CELTA in Korea

CELTA in Korea: Where and How

IGSE (International Graduate School of English) in Seoul is one of two teacher-training centers where you can take the CELTA in Korea.

They run the intensive, one-month course twice a year in January and July and the part-time course in Autumn and Spring.  It currently costs 2,350,000 Won—including an initial (non-returnable) deposit of 500,000 Won, which needs to be paid to secure your place once accepted.

For up-to-date pricing and to get specific dates visit their site at: http://sce.igse.ac.kr/community/TheCambridgeCELTA/

Or contact them directly at: celta@igse.ac.kr

Part-time Autumn Intake

  • Autumn Part-Time Online Blended course: Monday 1 October  – Wednesday 19 December 2018,
    (Meeting every Monday and Wednesday from 9.00 – 12.15)

Winter 2019 Intake

  • IGSE are now actively enrolling for the Full-Time CELTA from Monday 31 December 2018 – Friday 25 January 2019
    (Meeting Monday to Friday from 9.30 – 18.00)

How to apply?

  • You need to complete an application form and a written pre-course task, and come to the IGSE Language Center for an interview (or an online interview via Skype).
  • For the application form and pre-course task or further information, please contact Chris Kim on 82-2-6477-5141 or email at celta@igse.ac.kr
  • Visit their webpage for further information: http://sce.igse.ac.kr/community/TheCambridgeCELTA/

Helpful Books

The CELTA Course Trainee book.  This book provides the reader with everything needed to pass the CELTA course in a practical book. Find it on Amazon here –>The CELTA Course Trainee Book 

Learning Teaching is on most CELTA courses’ essential reading list for good reason. It is one of the most comprehensive and readable books on TESOL out there. It provides the readers with tips on lesson structure, motivating students, and designing classroom activities. Find it on Amazon here –>Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching [With DVD] (MacMillan Books for Teachers)

CELTA in Korea, IGSE

I completed the CELTA in Korea, IGSE in 2014 and it has definitely been one of the best things I have done to boost my practical teaching skills.  The trainers I had were fantastic and very experienced— James Forrest is the main trainer and has years of teacher training experience all over the world. Their knowledge of ELT really showed in the input sessions and in the lesson planning stage.

As IGSE is a graduate university the facilities were up to par in terms of classroom comfort and technology—I didn’t have any technical problems other than the copier jamming every now and again. IGSE is in the eastern part of Seoul (Gangdong-gu), but is easy enough to get to if you live in the city. If needed, there are several reasonably priced goshiwons in the neighbourhood; three of the trainees on my course stayed in one and although they said the rooms were pretty small they seemed quite happy.

All in all, I was really satisfied with the whole programme. It was a lot of work and not cheap, but if you’re looking for more career options or simply to improve your teaching skills, then the CELTA at IGSE is definitely a good option.

Here are some links that might be helpful:

International Graduate School of English: http://www.igse.ac.kr/index.asp

(They are currently 50% off all tuition for a Masters in TESOL and Materials development- more information here: http://goo.gl/VRUWpb)

CELTA in Korea, IGSE: http://sce.igse.ac.kr/community/TheCambridgeCELTA/

Cambridge CELTA: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/

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5 thoughts on “CELTA in Korea: Where and How

  1. Mark Johnson on

    Does a CELTA help you make more money in Korea. NO!!!!!!

    Unless you are teaching in the Middle East, a CELTA is a waste of time due to the high cost.

    God help you if your one of those suckers making 2.3 million and had to pay for a CELTA/TESOL on your own dime.

  2. AlexdoesKorea on

    You’re right in a sense, if you are only here for a year or two and don’t want to continue your career in English language teaching outside of Korea, then yes it’s probably not worth it.

    However, I think for any serious ESL/EFL teachers out there it’s a must. Actually it is a requirement for most jobs in Europe and the Middle East like you said.

  3. David Wilcox on

    With all of the scams and labour problems in the ESL industry, investing to further your career seems like recipe for disaster. Korea seems to be full of fraud even in the government programs like EPIK. Private sector academies are just a joke. China seems to be just as bad.

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