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Can I teach English as a non-native English speaker? Yes, you can.

If you have a high level of English and you are looking for a fulfilling career, why not teach English as a foreign language?

Our CELTA course is accredited by Cambridge Assessment as an authorised Exam Centre

Our CELTA course is accredited by Cambridge Assessment as an authorised Exam Centre

Around 48% of our graduates are non-native English speakers and they are now teaching English successfully all over the world. Could this be you too?

Whether English is your first language or not, the Cambridge CELTA qualification will give you the best possible start in your career as an English teacher as a second language.

As a non-native English speaking teacher (NNEST), you have unique abilities that differentiate you from native English speaking teachers. You can understand the frustrations and complexities that students go through as they learn English, and probably made some of the same mistakes. You are likely to have a better understanding of the English language too, as you are probably consciously aware of the rules and can help learners avoid the common pitfalls.

Non-native speakers are the perfect role models for their students by motivating and showing them it is possible to get to where they are now,  regardless of their country of origin or their first language.

At Oxford TEFL you have the option to study the CELTA course 100% online or in person in Barcelona, Spain.

Our free careers support and helpful staff will ensure that you have everything you need to successfully graduate as a fully-qualified TEFL teacher in just four weeks (full time) or 14 weeks (part time).

  • Training for teaching adults and young learners
  • Minimum 6 hours teaching practice with adult learners
  • Dynamic workshops and input sessions
  • Careers support – before, during and after the course.
  • A prestigious, internationally-recognized qualification (CELTA equivalent)
  • positive, dynamic and supportive learning environment
  • World-class, experienced tutors
  • Small groups and friendly atmosphere


Course dates: All year round
Price: From €1550

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What our non-native English speaking graduates say about the CELTA course

What can I expect in the CELTA course?

You will learn a variety of teaching methodologies to use with your students during the course and after you graduate. We provide workshops, tutorials and video content as well as reading materials to help you understand and use these techniques.

The practical nature of the course is emphasised from the very beginning. You will be in small groups (4 or 5 trainees with one tutor) and you will begin teaching real adult students in the first or second week. After each class you teach, there will be a feedback session with your tutor and fellow trainees followed by lesson planning help for your next lessons. For our trainees, this is usually the most fun part of the course! If you are considering taking the CELTA course online, read our article about what the teaching practice is like on the 100% Online CELTA course.

We believe in learning through involvement and in your grammar and language awareness sessions you will mostly experience a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a “facilitator/animator” rather than as a lecturer.

You will also observe some of our tutors so you can see first-hand how experienced teachers plan and deliver classes, providing further insights into lesson planning, staging and management.

All of our classrooms are equipped with modern technology and we encourage the use of YouTube, interactive online teaching platforms (Kahoot, Quizlet etc) and social media alongside the use of books and other more traditional activities. The school has a wide variety of resources available to you to use to help create engaging classes for your students.

Our careers advisor will provide a session on finding work after your course and you will be given expert advice on preparing your CV which highlights your background, education, experience and skills. You will be able to meet our careers advisor as many times as you like during and after the course. See our careers service page for more information.

The CELTA certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements. These include:

  • Completion of all teaching practice and observations of experienced teachers
  • Completion of all four assignments (three or more assessed as ‘Pass’)
  • The grades of the certificate are Pass, Pass B (above standard teaching) or Pass A (exceptional language awareness, teaching and professionalism).
  • Candidates who successfully complete the course receive a CELTA certificate from Cambridge Assessment English.

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If you are interested in teaching English, read our guide that explains how to find the best TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course and start teaching EFL anywhere in the world.

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