During CELTA, the online course

The CELTA online (blended) course at IH Frankfurt

Course format

Please note that this is a blended learning course: it is not 100% online, as trainees have to attend 14 face-to-face sessions at IH Frankfurt.

These face-to-face sessions will involve coming to IH Frankfurt on 14 consecutive Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6pm to 9.50pm during the 15-week duration of the course. (The Tuesday or Thursday depends on which group you will be assigned to. Please be aware that due to bank holidays the sessions on Tuesday 1 May, Thursday 10 May and Thursday 31 May will be held on the Wednesday following Tuesday 1 May or preceding Thursday 10 and 31 May. Moreover, in the first week you will only work online and won’t have to come to the centre yet. The sessions at the centre in week 2 and 3 will all be on Tuesday, not on Thursday.)

The University of Cambridge requires candidates on all CELTA courses, whether online or face-to-face, to teach for a total of six hours during the course. This teaching is observed and assessed by course tutors and is divided into 8 separate teaching slots for each candidate, requiring attendance at the school on the fourteen occasions mentioned above for teaching, observation and feedback purposes.

The timetable of these days is as follows:

6pm – 8.10pm: Teaching practice (incl. 15-minute break)

8.20pm – 9.50pm: Feedback and guided lesson planning


Please note that the online CELTA is assessed and moderated according to exactly the same criteria as the full-time and part-time face-to-face courses and leads to exactly the same qualification.

The timetable, course format and delivery of the CELTA Online course may differ but it is to all intents and purposes identical to all other CELTA courses (including the price!)

The online component

Candidates should be prepared to spend a minimum of five hours a week online to work on interactive tasks, participate in guided video observation and forum discussions.

There will also be online tutorials with the main course tutor.

All input is delivered online and can be completed in the candidate’s own time within deadlines set by the course tutor. The online materials are available to each candidate throughout the course, enabling easy self-study and revision.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course format is probably best suited for those who are resident in central Germany, particularly Hessen and bordering states, who can manage to travel to the school on the 14 occasions required over the 15 weeks the course lasts.

(In comparison, our alternative fourteen-week part-time face-to-face course involves your coming to class on 27 occasions).

Note that you do not need advanced computer skills to take the online CELTA course: the ability to use email and the Internet and have basic typing skills is all that is required.

Further information

For general information about the course and application procedure etc., see our main CELTA page.

For more information about Cambridge CELTA Course Online, see Cambridge’s FAQs page.