As it is the exciting capital of Greece, Athens is a great destination to complete your CELTA training course. This dynamic city offers plenty of magnificent sites to explore and you are only a short trip away from some of the best coastal resorts in the region.
Athens is known as the birthplace of democracy and is home to the mighty Acropolis, one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of Europe. For a quick look at what Athens has to offer, click here for a virtual tour of the city.
Athens has a well earned reputation as one of the friendliest and safest cities in Europe and it has been welcoming visitors with its warm climate and rich culture for many years. Wherever you go in the city you will find authentic outdoor cafes, restaurants and taverns where you can sample the very best local cuisine at very affordable prices.
Only half an hour from the city center you can also enjoy the many beaches that are dotted along the coastline. During the summer months you will find numerous beach bars, cafes and clubs, as well as some of the best swimming conditions on the Mediterranean.
If you are looking for a weekend break or a trip before or after the course, the stunning islands of Santorini and Mykonos are only a 30 minute flight away, while the islands of Hydra and Spetses can be reached via hydrofoil in less than two hoursRegister now & get certified to teach english abroad!
The training center in Athens is conveniently located in the very heart of the city, within easy reach of all the main public transport options, such as bus, metro and trolley-buses. Although very central, we are situated on a quiet street in an area that is home to the House of Parliament, the National Library and the Academy of Letters.
The CELTA center has been dedicated to teacher training and education programs since 1989, with over 3000 teachers trained to date. Within the building we have up-to-date facilities that include a well stocked library that contains a huge amount of information covering all areas of the teaching world. Wherever you come from, we offer the best training solution due to our:
- High quality tutoring and extensive support during and after your course
- Outstanding track record of results
- Strong social media presence which is used for the benefit of our trainees and alumni
- International PLN (Personal Learning Network), a resource that is available to our alumni for life
- Experience working with thousands of teachers from around the globe
We are happy to offer reasonably priced accommodation in an apartment shared with other trainees attending one of our courses. We are also able to arrange accommodation in individual studio or larger apartments if you would prefer. If a hotel is more to your liking then we have connections with several hotels in the area that provide good service at affordable prices.
Please note: Accommodation prices will be lower in the winter (low season) and a little higher in the summer season.
Prices per 4-week course:
Furnished room in shared apartment – 350 euro plus 50 euro guarantee*
Furnished apartment for two-four people – 650 euro plus 100 euro guarantee*
Studio apartment for one-two people – 450 euro plus 100 euro guarantee*
* guarantees are held in case of damages or excessively high electricity bills.
Above prices include electricity, water, building common charges and Wi-Fi.
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The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
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Balance € 1150 (Sept - May courses)
Balance € 1260 (June - Aug courses)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, PayPal and bank transfer. For intensive courses, tuition fees must be paid no later than 3 weeks before a course start date, and in some cases, if for example the candidate needs a visa to enter the country, at least 6 weeks in advance or more, to give the candidate enough time for the visa application and processing. Once the course deposit has been made, you will receive a welcome package with full information on the course requirements, a booklet of pre-course tasks and study which must be undertaken before the course starts (and submitted to the course tutors either handwritten or in digital format). The balance of course fees is payable to the centre via bank transfer, PayPal or Western Union. You can also pay via credit card which allows you a number of installments on part time courses. Tuition fees do not include Cambridge assessment costs which vary, depending on the course type you opt for: On site courses cost an additional 160 euro. Online, blended CELTA course cost an additional 250 euro.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Candidates are free to find their own accommodation in Athens through services such as AirBnB or a student accommodation service which we will connect them to. We have a small number of furnished flats which we make available to our trainees on a first come first served basis.
What is the course schedule?Expand
A typical day will begin with Teaching Practice during which you will either be the teacher or an observer of your Teaching Practice Group/Team. Each trainee must teach a minimum of 8 lessons which will be assessed and more which will be unassessed, in order to get to know the learners. After teaching practice, there will be a short break followed by peer and tutor feedback to the teachers, a lunch break in the common room or in a nearby café or restaurant. The afternoon is dedicated to input sessions, seminars and workshops on the different topics in the syllabus and an hour of help with lesson planning for subsequent teaching practices. It’s a longish day but there are good breaks, with time to relax and socialize or read in the library. A nearby small garden is available to have a break from lessons and there are some excellent places for lunch or coffee!
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Many of our learners are local people, adults who are either unemployed or retired and wanting to learn something new. We also have many immigrants and refugees from a variety of countries, so we provide a truly multinational and multicultural teaching environment for our trainees, a great advantage for most teaching positions nowadays. Teaching practice feedback is collaborative and supportive and it is both oral and written based on the criteria as set out by Cambridge. Each lesson evaluation by the tutor is accompanied by a reflection written by the trainee who taught and an action plan laying down the course for improvement in the next lesson(s). The process is formative and has great results in producing teachers who are both reflective as well as highly accomplished in a wide range of methods and techniques.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Our course participants are a mixture of novice teacher or teachers with little experience as well as teachers who have considerable experience but have never attended a formal training program and are interested in their professional development. The mix works well; the different skills and abilities make the course interesting and the sharing of ideas and inspiration fantastic! Both native and non-native speaking teachers with a high level of proficiency can attend the course which is in accordance with our equal opportunities philosophy and policies.
Is there a dress code?Expand
All information regarding the school dress code will be forwarded in the information package to candidates but, in general, it’s a course in a school attended by adults who dress in city casuals. During teaching practice, trainees are expected to dress with the decorum and professionalism expected of teachers in the particular locale; this means no shorts or low cut tops or tank tops with midriffs showing – bearing in mind that we also have many refugee students who come from Muslim countries and the sight of a teacher attired in this way may not be the best course of action to maintain our student numbers!!!! ?
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Notepaper and pen or a tablet, laptop or similar device for taking notes are desirable. You will be given a folder for your portfolio in which all coursework will be placed and left at the centre at all times. Candidates should bring their own ring binders in which they can organize handouts and sample materials, but the overall attempt is to make use of less paper for environmental reasons. There is free Wi-Fi at the centre and a common room for breaks and lunches, snacks and a library for quiet time and study.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
You will need your centre report which you can use in lieu of your CELTA Certification which is sent to the centre approximately six weeks after the end of a course. The Certificate is awarded by Cambridge and is then posted to the successful candidates at no extra cost, unless they wish to have it couriered, in which case they must cover the extra costs involved or pay on delivery. A CV is usually required by prospective employers and a testimonial letter or two by previous employers or professors. A passport or other form of identification is also necessary. The centre publishes the many requests for work received in a closed platform dedicated to the centre alumni where jobs are posted regularly – the testimonials received by the centre about the high quality of candidates produced by our centre means that most trainees can find employment easily. Non-EU residents may need a special invitation and process to be employed in the EU. Non-native non-EU candidates have more difficulties in the EU but there are numerous job opportunities for EFL teachers opening up in China, Japan, Asia as well as via online outfits. Strong candidates with a high level of competence in English and a very good accent usually have less trouble finding work.
What’s the climate like? What kind of clothing will I need to bring?Expand
The climate in Athens is temperate with winter temperatures rarely under 9 or 10 degrees Centigrade and hot summers without humidity however – the school is airconditioned and is quite cool in the summer and warm in the winter so dress comfortably and not heavily.