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At Pass The CELTA, you'll find a huge collection of exclusive resources to help you succeed wherever you are in your CELTA course journey.

If you want advice on how to prepare for and pass your CELTA course (or even push for the higher grades) you've come to the right place! Just choose from the options below to get started.​

David'Pass A' CELTA Graduate

Hello! My name is David. I graduated my Cambridge CELTA course with a Pass A grade and wanted to pass on some of the best experiences and TEFL tips from my time studying the syllabus.


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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ONLINE CELTA


I've just published a brand new feature guide about the online CELTA (also know as the blended learning option).

If you're wondering whether the online study option is right for you, this guide will be very helpful. It's full of answers to the many questions shared by the newsletter subscribers and Facebook followers... people just like you. Go check it out!

What is the CELTA?

Learn about the CELTA course; the gold standard of entry-level English language teaching qualifications.

Beginner's CELTA Guide

A step by step guide to choosing and applying for CELTA course, along with tips on how to prepare and what to expect from CELTA.

How to Apply

You've made a decision, now it's time to get the best CELTA application and interview tips online.

CELTA FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the CELTA course, covering all those little questions you have before you apply.

Finding a CELTA Centre

Based on my own experiences, I've published some free tips on finding a CELTA centre that is right for your needs.

Recommended CELTA Books

A great list of recommended books to improve your knowledge of grammar and teaching methodology before, during, and after the CELTA course.

CELTA Funding

Explore the different options for helping to fund your CELTA course, including government grants and career development loans.

Graduate Interviews

Exclusive interviews with new teachers, who want to share their own experiences and advice to help you pass your CELTA course.


Other Trainees Just Like You!

My biggest challenge about the CELTA course is having the ability and the tools to explain the numerous grammar rules to my students when teaching. This is due to my age (62), and the simple fact that these rules were part of my education in early years of education, however, not engrained in detail my thought process.

David has helped through inspiration, encouragement, daily tips that come through with each email, and knowing that I have a resource to turn to for the coming months whilst I attend the CELTA course.

I would definitely recommend this website and newsletter for the reasons stated above, I have been inspired and encouraged since subscribing to the newsletter. The daily tips that come through with each email answer to my "unasked questions", bring me a sense of comfort knowing that I have a resource to turn to for the coming months whilst I attend the CELTA course. I say this in all sincerity, as several points that I have picked up through the newsletter and website, and ran by friends of mine that have themselves taken the CELTA course, have been confirmed as points that I will be facing and encountering in CELTA.

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Thomas Hahr

I would really like to take the CELTA course abroad learning in a real class with real professional teachers.

Pass the CELTA is full of very valuable tips and resources from the experts. Absolutely, I would recommend the resources here to future CELTA trainees!

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Raniya Abdullina

I'm feeling quite jittery about the interview.

The emails are helping me mentally prepare myself for CELTA. Reading about people's first-hand experiences of the course is helping me understand that I'm not the only one who's feeling nervous.

I totally recommended this website and newsletter.

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Vinnie Singh

My biggest concern was that I was just going to be bombarded with information! And that I was supposed to know everything quickly and the trainers would be testing me on everything.

Thanks to the information and interviews on passthecelta.com, I found out that the trainers are there to help and encourage us, and all the trainees are in it together! I was definitely reassured!

The information on passthecelta.com is a great way to get an idea of what to expect, what to look out for, and how to prepare. It's nice to have the information from a former trainee, as well as interviews with real, seasoned trainers! Thanks, David!

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Lauren

My biggest fear regarding CELTA was that I am not competent enough to finish it since I am a non-native speaker of English. Once you find out your CELTA tutors do not necessarily have to be English, everything gets easier. Another thing was the course intensity. Complete dedication to something for one month. It does not sound too difficult or frightening when you say it, but it really requires 24/7 work and dedication. When you work - you work for CELTA, when you sleep - you are getting rest for CELTA again. Don't get me wrong, I would do it all over again now, but that period when I was waiting for the course to start was making me nervous whether I will be able to make it.

I downloaded every possible thing which can be downloaded from this site, read/listened/watched in detail, newsletter was also enormously useful. I even exchanged a couple of private letters with David and he gave me some tips on the CELTA assignments and he was very polite and helpful. I am so grateful I was able to come up across this site and its owner before I started CELTA.

I definitely recommend David's website and newsletter for new CELTA trainees! First of all, you will get valuable advice from a person who has already passed the CELTA and decided to dedicate his life to help others who plan on doing the course. You receive newsletters which are very detailed, but coherent, containing information that would help you out a lot if you knew it before your course starts. It also helps you to create an image of what is everything regarding teaching practice and written assignments going to be like. The website and newsletters contain beneficial input from the real CELTA tutors and trainees as well.

In my opinion, this is the number one site for all of the future CELTA trainees out there.

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Jelena

Just a quick update since we last spoke... I asked some questions about the CELTA pre-interview task and you kindly guided me through some of the points to consider before the interview. Today is the day I complete my CELTA and now I just wait for my certificate to come through.

It’s been a great experience and I’m glad I went ahead with it.

Many thanks for your time and advice prior to taking the CELTA.

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‎Tugba Kirkcesme Ramadan

My biggest fear is fear of lacking behind in a group of native speaker, I am scared of completing written assignments timely. Althought I am highly motivated, still somewhere in the corner of my heart something frightens me. By David's newsletters I am trying to gain inspiration and take up this course very soon and address my foremost fear of the pre-interview test paper and its language awareness part.

This website gives me courage not to give up and boosts my confidence level to cope up all 4 intensive weeks successfully. It addresses each and every part of course and how to overcome my fear and to prepare myself for the course in advance.

It's a energy booster in short, to motivate you to go for the course enthusiastically.

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Zeenat

I want to express my massive thanks to you. The information you share with us is really valuable and I'm looking forward to your post about writing assignments. And I wonder which books would help me to pass CELTA successfully. In July I'm going to get CELTA training and I want to head there well prepared. I'm afraid that it is going to be a challenging and intense part of my summer. My biggest fear is that I am not sure I will be able to cope with negative feedback. Thank you beforehand ?

You really helped me.

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Sabina

This website is not affiliated with Cambridge ELA. You should always follow your CELTA tutor's advice.