Teaching House

Teaching House


Begin your career as an English language teacher with Teaching House. Established in 2006, Teaching House hosts a number of facilities that offer extensive training in English language teaching. Teaching House offers full-time, part-time and semi-intensive courses for the Cambridge University accredited CELTA certificate, one of the most prestigious and globally recognized TEFL certificates available.

Students develop their English language teaching education through daily input sessions, teaching practice lessons in which they are given a chance to learn and develop effective teaching methods, and by completing assignments. Resume and job assistance is available throughout the course and overseen by professional teacher trainers with years of travel and teaching experience. With an enrollment of over 3000 trainees you can be sure that Teaching House will provide you with the tools, support and encouragement you need on your journey to become a successful English teacher.


185 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


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There was a lot of work involved in taking the CELTA! I loved the course, loved the people I studied with and particularly appreciated Paula Ellis and Adrienne Radcliffe, both absolutely fabulous trainers. The workload is challenging, and having the structure and clear guidance (at which both excel) to put order into the rather large amount of information we were absorbing in a limited amount of time, made my experience a really positive one.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I am a lawyer, so teaching English as a second language is a new career path for me. I've been out of school for a long time, too. I was probably the eldest in my class.

I took the CELTA course in 4 weeks, because my personal situation required me to take the condensed course. I wish I had taken it over a longer period to let the sheer volume of the material sink in more. It is VERY condensed, and quite demanding, and valuable.

There are two reasons I think CELTA is the premier ESL training program. First, you teach real students immediately, and second, you get thorough feedback after each & every teaching session. That's extremely important and I think it's unique to CELTA.

The trainers are grammar gurus, too. They KNOW their stuff and can articulate it well, and usually can help you figure things out for yourself (which is what we need to do for our own students, so they "walk the talk").

The only problem I faced (other than the sheer volume of information), is that there was a lot of education "jargon" which was totally new to me. Their methodology seems sound, so I trusted it even though the underlying theories were not always intuitively obvious. Also, there are a ton of different reference materials used in the course. But there's no central index, so you have to spend time looking for things that could be found more quickly with an index.

I graduated in late July, 2018. Within days of posting my ESL resume online, I had employers inquiring. I had to narrow my search down b/c I was actually getting too many inquiries. (This job search was more immediately productive than looking for a job as a lawyer, believe me). The CELTA course is more expensive than other ESL courses but I have a hard time believing the other courses are as thorough.

I signed a contract to work overseas within a month of graduation and am moving to Eastern Europe next week. I chose this particular job because they are modeled after CELTA's program so their content & approach were familiar. Also, the interview on Skype was with staff who were very warm, open and supportive. They were not recruiting so much as looking for a good fit. I didn't want to jump into a classroom without any support for my first teaching job. So that sealed the deal for me.

This career change is doing exactly what I hoped it would do. I have always wanted to live overseas, immerse myself in a new culture, and I've always wanted to teach. I leave for Poland next week, 6 weeks after graduating from CELTA.

What would you improve about this program?
For me, it would have been useful to get a course overview with terms explained, upfront.

Suggestions - If I had known then what I know now, I'd have prepared more by reading as much as possible ahead of time. Review grammar terminology you have likely forgotten, and read the CELTA pre-course materials. Once you are in class, ask questions of your trainers early on, don't wait until you are behind.

Also, there were so many different sources of information & reference material, that it could be time-consuming to know where to look. For instance, as a lawyer, I'd know which book to read for specific types of cases and exactly where to go, just by checking online or in a centralized index. But that wasn't the case for the course, although the main student coursebook is solid. So it would be very helpful to have a central index.

These suggestions should not be confused with criticisms. I loved this course. I found it demanding, challenging, and valuable.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Excellent training for anyone that is looking to teach abroad or pursue teaching as a career. When I was looking for a certification course to teach abroad I found a lot of online programs, however, I wanted the most experience for what I was going to pay and finally came across the CELTA program. They give you actual experience teaching in front of a class, lesson planning, and observation feedback from a trainer that helps you every step of the way. If you're someone like me that has little to no experience teaching from your own lesson plans then I would highly recommend this course. Coming away from the course I feel so much more prepared to go out and teach, even beyond ESL. However, some words of warning when they say it is intensive it is definitely intensive. I recommend not working because it will take all of your time and concentration. This is one of the most stressful things I have done and feels similar to being in finals week of college, except for 4 weeks. Be prepared for being pushed and devoting 4 weeks of your life to this course, I really do promise it's worth it.

What would you improve about this program?
More PDF access to books that are kept in the class (i.e. grammar books, phonology books, workbooks, etc). Office hours for trainers. More in class time to work on written assignments, maybe condense some of the input sessions to make some time for in class work.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Having recently graduated from Teaching House's CELTA course in San Francisco, I can say with complete honesty that it was a very rewarding experience. I will always remember the friends I made on the course and the students I had the honor of teaching over the 4 weeks.

The schedule was packed on a day to day basis, filled with lesson planning, teaching, observing peers, receiving/giving feedback on teaching performance and sitting through valuable input sessions from the tutors in the evening on a variety of teaching strategies and topics (including how to find a job after the CELTA).

The course is very challenging. I had to say "no" to friends' requests to go hiking/have lunch on a weekly basis because of lesson planning and projects that we had due every week. Having a part-time job on the course is not feasible and is a recipe for burnout (although, a couple of trainees did work a job about 8-10 hrs a week - but it was much more stressful for them, and it showed.).

The tutors (instructors) gave consistent, constructive feedback on the content, framework and delivery of the classes taught by the trainees and made every effort to support the trainees by answering questions, offering advice and engaging the trainees in conversations about their own experiences teaching abroad.

The classes we taught were multi-cultural and the students were (for the most part) eager to learn and have their English critiqued.

I've come away feeling confident in my abilities to take on a classroom, either in the U.S. or abroad, and put the new skills I acquired on the CELTA course to work. I definitely recommend this course to anyone serious about becoming a teacher, whether as a career or just for a year!

Yes, I recommend this program
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I signed up with Teaching House full of bravado and confidence rooted in a 32 year career in policy analysis that, among other things, demanded precise and fluent oral and written expression in English nearly every day. I was a master of my native language, I told myself, and the Teaching House CELTA course would be like plowing a field of sweet whipped cream. Well, the reality turned out to be quite different. Mastering the use of English, on one hand, and understanding its rules, and being able to convey content and theory in a manner helpful to an English learner are two very different things.

The Teaching House experience was constructively humbling. Weekdays were full of learning the new craft though guided "input" sessions, and afternoons were spent teaching or watching others teach, and then reflecting on strengths and weaknesses of the lessons. Then, planning the nine lessons and preparing the four written assignments pretty much took over my entire life outside of the full day at school. There were moments of defeat, despair, and near-exhaustion, but the competence and encouragement of the teachers and of my fellow student helped me endure and succeed.

I can see now why CELTA is considered the gold standard in ESL training. Teaching House Chicago is a great place to be certified. You will have extremely competent instruction, constructive and incisive feedback on all your efforts, and moral support to sustain you through low moments. You will also develop new friendships that you'' want to sustain. And you will emerge with well honed tools and an eagerness to use them on the road to mastery of a new craft. Take up the challenge!

Yes, I recommend this program


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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sanda Zolic

Sanda Zolic is a newly certified CELTA English Teacher from Croatia. She's a passionate globetrotter and is endlessly in love with dancing, photography, teaching, good music and good people. She enjoys languages, writing, and poetry and is hopelessly in love with New York City.
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Why did you pick this program?

Sanda: I picked Celta because teaching seems to be something I've spontaneously became to be very comforable with and since I've heard so many positive reviews about Teaching House and this Cambridge accredited program, I decided it would be useful to really further improve my knowledge and skills.

I'm happy to say I made a good decision, I thoroughly enjoy teaching and hope to continue along that path.

What do you wish someone had told you before you went abroad?

Sanda: Thinking way back about the first time I visited New York- there really isn't much someone can say to prepare you for that whirlwind of chaos and energy, you just take things step by step and emerge into it; there's hardly a rite of passage other than learning how to swipe your metro card with attitude, but thinking about this program, I wish someone told me it's going be, at times, a bit more than you can handle. Also, recommended pre-course literature should be considered almost mandatory.

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

Sanda: Probably that I can do and endure a lot more than I give myself credit for. There is nothing like stepping out of your comfort zone that makes you realize that and appreciate everything you go through.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Sanda: Today when travelling, and the world basically, became more accessible than ever before I think it's almost redundant to explain the advantages of going abroad. Hopping on a low budget flight can sometimes cost less than a restaurant dinner so I say-why not? Use every chance you have to travel, experience different cities, countries, cultures, mindsets and mentalities. Step out of your comfort zone, it's only when you step out of it that you learn to appreciate the place you call home.

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What was the hardest part about going abroad?

Sanda: Apart from the obvious and often very painful distance from friends and family, for me it has always been food, as trivial as that sounds. I have a weak stomach that can not muster a lot of unfamiliar food and I often come across a bit impolite when I turn down that mutton biryani or sugar-laden chai latte. It's hard to be a traveller who can not take much of local cuisine. Luckily local wine never seems to be an issue and people are generally very understanding. I know it's a silly thing to mention but it's a terrible feeling to smell all the wonderful spices and know you'll probably have to stick with bread and butter.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

Sanda: Every morning I took a ten minute walk to catch the direct train to Teaching House. It's a very busy and hectic subway station and the escalator is always broken. Needless to say it's a long descend to reach the train platform by stairs, people walk down keeping the same pace, packed like sardines.

One morning I noticed a girl somewhere around my age, trying to walk down those stairs with a giant suitcase. Mission impossible. I stopped to help her but made the situation even more comical since now there were two clumsy blondes handling a suitcase that probably weighed more than two of us put together. People were just walking by, yelling at us for clogging than narrow staircase untill this random guy just walks by, barely even asks anything, picks up the suitcase and carries it all the way down to the platform like a feather.

He was waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs and they seemed to strike up a sparkling conversation. I had to say goodbye and rush to catch my train but, as hopelessly romantic as I am, I instantly imagined two of them twenty years from now retelling a story of how he helped her carry a suitcase.

Regardless, it's small acts of kindness like this that always restore my faith in humanity.

What made this experience unique and special?

Sanda: All the stories I mentioned, students at Teaching House, random acts of kindness, and craziness mixed with tons of laughter, positive energy and support.

Everything about this experience was unique, special and unforgettable and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.


Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

Sanda: I don't even know where to begin but the most recent unforgettable experience would definitely be Sleep no More at McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea. The whole idea is based on an interractive theatrical action to deliver spoken and dialogue deprived Shakespeare's McBeth. I went to see the play with a very dear friend of mine and since the whole point is to get lost inside the hotel and drift through the dimly lit hallways on your own, I somehow ended up back at the bar in the middle of the show and at that point it was super hard to even tell if the bar is just a part of the set or not.

I headed right back in to catch the last scene, ran into my friend who I didn't even recognize since everyone is wearing masks and got lost again trying to find my way out.

Sleep no more is the most surreal and by far one of the best experiences I ever had in New York. All the credit for that goes to my friend who persuaded me to go, without a doubt in my mind, one of the most amazing people I know.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Sanda: Be prepared for a very humbling experience. It will completely change the way you think about teaching but it will prepare you well for your future career. You will study hard, you will be tired and sleep deprived at times but if you're lucky enough like me, you will endure all of that while being surronded with amazing people who help each other out on daily basis. Find a good local deli for quick snacks and coffee, eat well, sleep well and enjoy your time at Teaching House.

What is one thing you probably shouldn't do in New York?

Sanda: Rely too heavily on the MTA service and the weather forecast. Two of the most variable things in the world.

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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Nahal Hale

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Local Center Administrator
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Nahal was born and raised in Iran and came to the US to finish her college education. She has a Master's in Chemical Engineering and has worked in Silicon Valley and for Microsoft in Seattle.

Nahal studied English as a Second Language from Kindergarten to college, and started studying French on her own with a private tutor and continued for several years. She also speaks some Japanese from one year of living in Tokyo, and some Arabic from studying the Koran in elementary school and from the connections with her own Farsi language. Her love of languages culminated in her decision to take the CELTA course at Teaching House New York, and she later became a Local Center Administrator and managed satellite centers in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Learning the business side of running an ESL teacher training school has provided Nahal an opportunity to be in direct contact with candidates from their first inquiry to their graduation, and gives her the opportunity to witness their success stories on blogs and social media -- an experience she finds incredibly rewarding.

What is your favorite travel memory?

During my last visit to my home country of Iran, my brother and I ventured off to one of Tehran's busiest squares and bazaars - Tajrish. There we found a small ice cream store selling my most favorite dessert of all time, "paaloodeh shiraz" or Persian noodle dessert. This is an unusual dessert made with vermicelli-sized noodles, mixed in a semi-frozen syrup made from sugar and rose water that is similar to a sorbet, often served with lime juice.

Eating it always reminds me of walking outside on a warm summer night in my birth city Shiraz. This store's paaloodeh shiarzi was one of the best I had had in a long time! As I sat at the cafe eating paaloodeh, I reminisced about the great memories of my childhood and travels to my birth city. It is amazing how a specific taste can trigger a great number of memories and past experiences!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I communicate daily with many people from around the world on various media such as snap engage, phone and email, who are interested in taking the CELTA course or English classes. I have learned to be patient and meticulous in answering their questions with the recognition that they may be communicating from a different culture with a very different background.

I strive to be completely present with the person on the other side and give them 110% of my attention in order to address all their questions. I realize that many people might be making life-changing decisions by taking the CELTA course and starting on a new path. Therefore, I make sure they have the most accurate and timely information.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We have a very loyal ESL student from China, Shi Hua, who registers for every ESL class and has been returning for 2+ years. He is a Chinese immigrant here in New York City. When his wife passed away, he started taking classes with us as part of the teaching practice English lessons of the CELTA Certification program.

We have been a stable reference point for him, always welcoming him to our classes. I feel he is not only improving his knowledge of the English language, but also making new friends and having an enjoyable pastime. At first, Shi Hua was shy to participate in end of course parties but now he is one of the first ones at the party and shares delicious treats from China with all the other students.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to travel to the various locations and centers to train new employees. Not only would I become familiar with our other locations first hand, but I would also enjoy meeting my colleagues in person. I would especially enjoy visiting London, Oxford, and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Each center/city offers a unique experience for the students, both with their location and their personnel. For me personally, it would be wonderful to put a face to the voice of those I work with on a daily basis.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Doing whatever it takes to make sure the trainees have the best CELTA training experience and that the ESL students learn and improve their knowledge of the English language. Our trainers bring a vast experience of teaching abroad to their classrooms which is greatly appreciated by the trainees.

Whenever one of our graduates calls, writes, or stops by to tell us of their great adventure as an ESL teacher, I feel proud and happy.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

A successful company continues to strive to be the best in their field. There is a collaborative and inclusive environment where ideas and suggestions are taken into consideration and everyone is encouraged to have fun while getting the job done.

At Teaching House we take our graduates' feedback very seriously. We read and address each of the reviews with the goal to be best in class in the teacher training industry.

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