Teacher Training

The Teaching House at Holmes Institute is located in Melbourne in the golden mile of the city centre opposite the Victorian Parliament. Close to transport facilities considered the best in Australia, and alongside restaurants, parks and shopping malls, the Institute contains five floors of tutorial and classrooms, auditorium, computing labs, resource centre with large student common and recreational areas.

Holmes Institute introduced Cambridge Teacher Training courses to Victoria in 1988 and is now one of Australia's most respected centres, with extensive up-to-date materials, technological aids, and a spacious and modern working environment. In 2015 Holmes acquired Teaching House and now with CELTA schools in over 18 locations, in the USA, Canada and the UK, our graduates belong to a truly international network.

Cambridge CELTA

This is the most well known of the range of Cambridge awards for English Language Teachers. More than 12,000 people successfully complete the CELTA each year in over 300 centres worldwide. The CELTA is widely regarded by employers as the indispensable initial teacher training certificate of its kind.

Course Aims

Courses are aimed to provide pre-service or initial training in English Language Teaching for those with little or no ELT experience. The focus is on practical hands-on teaching, with trainee teachers involved on a daily basis with multinational groups of adult learners. This is followed by constructive feedback sessions with the emphasis on participants gaining an understanding and awareness of their own effectiveness as teachers through self, peer and tutor comment.

Course Content

The University of Cambridge specifies a syllabus for the training process. From this, Teaching House at Holmes Institute has developed an enjoyable and fulfilling timetable with varied components and a solid practical base, including multiple jobs sessions to help you get the job you want post-CELTA. The CELTA course includes:

  • input sessions on the language systems of English: vocabulary, grammar, functions and pronunciation
  • methodological training through experiential learning on how to present and practise language systems
  • teaching practice on a regular basis with multinational classes at a minimum of two levels
  • useful live observations of experienced language teachers
  • information on examinations for international students
  • Career advice with expert assistance on professional development and where and how to look for work, and access to our Jobs Center, with over 10,000 jobs listed
  • tuition on a low trainer-to-trainee ratio (6 maximum)

Entry Requirements

The Cambridge syllabus states that applicants must be at least 18 years old at the commencement of the course, have a standard of education which would allow entry to Higher Education in their country, an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course equivalent to high C1/C2 on the CEFR.

Additionally, the application process for Teaching House at Holmes Institute includes a series of pre-course tasks and an interview with a CELTA trainer. This admissions procedure is designed specifically to safeguard applicant's interests, and helps assure candidate success.


On intensive courses such as the CELTA, the tutors on the course play a vital role in your success. Teaching House at Holmes Institute continues to have a tradition of employing trainers who have significant experience and sound qualifications. The training team experience is enhanced through their roles as Cambridge-appointed external assessors. They have visited and reported on many centres, and have drawn upon their experience to put together a practical and engaging training program. Our network of trainers throughout the world can give you first hand referrals and information about what it's like to teach in a wide range of countries based on their personal experiences.


Assessment is on a continuous basis throughout the course and determined by Cambridge authorised trainers. Candidates are assessed principally in terms of their classroom teaching and how they translate that to their own practice methodology. Additional factors such as the accuracy of written and spoken English, presentation, punctuality, written work and the ability to work as part of a group are taken into consideration, but it is practical classroom teaching which counts the most. During each CELTA course, a Cambridge-nominated assessor moderates the 'trainers' evaluations of each candidate's work. At the conclusion of a Teaching House at Holmes CELTA course, successful candidates are equipped to teach English through English. They can:

  • manage classrooms
  • correct students
  • analyse and present new language points
  • provide practice activities
  • prepare and develop materials and resources
  • motivate learners
  • find initial employment in the field

Additional Courses

Teaching House at Holmes has made its name as the leading Victorian provider of the Cambridge CELTA. Holmes also offers, through its teacher training department, courses for overseas teachers of English, ELT (English language teaching) refreshers and introduction to ELT workshops.

Next Intakes for 2017

  • Jan 23, 2017 - Feb 17, 2017
    Intensive Full-Time CELTA Course

  • Feb 22, 2017 - Jun 6, 2017
    Extensive Part-Time CELTA Course (Saturdays)

  • Jun 26, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017
    Intensive Full-Time CELTA Course

  • Aug 30, 2017 - Dec 12, 2017
    Extensive Part-Time CELTA Course (Saturdays)

  • Nov 6, 2017 - Dec 1, 2017
    Intensive Full-Time CELTA Course



A four-week Intensive CELTA course costs $2900 AUD in total, including a $250 enrollment deposit. There is no application or materials fee.

Contact Us

Visit our dedicated CELTA website at http://www.teachinghouse.com/ where you can Apply Online, browse our Jobs Center and learn about the TEFL lifestyle on our Blog or email melbourne@teachinghouse.com for more information, we would love to hear from you.