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Why do a CELTA in Colchester?

Updated: Jan 25


Why do a CELTA course in Colchester?
Colchester has so much to offer!

Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded town and was once the capital city of England. It's a pleasant town that wears its history on its sleeve but still has all the modern amenities you'd expect in a town of 130,000 people. Colchester is a city where young and old live side by side. It's the perfect site for Essex's only CELTA centre.


Some of the reasons to do a CELTA in Colchester include:

  1. The history: there are so many historic sites that are well preserved and well presented for anyone who has any interest in English history or broader European and Roman Imperial history. There's the castle, which is the largest Norman keep that's still standing in Europe, there's the Roman Circus and there's the beautiful thousand year old ruins of St Botolph's Priory.

  2. The countryside: Colchester is near two officially designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Dedham Vale, the meandering river and picturesque villages of which inspired landscape painter John Constable. There's also the Suffolk and Essex Coast and Heath Area, with it's nature-rich estuaries and beautiful walks.

  3. The students: Colchester is home to the main campus of the University of Essex, which has 17,000 students and this means that Colchester is a lively, student-filled city with all the cultural and educational resources that come with this.

  4. The location: Colchester is easy to get to and is less than an hour from London by train. It's close to London Southend Airport and is easy to reach from more or less anywhere in the South, East and Midlands of England.


These are just some of the reasons that DC Teacher Training are delighted to partner with ILC, a beautiful British Council accredited school with excellent facilities, including gardens, relaxation areas, a canteen, a library and computer suite. The courses will run full-time, Monday to Friday over four weeks. This centre will be the only one in Essex and will also serve areas outside Essex, such as Ipswich. CELTA is a Cambridge-accredited certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages and is the most recognised English teaching qualification in the world and we're delighted to be bringing it to Colchester.


Dr Connor O'Donoghue hails from Ireland and he started teaching English as a foreign language in Poland in 2003 and he became a CELTA trainer in 2008. He has taught and trained in Ireland, the UK, France, Italy, Slovenia, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan and Vietnam. Connor also holds a Masters and a PhD in Education from Trinity College in Dublin. He has previously managed large teacher training centres in Vietnam and in London before founding DC Teacher Training.

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