What’s the CELTA course really like?
Well, we’re not going to lie to you; you’ve probably already started reading the numerous blogs on CELTA’s around the world and so you’ll probably already know that the key word here is ‘intense’. The reason why it’s so intense is because unlike other TEFL’s, you start teaching to real live students on Day 2 of the course. That’s right, Day 2! You’ll start off on 20 minutes and then by Day 3, you will be teaching 40 minutes before finishing up the course doing 1 hour classes. Trainees normally find that they are teaching assessed classes every second day but in between you will be teaching unassessed. This gives you the chance to develop your teaching style without an assessor being in the room with you and lets you practise new techniques for when you are Cambridge assessed.
When you are not teaching, you are observing your colleagues in your teaching teams of 6, and preparing to give constructive criticism to them. You’ll receive the same when you’ve been teaching and the key idea here is that you’ll take the peer and tutor feedback on board and immediately try to implement in your next teaching practice session.
In addition, you will receive three to four hours of methodology training every day on classroom management, teaching approaches and techniques, phonology (pronunciation), lexis (vocabulary) and teaching language (grammar) with a focus on how to teach its meaning, form, use and pronunciation. Our methodology sessions are delivered in a way that guides you to discover the key information that you then also need to implement in your next teaching practice.
Lesson Planning and Research
Then, in the evenings after a long day at the centre, you’ll go home and start your lesson planning and creating materials for your next class from the specific teaching points and references you have been given by your trainer. Regular planning sessions as a group and as individuals keep you on track until you can become more autonomous around about weeks 3 and 4.
Finally, your weekends fly by as you research and write the four written assignments necessary to complete the course. Two of these must be written to an Academic standard whilst one of the others is based on language analysis and the final assignment is about your own personal development moving forward as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher.
So, yes…the course is intense because you are undertaking the fastest and most exciting personal development cycles unlike anything available in any other profession. And since you’re paying a considerable amount of money to do it, we believe that you should get value for that money; real, usable teaching skills.