ICAL TEFL Courses & Resources


TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who do not already speak English. It's more commonly used by American teachers.

For more, see TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

A TEFL Certificate is the basic qualification to teach English to non-native speakers. Good ones are usually 120hrs and cover teaching methodology, classroom management, lesson preparation and so on.

For more, see TEFL Certificates.

Students learning English are often described as Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced. Roughly speaking this is their level, i.e. how much English they know, how well they can speak and understand and so on.

For more, see Learner Levels‏ in TEFL.

ELT stands for English Language Teaching. It's a general term for teaching English as a Foreign or Second language.

For more, see ELT‏‎ - English Language Teaching.

DoS is an acronym standing for Director of Studies. The DoS is a member of staff in larger, more professional TEFL schools. They are responsible for administering the academic side of the school which will often mean dealing with teachers and the material used in teaching.

For more, see DoS‏‎ - Director of Studies.

The British Council is an organization set up to promote British culture around the world. They often have schools teaching English as well in most countries.

For more, see The British Council.

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Simply put, this is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who live in a non-English speaking country and who want to learn English for business or to take an exam, etc.

It is pretty much equivalent to TESOL and TESL.

For more, see TEFL‏‎ - Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

ICAL TEFLThe Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults or CELTA is a teaching qualification issued by Cambridge Assessment‏‎. It used to be known as the RSA.

The CELTA is a high-end TEFL Certificate and although there is no recognised standard qualification for teaching English, the CELTA is often seen as the most intense and highest level TEFL certificate.

Since different schools around the world offer the CELTA costs vary. Typically schools charge around £1000 ($1572 USD, €1243); accommodation (if required) and incidentals will be added on top of this.

The CELTA is not an introductory course and students who have taken the CELTA course almost all say it is the hardest 4 weeks training they have ever undertaken (including their university education). If you are planning a CELTA course then it is recommended that you read extensively beforehand on all aspects of teaching English‏‎, are conversant with English grammar‏‎ and have several years experience under your belt.

A CELTA or equivalent is usually required for higher jobs (e.g. with the British Council‏‎ or working as a Director of Studies; it is not normally a requisite for an entry-level job).

The course and exam are run as a franchise from Cambridge. In other words, any school can apply to run the CELTA course; Cambridge will come and make sure the school facilities are up to scratch, that the teacher trainers are of high enough standard and so on. They then charge the school for running the course. The course is not offered online yet although there are plans afoot to offer elements of the course online.


  • 4-5 weeks or more intensive in-house training or part-time (3-4 months to a year)
  • no guarantee pass
  • 120 hours in-class instruction
  • 6 hours live teaching with foreign students
  • 6 hours observed teaching practice
  • maximum 18 students per class
  • in course assessment


  • 5% of students drop out
  • 3% fail
  • 63% receive a pass
  • 25% receive a grade of B
  • 4% receive a grade of A

Useful Links

TEFL Certificates to Teach English – a general look at TEFL certificates and what they offer and can do for your career

How to Choose a Good TEFL/TESOL Course – which course is right for you?

CELTA – official page

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