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CELTA & Teacher Training

CELTA is an internationally recognized TEFL certificate awarded by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. The course sets you up with the essential background knowledge, hands-on teaching experience, and classroom confidence to qualify you as a teacher of English to adults as a Second Language (ESL).

Our School

Founded over ten years ago, British Side is renowned for its commitment to quality in the field of ELT (English Language Teaching). Our school is the largest provider of Cambridge English services in Turkey and the Middle Eastern region. We are centrally located with easy access to public transport and shops. We have a high-quality restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner for well-deserved break times as well as our comfortable roof-top terrace which offers fabulous views of the Bosphorus.

What We Provide

As well as a fully supportive and committed team to help you achieve your goal of becoming a qualified English teacher, British Side provides you with:

  • All resources and course books you’ll need for your teaching practice; including all photocopying/scanning facilities for the course.
  • Access to all technology; our classrooms are well-equipped with projectors, laptops, whiteboards, sound systems, and WIFI is available on every floor.
  • A resource library for CELTA participants to help you research for your assignments.
  • Student’s resource library

Our Courses

The CELTA Courses are all completely online.

  • Part-time Courses – 10-12 weeks – two weekday evenings and all day Saturday.
  • Full-time Courses – 5 weeks – all day every weekday.

Who does the CELTA?

CELTA candidates are not required to have any previous teaching experience as the course provides you with the basic skills and techniques to become a confident teacher. Candidates with some previous teaching experience also benefit from taking the course as they refine their teaching skills and techniques, as well as gain an invaluable qualification for future employment. Candidates are required to be at least 18 years old with a high C1 or C2 level of spoken and written English. Applicants are also assessed on their potential to develop themselves through feedback and reflection. It is free to apply!

Gain Practical Experience

As British Side is a fully functioning language school, we offer CELTA candidates the unique opportunity to gain practical, unassessed, and paid* teaching experience. You have the opportunity to run additional conversational classes or even our SAC events to help you build your classroom confidence and experience. Ask us how!

Course Structure and Workload

The Celta course consists of 120 hours of face-to-face work in the centre during which you will teach six hours of observed lessons, working in a group, and giving and receiving feedback from your peers.

It is estimated that you will have to do at least 50 hours of work at home during the course.



These are issued by Cambridge between two and eight weeks after the course ends. In the meantime, you will receive a report from your tutors which states your provisional grade and serves as a reference.

Free Lessons

We have free lessons from 10.30 to 1.00 pm every day except Wednesday. please join us.

Platform Type Location Training Dates Fee Quota Apply for Course
Online Part-time ZOOM 4.1.2021 19.3.2021 1000 GBP 18
Online Full-time ZOOM 1.2.2021 5.3.2021 1000 GBP 18
Online Full-time ZOOM 15.3.2021 16.4.2021 1000 GBP 18
Online Full-time ZOOM 26.4.2021 28.5.2021 1000 GBP 18
Online Full-time ZOOM 7.6.2021 9.7.2021 1000 GBP 18

Brandon L.

I highly recommend the CELTA program at British Side. The teaching staff was very knowledgeable and encouraging. The course was an engaging lab-type cycle of lecture, teaching, observation/feedback, and written work. Fellow student-teachers provided essential criticism and camaraderie. The facilities, on-premise restaurant-cafe, and central location are additional benefits to the program. A memorable and worthwhile experience, I am glad I completed the CELTA course at British Side.   

Brandon L.

Beata Inaba

Thank you British Side for a truly wonderful CELTA experience! The course was amazing in all aspects. To start with; the location of British Side is ideal. Access to all types of public transportation is very easy. And since good nutrition is essential to stay alert during the quite demanding course, I was delighted to see that there are a number of restaurants with affordable quality-food on their menus just around the corner. British Side’s in-house restaurant, though, remains my favorite. I still miss your delicious and nutritious meals :)! Most importantly, though; the lessons were very well designed. Not only did we learn how to teach in a logical and cognizable manner (a lot of emphases is given to how to present information in a way that ensures that the brain retains it), but the teachers also often put us in the shoes of our future students. And that enabled us to relate to how they will benefit – or not – from different good and bad teaching styles. But of what use would a good lesson be without a good teacher 🙂 And of course, our dear teachers were world-class! They were highly competent and always went out of their way to support us whenever needed. Although the course was extremely dense, some days the 24 hours of a day were right on the verge of being too few to prepare for both teaching practice and written assignments, it was an amazing experience and I would gladly re-take the course any time. Although I have more than ten years of teaching experience, I recognize with a lot of gratitude that it is only now, with the skills that I acquired in this course, that I can finally start teaching.