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CELTA teacher training

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults is a training course provided by Masaryk University CELTA centre CZ025 certified by the University of Cambridge to train teachers of English to speakers of other languages. CELTA is an internationally recognised certification in the field of teaching English and is designed for present and future teachers of English who wish to gain an internationally-acclaimed teaching certificate.

Why take CELTA at Masaryk university?

Why take CELTA?

CELTA at Masaryk University is specific in being spread over a fifteen-week period, which is directly linked with semesters at MU, offering its participants the unique experience of teaching both native English-speakers and Czech students at once.

CELTA at MU offers training in a communicative teaching approach, which can be easily adapted to different age groups and cultures, hence widely recognised by employers around the world. What is more, MU does not require previous teaching experience or Czech language skills to take the course.

How and when can I apply for the course?

Application process

Application form and process

There are 2 steps to the application process for Spring CELTA 2019:

the APPLICATION FORM must be sent to CIC MU contact nguyenova@czs.muni.cz.

Deadline for non-EU applicants: October 30, 2018
Deadline for EU applicants: 11 January, 2019

after which an INTERVIEW is held (by phone or in person).

Applicants must be at least 20 years of age at the time of the interview.

Application timeline

Application timeline

1. Application form submission to CIC MU, application revision by tutors.

2. Interview with CELTA tutor. Student is invited by CIC MU for the interview.

3. Information on acceptation to the CELTA programme via an official letter issued by CIC MU.

4. Payment of the course fee.

5. Start of CELTA course in February.

Course cost

Course cost

The programme fee is 35.000,- CZK per course. This includes: an extensive in-depth interview, tuition fee, CELTA certificate fee, and individual report on course performance.

Participants are informed on the payment details after receiving acceptance letter from CIC MU.

Can I get more details about the course?

Course timeline

Course starts with introduction session on February 19, 2019 to final session on May 29, 2019.

Partial Tuesdays are dedicated to observed teaching practice with feedback, followed by full Wednesdays with assisted lesson planning, input, and feedback.


Successful CELTA participants are assessed based on two criteria:

Written assignments and projects connected to topics covered in class.

Teaching practice of minimum 6 hours of adult classes at different levels of their language skills.

Topics covered

CELTA course consists of 2 parts:

Methodology workshops covering 1) context of teaching and learning, 2) language analysis and awareness, 3) language skills (listening, writing, reading, speaking), 4) resources and planning for teaching, and 5) teaching skills development.

Teaching practice including experienced teachers’ class observations, peer observations, discussions, and individual classes taught by CELTA participants.

My tutors

PhDr. Debora Zemenova, MA (Main Course Tutor)

Received her PhDr. at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. She has been teaching English since 1984 and running teacher-training courses since 1992. Research interests include learner autonomy and humanistic education.

What our past CELTA students say?

Anita Shek

SUNY Oswego

I feel the most important thing about the CELTA program was that it gave me support in a real world teaching experience and thus, built my confidence. The analysis of the lessons I taught were valuable in teaching me to critique my own performance so my learning would continue even when CELTA ends.

The advantage of taking the class at Masaryk University was learning alongside Czech students. They offered a different perspective of our students and helped us to understand how their mentality and school system which are so different than those I know in the USA. It's easy to get caught up in the work and forget to make good friends with the people from that area. With them in this class, it wasn't even an issue.

Jennifer Russell

Ithaca College

I've really enjoyed learning to teach ESL here at Masaryk because of the unique perspective I've gained by teaching and working alongside people who have learned English as a second language themselves.

Jana Zalska

Masaryk University

I'm absolutely won over by the practical approach of this course. Real-life answers to real-life questions and well aimed practice. And a group of great people who make the challenge of learning to teach fun. I love it.

Jiri Karas

Masaryk University

The CELTA course? I've found it to be more ... than I expected - more interesting, more intensive, more challenging, more rewarding, more demanding and also more fun. I feel like I'm learning a lot and at the same time I can also contribute to the course a lot. The people are great, the schedule is sometimes crazy, the stuff we learn interesting and motivating. All in all - I'm really glad I can do it.

This CELTA course is certified by

Cambridge Assessment English

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions regarding the CELTA course provided by MU, please contact

You might visit Cambridge English for general information on CELTA certificate and Cambridge-acclaimed course syllabus.