Auckland CELTA Testimonials
CELTA Auckland - Linsien Setiani Tan, Indonesia
"CELTA is a great program for anyone who is considering a career change to English Language teaching. Either a native or non-native English speakers can learn a lot from this intensive 4-week course."
Since a long time ago, I have always wanted to have a fulfilling career that is related to languages. So I thought of switching my career from Engineering to English Teaching. I realized that I need to equip myself with a proper background education before I could go out there and change my career path. That’s when I stumbled upon the StudyCELTA website.
It took me almost 4 years to finally decide on taking this CELTA course. After gathering all the information I needed and reading every single testimonial in the website, I was so certain that taking CELTA was the best way for me to get the basic practical experience in the shortest time. However, as a non-native English speaker with zero teaching experience in a classroom setting, I was in doubt. I knew that it was an intensive and difficult course, so I wasn’t sure if I could get into the program and pass it. I procrastinated for as long as I can until I took the leap in November 2012. I passed the interview and opted to go for CELTA in Auckland, New Zealand for the following year.
So in November 2013, I finally did it. It was completely worth it. Everything about the course has been an eye-opener. I thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect; from the morning tutorials with live demonstrations by experienced ESL teachers to the feedback session after each Teaching Practice session. This course is filled with fun and useful lessons.
In four weeks, I taught 2 different levels of English learners, Pre-Intermediate & Upper Intermediate students. Through these nerve-wrecking lessons, I learned more about my teaching style and how to always focus on the learners’ needs when preparing for a lesson.
CELTA is a great program for anyone who is considering a career change to English Language teaching. Either a native or non-native English speakers can learn a lot from this intensive 4-week course. I learned how to do a proper lesson plan, how to adapt my teaching materials with the available resources and how to build a great rapport in a classroom filled with students of different nationalities. It has helped me get a glimpse of what it's like to be an English teacher and further decide on my next step.
I'm starting out as a part-time English teacher first before making the complete switch to English teaching in the next two years. Wish me luck and thank you StudyCELTA!
CELTA Auckland - Alicia Grant, New Zealand
"What I have gained from completing my CELTA course is beyond what I imagined."
Although I had previously obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, to actually teach English I required a qualification that assessed my practical teaching skills. Therefore, I chose to take a CELTA course, so that I could receive a qualification that is world recognised and that would provide me with opportunities to teach and also travel the world.
The CELTA course is a compact course that lightly covers different teaching methodologies and learners’ learning styles as well as a great amount of practical teaching skills, teaching preparation, classroom management and a whole lot more! I loved the teaching practise sessions where we could apply the skills we had learnt in a real classroom situation with real students. Another great opportunity was being able to observe experienced teachers work their magic in the classroom. Although it is a huge amount of information packed into a very short space of time this system gives you an idea of what it is like to be a real teacher, planning and teaching with limited time.
What I have gained from completing my CELTA course is beyond what I imagined. In September I am off to Spain to teach English in a Spanish School in Valencia, from there who knows where I will go, the opportunities are endless!
CELTA Auckland - Carissa, Korea
The CELTA course I completed in Auckland was such an amazing experience for me.
I have always wanted to be an ESOL teacher. Before CELTA, however, I didn't have any teaching experience apart from private tutoring so I didn't know where to begin.
Although I had a degree in linguistics, I wasn't sure if my lack of classroom experience would make it difficult for me to pass the course. The CELTA course wasn't easy; in fact, it was a lot of work. However, the content of the course was helpful and the other trainees were very supportive. Lesson planning was one of the most challenging parts of the CELTA course. It required a lot of preparation, but the attention and assistance from the trainers made it easier.
Learning different theories and methods helped me gain a deeper understanding of teaching, and observing lessons of other trainees and receiving feedback after each teaching practice from peer trainees, as well as from the CELTA trainers, opened my eyes and helped me realized how important it is to see everything from the learner's point of view.
After each teaching practice, I could sense my class management skills improving and my confidence in teaching growing.
The CELTA course I completed in Auckland was such an amazing experience for me. I got to meet wonderful people from many different parts of the world, pursuing the same dream as mine, and I really enjoyed working with them. Sharing ideas and observing each others' lessons helped everyone in the CELTA course become better teachers.
CELTA Auckland - Mervin, New Zealand
"Since completing the course, the qualification and confidence gained has given me a better chance of succeeding in my chosen career."
When I signed up for the CELTA course in Auckland , I was warned that it would be difficult. True enough, it was!
During the CELTA course I learnt many new teaching techniques as well as refreshing some I was already familiar with.
The best thing was successful completion of the CELTA course, as it gave me a feeling of achievement and the confidence to be an effective English language teacher. If the course was easy, then I think trainees would not get a true understanding of what is involved in teaching English to foreign students.
Since completing the course, the qualification and confidence gained has given me a better chance of succeeding in my chosen career.
CELTA Auckland - Moss, New Zealand
"The value of completing the four week course cannot be understated. The Auckland CELTA course gave me both practical experience and a theoretical basis for my future teaching career."
I completed my CELTA course in Auckland in late 2006 and although I have since pursued post-graduate study in English language teaching, I continue to believe the CELTA to have been the most demanding teaching qualification I have completed.
The value of completing the four week course cannot be understated. The Auckland CELTA course gave me both practical experience and a theoretical basis for my future teaching career. The CELTA Certificate is also internationally recognized and went a considerable way in helping me to secure my first teaching job three months later in Seoul , South Korea . Although the cost of the course is considerable, I did receive a higher starting salary.
To anyone considering a career in second language teaching I would recommend completing the CELTA as it is a professional and valuable pre-service English language teaching qualification.