The perfect opportunity to begin your professional teaching career

The CELTA will open the door to a rewarding and enriching career in English teaching that can take you all over the world.

The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is evaluated and awarded by Cambridge Assessment. It is without doubt the best known and most widely recognised English language teaching qualification in the world.

Embark on an exciting new career or upgrade your current teaching as part of your professional development.

The EIM CELTA course consists of a minimum of 120 contact hours, divided between input sessions and teaching practice with real learners. You will work closely with other trainees and the course tutors in small groups (six trainees per tutor). By the end of the course, you will have done at least six hours of observed and evaluated teaching.

Fee until 31st May 2021: 1500€
Fee from 1st June 2021: 1600€


Group: 3A
Teacher: Available soon
Group: A0
Teacher: Available soon
Classroom: Available soon
Comments: In order to respond to the current restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 situation, and to guarantee the safety of our staff, students and trainees, this group may have to be conducted via Zoom.
Group: B0
Teacher: Available soon
Group: C0
Teacher: Available soon
Group: D0
Teacher: Available soon
Group: E0
Teacher: Available soon
Comments: There will be classes on Fridays, April 22nd and 29th, May 6th and 20th and June, 3rd and 10th, 2022
Group: 3A
Teacher: Available soon

Application / Enquiry form

If you are interested in one of the prestigious Cambridge teaching qualifications that the EIM offers, our open days are a great opportunity to find out more! Come along to meet the teacher training team and other prospective candidates in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

June 2021
Tues. 15th June 10-11h – via Zoom

September 2021
Mon. 6th September 10-11h*

January 2022
Fri. 28th January 10-11h*

*These open days may be held in person or via Zoom, depending on COVID-19 restrictions


  • Flexibility: Candidates can choose between different formats (face-to-face or videoconferencing). Part-time courses allow you to work and study at the same time, while full-time, intensive courses enable you to qualify in a shorter time.
  • Quality: The CELTA is awarded by Cambridge Assessment, which ensures the standard of one of the leading experts in evaluation in the world.
  • Guarantee: The CELTA guarantees teachers have the techniques and confidence to start working effectively as soon as they finish the course.
  • Practical experience: Working with real learners in a real classroom environment equips trainees with invaluable skills they will transfer to their working roles.
  • Employability: The CELTA is a widely-accepted qualification. Three out of four teaching jobs in language schools worldwide request this qualification as a minimum requirement!

Why EIM?

  • City of Barcelona: Barcelona is one the most visited cities in the world for good reason. Doing your CELTA on one of our face-to-face courses allows you to train while experiencing life in the city.
  • Location: Our centre is located in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw away from the commercial and transport hubs and within walking distance of many local attractions.
  • Universitat de Barcelona: Being part of the University of Barcelona, one of the leading universities in Spain, is a guarantee of quality and stability in an uncertain climate.
  • The EIM: The school is one of the longest-established language schools in Barcelona with more than 60 years experience in language teaching, with a diverse and active teacher development programme.
  • Tutors: Our courses are run by internationally-recognised expert tutors, who will share their years of experience of teaching and training in multiple contexts.

Course content

  • Input sessions: These classes cover the main aspects of planning and teaching English to adults in different contexts. Topics include classroom management, language analysis, teaching techniques and designing appropriate teaching materials.
  • Teaching practice: In the practical component, trainees will apply what they have studied with real classes at two different levels. Furthermore, observation and feedback provides the opportunity to reflect on the elements of successful teaching.
  • Evaluation: The CELTA is internally assessed and externally moderated. Assessment consists of a portfolio of observed classes and feedback, and four extended written assignments.

Typical day (morning groups)

Typical day part-time morning
Typical day full-time morning

Typical day (afternoon groups)

Typical day part-time afternoon


  • Min. age 18.
  • Good C1 - C2 level of English
  • Ability to follow the academic requirements of the course

Selection procedure

To apply for this course, you will need to complete and submit the following:

  1. Initial enquiry
    Complete the Application/Enquiry form on the CELTA website to register your interest. A member of the Teacher Training team will contact you personally by email to respond to your request. If you are interested in the course, we will send you the following documents:
  2. Application form
    Your personal details, academic and work experience.
  3. Pre-interview task
    Related to language and teaching. No previous experience is needed for this.
  4. Interview
    If your application is successful, you will be invited to an interview of approx. 30-40 minutes.

Once you have been accepted:

  • You will be informed of the result of your application within three days of your interview
  • You will also be sent payment details and a course information pack.

Payment methods are the following:

  1. Debit or credit card.
  2. Bank transfer.
  3. Payment in instalments via a bank loan.

Gerard McLoughlin

Gerard McLoughlin (DipTEFLA, MA in ELT)
Main Course Tutor CELTA and DELTA

Gerard has taught and trained all over the world. Co-author of Next Generation, a Bachillerato coursebook for CUP, Fast Track, a ESO4 coursebook for Richmond and author of several teacher books for McGraw Hill (Platform) and Heinle (Outcomes), Gerard is the main course tutor for CELTA and DELTA at the EIM-UB, a CELTA assessor and president of TESOL-SPAIN.
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Jessica Mackay

Jessica Mackay (DipTEFLA, MA & PhD in Applied Linguistics)
EIM Head of Teacher Training

Jessica has taught EFL at the EIM for more than 25 years. She is the co-organiser of the EIM Jornades Multilingües (Multilingual Teaching Days) and ELTRIA (ELT Research in Action) conference and co-editor of the ELTRIA publication. She is also on the IATEFL Research SIG committee and co-editor of ELT Research, and Barcelona Area Coordinator for TESOL Spain.
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