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A Critical Review of the CELTA Syllabus within the Context of

By Saudi Arabia, Amjjad Sulaimani and Tariq Elyas


The focus of this paper is on the cultural aspects of the internationally, well-recognised and accepted international teacher training course known as Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), or rather, the lack of it. In what follows, we will first discuss the various aspects related to the importance of culture and its inclusion in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). Next, we will discuss the main highlights of the CELTA course and its main components and present a practical suggestion for implementing a short ‘culture’ component that can be easily integrated into the course where it will increase cultural awareness amongst new teachers embarking on a career abroad in a foreign country and hopefully achieve pedagogical competence when working abroad

Topics: ESOL, CELTA, ELT, EFL, outer circle, inner circle, western culture, Saudi culture. Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz University, English Language Institute
Year: 2016
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