About the teacher training centre
Faced with unprecedented circumstances, and travel restrictions around the globe with coronavirus lockdowns, we are doing our part to protect our staff and students, and the wider community.
So, we are pleased to offer new 100% online CELTAs. This means that you can continue with your career development in a safe environment – your own home! You’ll also learn extra valuable skills of teaching live in an online classroom.
We are offering a Full Time Online CELTAs - you'll learn with tutors in a real (virtual) classroom. This is not based on self study of course materials.
Search below for courses delivered by the great team in Lisbon, or read more details about the 100% online CELTA here.
If you'd prefer to wait and take a face to face CELTA in Lisbon, we look forward to welcoming you with open arms soon.
International House Lisbon is a specialist teacher training and English teaching centre.
It opened its new premises in the Alto dos Moinhos area of Lisbon just three years ago. This is a safe, modern, area just five minutes’ walk to the Metro (Blue line) and very close to the Benfica Football Stadium. The premises are modern, airy and spacious, and not so big you'll get lost there!
The school is managed by Monica and Diana who have also been runing the successful IH Torres Vedras school, just outside Lisbon, for over 25 years. Monica and Diana have a very practical and welcoming approach to their students and staff. They are passionate about their schools and this is evident in the welcome that students and teachers receive. It is a very friendly, warm school with a great heart to it.
What is the CELTA?
The CELTA is a TEFL qualification which prepares you to teach English as a foreign language. You don’t need any existing English language teaching experience or training. It’s usually a 4 or 5 week full time course (but you can also take it part time).
Standing up in front of a class for the first time is a daunting prospect, so you need to make sure you have the skills you need to teach effectively. The CELTA prepares you for the classroom in these ways:
- Taught sessions on methodology, lesson planning, language analysis and language skills. (In total, you’ll have 120 hours of input.)
- The opportunity to observe experienced teachers in a real-life language classroom situations – so you can see the different skills and techniques they use.
- Teaching yourself – with helpful and detailed feedback from your tutors. This practical experience is invaluable when you start your first job.
You’ll have to complete some written assignments as well, but when it’s all successfully completed you’ll be ready for your first job and first students!
CELTA Online with IH Lisbon
In response to unprecedented conditions with coronavirus, it's now possible to take a 100% CELTA online with the team at IH Lisbon.
What's special about this is
- Full Time - you'll complete in 5 weeks
- Life online classes with tutors ( not based on self study)
This is a flexible way to take CELTA. It leads to the same CELTA qualification and is assessed and moderated according to the same criteria.
Like the face-to-face CELTA course, CELTA Online has a significant practical component. You will complete 6 hours of assessed teaching practice in groups in an online classroom, from the comfort of your home!
If you are in Lisbon, and travel restrictions allow, we plan to offer some additional free face to face teaching practice at the end of the course as a bonus. This won't be mandatory, but you may find it useful.
The Face to Face CELTA at IH Lisbon
IH Lisbon runs an average of seven CELTA courses a year. The tutors (and staff) have years of experience and are supportive and professional. For your teaching practice, the local students are lovely. Some have been taking courses with us for a while, and they know what its like for new teachers.
Your fellow students will be both local and international, with a range of ages and experience. This makes for an interesting group and will start to give you an insight into your future TEFL career.
IH Lisbon has well-equipped facilities, the latest technology, and very experienced tutors. There are three training rooms, a library with access to computers and photocopier, a relaxing waiting area, and a kitchen for essential drinks and snacks!
Tutors at this training centre
Xana de Nagy - Head of Teacher Training
My advice to CELTA trainees is to aim to get a job that allows you to teach a variety of types of classes and different age groups, and give you opportunities to develop as a teacher. I hope you feel as excited about teaching and working with learners as I do!
I love helping my students to have genuine fun communicating with each other in English using lively discussions, roleplays, rather than listening to the teacher, copying from the board or doing rote exercises the whole time. In a similar way, I love the way my trainees learn from each other, and enjoy input and teaching sessions.
To successfully complete the course, I recommend you share queries with each other and the trainers; discuss the day’s content to better shape your understanding of it and build on it; have a positive constructive attitude towards all you do and deal with throughout the training.
To get the most from the course and your TEFL career, keep on reflecting, experimenting with your techniques and never stop learning. Try to enjoy teaching as much as you can – if you enjoy it, your learners will too.
I hope that my trainees can become more confident and competent in front of a group of learners. I hope they leave equipped with effective classroom management skills and a strong self-belief that they can go on to become great language teachers.
Paula de Nagy
The best things about being an EFL teacher, for me, are the variety and learners’ generosity. No two days are the same because each day involves working with a variety of different people who present us with different challenges.
The advice I give to trainees for a fulfilling career is to try and work abroad if you can, and always try to work for schools that give development sessions and observe their teachers.
CELTA student testimonials
Taking CELTA at International House Lisbon was the best decision I could have made when I decided to change my career and go into EFL teaching. From start to finish, it was clear and comprehensive, giving a thorough scope of teaching methodology balanced with independent, self-initiated study. The tutors are amply helpful while still allowing trainees to autonomously discover the answers and internalize understanding of the methods taught. I'm so glad I found IH Lisbon and CELTA to start my new career! Emma C Parsons
The month spent in Lisbon at IH completing the CELTA has been one of the best of my life. It was impressively well structured and organised, with overwhelming amounts of information and up-to-date resources and led by extraordinary teachers and tutors, Paula and Xana. I have managed to include many of the things I learned in my on-line lessons, as well as the face-to-face ones. Besides the (very) hark work, I also had a lot of fun everyday, made friends and laughed. Just a few months have passed, and I am teaching at another IH school and continuing to develop as a teacher. Thank you! Ooana
IH Lisbon is the ideal place to take the CELTA. It's a demanding course, but it's delivered by highly experienced tutors who provide all the guidance and support you need. The school is well organised and the students are great. You'll be challenged, but you'll have fun. Plus you'll be in an incredible city! Kieron