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Online Teacher Training FAQs

Do you have to work for at an International House school?

No, our teacher training courses, both online and blended are open to all teachers.  The important thing is that you are currently teaching.  Since many of our courses are portfolio-based you need to be teaching to try things out and then be able to reflect on your experiences for your portfolio work.

Can I take a course?

Most of our courses are developmental so as long as you are teaching and have an initial teaching qualification (such as the IHCERT or CELTA) then you should be fine.  Two courses (the IHCERT and the IHCYL) need a local tutor to observe you.

How are courses assessed?

Most courses are assessed by means of a portfolio of work complied over the course plus a final assessed piece of writing.  The exceptions to this are the IHCERT and the IHCYL, which are assessed through assignments and observation.  The Delta Module One exam preparation course has no assessment.

Who assesses the course?

Your online tutors assess most of the work you do on the course, although the courses are also externally and independently assessed by the IHWO assessment unit.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form and email it to

Where can I go if I have more questions?

Click here to see more FAQs on the Cambridge University CELTA website

How soon do I need to apply?

We have set starting dates’ for each course but accept applications for them throughout the year. The sooner you apply the sooner you can reserve a place.  For most courses the limit is 12 places per course.

How do I pay?

Please contact the institute for details

How long are the courses?

The courses are different lengths but most run for about 16 weeks.  The IHCOLT course is 6 weeks and the IHCAM is 6 months.

Do I have to be online at a specified time?

At the moment all are courses are what we call asynchronous which means you can work when you want.  As people taking our courses are based all around the world, finding a time when you can be all online is almost impossible.  You may choose to contact your online colleagues and arrange to meet them online but the courses do not require it.

So everything is done at my pace?

No, when you work is up to you but each course is divided into modules and each week we ask you to complete a set number of these.  When you do that is up to you.  Some people like to log on each day and do little bits this way they find it easier to keep up with discussions, others dedicate one of their days off to do it all in one go.

How much time do I have to spend online?

The easy answer here is to say as long as it takes you to do the tasks.  However since a lot of work involves discussion then to get the most out of the course you need to keep going back to read what colleagues have posted.  It would be fair to say a course needs about 7 to 10 hours a week.

Who are the tutors?

Our tutors are all experienced tutors both face to face and online in the course you are doing.  For example if you are doing the IHCYL course then the tutor is an experienced YL teacher trainer, the IHCAM course is tutored by Delta and M.A. qualified course tutors and so on.  In addition, all our tutors are qualified online tutors and have undergone additional training in running the course online.

What happens when the course finishes?

Most courses give you a few weeks to finish off the portfolios then you submit that for final assessment.  Assuming all is ok you are then issued and sent a certificate from the International House World Organisation.  If you are an IH teacher you can then add the credits towards your ATA award.

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