The University of Hawaii English Language Program (HELP) is now offering the University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course.

What is CELTA?

CELTA is one of the world’s foremost initial qualifications for people who wish to become professional teachers of the English language. It is accepted throughout the world by organizations that employ English language teachers.

Who is CELTA for?

This course is for individuals who would like to transition into the field of ESL/EFL.  It is also suitable for ESL/EFL teachers who have classroom experience but no formal training in English language teaching.  Additionally, this course is practical for teachers who teach other languages.

Design of the Program

The program is designed to enable the teacher trainees on the course to develop:

  • awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in their professional practice
  • an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner 
  • familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and for reference

Course Requirements

To meet the course requirements, teacher trainees on the course are required to attend 100% of the course and to:

  • practice teach in a class at two different levels for a total of six hours
  • observe experienced teachers teaching classes for a total of six hours
  • maintain and submit a portfolio of all course work including all written assignments and materials related to teaching practice

Benefits of taking the CELTA

 A CELTA graduate leaves the course knowing more about the English language, having the ability to create effective lesson plans and feeling confident in teaching a variety of lessons, particularly, to Beginner and Intermediate level students.

2018 CELTA Schedule

  • Course One: May 14 – June 8, 2018 (4-weeks) (Application deadline: April 13, 2018)
  • Course Two: June 18 – July 20, 2018 (5-weeks, Monday – Thursday) (Application deadline: May 18, 2018)


Study Days and Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:00


Course Tuition



Contact Information

Joel Weaver
Course Administrator
Hawai’i English Language Program
Department of Second Language Studies
1395 Lower Campus Road MC 13-1
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: 808-956-6636
Fax: 808-956-5100

Apply for the CELTA Program