A General Overview

Training to be a language teacher with International House will open the door to a career where you can live overseas, work within different cultures, and really make a difference to people’s lives. You’ll also acquire valuable skills that will benefit you wherever your life and career take you.


I’ve been working in ELT since 1983 and have been involved with CELTA since 1992. I also work on DELTA and IHCYLT courses and regularly run sessions and courses for teachers in mainstream education. My all-time favourite course is the Literature group where participants discuss books they have recently read in English. Over the years, I have worked on quite a lot of online courses – a very interesting development for someone who started teaching when we still used cassettes. Lisbon is my great love and I enjoy talking to trainees about the vast cultural opportunities it has on offer.

I’ve been teaching English for a very long time and have been involved in teacher training since 1990. I have worked on CELTA, DELTA, IH CAM and IHCYLT (both f2f and online) courses and also worked with teachers in mainstream education. I am very interested in Young Learners and have enjoyed teaching them and training teachers of YLs over the years. Recently, I have been experimenting with different types of cooking and you will often hear me going on about the excess use of plastic and the impact on the environment.

I’ve been a teacher and teacher developer since 1981 and I’m co-owner and Director of Studies of International House Torres Vedras|Lisbon. Apart from providing pedagogic support to the teachers and academic coordinators at both centres, I provide training courses for primary and secondary state school teachers in Portugal. I have also taught and trained teachers in the UK, Spain,Poland, Romania and Egypt. I am a DELTA assessor, as well as a tutor on IHCertificate in Young Learners and Teenagers (IHCYLT) courses. I have an MA in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York. As well as still loving teaching, I enjoy writing and delivering various methodology courses and giving seminars and plenary sessions at various ELT conferences.

Current offerings


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.

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The DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) is an advanced course for experienced language teachers, and a requirement for some senior English language teaching posts.

The course aims to provide a blend of theory and practice that will deepen your understanding of the English Language, enhance your teaching skills, and help you develop professionally.

The Delta is assessed by Cambridge English Language Assessment and is recognised by OFQUAL at level 7 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

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The International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers prepares teachers for the specific challenges of working with young learners and teenagers, through a blend of online learning and face-to-face assessed teaching practice.

The course can be taken in one of three formats:

  • Face-to-face/intensive, over a two-week period (teaching practice at the centre)
  • Face-to-face/part-time, over a ten-week period (teaching practice with trainees’ own classes)
  • As a blended course with part of the course online and teaching practice done with trainees’ own classes

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The International House Certificate of Advanced Methodology course may be suitable for you if you already have some post-CELTA experience and want to increase your theoretical knowledge of teaching, improve your practical teaching ability and self-analytical skills prior to taking the DELTA. This is an International House World course, moderated by Cambridge.

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Tailor made courses

We have the experience and resources to develop other training courses to meet your or your school’s needs. As our trainers are recognised “formadores qualificados”, this also means that we run courses for APPI and official state training centres (Centros de Formação)

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Online teacher training

Unlike a face-to-face course, learning online gives you the flexibility to set your own study hours and save money and time on travel and accommodation. Study with the IH Online Teacher Training Institute (OTTI) for part-time online courses to improve your teaching skills and advance your career. All our courses are certified by the International House Assessment Unit; some are also moderated by Cambridge Assessment.

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The IHTVL younger learner course

This is a very practical, 30 hour, input-based methodology course for those teachers who would like an overview of the key issues when teaching younger learners.

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Teachers’ centre

International House Portugal is proud to have always had a close relationship to teachers who work in other language schools and in mainstream education.  Over the years, IH trainers have run sessions, observed lessons and run courses for many of the English Language Teachers in the country.

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