Taking the CELTA in the UK
The UK is a great place to start your TEFL journey as there is an abundance of language schools around the country for students who want to study abroad and learn English. As English is synonymous with the UK, international students come here to be immersed in the culture and history of the country, so language schools have courses running all year round.
If you’re from the UK, doing the CELTA here will help to reduce your costs of going abroad and being trained in another country – you don’t have to go abroad to get your TEFL qualification! International House has several schools in the UK, so it might make perfect sense to start at home.
Many people not from the UK also choose it as the place where they want to learn how to teach English. It means you will not only be speaking English in the classroom and with your peers, but also with the local people where you might pick up some interesting words and phrases!
The UK itself is known for its medieval castles and grand stately homes; rolling green hills and wild coastlines; the land of Shakespeare, The Beatles, James Bond and the Queen; a place where cups of tea and sandwiches are a must – the United Kingdom is a small but iconic country.
CELTA in London
For those who want to feel like they’re at the centre of all the action, taking the CELTA in London is ideal. The humming capital of the UK is non-stop – there is so much to do in London, it’s difficult to know where to start. Free museums and galleries, food markets galore, sightseeing hotspots, beautiful parks, ancient pubs, world-class theatres, walks by the river Thames, festivals and carnivals, historical buildings, independent bookshops, cinemas, and so much more! Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it in London.
CELTA in Newcastle
If you’re looking for a lively city with lots of personality, you should consider doing your CELTA in Newcastle. This northern city has lots going on, with chic bars and charming pubs, markets with food trucks and knickknacks like the Quayside Market, and remarkable historical sites, such as the Victoria Tunnel and Newcastle Castle, from which the city got its name. Your visit isn’t complete, however, until you walk by the river and count the 7 impressive bridges which are synonymous with Newcastle.
CELTA in Bristol
With a warm, friendly, welcoming atmosphere, doing the CELTA in Bristol is great if you’re looking for a trendy, vibrant city. Bristol has a reputation for its artistic flair. From spoken word events to theatres of all shapes and sizes, it’s difficult to be bored in Bristol. Even just walking around the city is like traversing a gallery with street art almost everywhere – it’s little surprise that Banksy was born in Bristol. There are plenty of coffee shops in Bristol if you’re needing a caffeine fix in between CELTA lessons and teaching practice, or if you have a spare moment, head to a board game café or vinyl shop to relax your brain!
CELTA in Belfast
Taking your CELTA in Belfast is a great option if you’re looking for a cool city with a small-town feel. Belfast has become very well-known recently thanks to Game of Thrones (much of the series was filmed in the city), and there are many sites to visit that were featured in the show, including the Kings Roads and Dragonstone. While there’s lots going on in Belfast itself, when you have free time from your teacher training it might be worth hiking up Cave Hill to enjoy a fantastic view of the city and coastline below.
CELTA in Aberdeen
Aberdeen, in north-east Scotland is known as the Granite City, and the stone on the many buildings sparkles in the sunshine. But even if first impressions are a little drab, rest assured that Aberdeen is gaining a reputation as an art and cultural hub. With plenty of street art, galleries, museums, arthouse cinemas, live music bars and eco-friendly cafes, there’s lots to explore if you’re thinking about taking your CELTA in Aberdeen.