CELTA Course in Dubai


Course dates:

September – December 2018


10 weeks part-time

Days and Times:

Wednesdays (5-9pm) and Saturdays (9am – 6pm)


 AED 11,025*


Zayed University, Media City, Dubai

Click here to download the application form.

The most widely recognised qualifications for teaching English as a foreign language are those run by Cambridge English. The certificate course CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a highly practical course and is run at Zayed University in the Reuter’s Building in Media City, Dubai. It provides initial training in the teaching of English to adults rather than children.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be at least eighteen years old at the beginning of the course

  • Have an awareness of language and a proficient competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to undertake the course.

  • Have a standard of education which would allow entry to higher education in their country

Prospective applicants should fill in an application form. They will then be called for interview. Places are at a premium as there are only 12 places on each course. The course consists of three main elements. There will be a series of seminars and workshops throughout, teaching practice and observation of classes at Zayed University. In addition, there are four assignments to write.

Seminars and workshops

There will be at least three hours of seminars/workshops timetabled in a week. These will cover the practical application of techniques and theories.

Areas covered include:

  • Analysis of English grammar from the teachers’ points of view

  • Development of language skills

  • Phonology

  • Correction techniques

  • Use of materials

  • Classroom management

  • Using video/technology in a lesson

  • Lesson planning

Teaching Practice

During the course there will be regular teaching practice where groups of trainees work with classes of students and gain experience of teaching at different levels. Teaching practice will normally be four hours per week in total on a part-time course and 10 hours on a full-time course. Each trainee teaches a total of six hours over the duration of the course. After teaching practice, there is a feedback session, which lasts about one hour. In this session, tutor and trainees will comment on the content and success of the lesson as a whole.


The observation of trained teachers is an important part of the course and takes place outside the main course timetable. Trainees are required to observe at least six hours of classes during the course at prearranged times.


Assessment is continuous and integrated. Continuous here means that assessment takes place throughout the course. There is no final written exam. Trainees are assessed on their ability to transfer what they learn in seminars and workshops to the classroom, on their awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of their own teaching and others’ teaching, and their contribution to input sessions. Integrated means that both assessed components contribute to the overall grade. Component 1 relates to planning and teaching and component 2 consists of classroom-related written assignments.

Commitment to the course

The course requires a considerable amount of time and energy. Trainees will often find themselves working on assignments or preparing materials outside their timetabled hours and at the weekends. It can, however, be a fulfilling experience for both experienced teachers and those new to teaching. It is expected that candidates will dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and post- session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

Dates and Times

Zayed University currently runs two part-time courses a year. One runs from January to March and the second one from September to December. The part-time course runs over 10 weeks on two days a week; all day Saturday (9am – 6pm), and one evening per week (5-9pm).

Applications & Enquiries

If you are interested in applying for a place on the CELTA course, complete the application form and return it by email to:

Click here to download the application form.

If you have any questions or enquiries, please contact Ruth Glasgow at ruth.glasgow@zu.ac.ae

If you would like further information on CELTA courses, please look at the website: www.cambridgeenglish.org

*All above mention tuition fees are including VAT in line with the requirements of the Federal Decree Law No. 08 of 2017 and its Executive Regulations”.