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Certificate in English Language Teaching – Secondary (2 Aug 2021 to 28 Feb 2022)

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Certificate in English Language Teaching – Secondary


  • CELT-S is a qualification designed for English language teachers working in secondary education (ages 11-18).


CELT-S aims to help participants improve the quality of their classroom practice by:

  • developing and extending teachers’ knowledge and skills;
  • focusing on the strategies, methods and materials teachers need to teach language effectively;
  • helping teachers to manage and motivate large classes; and
  • providing teachers with strategies to ensure that all learners achieve their potential.

Period and Nature of Study

CELT-S will be conducted in four phases. They are:


  • Phase 1: 2 August to 24 October 2021
    12-week online learning phase (with at least 40 hours of online study)
  • Phase 2: 25 October to 20 November 2021
    4-week residential training in Singapore at SEAMEO RELC (with 84 hours of face-to-face study, *TP1: 6 hours of micro-teaching and peer observation and TKT (Module 1) which will be taken on Fri, 19 Nov 2021 in Singapore.
  • Phase 3: 29 November 2021 to 23 January 2022
    8-week online learning phase (with at least 20 hours of online study)
  • Phase 4: 24 January to 28 February 2022
    1-week on-site visit and teaching observations (*TP2 & *TP3) by RELC trainer (exact dates of site visit to be decided by the RELC lecturer in consultation with the course participant)


CELT-S is a 150-hour blended learning course, comprising eight modules (see Course Syllabus for details) and a practical component (comprising portfolio tasks and teaching observations).




Module 1: Managing the Secondary Classroom (Online)

  • Unit 1: Creating and maintaining a constructive learning environment
  • Unit 2: Managing classroom activities effectively
  • Unit 3: Managing differences in the classroom

Module 2: Language Learning and the Teenage Learner (FtoF)

  • Unit 1: Learning language in the secondary education sector
  • Unit 2: Learning needs, styles, motivations and preferences
  • Unit 3: Encouraging and supporting active and independent learning

Module 3:Developing Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing Skills(Online)

  • Unit 1: Teaching listening and reading
  • Unit 2: Teaching speaking
  • Unit 3: Teaching writing

Module 4: Language Awareness for Teaching (FtoF)

  • Unit 1: Grammar
  • Unit 2: Vocabulary
  • Unit 3: Pronunciation

Module 5: Developing Language Use in the Secondary Classroom (Online)

  • Unit 1: Teaching language
  • Unit 2: Teaching vocabulary
  • Unit 3: Teaching pronunciation

Module 6: Planning Language Learning in The Secondary Context (Online)

  • Unit 1: Planning a lesson
  • Unit 2: Writing lesson plans
  • Unit 3: Planning a scheme of work

Module 7: Resources for learning in the secondary classroom (Online)

  • Unit 1: Evaluating, selecting, using and adapting coursebook materials
  • Unit 2: Evaluating, selecting and using supplementary materials
  • Unit 3: Using teaching aids effectively, including technology

Module 8: Assessing Language Learning in The Secondary Context (FtoF)

  • Unit 1: Principles and purposes of classroom-based assessment
  • Unit 2: Classroom-based assessment tools
  • Unit 3: Formative and summative assessment

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the programme are:

  1. An approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL or Education;
  2. At least two years of full-time English language teaching experience or experience in English language/curriculum planning and language development programmes; and 
  3. Candidates must meet the minimum language scores for any of the following:
  • IELTS:  4.0 and above
  • TOEFL: 57 and above (internet based); 437 and above (paper based); 140 and above (computer); ITP: 490; iBT: 32
  • APTIS (all four macro skills) B1 and above
  • PTE: 40 and above
  • CEFR: B1
  • GCE O Level English:  A1-C6
  • GCE A Level General Paper:  A1—D7
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE):  A—C
  • SPM 1119 English: C and above (GPK/PNG 2.00 and above)/Kepujian Tinggi and above
  • STPM General Paper/English Literature: C and above (CGPA/NGMP 2.4 and above)
  • Malaysian University English Test (MUET): Band 3,4,5 or 6
  • CU TEP with a score of 40 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0) and above

Note: Applicants who do not meet Criteria #3 are required to pass the RELC English selection test.


IT Requirements


As this is a blended course with online learning, participants must ensure that they have the following minimum requirements before they can use the LMS program:

  • Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0 internet browsers
  • Desktop/Notebook PC minimum technical specifications:
    • CPU:  Intel Core i3 (minimum)
    • Main memory:  2 GB (minimum)
    • Hard disk:  320GB
    • Webcam
  • Internet speed:  A minimum of 1 MB/sec
  • Software specifications:
    • Desktop/Notebook Operating System:  Windows 7, Vista or XP SP3
    • Adobe Flash Player 11 or later
    • Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5 or later
    • Sun Java TM 6 Update 23 or later
    • Cookies (activated)
    • Microsoft Office (2003 upwards) or Open Office

Application Details

Application Details

The closing date for application for CELT-S Year 2021 class is 26 February 2021.


  1. Applications can be done via email at
  2. Please submit the following documents for your application:
  • Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • Medical Examination Form (For overseas applicant only)
  • A copy of  your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • A copy of  your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)
  • Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)
  • A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)
  1. Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email at




Year 2021 course fees to be confirmed (TBC).

Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high. 


  • All fees are subject to change without notice; 
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.  


Payment of fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.  


Refund policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

Grad Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Assessment Components

  • Methodology
    a. Completion of the 8 modules and progress tests
    b. A multiple-choice teaching knowledge test (TKT Module 1) to be taken at an authorized test centre in Phase 2

  • Teaching Practice (TP)
    a. Completion of portfolio tasks
    b. Teaching Practice observation (to be conducted in Phase 4 on-site vist by RELC trainer)



Course participants who complete all the modules and assessments will receive the CELT-S qualification from Cambridge Assessment English and a Certificate for TKT (Module 1). The CELT-S qualification is awarded with a Pass or Pass with Merit level. Click here for more information about the CELT-S qualification.

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