qualifications in TEFL, with thousands of teachers worldwide becoming IH-trainees and teachers.

Nearly half of all CELTA courses are run by International House centres each year.

  • Who takes the CELTA?

You might be a graduate who wants their first job to be teaching overseas or someone who has worked in a different career for several decades and is looking for a change. Some people use the CELTA as a way to travel the world; others teach students in their home country.

English teachers from all over the world take the CELTA, the entry requirement is that you are Proficient English language user (between CEFR Level C1 and C2 or above) and educated to the standard required for entry into higher education.

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  • Do I need to speak the language of the country that I would like to teach in?

No, you will learn how to teach English without using the students’ native language. This means you can teach students of different nationalities in the same class and teach in countries all over the world. (Though we would always encourage teachers to learn a language themselves, it will give you a very important insight into the challenges your students face).

  • How long is the course?

You can either take the course intensively over 4 weeks or 5 weeks or part-time, with attendance on a weekly basis.  Our Centre also offers a blended version with some input delivered online.

  • What does the CELTA involve?

Standing up in front of a class for the first time is a daunting prospect, so you need to make sure you have the skills you need to teach effectively. The CELTA course has the following core components to prepare you for the classroom.

  1. The course is 120 hours in total and you will receive a lot of input from your tutors on teaching methodology, lesson planning, language analysis and language skills.
  2. You’ll have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers in a real life language classroom situation and learn about the different skills and techniques they use.
  3. You will teach real language students throughout your course and by the end you will have had 6 hours of observed and assessed teaching practice. This practical experience is invaluable when you start your first job.
  4. As well as being assessed in the classroom, you will complete four written assignments based on the input you receive. There is no final exam, you are assessed throughout the course; so you can learn and improve as your progress.

Every course is moderated by an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, so you will receive a certificate from Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge.  International House Torres Vedras|Lisbon will also provide you with a report where we highlight your specific strengths and weaknesses.


A typical day on the 4-week intensive CELTA:

9.00  –   10.00 Assisted lesson planning
10.00 – 12.15 Teaching Practice
12.15 – 13.15 Feedback on Teaching Practice
13.15 – 14.15 Lunch
14.15 – 16.00 Input session 1
16.00 –  16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17-15 Input session 2

On 5-week courses, you will often have Monday mornings and Friday afternoons free.

This schedule suits those who would prefer to have slightly longer weekends and more time for reflection and preparation.

Part-time face-to-face courses have the same daily schedule, over 20 weeks.



Online/Blended courses are as follows:

9.00   –  10.00 Assisted lesson planning
10.00 – 12.15 Teaching Practice
12.15 – 13.15 Feedback on Teaching Practice
13.15 – 14.00 Administration and additional input

All input sessions take place online.

Fees and Dates 2018 / 2019

From To Course Type Price
October 8th 2018 March 18th 2019 Part Time €1500
January 14th 2019 February 15th 2019 Full Time €1450
February 11th 2019 June 28th 2019 Online / Blended €1600
March 7th 2019 April 5th 2019 Full Time €1500
April 23rd 2019 May 24th 2019 Full Time €1450
May 28th 2019 Jun 28th 2019 Full Time €1450
July 1st 2019 July 28th 2019 Full Time €1500
August 5th 2019 August 30th 2019 Full Time €1500


  • “An excellent experience from start to finish, the course was well organized, enjoyable and comprehensive”

    Rose, Ireland
  • “…with the methods and skills I learned with this course I feel confident every time I walk into the classroom"

    Therese, USA


Why should I take the course at IH in Lisbon?

This is what some of our recent trainees have said about the course:

  • Because tutors are so amazing and highly qualified. They are available to deal with your queries.  They listen to you.   They know how to deal with stress.  It’s people that make this centre the right choice for the CELTA course”
  • The Centre is conveniently located in terms of public transport. It’s a pleasant area, with food options and if you choose to buy lunch, it’s nice to have outdoor areas to sit and enjoy lunch with colleagues.”
  • Well, it’s one of Europe’s prettiest cities! The 5 week course is at a nice pace!  The tutors are extremely knowledgeable.”

Amazing, enthusiastic tutors.  Great premises; nice atmosphere.”

I’ve never taught before. Is the CELTA a good starting point?

Yes, an excellent one.  The CELTA is a pre-service course and at least half of our candidates have never stood in front of a group before.

Most of our trainers have worked in ELT contexts for 15 years or more.  They are aware of what schools expect from teachers and ensure that this expertise is shared with CELTA trainees throughout the course

I’ve been teaching for some time but don’t have a basic qualification. Is CELTA the course for me?

Many candidates who have taught, find the course a very rewarding experience as it’s a chance to hone their skills as well as developing new ones together with the opportunity of getting a qualification that is widely recognised around the world.

Is there a lot of English Language Teaching work in Portugal?

Portugal is an amazing country and increasingly, a popular destination with people from other countries. Many cities in Portugal, such as Lisbon, thrive on tourism, so locals are very keen to improve their English.  This means that there is often a lot of work available although most of the full-time positions start in October and end in June.  Most trainees find that they are able to pick up some work throughout the year, although it may not be full-time initially.

The Centre has good ties to the Portuguese ELT community and schools often let us know when they have vacancies coming up.  We have an online group for current and past trainees where we post job vacancies.

Am I guaranteed a job once the course has ended?

Unfortunately, not.  Having the CELTA will definitely give you the edge over other candidates for jobs as most reputable language schools around the world would usually prefer to interview CELTA graduates rather than someone with no experience or training.

You will meet trainers and teachers throughout the course who will share their knowledge of the industry.  There will be many opportunities on the course for you to ask questions about jobs and different contexts.  We will also give you information on the recruiting service run by the International House World Organisation.

I’ve read that it’s a lot of hard work and that there are many sleepless nights. Is it true?

A CELTA course aims to ‘create’ a teacher from scratch in 120 hours so yes, it’s very true that it requires a lot of hard work and commitment.  Sleepless nights are not essential, however.  The long days are often the norm as most candidates are excited by their learning, want to do as well as possible and because they are professional and dedicated.

The timetable is designed in such a way that trainees have time to cover everything.  It is, however, fundamental that you have good organisational skills or failing that, that you keep up with the pace of the tasks set by the tutors.

I have never taught grammar before. Will the input cover this?

We don’t teach you grammar or vocabulary but will help you develop your general language awareness. You will learn a lot about the English language but most of it will come from your experience of teaching.  In other words, each time you teach, your awareness of how language works will improve.

We ask you to prepare  for the course thoroughly and to develop your language awareness.  While the ability to teach grammar is important, you will also get opportunities to learn more about how to teach other aspects of language such as lexis

What does CELTA stand for?

What does CELTA stand for?

CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. This certificate is issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) to anyone who has successfully completed an approved course. This English teaching qualification is the most widely recognised of its type and its reputation is based on the fact that only Teacher Training Centres approved by Cambridge Assessment can run courses, the course has a strong practical component and every course is externally assessed. The CELTA is suitable for candidates with no experience of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) as well as for candidates who would like to formalise their teaching experience.

What’s the difference between TEFL and CELTA?

What’s the difference between TEFL and CELTA?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This means that the acronym can be used to describe courses (“TEFL Courses”), teachers (“TEFL Teachers”) and this educational sector as a whole. The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the most widely recognised course and qualification for TEFL teachers and, as such, offers a range of opportunities for those who are awarded the certificate.

Where can I find CELTA teaching jobs?

Where can I find CELTA teaching jobs?

Many CELTA centres have some sort of jobs board advertising local vacancies. The EL Gazette is a good starting point and there are many TEFL job sites on the internet. A good one to check out is the International House World Organisation (IHWO) page: https://ihworld.com/job/



The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is one of many TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses. CELTA is considered to be the most widely recognised qualification for anyone interested in starting a career in TEFL. The certificate is issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) and the course can only be taken at approved centres and run by approved tutors.



TESOL stands for Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is one of many TESOL courses / certificates. CELTA is considered to be the most widely recognised qualification for anyone interested in starting a career in TESOL. The certificate is issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) and the course can only be taken at approved centres and run by approved tutors.

What does CELTA certification cost?

What does CELTA certification cost?

Course prices vary according to course locations and the type of CELTA course being delivered. In order to obtain a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), candidates have to take a Cambridge approved course at an approved CELTA Centre. The courses can be face to face intensive (over 4 – 6 weeks), face to face extensive (once or twice a week over a longer period), online or blended (a combination of face to face and online). All courses include teaching practice (TP) with ‘live’ students.

How can I get a CELTA certificate?

How can I get a CELTA certificate?


The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed an approved CELTA course.  Assessment on the course is continuous – there is no CELTA exam. To get a place on a CELTA course, you will need to apply to an approved centre. There is a pre-course task to complete and you will be interviewed. Each CELTA Centre has its own booking, enrolment and payment procedures – if your task and interview are successful, you will be told the next steps you’ll need to follow. Certificates are issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) to candidates who pass the course. Grades are: Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail. Ask us for more detailed information.

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