Hyland Language Centre is an official preparation centre for the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) international qualification. You should choose this course if you want to open up a whole world of exciting English language teaching opportunities and you have little or no previous teaching experience.

Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) is the original and most internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It is a basic requirement to teach in quality English language schools around the world.

We have Full Time Celta Course (4 week intensive), Part Time Celta Course (10 weeks) or an online Celta Course.

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Full time CELTA course
 Part time CELTA Course
Online (Blended) CELTA Course
5-30 June27 January – 7 April23 January – 28 April
3-28 July9 October-20 December
3-31 August
4-29 September


Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) is the original and most internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It is a basic requirement to teach in quality English language schools around the world.
The Cambridge CELTA provides a basis in English language teaching (TEFL) both for those with no previous teaching experience and those who have taught before but want an internationally recognised teaching qualification.
There are countless “TEFL” courses on the market but none of them are as widely recognised as CELTA and many do not even include a pratical element with real learners of English. Unlike these other courses, every single CELTA course is assessed by Cambridge University, which ensures that all CELTAs worldwide meet the same high standards.

You can read what a highly experienced CELTA trainer and assessor says about choosing your CELTA course HERE.

For information from Cambridge University about the CELTA syllabus and course see HERE.


Madrid has all the amenities you would expect from a major European capital city but all within an easily accessible area. Its reputation as a diverse and cosmopolitan cultural centre is well deserved, as is its unparalleled offering of museums, culture, art and entertainment. For more information see HERE.


The school is located in the heart of the elegant Salamanca district, next to Plaza de Colón, in the centre of Madrid . It is easily reached using the city’s excellent public transport including bus, metro and suburban train. Hyland Language Centre is at the cutting edge of language teaching methodology – past and present members of our staff having written some of the best-known ELT course books and materials. The school was founded in 1985 and, although we teach some 3,000 students a year and some 50 teachers work for us, we have managed to remain true to our philosophy of “big but little” and a friendly, personal atmosphere reigns at all levels.
The centre has an extensive CELTA library, complete with all the latest EFL materials for trainees to use. You will also have full access to the staffroom, including internet, computer and photocopying facilities. There are 14 classrooms, all air conditioned and with audio visual equipment, a separate area which serves as a place to relax and meet students and teachers, as well as a staff kitchen.

You can find out from the trainees themselves in the testimonials below.


The teacher training department at Hyland is well established with a reputation for excellence, having achieved a 100% pass rate on CELTA courses. Our tutors are fully qualified and accredited by Cambridge and have a wide range of experience in teaching and teacher training.

Jacqueline Cook (MA, RSA CTEFLA & DTEFLA) is the public exams co-ordinator at Hyland, where she has been teaching and giving seminars since 1995. She is also a Cambridge CELTA teacher trainer and Cambridge ESOL oral examiner for FCE, CAE, CPE and ILEC.

Silvie Rasikova (MA, RSA CELTA & DELTA, IHCYL) is a Cambridge CELTA teacher trainer and an Assistant Director of Studies for the Young Learners Department at Hyland Language Centre. She started teaching in 2001 and has worked in the Czech Republic, the UK and Spain. She has completed the IH Young Learners’ Course and RSA DELTA.

Jo Steel (BA, RSA Cert. TEFLA, Trinity Diploma in EFL) is a CELTA Trainer. She has taught on CELTA courses in Mexico, the USA, Canada and Thailand and has a wide range of experience of teaching children and adults in Spain, Mexico and Greece.


Simply fill in the application form, the pre-interview application task and the written task and or e-mail them to our Teacher Training Department: training@hylandmadrid.com We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

For any further information please contact us here.

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The course fee is 1,575 Euros, which includes the Cambridge entrance fee.

Once you have been accepted on a CELTA course, your place cannot be reserved until Hyland language Centre has received a deposit of 575 Euros. The balance of the course fee must be received 4 weeks before the starting date of the course.
The deposit and fees may be paid either by bank draft payable at a Spanish bank and made out to Hyland Language Centre or by bank transfer to our account number:

  • IBAN: ES24 – 0081 – 0155 – 83 – 0001063815
  • Bank: Banco de Sabadell Atlántico, Calle Velázquez 50, 28001 Madrid.

Important note: Deposits and course fees are non-refundable if the candidates are unable to attend the course. Hyland Language Centre reserves the right to cancel any course that does not fulfil the minimum number of trainee teachers required by Cambridge ESOL regulations. In this case, the deposit will be refunded in full or alternative course dates offered .

The Hyland CELTA course is highly practical and is assessed through observed teaching practice and practical written assignments. After our course, successful candidates will have developed an awareness of..

…a range of techniques for presenting, practising and revising vocabulary and grammar, with an emphasis on speaking.

…how the four main skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing can be taught and learned.

a wide range of creative tools to design useful and motivating lessons, using video, visual aids, drama, music etc.

how to correct students sensitively and effectively.

…the characteristics of English vocabulary and pronunciation compared to other languages and a range of techniques to draw students´ attention to these.

how to manage a classroom situation, deal with pair and group work and encourage positive group dynamics.

how to critique, select and adapt materials from a variety of published and authentic sources.

…the fundamentals of the English language through the eyes of a language learner.

the psychological processes involved in learning a foreign language and the effects on language acquisition of different types of motivation and learning style.

their own strengths and weaknesses and the importance of ongoing self-reflection in the role of teacher, colleague and employee.

The timetable of a full time course is from 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, while the part-time course takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for around 5 hours each day. In addition to these hours, candidates are expected to prepare lessons, complete written assignments and observe experienced teachers at the school. On the full time course, this involves between 3 and 5 hours extra work every evening during the course. It is not possible to have other work commitments during a full time CELTA course.

A typical day on the full time course looks like this, although the exact times may change.

* 09.00 – 09.30 – Individual lesson preparation time
* 09.30 – 11.30 – Teaching Practice
* 11.30 – 11.45 – Break
* 11.45 – 13.00 – Input session
* 13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch
* 14.00 – 15.00 – Teaching Practice Feedback
* 15.00 – 16.30 – Input session
* 16.30 – 17.30 – Guided lesson planning

On the part time course, Mondays and Wednesdays follow a similar pattern, with a different schedule on Fridays. Again, the exact times may change.

Mondays and WednesdaysFridays
* 09.15 – 10.15 – Input session
* 10.15 – 11.15 – Guided lesson planning
* 11.15 – 11.30 – Break
* 11.30 – 13.30 – Teaching Practice
* 13.30 – 14.30 – Teaching Practice feedback
* 09.30 – 11.30 – Input session
* 11.30 – 11.45 – Break
* 11.45 – 13.15 – Input session
* 13.15 – 13.30 – Break
* 13.30 – 14.30 – Guided lesson planning

The  blended online course combines the flexibility of online study with face-to-face teaching practice. 

Teaching Practice (TP), Feedback (FB) and supervised lesson planning (SLP) will take place at Hyland Language Centre in Madrid on Friday and Saturday mornings starting in February. You can find more more detailed information about this course here.


Teaching practice is an important part of assessment. Trainees teach for a total of 6 hours over the course, divided into lessons of 20 – 60 minutes in length. Students are mostly Spanish and trainees will teach students with two distinct levels of language ability (for example, Elementary and Intermediate). The students are aware that you are a teacher in training. Each lesson receives detailed verbal and written feedback from tutors, outlining what worked well and things that could be improved.


On the CELTA course, trainees are expected to pay close attention and complete an observation task during each other’s lessons, in order to be able to participate fully in a feedback session. While the tutor is present during the session and will guide the process and summarise the main points, it is very important that trainees are able to give and receive constructive criticism in order to help each other in the development of their teaching. The observers often learn as much as those who taught from this process.


During this time, you have an opportunity to sit down individually with the tutor and ask questions relating to your next lesson. Teaching is based on a course book and during the early stages of the course you are given a lot of help and support in preparing your class. However, as the course progresses you are expected to become much more independent in your lesson planning.


Input sessions are very practical and related directly to teaching practice. They cover the main issues of teaching methodology and techniques and language analysis. They are highly interactive and the focus is very much “demonstrate” rather than “explain”. In other words, the tutor will teach you in the way that we expect you to teach your students. In this way input sessions help you to learn on two levels; the content of the session and the techniques that the tutor uses to convey and help you to understand that content.


CELTA is an initial teacher training qualification and is suitable for people with little or no teaching experience. Having said that, many people who do have some teaching experience take the CELTA course, both for reasons of professional development and in order to have a recognised qualification in the field of English Language Teaching. Even those with quite substantial teaching experience often comment that they have learnt a great deal and that the course has significantly improved their teaching.


TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. These terms are often used to describe teaching qualifications but a “TEFL course” could be anything from an online course or weekend course involving no teaching of real students, to a 4-week intensive course with assessed teaching practice. Employers have no way of knowing what the course consists of or what standard of teaching is required to pass the course. In contrast, all CELTA courses are externally assessed by an assessor appointed by the University of Cambridge, and have a practical focus with grades being awarded on the basis of 6 hours of teaching real students, as well as 4 written assignments. Because CELTA is standardized on a worldwide basis, employers see this qualification as a guarantee that the applicant possesses the skills required to be a competent teacher and capable colleague. CELTA qualified teachers can therefore generally be quite choosy about the job they accept.


The first stage is completion of an application form, an application task and an extended writing task. The application task is used to assess your language awareness (although you are not expected to know the names of different verb tenses at this stage) and your aptitude for teaching. The extended writing task is intended to ensure that you will be able to meet the demands of a course at this level, both in terms of the standards of written work required and your own use of English. This is the case for both native and non-native speakers of English. Applicants whose application is of the required standard will be invited to an interview, either in person or by telephone, which takes between 45 minutes and an hour. The interview is carried out by one of our CELTA trainers, who will discuss with you your general background, your experiences as a language learner and teacher (if applicable) and some aspects of your application task. The interview is also an opportunity for us to ensure that you fully understand the quantity of work involved in the course, and for you to ask us any questions you have.


The deadline for enrolment is often determined by the availability of places. However, applying well in advance for the course will ensure that you have plenty of time to prepare and do the recommended pre-course work


You should know what grammatical terms like noun, verb etc. mean. However, you are not required to know the names of different grammatical tenses before the course. In the pre-interview task we are really looking for a “feel” for language so that you can help students with their problems. There are some sessions on the course which focus on grammar, but most of the input sessions are focused on teaching methodology. You really learn about the grammar of English by doing the necessary research as you prepare to teach it, and even highly experienced teachers often have to refer to grammar reference books when preparing to teach a complex language point. In this way, grammar is to some extent a self-study aspect of the course, and it is unrealistic to expect to have a comprehensive knowledge of English grammar after a 4-week course, especially given everything else that has to be covered.


We use an agency, AccommMadrid, which can find you a room in a shared flat near the school for 450 Euros a month (all bills included) plus a 65 Euros fee. Their website is: http://www.accommadrid.com/. We sometimes also know other people, such as Hyland teachers, who may have a slightly cheaper room to rent and will let you know if this is the case once you are accepted on the course.


The pre-course task is designed to get you thinking about some of the issues involved in teaching, and to improve your language awareness before the course starts. Candidates who do not complete the pre-course task often find it more difficult to assimilate the large quantities of new information at the beginning of the course. You should set aside around 12 – 15 hours to complete the pre-course task. We send the pre-course task and commentary to candidates once they are accepted on the course.


There is no difference in the content of the full and part time course. The part-time course is spread out over 10 weeks instead of 4 weeks and so is obviously less stressful and allows participants more time to assimilate the course content and do some background reading. It is also possible to combine the part time course with other commitments e.g. some part time teaching or studying Spanish, while on the full time course it is absolutely impossible to have any outside work or study commitments.


You are required to have a minimum level of C1 / C2 in the Council of Europe levels. This is equivalent to a strong CAE pass or a Proficiency (CPE) Pass in the Cambridge exams, or a band 8 overall in the IELTS. However, this does not necessarily mean that you need to have a certificate to prove your level of English. We use the application form and written task, as well as the interview, to evaluate the language of ALL candidates, whether or not they are native speakers. If we are in any doubt, we may ask you to do another piece of written work.


We recommend that you complete the pre-course task in conjunction with two books, Practical English Usage by Michael Swan and Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener, and it will also be useful to bring these books with you. We do have copies here, but these are shared between everyone so you may not have access to them when you need them. You may also wish to bring items which you could use in the classroom, such as photos of your family & your home town, tourist information leaflets etc. Basic stationery supplies are provided by Hyland, and you can buy anything else you need here. However, we do recommend that you bring a ring-binder (lever-arch file), dividers to organise your notes, a notebook and pen. A laptop computer is also useful, although you can use the computers in our teachers’ room. If you do bring a laptop, you may also wish to bring a pen drive so that you can work at home and print your work out here at Hyland Language Centre.written work.


All sorts of people take CELTA, from recent graduates to older people looking for a career change. We’ve had CELTA trainees from age 18 to people in their 60s, although the biggest single age group tends to be people from 25 – 35. There is often a mix of nationalities and the possibilities for shared experiences make for an interesting month. Many people form lasting friendships on their CELTA course.