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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 fear about the CELTA course is that the time seems short and there is a lot to cover. I fear I may be unable to complete the entire course in just a month!

Here's some of the things I've found valuable from this website: First, creating rapport with the students by mentioning their names, that's something I would have overlooked but as I prepare I have that in mind. Secondly, carrying a clipboard is a great tip! with all my docs put together on the clipboard I am able to move and monitor the class and at the same time referring to my notes.

Use this website if you really want to be fully prepared as you enter CELTA. It's explained in very clear language and the tips are things we can easily overlook. Thanks David for being so kind to prepare us for the CELTA!

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Lucy Maroncha

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

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

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

My biggest challenge is standing up in front of enthusiastic adult students for the first time and teaching!

The website has helped me feel a bit more confident. The resources are good and to the point. They give you a general idea of what the course will expect from you. Brilliant tips as well!

I would recommend your website. It gives a lot of insight about teaching. Eliciting, course skills etc. The interviews are also very helpful and reassuring. I must admit I'm petrified but also very curious and impatient to start! Thanks!

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Britt Javet

I have some challenges with the technical terms of grammar though I am good at the applied aspect of it. I have not had formal teaching experience before. These are the challenges for me.

Pass the CELTA consoled me that the course is intensive but is still very achieveable.

Yes, I would recommend the website to other viewers. It reassures people needing motivation about the course.

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Chaandani Sharma

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'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

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