Thinking about CELTA?
On a CELTA course?
On a CELTA course?
Resources to help you apply, prepare for and pass CELTA- and achieve your best potential on the course!
Applying for CELTA
Overview and top tips for your CELTA application
Helpful videos on all aspects of CELTA
Support with assignments, lesson planning, classroom management, teaching language skills and more
CELTA Assignment Library
Video walkthroughs for all assignments with links to other resources
Online CELTA Resources
Support and tips specifically for online teaching
Grammar for Language Teachers
A comprehensive grammar course for CELTA, TESOL and TEFL trainees and all English language teachers
Covers parts of speech, verb tenses AND the tricks to teaching them
Over 7 hours of video tutorials (in bite-size chunks!
Essential for CELTA - ask any trainee!
Try the free introduction online. See if you like it - no obligation to buy
Grammar for Language Teachers
CELTA Lesson Planning Made Easy
Language Analysis Made Easy
Concept Checking Made Easy
The foundations of language teaching
Complete library of support for all essential skills
Full preparation for CELTA and your teaching career
What do CELTA trainees find most stressful? It's not a secret.....
Lack of knowledge of grammar terminology
Problems understanding lesson planning
Writing useful concept checking questions (CCQs)
It's also not a coincidence that these are areas that are important in the CELTA assessment criteria and they are what tutors look for to evidence 'Above Standard' grades.
ELT-Training will help you:
Become confident about grammar teaching and language analysis
Plan lessons efficiently and effectively
Write CCQs that help your learners and impress your tutors...
...and pass CELTA with flying colours!
Why do I need to prepare for CELTA?
it's not an easy ride. Ask anyone who's done it.
This knowledge about the language, being able to analyse what's difficult for learners and check they understand is ESSENTIAL for an English language teacher. It will give you the confidence to TEACH the language, CORRECT learners' errors and ANSWER their questions.
How can ELT-Training help?
All of the materials here have been developed by ME, Jo Gakonga, an experienced CELTA tutor and assessor.
I KNOW the pitfalls of the course and how to navigate them.
Thousands of CELTA trainees have used the materials on this site to support their journey. I'm here to help.
What do I need to know for CELTA?
Let's start with grammar knowledge
- an irregular past participle
- an indefinite article
- the past perfect passive
You're not expected to know EVERYTHING before your CELTA, but the more comfortable you are with it as soon as possible, the easier and more effective your grammar teaching will be. You will thank me for this!
It's a comprehensive grammar course with over seven hours of video tutorials (in bite size chunks), quizzes to help you practice, downloadable templates and examples.
What else is useful for CELTA?
is a step-by-step guide to planning lessons effectively and efficiently. It contains 2 hours of video tutorials, interactive quizzes, downloadable template and examples. Here you will learn:
- What's in a lesson plan and how to write one step-by-step
- Frameworks for teaching grammar, vocabulary and language skills and how to plan from a coursebook
- How to write a lesson plan that anticipates problems and really helps you in the classroom.
Language Analysis and Concept Checking
Together these courses comprise over 3.5 hours of video tutorials, downloadable guides, worked examples and quizzes to help you practice. Here you will learn:
- How to analyse all tenses, conditionals and modals clearly and simply
- How to anticipate problems for form and pronunciation
- What concept check questions (CCQs) and why they are essential for checking that your learners really understand the language you teach them
- Tricks and tips on how to write effective CCQs and avoid the pitfalls
They're an INVALUABLE RESOURCE for planning language lessons, teaching grammar (and passing CELTA!)
And last but not least... your CELTA secret weapon!
The Complete CELTA Package covers grammar AND all of these areas - it's everything you need and great to refer to before, during and after CELTA.
Why use ELT-Training?
Thousands of satisfied CELTA trainees recommend the site, as do CELTA trainers in centres all over the world. It's the 'tried and tested' CELTA prep site!
Why Jo Gakonga?
As well as being a CELTA tutor I'm also an Assessor (that means I check on other courses) and one of only 12 Cambridge Joint Chief Assessors in the world (that means I check the assessor's reports). I know A LOT about CELTA.
I've also taught in all sorts of situations including private language schools, primary schools, ESOL in a UK state college and seven years on the MA TESOL at Warwick Uni. I've got the Delta, an MA and a PhD. Oh, and I've been making videos for teacher education for more than a decade. I'm told I do a pretty good job!