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CELT-S is ideal if you are an English language teacher working in secondary education, with learners aged 11-18 years. 

You refresh and build your knowledge and skills, through a combination of online study and observed teaching practice.

The course helps you with challenges like developing learners' listening and speaking abilities in large classes.

It is:

  • flexible and convenient - the online modules can be taken in any order
  • practical - focusing on relevant practical skills to improve your classroom performance and get the best from your learners 



  • Online course with optional tutor-led sessions
  • Face-to-face teaching practice (observations will be at your school with your own students)
  • Minimum 120 hours


  • Online progress tests and practical tasks throughout the course
  • Written test
  • Teaching practice

Minimum entry requirements 

  • Independent English language user (CEFR LEvel B1 and above)


  • Certificate CELT-S & TKT: Module 1

Framework stages

  • Foundation to Developing

Find out more about the Cambridge English Teaching Framwork


CELT-S is offered to groups of teachers through employers and teaching organisations

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There are eight CELT-S modules. All eight modules focus on theory and practice and can be completed in any order.

1 Classroom management in the secondary classroom
  • Creating and maintaining a constructive learning environment
  • Managing classroom activities effectively
  • Managing differences in the classroom.
2 Language learning and the teenage learner
  • Learning language in the secondary education sector
  • Learning needs, styles, motivations and preferences
  • Encouraging and supporting active and independent learning.
3 Teaching language skills
  • Teaching listening and reading
  • Teaching speaking
  • Teaching writing.
4 Language awareness for teaching
  • Grammar: word classes, grammar structures and how to use language for different functions
  • Vocabulary: key concepts, word formation and combining words
  • Pronunciation: key concepts, word and sentence stress, connected speech and intonation.
5 Teaching language in the secondary classroom
  • Key concepts, principles and techniques in teaching grammar, lexis and phonology.
6 Planning language learning in the secondary context
  • Planning a lesson
  • Writing lesson plans
  • Planning a programme of work.
7 Language learning resources and materials for the secondary classroom
  • Evaluating, selecting, using and adapting coursebook materials
  • Evaluating, selecting and using supplementary materials
  • Using teaching aids effectively, including technology.
8 Assessing language learning in the secondary context
  • Principles and purposes of classroom-based assessment
  • Classroom-based assessment tools
  • Formative and summative assessment.

Each module has a number of lessons, which all have the following structure:

  • an introduction to the topic
  • learning activities
  • activities that check learning
  • activities that focus on practical classroom applications
  • a review of what’s been learned
  • a short, multiple-choice progress test
  • further reading.



Upcoming Course Details

  • Course-start date: 21st October 2019
  • Course-end date: 15th May 2020
  • Course Length: 30 weeks
  • Number of Modules:
  • Number of Observations: 
  • Exam to be taken: TKT: Module 1
  • Deadline for registration:7th October 2019
  • Course fee: £ 860 (Cambridge fee & TKT exam fee included) payable by credit card up to 10 installments

10% discount for cash payments until 7th October

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