ICELT – In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching

Who is ICELT for?

ICELT is flexible it is difficult to describe a typical candidate. However, some examples are:

  • You may be teaching English and wish to develop your knowledge and skills.
  • You may have been working in a primary school for several years, and have begun to teach English without any previous ELT training.
  • You may be returning to language teaching after a period of time and wish to review and develop your English Language skills.
  • You may be teaching adults in a private institute. You trained to teach at secondary level but that was many years ago.
  • You may have completed a pre-service teacher-training course for secondary teachers a year ago.
  • You are currently working in a secondary school and also work in a private institute teaching adults two evenings a week.

ICELT is also suitable if your previous training has not included a formally assessed teaching practice component.

Unlike many teacher training courses, the ICELT is not solely adult orientated and is designed to suit teachers of any level and age.

What does ICELT involve?

AKCENT International House Prague will offer this course on a part time basis from October 2005 to the end of May 2006. The course will be held on a Friday afternoon and in total is a 130 hours in length plus time for your own reading and research.

There are seven units of learning:

  • Language knowledge and awareness
  • The background to teaching and learning English
  • Resources and materials
  • Planning and management of teaching and learning
  • Evaluation, monitoring and assessment
  • Professional development
  • Language for teachers

It gives you insight into the principles of effective teaching and a range of practical skills for teaching English in your teaching context. You will:

  • have hands-on teaching practice
  • observe experienced teachers in the classroom
  • complete four practical written assignments and four language tasks

Four lessons are assessed by your course tutor. A Cambridge-approved Moderator visits each course to moderate candidates‘ work. ICELT is divided into two modules.

Module One

  1. Language for Teachers (Assessment component 1)
    You will complete four to six tasks designed to improve your use of English for teaching purposes.

Module Two

  1. Teaching (Assessment component 2) You will plan, teach and evaluate four lessons, which are assessed by your course tutor.
  2. Methodology (Assessment component 3) You will complete four classroom-related written assignments.

Courses are moderated externally. Samples of coursework are submitted to Cambridge ESOL for further moderation at the end of the course. You will be awarded an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction as well as component grades of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Who recognises ICELT?

Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards are recognised by organisations which employ English Language teachers as providing quality teacher training. Cambridge ESOL works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of ICELT globally.

Am I eligible to apply?

Ideally you should:

  • be a practising teacher who will have had a total of at least 500 hours of relevant experience by the end of the course
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a standard of English which enables you to participate effectively in the course and to meet the assessment requirements. If you are not a native speaker you level of English should be at least to ALTE B2 level.

Dates for 2006–2007

The ICELT will be run at AKCENT International House Prague on a part-time basis for the academic year 2006–2007.

The Course will begin on 13th October 2006 and run until the middle of May 2007.

Teaching Practice is arranged with your own classes. A provisional timetable for the course can be found here. download-ico Provisional Timetable [PDF, 352 kB]

Please note this is subject to change and the final table will reflect the specific teaching needs of the candidates.

Czech Accreditation

As well as being a Cambridge accredited course, The Cambridge ICELT is recognised by the Czech Ministry of education, sports and youth, so your school can cover the fee from their annual government budget. The approval number is č.j: 21 104/5-25-184. Zobrazit osvědčení [JPG, 182 kB] extern-ico.


The cost of the course which includes the fee for tuition and the Cambridge Examination fee is 30,047 CZK. The first 6 successful applicants for the course will receive a 10% discount.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information

leona-maslovaLeona Máslová

Head of Teacher Training Centre
AKCENT International House Prague
address: Bitovska 5, 140 00 Prague 4
telephone: +420 261 109 244
fax: +420 261 261 880