CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

One of the most widely obtained qualifications awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

If you’re looking to start a career as an English teacher, and wish to gain a formal internationally recognised TEFL qualification, getting your CELTA could be the ideal starting place.


  • is great for recent graduates, people who are changing career, or teachers who want to gain a formal qualification.
  • gives you the essential skills and knowledge you need to teach English to adults and older teenagers.
  • provides you with hands-on teaching experience and more classroom confidence.
  • offers youan internationally recognized qualification.
  • is also the first step towards being qualified to teach ESOL to adults in the UK.
PHAROS UNIVERSITY is currently the ONLY authorised centre in Alexandria to deliver the CELTA .

About the course:

CELTA is an introductory course for those who have little or no previous English language teaching experience. It may also be suitable for teachers with some experience but little previous training.

With CELTA, you show employers that you:

  • have gained essential knowledge of the principles of effective English teaching
  • have developed a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • have demonstrated your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context
  • are ready to begin working in a variety of ESL teaching contexts around the world.

Who is eligible for the course?

You must:

  • be at least 20 years old
  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken in English
  • have the ability to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher and to successfullycomplete the written assignments and the assessment practice teaching.

What are the course aims?

The course will enable you to:

  • acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
  • acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • demonstrate your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context.

What does the syllabus consist of?

The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:


Learners and teachers, and the
teaching and learning context
Language analysis and awareness
Language skills: reading,
listening, speaking and writing
Planning and resources
for different teaching contexts
Developing teaching skills
and professionalism

What is the topic

This topic includes:

  • understanding the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of learners, and how this might affect their learning of English
  • understanding different learning styles and preferences.

This topic includes:

  • understanding key terminology used in English language teaching, applying this terminology in planning and teaching
  • demonstrating a working knowledge of English grammar, lexis and phonology.

This topic includes:

  • understanding basic concepts and terminology used for describing reading, listening, speaking and writing skills, applying this to teaching.
  • understanding how approaches to texts may vary depending on the purpose, making practical use of this in teaching.

This topic includes:

  • understanding the purpose and principles of planning for effective teaching
  • selecting and planning the kinds of lessons that are most appropriate for particular learners
  • evaluating lesson preparation and reflecting on this for planning future lessons.

This topic includes:

  • effectively organising the classroom, both in terms of layout and pair/group activities
  • making appropriate use of a range of materials and resources
  • involving learners of different ability levels, enabling them to feel a sense of progress.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

1. Teaching practice
2. Written assignments

This topic includes:

You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with adult classes at a minimum of two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance.

You will complete four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words). These focus on:

  • analysing and responding to adult learners’ needs.
  • analysing language for teaching purposes.
  • teaching language skills.
  • reflecting on classroom teaching.

What are the two components of assessment?

Component One: Planning and Teaching Practice (TP)

You will need to teach a total of six hours, working with classes at two ability levels. Assessment is continuous and based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours. You will observe experienced teachers teaching classes of language learners for a total of six hours, three of which may be on video.

Component Two:Classroom-related written assignments (TP)
You will be asked to complete four written assignments, and you will be asked to maintain and submit a portfolio of all coursework including all written assignments and materials related to teaching practice.

The certificate is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets or exceeds the criteria in both assessment components

What are the passing grades?

Pass A- candidates’ planning and teaching show excellent understanding of English Language learning and teaching processes.

Pass B-candidates’ planning and teaching show good understanding of English Language learning and teaching processes.

Pass-candidates’ planning and teaching show satisfactory understanding of English Language learning and teaching processes.

How can I apply? and how much is it?

In order to apply for the CELTA course, you will need to answer a Pre-Selection Task. Make sure to send your application form and the task to celta.pharos@pua.edu.eg .

Once your file is complete, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable of:
One thousand Egyptian pounds
Commercial International Bank
Payable to Pharos University in Alexandria
Bank account 100023109117

This amount (1000 LE) is due before scheduling your interview.

Once payment is confirmed, you will be informed of the date of the Skype or face-to-face interview.

Upon acceptance, you will be sent an acceptance letter; and a non-refundable deposit of 8500 LE.
Payment should be done in:
Commercial International Bank
Payable to Pharos University in Alexandria
Bank account 100023109117.

The remaining non-refundable balance (15000 LE) can be paid in full or on two installments in the same bank account mentioned above. Total price 23500 LE

Note that payment taking place from outside Egypt usually takes longer time to be processed. Also, if you are transfering your instalments, make sure you pay extra to cover the bank fees for both countries. Check with the PUA CELTA Centre admin team (+2 03 3877 347/342) in case you have a question regarding that.

Course fees do not include Cambridge entry fees . This amount is due in sterling one month before starting the course in:
Commercial International Bank
Payable to Pharos University in Alexandria
Account number: 100025141541

Note that these prices are subject to change January of every year.

​ Note that:


  • Applications are considered on a first come first served basis.
  • There are a limited number of places for this course and registering for the course will be closed once spaces have been filled.

When is the next course?

C4/ 2018
Length: 4 weeks
Number of hours: 120
Course timetable: 08:30– 5 : 30 Sunday to Thursday
Start date: December 2nd
End date: December 27th

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Click here to know more about the 2016 – 2017 course dates

How can I contact PUA CELTA Centre?

Location:First floor of the Social Studies and Humanities Building- Room D133- D135
Email: Celta.pharos@pua.edu.eg
Tel: 002-0338-77342 / 002-0338-77231