CELTA Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Asalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

If you have a strong desire to live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, what better way to achieve that dream that pursuing a CELTA course.

What is a CELTA course?

The CELTA is a common requirement for those entering the field of English Language teaching. As I understand, it is recognised internationally and is extremely popular for those of us who wish to travel and teach English around the world. The CELTA course can be completed in 1 month, 3months or 6 months. The 1 month intensive is every bit as intensive as you can imagine. Students are required to attended classes Mon-Fri from between 9am – 5pm. The 3 month course consists of 2 days a week from 9am – 5pm and the 6 month course I 1 day a week from 9am – 5pm. You will be expected to complete (x) amount of hours teaching practice (I think 6) and (x) amount of hours doing  lesson observations. This can become quite tedious, but all of which is highly necessary for you to gain your qualification.

Alhamdulillaah, I was fortunate enough by the Grace of Ar-Rahman to complete a CELTA course in 2008. I have decided to attach all of my assignments in the event that they may benefit one of you. May Allaah accept this effort from me, Ameen!


Documents that may help you during the course.

  1. Assignment_1
  2. Assignment_1 (Pre-reading)
  3. Assignment_2
  4. Assignment_3
  5. Assignment_4
  6. CELTA notes
  7. Find someone who…

The doc. entitled “CELTA notes” is a diary if you like of my notes taking during the course. I would frequently document what I learnt throughout the course (pretty much what I intend to do during my time in Madinah inshaAllaah), but I got lazy towards the end of the course. Read it through because it does actually help and will explain other exercise sheets like the one entitled “Find someone who…”.

The doc. entitled “Assignment 4” began as a diary, but then later developed into my last and final assignment. It’s a good idea to write a lot of notes everyday so as to make it easier for yourself later on for assignment 4. This is easy for us as Muslims as we are accustomed to taking notes at lectures.

Whenever I had to teach vocabulary, I would find some really nice and colourful pictures on the web (Google>Images) and I would put each image on a piece of paper and laminate it. During teaching time, I would hold the image up to the class during the beginning of an exercise and teach them the name of each image, focusing in on pronunciation etc.

  1. Assalaam o alaykum,

    You may wanna have another batch of the same 7 documents but as a “.doc” file. The ones you have now are a “.docx” file extension…

    Not everyone may be able to access the “.docx” files depending on their processor/software.

    Just an suggestion.

    Wassalaam o alaykum,

    Akhook: عمر ابن مظهر

  2. ahmed says:

    assalmu’alaykum brother

    i just wanted to ask a question because i applied for madinah university in febuary and im hope to be accepted this year insha’alalh

    if i get accepted insha’allah how much will the celta course help me in getting a job, what i mean is can i get a job in madinah teaching english part time. the reason i’m asking this is because i dont no waether its worth paying £1100 or not. bare in mind that im married and i would need o find a flat insha’allah.

    what would you advise.

  3. Maria says:

    Hi! Thank you for providing your materials but I’m afraid I can’t see them with my word processor and I don’t know why. Could you please try to upload them again! Thank you!

  4. Maryaam says:

    Salaam walaikum brother, I’m a new revert, both myself and another sister are 50 years old, we would like to go to Medina to study and live Inshaa’Allaah, how likely is it that I would be able to go as an unmarried sisters to study the Deen in one of the Universities there and work part time if I did the CELTA English course.

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Wa alaykum salaam sister,

      Please forgive me for my late resposne. It is quite possibly that you both can come to Madinah or neighbouring cities providing your qualified with a Mahram. I have heard of sisters getting jobs in Saudi Arabia without a Mahram. With regards to studying whilst your working, then this is achievable but you must be dedicated! Working and studying can take its toll on you. I would definately recommend you to persue the CELTA inshaAllaah.


  5. Aida Hussein says:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh
    I am interested in taking this course. However, it seems as though there’s no info on your blog about where to take the course and attend the classes. I live in Sweden and wish to study this on distance thorough internet. How can I complete the practical part of the course? Where do I apply?

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Wa alaykum salaam,

      The course I took was in Londonh at a college in Lewisham, however informing people about how and where to take the course was not the aim of developing the blog! As you live in Sweden, I suggest that you search for the course in local colleges in your area. As far as I know, you can only complete this course by attending it and it cannot be complete online. Perhaps you may be thinking about the Tefl course which is available online and Allah knows best.

      I hope this helps!

  6. Sister Rabia says:

    Asalamualaikum Brother,

    I have a B.A. degree from a reputable school in New York. What is the difference between the CELTA and TEFL courses? Which one should I be taking? I want to study Islam overseas (preferably in KSA) but I’ve read that unmarried sisters cannot apply without a mahram. I am unmarried and have no mahram living in KSA. How can I go about the application process with my current circumstances? If I take the CELTA/TEFL courses, will that allow me to obtain a job without a mahram and then I can pursue Islamic studies in KSA? Also, do you know of other universities in other countries of the Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Egypt etc.) where there are opportunities for unmarried sisters who want to learn about Islam?

    I’d appreciate if you could refer me to any websites/links. Thank you for your time.

    Please advise – JazakAllah

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Wa alaykum salaam sister,

      The CELTA is highly recognised in the Arab lands. The course can be completed in one month (Full-Time Intensive), three months (Part Time – 2 days a week) or over the period of six months (one day a week). I would strongly recommend that you pursue the CELTA course inshaAllaah as that, coupled with the degree you have MashaAllaah will give you more opportunities in the Kingdom inshaAllaah.

      As far as I know, unmarried sisters cannot study overseas without a Mahram, however I have heard of cases whereby they can work wallaahu aalim. If you are able to come over to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via a work visa then you will be able to pursue your desire to study, but depending on the amount of hours you are working this can prove to be quite challenging. In saying that, it is possible!

      Unfortunately I do not know of any other universities in the Middle East where there are opportunities for unmarried sisters, afwan!

      May Allah aid you in your noble endeavour

      Was salaamu alayki

  7. abu abdurahman says:

    akhi can you please send me your email, as i would like to ask you a couple of question,if thats ok.

  8. abu abdurahman says:

    if i came to suadi araiba with my celta how would i go about finding a job akhi,can you advise me bro. also how relistic is it to find a job in madinah for example. bare in mind im talking about the person who only has a celta.

    also i heard that as soon as you get a job in suadi arabia you can study in the evening classes at the universities, is that true and can you explain how?

    jazkalahu khair akhi

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Extremely sorry for the delayed response.

      If you are able to come to Saudi Arabia, then looking for a job would simply be a matter of searching around for language centers and submitting your CV. From what I have heard, no one really has a problem securing a job once they are inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially if they are qualified. Having said that, the more qualified you are, the better position you are in to bargain with your employer for a better salary.

      As for Madinah, I don’t know many places that teach English here, but from what I have been hearing, they like people with degrees and Masters.

      Yes it is true that you can study in the Arabic Institute in the evening, however I don’t know much about how to go about doing so. Sorry!

  9. aba Hirr says:

    Asalaamu Alaykum Akhii

    As far as I’ve read, the Celta Intensive is indeed very intensive. Would you recommend the 3 month option for (taking into account that you did take the intensive course).

    I have my BA and hope to find a job with the Celta in KSA.

    Do you know If there are companies hiring EFL teachers in Makkah?
    Where ever I look, I find jobs in Riyadh, Jeddah, and other cities.

    Finally, in your experience, Is it possible to study Islam [or Arabic] (even if it is at a slow pace) while working full time?

    JazakAllahu Khairan,
    Looking forward to your response

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Wa alaykums alaam,

      Please forgive me for the delayed response!

      They usually refer to the month course as the intensive course. Having said that, the 3 month course can be challenging also. I would definitely recommend the 3 month course, because the pace is nice and it gives you a chance to grasp the teaching methods that you learn in order to implement them in the classroom when it’s your turn to teach.

      I am not too sure of any places that are recruiting at the moment, but I’ll be sure to post some in the event I come across some vacancies in the future.

      Yes, it is possibly to study Islam and Arabic (even at a slow pace) while you are working over here. It requires a lot of hard work and determination and you have to be highly motivated, but it is definitely possible, Alhamdulillaah.

      Take care and I hope this helps

  10. Ayesha Nadeem says:

    my name is ayesha i am from pakistan n wnted to do CELTA. I have sent 2 milz to jeddha centre but they didnt reply me. please would you tell me how i should start my process forCELTA in jeddha centre. as we dony have any centre in pakistan. jeddha is safest & convinent place for me. i would also like to know if theer any accomadation facility during the course. i m unmarried but my father n brother’s family living in jubail.i will wait for your posistive response.
    Allah Hafiz

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Wa alaykum salaam,

      I am unsure of how to start the CELTA course in Jeddah. I done the course in London and simply applied via the internet. I’m really sorry I cannot help you.

  11. Aisha Ahmed says:

    Salam alaykum brother I have been wanting to work in KSA for a long time, I am unsure if I should pursue teaching English or working with the degree I obtained even though I don’t have experience working in that field. What is your experience in teaching English in KSA? Do you enjoy it? What is the work load like and the students? Is your contract temporary or permanent? What can sisters do who have no mahram but have children and want to work there?

    Jazakallah khair.

    • ismaeelbeaumont says:

      Wa alaykum salaam,

      I would definitely advise you to complete your degree even if it is in a unrelated field. Before I left to work in Jeddah approx 3 years ago, I only had minimal experience teaching in a Islamic School and also at an Islamic Madrasah. Although I was primarily teaching basic Arabic and Islamic studies, I still had to employ the same teaching skills needed when teaching English i.e. monitoring students development, classroom management, setting homework, elicting information from students, teaching new vocab etc. This actually helped me during my CELTA regarding my confidence and subsequently once I secured work abroad (within a month of completing the CELTA), I found the experience imperative.

      I have now left teaching English and am currently enrolled in the Islamic University of Al Madinah. I did enjoy working as a teacher and it is a good opportunity to make some good money tax free. Depending on your contract you may be required to work from about 9am – 3pm, with an hour lunch and four 50min lessons which fly by. If you are contracted to complete more hours then you may need to complete an evening shift (which I think if specific to language centres and not universities).

      The work load is light Alhamdulillaah, but generally students over here are lazy. I had a permanent contract. Re. your last question, I’m not too sure of the answer. Sorry.

      BaarakAllaahu feeki

  12. Assalaamu ‘alaykum akhee,
    Is there any chance you could upload the files again using .doc rather than .docx please. The computer I’m using doesn’t recognise the .docx files.

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