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CELTA Course Preparation

Course Preparation

Once you have been interviewed and accepted, we will send you a pre-course task to complete. The task helps develop your language awareness, knowledge of key terminology and familiarity with the structure and content of the course.

We will also send you a recommended reading list. It is not necessary to do extensive reading before the course starts, but we recommend you buy two books; one on English language teaching methodology and one grammar reference book. These will be useful for self-study and lesson preparation during the course and out in the real world of teaching. These books are widely available but can also be ordered through Basil Paterson.

Remember that we are always available to help with any questions and concerns. If you forget to ask something at interview stage, please drop us an email or give us a call.

Weekend Grammar Workshops


Our weekend grammar workshops are designed for trainees about to take the CELTA, or for those who have recently qualified. If you want to brush up on your knowledge of English grammar, please look at the poster and get in touch with us for more information and to book a place.

CELTA Frequently Asked Questions

You can read more about the application and interview processes, and preparing for the course in general in our CELTA FAQs.

Interview and application checklist

  • Have you answered the application questions as fully as possible?
  • Have your spell checked your work?  Is your writing legible?
  • Have you prepared a 5 minute micro lesson ?  This micro lesson can be on any topic – we’ve been taught cross stitch, basic guitar, how to complete a cryptic crossword, relaxation techniques, among others.
  • Have you provided copies of your previous qualifications and ID?

Course fees include:

  • All course materials and extensive self-study resources
  • IT facilities and WiFi access
  • Individual report at the end of your course
  • Support from dedicated tutors
  • Assurance that course meets Cambridge standards


This course is intensive and fun. I would strongly recommend it to retired people as a new departure. The tutors are extremely supportive and the whole experience is stimulating. (Donella, February 2017)

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