About this course

If you are looking for an internationally-recognised qualification in English language teaching, this is the course for you. The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is aimed at those with little or no previous teaching experience.


  • International recognition and quality assurance - CELTA is one of the most widely-recognised and highly respected qualifications for English language teaching. It is awarded by the University of Cambridge, which ensures quality.
  • Gain knowledge and practical teaching skills - The British Council CELTA course is highly practical and will develop your confidence in the classroom. You will find out about the latest communicative teaching methodologies and have the opportunity to put these into practice in the classroom with real students.
  • Learn in a supportive environment - The British Council has a worldwide reputation for excellence and our experienced and dedicated teacher trainers will guide you to develop as a confident and professional teacher of English.
  •       Courses offered in a variety of forms – online or face to face; full-time and part-time. You can choose a course to suit your needs. Please note that online course participants need to attend 14 days of face to face training from 6 July to 21 July 2015 at the British Council in Colombo.


On the CELTA course you will:

  • attend sessions covering all aspects of teaching English as a second language
  • benefit from directed lesson planning and tutorial support
  • complete six hours of assessed teaching practice 
  • receive constructive feedback on your teaching practice from your tutors and peers
  • complete four assessed assignments (750-1,000 words each)
  • have the opportunity to observe experienced ELT professionals (six hours in total). 


Candidates are assessed on their teaching practice, professional awareness and written assignments.


  • You must be 18 years or over to apply.
  • You must have an acceptable level of proficiency in English (both written and spoken). This is assessed on the application task and at the interview stage.
  • You should demonstrate an interest in and an awareness of English language and learning.
  • You should be able to commit the appropriate amount of time necessary to complete the course.

Where is this course taught?

How to register

  • Download the application form and pre-interview task from our Downloads area below or you can collect a copy from the customer service desk.
  • Complete and submit the application and pre-interview task by email
  • If your application has been successful, you will be interviewed by one of our trainers, either in person or by telephone.
  • Finally, if your interview has been successful, you will be offered a place on the course. You can register by paying the course fee in cash, by cheque or by credit/debit card. 
  • After registration, you will receive a reading list and pre-course task.

Dates and prices


Term Prices

Term 1: 1 February 2015 - 6 April 2015 (Sunday and Monday every week for 10 weeks)
Closing date for applications: 11 January 2015

LKR 375,000
Term 2: 3 August 2015 - 28 August 2015 (four week intensive | Monday to Friday from 09.00 - 17.00)
Closing date for applications: 03 July 2015
LKR 375,000

Term 3: 11 October 2015 - 14 December 2015 (Sunday and Monday every week for 10 weeks from 09.00 - 17.00)
Closing date for applications: 11 September 2015

Online : 25 May 2015 - 31 July 2015
Please note that participants need to attend 14 days of face to face training from 6 July to 21 July 2015 at the British Council in Colombo as part of the course.
Closing date for applications: 08 May 2015

LKR 375,000

LKR 375,000

*Prices are subject to change. 

Prices include: reference membership to our English Learning Zone (ELZ) and a British Council course certificate and a University of Cambridge certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Additional costs:  personal stationery.