I had been working as an English instructor for three years, back in my country, before I decided to take the CELTA course. I did a lot of research and read many articles and testimonials about how respected and enriching the certification was, and decided that it was time for me to get a new qualification. My main experience was with very young learners, so, in 2016, I decided to take the course at the teacher training centre in Toronto with means of improving my English in an English-speaking country and acquiring experience in teaching adults. Before starting the course, I confess I was a little insecure. I feared I would not learn anything new, since I was already working in the field for a while, or that the course would be repetitive. In the end, I could not have been more wrong. In only 11 weeks I learned a great number of new skills that turned out to help me not only in my teaching skills, but, also, in making me more confident about my public speaking ability and in managing my body language. Throughout the course, I refined my English and teaching skills as well as received weekly feedback on my teaching practice. I was also luck enough to be surrounded by supportive and encouraging classmates, who made a whole difference in making my learning process less stressful. On top of that, I had the opportunity of having experienced and professional instructors who always made an effort to push us, their trainees, into being the best teachers we could be.
I recommend the course to anyone who is thinking about pursuing a new career or even to teachers who already have some experience in the ESL industry, but want to update themselves and get new insights on their practice. To those who want a career that allows them to travel, English teaching is a very required one, and being a certified teacher makes a lot of difference in getting one hired. It was a lot of work, but I am positive that the experience was worth it and that I will take what I learned in any professional paths I follow in the future.