|CELTA-016a| What is the CELT-P? – An overview

Hello ExamSeekers,

The past few Fridays, I’ve been posting about preparing a lesson plan for the CELTA Course. Actually, It’s not only for the CELTA Course since you can use this model in your regular class preparation, but it’s essential for the CELTA Course because it is very detailed and takes a lot of time to prepare it. So, if you haven’t checked out, be sure to read and comment your impressions on Preparing a Lesson Plan [PART 1] and Preparing a Lesson Plan [PART 2] Language Analysis.

Today I am not posting [Part 3] Procedures / Stages. I will probably do it next week (I’ll keep in mind to attach the link here later on). Today I decided to talk about another CELTA.

Have you heard about the CELT-P?

I’ve already mentioned something about in the post named CELTA- YLE, CELT-P, and CELT-S. What is all that? which describes the differences about the CELTA for the Young Learners, so be sure to check it out. Today, I’m going to talk specifically about the CELT-P and its format, so check it out!

What is the CELT-P?

CELT-P stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching – Primary. So it is a course aimed at primary school teachers. It helps teachers create strategies for key challenges of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). By taking this course, young learners’ teachers will build their teaching knowledge and work on their classroom skills to teach 6-12- year old learners with more confidence.

By taking the CELT-P, these teachers will

  • develop their understanding of, and ability to respond to, the specific needs of primary school learners;
  • extend the range of approaches for developing their learners’ language skills;
  • become more aware of ways to make effective use of resources to support learning in and beyond the classroom.

What about its format?

The CELT-P is a 120-hour course combining online study and teaching practice. There are 27 hours of optional additional material for teachers to extend and practice what they have learned during the online course, which is delivered face-to-face in the classroom.

Take a look at the structure below:

  • English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology:

Nine online modules:

  • Key concepts and principles
  • A range of activities that engage participants with course content
  • Regular progress tests to check learning.

Optional face-to-face seminar for each online module:

  • Extension of the online materials
  • Practice activities and support: up to 27 hours of face-to-face study.
  • TEACHING PRACTICE:

A practical written task for each online module:

  • A range of tasks in which participants apply their online learning in their classroom.

Teaching observations:

  • Developmental feedback from trainers
  • Consolidation of online learning

The 9 modules are flexible, which means that you can take them in any order you want.

Participants who complete all the modules and assessments will receive the CELT-P qualification certificate. In front of the certificate, there is the name of the course (CELT-P), your name, the number of your certificate, the date and the place of issue, and the qualification: PASS, or PASS WITH MERIT. At the back, there is an explanation about the course. This is a sample of the certificate:

Sample Cambridge CELT-P Certificate
Sample Cambridge CELT-P Certificate

Who can take it?

You are required to be an independent English language user (CEFR Level B1 and above). However, some institutions won’t accept candidates who are under the CEFR B2 level.

So if you are an individual teacher interested in taking a professional development course or qualification, consider taking the CELT-P in any authorized center.

But if you are a coordinator and want to implement the CELT-P in your school, there is a 6-step process to follow:

  1. Pre-course preparation: Inquiry, information gathering, signing an agreement with Cambridge Assessment English, and selecting a Local Course Administrator (up to two months step).
  2. Trainer training: Trainers nomination and their training (up to two months step).
  3. Course set up: Recruit course candidates and confirm they meet the minimum requirements (up to three weeks step).
  4. The course: Online, face-to-face training, and assessment (from six to nine months).
  5. Post-course: The center submits all the end-of-course documentation for final moderation.

The process above describes the main steps when setting up a CELT-P course for the first time. After that, new courses can usually start at step 3.

If you are a teacher, this piece of information might not be interesting. Still, it’s relevant to know that any institution planning to deliver a CELT-P Course walks hand-in-hand with Cambridge Assessment. If you want some more information about the process, check out a summary Cambridge offers and contact them.


I hope I have cleared some doubts about the CELT-P. Still, if you have more questions or want some more info, make sure to comment in the comment section below, and I’ll be glad to help. Also, don’t forget to follow the blog on:

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Have a great week,
Patricia Moura

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