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.