About this course

If you want a career in English teaching, a CELTA course at the British Council could be the ideal starting place. 

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognised English teaching qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience. It is one of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind and it is essential for anyone hoping to work for a reputable English language teaching institution such as the British Council.

Our intensive, four-week CELTA course helps participants acquire the language awareness, lesson planning and classroom management skills needed to teach English to adult learners. It is a full-time course that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Candidates' performance is assessed on a daily basis and they are expected to meet regular deadlines.

CELTA is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, and the British Council is currently the only centre in Tripoli accredited by the University of Cambridge to deliver it.

On this course you will:

  • train as part of a small group and receive individual support and attention
  • attend daily input sessions focusing on language awareness and teaching methodology
  • plan and deliver six hours of observed teaching and receive feedback on your performance
  • produce four written assignments on language, learning and teaching theory
  • observe other course participants and more experienced British Council teachers
  • find out what it is like to work in a busy and successful teaching centre.

What does the course cover?

Core CELTA input sessions cover:

  • methods of presenting and practising language
  • correction techniques
  • lesson planning
  • classroom management
  • using learning technologies.

In terms of planning and teaching, you will work with a group of trainees to teach part of a lesson every day and gain experience of teaching learners at different levels.

 How will I be assessed?

There is no final written exam, but you will be assessed on your: 

  • planning and teaching 
  • ability to apply what you learn in the classroom 
  • awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your teaching
  • contribution to group input and feedback sessions
  • written assignments.

How to apply

Who can apply for a place on a CELTA course?

To apply for a place on our CELTA course, you must:

  • be at least 20 years old when the course begins
  • be a proficient user of English at C1 level or higher on the Common European Framework (CEF)
  • have a first degree or equivalent qualification.

Acceptance is not automatic. You will need to submit an application form and complete a pre-course task. 

If your pre-course task is up to the required standard, you will be invited to attend an interview, either face-to-face or on the phone if you live outside Tripoli.

How to apply 

  • Please download and print the form, complete it by hand, scan it and send it to info.ly@ly.britishcouncil.org or hand it in at our Tripoli teaching centre
  • When the completed application form is received and checked, we will contact you to arrange a time for interview.
  • Afterwards candidates will be contacted to let them know whether or not they have been accepted on the course.
  • As soon as applicants have been accepted they can register on the course.
  • If accepted on the course, we shall send you a pre-course task focussing on language awareness and other aspects of teaching in order to prepare you for the course. This represents about 25 hours’ study time.   

What is the schedule for application process?

  • If your application is to standard we will contact you within a week of receiving your application to arrange an interview this may be face to face or by telephone
  • If you are successful at interview, full and prompt payment of fees will ensure your place on the course.

How can I pay?

You can pay by cash within two weeks prior to the course start date at our Tripoli teaching centre.

Calendar and pricing

The fee for CELTA courses is LYD 3100.

We will announce here when the next CELTA course begins.

The course lasts four weeks with course input and teaching sessions timetabled between 09.00 and 17.00 from Sunday to Thursday.

Participants are expected to work on assignments and plan lessons in the evenings and at weekends, and some classroom observation may also be scheduled outside core course hours.