The opportunity to study the CELTA
Having recently moved to Adelaide I was looking for a change in direction in my employment and the CELTA course was recommended to me by another experienced teacher looking for a different teaching situation. The thorough application and interview process prior to the course gave me a very clear picture of the expectations of the course and the commitment required to complete it successfully. I was very grateful for this. The presentation of the CELTA methodology by the course tutors was very comprehensive and their support and patience of all the students in the course was really appreciated. The course was fast-paced and demanding and I soon understood the recommendation of the Main Course Tutor to minimise other commitments during the four weeks of the course. The daily input was always interesting and encouraged me to continue to unravel the theory of the learning and teaching of English as an additional language. The afternoon teaching sessions allowed frequent practice of the methodology in a supportive classroom with a range of international students. The international students were inspiring and diverse and their enthusiasm was definitely motivating for me. Feedback from tutors and peers after these frequent teaching sessions was constructive and invaluable to help me to develop my teaching effectively. The opportunity to study the CELTA with a small group of students with a range of ages, careers and previous teaching experience was stimulating. The camaraderie of the other CELTA students was at times a life-saver and we still keep in touch to reflect on our CELTA experience, share information of our current employment and have a good laugh! After the CELTA course I soon got employment as a relief teacher, which developed into part-time and then full-time work. The international students that I now teach are a delightfully diverse group of inspiring people. I thoroughly recommend the CELTA course as an opportunity to increase your qualifications, to develop different teaching skills and employment opportunities and to expand your horizon.