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CELTA Online Reviews

My tutors were phenomenal and an excellent resource

Review for Dublin (Dame Street), Ireland

I did my CELTA online with the school in Dublin and I absolutely loved it. The city has such a lively feel and attracts students from all around the world. I was able to teach and interact with students from South America, Europe, and Asia.

While the course was online due to Coronavirus restrictions, I do not feel that my learning experience was hindered in any way from it. If anything, it taught me how to effectively use online platforms for teaching, which I may not have learned had I done the in-person course.

My tutors were phenomenal and an excellent resource. They were always available and I could tell that they were invested in my success.

I am so happy with my CELTA experience and cannot wait to use everything I learned in my own classroom!

Jessica Richardson

Great tutors and an unforgettable experience

Review for Bristol, UK

A fantastic course. Thank you so much. Great tutors and an unforgettable experience.

Thomas Martinez

I enjoyed the course every step of the way

Review for Mexico City, Mexico

I enjoyed the course every step of the way. The tutors were fantastic, able to provide constructive criticism and always ready to help. The content was rich and well presented, and working on it collaboratively with colleagues made it all that more meaningful. Thank you!

Looking forward to where this journey will take me!

Karen Francesca Silvano

Relief and a sense of accomplishing something momentous

Review for Manchester, UK

Though this was meant to be a part-time online course, for me it felt like a full-time one, maybe because I haven’t studied for many years. It was a challenge to keep going at times as I found it so hard, but now it is over I feel relief and sense of accomplishing something momentous. I have learnt lots. The wonderful thing about this is I have made many new friends from around the world.

The tutors I had were brilliant, and were there every step of the way for support.

Dianne Penny

My confidence and knowledge have increased

Review for London (British Museum), UK

I want to say a huge thank you to Rob and Devon at London (British Museum) for making the CELTA a positive and rewarding experience! I really enjoyed learning the fundamentals of teaching English as a foreign language and I believe that my confidence and knowledge have increased over the past three months. It’s a shame that London (British Museum) doesn’t do the Delta as I would definitely have studied for it with them – perhaps that’s something they could consider adding to their course list? Definitely worth the time and money spent.

Katherine Amy Ikeda

The course was challenging but very rewarding

Review for London (British Museum), UK

The tutors were always on hand to support. They offered plenty of encouragement as well as constructive feedback on how to improve which was much appreciated. The course was well organised and the deadlines were clear. Being organised in order to manage the workload was essential.

The students were friendly and really immersed themselves in the lessons. Overall, the course was challenging, but very rewarding.

John Kourpas

I did the CELTA intensive course and had an amazing experience

Review for Barcelona, Spain

I did the CELTA intensive course and had an amazing experience! Great tutors, wonderful people and I learned a lot!

I highly recommend it 🙂

Sivan Avitan

The CELTA course gave me such great opportunities to work on my ELT skills

Review for Rome, Italy

As a CELTA trainee, you learn a lot from direct experiences in the classroom: basically, you realize that it’s not just about the students, but also about you as a teacher, because you need to understand the language, find new ways of doing things and put things into practice in order to become a professional trainer for English learners.

I can definitely say that, in this sense, the CELTA course gave me such great opportunities to work on my ELT skills and interesting food for thought as well.

It was an extraordinary experience in many ways, but I am very happy I attended it online and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest other people do it!

Irene Vicari

This course has changed my way of teaching for the better

Review for Rome, Italy

Probably, many of you have already read scary things about the CELTA course. But today, I want to share my experience that is anything but negative.

I have to start with the tutors, who were very professional but also friendly and ready to support you throughout the course. I took the semi-intensive online course, twice a week, and I had enough time to learn and practice everything I was taught. I have to say that I wasn’t working much though during that period. Therefore, I had a lot of time to devote to the course.

The best moment for me was when I took my first practice lesson in front of real students. Before starting the lesson I was very nervous but then I relaxed and everything went well. At the end of the lesson I thought: “Man, I did it!”

I have to thank my tutors for this, but also my colleagues because from day one they directed me to the right path and made the lessons very pleasant. This course has changed my way of teaching for the better.

Elena Bertolini

The tutors were fantastic

Review for Dublin (Dame Street), Ireland

I really enjoyed the course. The tutors were fantastic, helpful and professional. In particular, Nicky and Niamh were true landmarks during these months. Everything was well organised and I will definitely recommend this experience to everyone I know who is interested.

Thanks for everything.

David Zakaria

I found the course well-paced and extremely well planned

Review for Istanbul (Besiktas), UK

I’m very happy that I took the intensive online CELTA course with Istanbul. The timing of the course worked perfectly for me, and although I was anxious that it might be too intense after not having studied in 10+ years, I found the course well-paced and extremely well planned – although it is definitely intense too! The tutors were always punctual and constructive in their feedback and I enjoyed having two different tutors who offered their own varying takes and experiences on teaching. Given that much teaching is currently online, I felt like we were at an advantage by learning a lot of the online teaching techniques which I feel has equipped me with the skills and tools to teach in the classroom or online.

Overall a very positive experience, thank you to the tutors who put a lot of time and effort into the classes!

Alice Dashwood

Great timetabling, constant communication and excellent tutor presence

Review for Sydney, Australia

The course felt exactly as if made by teachers who knew what a good, instructive course should look like. I have to mention the great timetabling, constant communication and excellent tutor presence, and if there were any doubts about the monetary worth of the course, it was justified by its content. It is hard to fathom that upon completion of the course, one is a fully qualified English teacher, recognised and highly revered by institutions internationally. The course contained much needed teaching practice to really provide an authentic and compelling learning experience for us as the CELTA students.

Credit must also be given for the course being managed online, a testament to the transition to make this type of course as successful as a blended or traditional in-person course. I had so much fun brought into my life through learning to teach with the CELTA, and wherever life’s journey takes me, the Sydney CELTA centre has no doubt provided a confident introduction into the world of English teaching.

Edward Feng

Now I feel I can embark on an new adventure

Review for London (British Museum), UK

CELTA has been the toughest academic experience I have been through. With a full-time job, taking CELTA as a part-time was not easy. However, now I feel I can embark on a new adventure, which is teaching, with tools and skills I need and with the psychological readiness that I did not possess before the course.

Rabha Elasri

I found the CELTA part-time course amazing

Review for London (British Museum), UK

I found the CELTA part-time course amazing, I was able to learn so much and it gave me all the knowledge needed to be able to start teaching. All the tutors I had were incredible and the feedback I got from them was very helpful. The content was very interesting to study, but the units sometimes got a bit long and repetitive, I’m so thankful I got to meet learners from all over the world when doing my teaching practice.

I can’t wait to start my journey as a teacher and I’m so grateful I got the chance to do this course.

Donato Di Noia

I feel well-equipped to enter almost any classroom situation

Review for Barcelona, Spain

The course had already exceeded the full dollar value of its price tag after the just the first couple of days. After a month, I feel well-equipped to enter almost any classroom situation and deliver a meaningful lesson. I am confident that others will find the course full of practical, hands-on content and will emerge from the course as more confident and authoritative instructors.

Micah Steffes

I always liked how our tutors in our course guided us

Review for Brisbane, Australia

Before the course started, I was already aware that it would be intensive training, but one could not imagine how intensive it is until you find yourself in the course. It may have been stressful because of the assignments you need to do and the teaching practice you need to deliver, but it was rewarding in the end. I would say that it is an update for me as a teacher in terms of knowledge and practice in teaching English. I always liked how our tutors in our course guided us, especially how they gave feedback from our teaching practice.

I will never forget the other trainees too especially my team, the “Purple” group. I would say that our teamwork was great!

Willow Pangket

I’d recommend it to anyone!

Review for Prague, Czech Republic

This was a very useful course. I gained a lot of practical experience and knowledge while taking this course. I’d recommend it to anyone.

Brian Keane

I feel ready to embark on an exciting new career path!

Review for London (British Museum, Zone 1), UK

I’m really pleased that I chose the Online Part-time CELTA at the London (British Museum) centre. The quality of teaching from my course tutors was first-rate and I felt very supported throughout the entirety of the course. A major benefit of having taken the 100% online CELTA is that I can now conduct an English lesson capably and confidently online. The fact that I can now use Zoom for teaching purposes is already benefitting me in my current teaching position, with the majority of teaching in the higher education institution I work for being moved online for the foreseeable future. The thing I liked most about the course was the collaborative approach to teaching and learning. Getting regular feedback on my teaching from both my tutors and fellow trainees really informed my teaching and helped me to build on my strengths and improve on my weaknesses for future lessons. Having completed the CELTA, I feel that I have the necessary knowledge and skills to embark on an exciting new career path in the field of TESOL and I have the wonderful staff at the London (British Museum) centre to thank for that.

Rebecca Hayes

I enjoyed the CELTA a lot!

Review for Gran Canaria, Spain

The course was very intensive and difficult, but I enjoyed it a lot, because in a short time we learned how to prepare for the lessons and deliver them effectively. The tutors were very helpful and supportive.

Yuliia Teterko

I really enjoyed the CELTA course

Review for Warsaw, Poland

I really enjoyed the course given by the Warsaw center. Milada and and Beata were excellent tutors and really showed care in everything we had to do and in helping us succeed. I was very impressed with how professional things were organized, from day-to-day communications to assignment briefings and tutoring. I’m truly satisfied with the course being 100% online under a part-time scheme. This worked perfectly for me. I had only wished that the circumstances allowed for some on-site learning and meeting other candidates. I think that’s what any students would miss or long for to some extent, even if it’s just a one- or two-day workshop.

I learned a lot in this entire process and journey, not only about teaching English but also about self-development through identifying my own strengths and weaknesses in teaching, thanks to all the tutors.

I definitely had many take-aways, and I’m just very glad I chose the Warsaw center. Thank you for everything, Milada, Beata, and Sarah. 🙂

MABEL LEUNG

I would absolutely recommend the CELTA course

Review for Gran Canaria, Spain

Given the extremely intense nature of the course and the corresponding work load to complete it successfully, I don’t think I would have made it to the end without the unfailing guidance and constructive support from my tutors. I observed this not only in respect of myself but for all the teacher trainees. Pass A for the tutors! I would absolutely recommend the CELTA course at the Gran Canaria centre. It is a month long discovery of what it means to be a good EFL teacher and how to acquire those skills in theory and in practice. It will take you to the limit of what you think you are capable of and further. The unfailing support of the tutors will guide you through this intense process and the sense of achievement at the end is extremely rewarding.

Amy Bacchus

I learned a lot in a short space of time

Review for London (British Museum, Zone 1), UK

I found the course really challenging and I learned a lot in a short space of time. The tutors were very knowledgeable and great at giving constructive feedback. I would definitely recommend StudyCELTA and the London (British Museum) centre to anyone who is looking at doing a CELTA.

Conor Tierney

I got a lot out of the CELTA!

Review for London (British Museum, Zone 1), UK

I got a lot out of this course! My teaching has improved massively and, although it was intense, I enjoyed every second. The tutors are very thorough and friendly, and the format of the course is logical and effective. I would recommend the London (British Museum) centre to anyone and would consider furthering my training with them in the future.

Lauren Conway

The CELTA course proved to be quite a roller coaster!

Review for Prague, Czech Republic

I knew from the very beginning what I was signing up for and the CELTA course proved to be quite a roller coaster indeed, but it was worth it. Everything was clear and systematically organized, the tutors were kind, patient and really supportive. Even if the course was online you could really feel everyone’s motivation: the students’ motivation to improve their English language skills, the trainees’ motivation to understand and assimilate more and more information about how to be an English teacher who is focused on students’ needs and last but not least, the tutors’ motivation to help the trainees at any time and with all the necessary resources.
There were four weeks of pressure mixed with excitement. Betty and Kieran, our lovely tutors, made the input sessions really interactive and inviting, and their feedback on our work was always constructive and helped us understand what and how to work on improving our teaching skills. It was really useful to watch our tutors, experienced teachers, at work. They taught us a lot of teaching techniques which will definitely make our future English lessons memorable and enjoyable for our students as well. My peers were awesome too, we all had fun during the input and teaching practice sessions.
Therefore, by the end of the course I could feel that we were all part of something bigger. We’ve become friends and we started to feel like we are members of one big happy family who supports each other. Overall, my experience as a CELTA trainee was memorable and I encourage anybody who wants to apply to just do it and enjoy each stage of this course, because it will pass sooner that expected and you will really miss waking up after snoozing the alarm 2-3 times, getting ready for your TP lessons and having fun with your students, peers and tutors.

Ramona Maria Musat

The most rewarding course I’ve ever attended

Review for Krakow, Poland

The CELTA course was the most intensive course I’ve ever attended but at the same time the most rewarding one. The online course had some extra pros to it (such as learning how to teach online). The tutors were very supportive and knowledgeable. Moreover, the knowledge I’ve gained on the course was very practical. There is no doubt in my mind that the course was worth attending.

Patryk Goliasz

A course well worth it

Review for Johannesburg, South Africa

It sure wasn’t easy but a course well worth it with great tutors to guide you through. I’m ready to take my teaching career to the next level!

Eileen van Aswegen

It was a wonderful experience

Review for Krakow, Poland

It was a wonderful experience. I’m really glad I did this course. British Council in Krakow was the right choice for me and the best place to become a CELTA certified teacher. Although on this course both trainers and trainees did not meet face-to-face, tutors took great efforts to make the course easy to follow, very interesting and inspiring. Their ability to break down each theme into several units has made this course significantly accessible and approachable. And thanks to them I’ve improved my teaching skills tremendously.
I am very grateful for the 6-week course at British Council in Krakow. It was a fantastic experience indeed! And I highly recommend it to everyone wishing to start their career in English language teaching.

Anastasiia Lobunets

Really informative and useful course!

Review for London (British Museum), UK

Really informative and useful course! I really noticed mine and my peers’ skills develop during the course. I feel much more prepared to teach than I did four weeks ago. I also know where to go for helpful resources for lesson planning.

Good attempts were made for the course to be interactive and friendly despite the fact that it was all carried out online.

All the tutors were incredibly helpful and friendly.

One thing that may have been useful would be some more personalised career advice – the career talk we had was quite interesting, but only relevant if you wanted to work in Asia or Russia and you have a UK passport. With current travel restrictions, I doubt this applied to many people. Perhaps we could have been grouped into people who want to work in Europe / work online / work in Asia for some more relevant career advice.

Rosemary O'Connor

The course was well-structured and well-organised

Review for Krakow, Poland

I took the fully online CELTA course through the Krakow centre and it was a great experience. The course was well-structured and well-organised and there was enough teaching practice. Tutors were always very supportive and I really feel I have developed myself during the course. Definitely recommend to all future teachers!

Małgorzata Jujka

The course was very useful

Review for Budapest, Hungary

The course in general was very useful. It helped me gain practical knowledge through extensive practice and research. The tutors were very helpful, they helped with any queries and guided us step by step through the process. Although it is true that the course can get very demanding, don’t let what you read online discourage you. You will not cry yourself to sleep every night! Just make sure to manage your time well and you’ll be fine.

Marie Micallef

Great experience!

Review for Johannesburg, South Africa

Great experience! No time was wasted. Effective feedback and support was given by tutors. Would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in teaching EFL.

Nanda de Wit

The experience is 100% worth it

Review for Bournemouth (Winton), UK

I am very glad I decided to take the CELTA course after getting the recommendation from a work colleague. It has been a great experience where I have learnt something new every single day. Personally, for someone who already has some experience teaching languages, this course has been an excellent opportunity to develop myself further. I feel more confident and better equipped to go back to school after the holidays! It’s been hard work but I’d do it all over again – the experience is 100% worth it.

Victoria Berrueco Pastor

I learned so much in five weeks!

Review for Istanbul (Besiktas), Turkey

I learned so much in five weeks! I completed this course through Zoom. The tutors were very helpful and supportive. They were quick with their responses anytime I had a question. The experience was also very hands-on, the tutors would demonstrate themselves what they expected in our teaching practices. The students I taught were very motivated and it made my teaching practices more enjoyable. That’s really nice since the course itself is a bit stressful. I would highly recommend The British Side.

Charlene Johnson

The experience was fantastic

Review for Budapest, Hungary

The experience was fantastic. Of course I would have loved for it to be face to face, but the online way worked quite well. The tutors were very careful and patient with us, and they also helped us quite a lot. The course as a whole was quite hectic, but it gives you a gratifying feeling after finishing it, so it was all worth the while.

Valon Shabani

I had a wonderful experience

Review for Buenos Aires, Argentina

I had a wonderful experience completing my CELTA with the Buenos Aires centre! I was able to join them online after having done half of the course in Spain (I had to fly back home due to Coronavirus), and was welcomed immediately without any problems or complications. Our tutors were excellent, put a lot of time and effort into giving us constructive feedback.

I can highly recommend the Buenos Aires centre to anyone wanting to do the CELTA!

Laura Ullius

Top quality of education

Review for London (British Museum), United Kingdom

It was intensive learning, that’s a fact. However, the feeling of satisfaction for having completed the course, it’s priceless. I cannot be happier. Amazing classmates, amazing tutors and top quality of education.

Alejandro Maya Toro

The course was handled professionally and to a high standard

Review for Izmir, Turkey

This was a full-time online course that was implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite this being a new way to teach the CELTA course, I believe that the course was handled professionally and to a high standard. Although there were sometimes issues with using Zoom for teaching, this course gave me a valuable insight into online teaching and how our methodology would translate into the physical classroom, thereby grounding us in both pedagogical spheres.

I really enjoyed every second of the CELTA course and I can’t rate the course highly enough for the following reasons:
1) Both the fact that this was a six-week course and that the tutors were so communicative to our needs with scheduling meant that the workload was very manageable.
2) The input sessions gave a great grounding on the methodology and the ability to then use this methodology in assignments and our own lessons were invaluable. Thanks to this course I have improved my understanding of lesson staging and language analysis (especially phonetics).
3) The tutors themselves at Izmir were outstanding. Jackie, Kelci, and Alice – thank you for all you have done for us. The feedback was constructive, fair, and gave us a clear insight on how to improve each and every day. There was praise, motivation, and you instilled a true joyfulness in the course. My tutors were always available to help, and it was comforting knowing that we had this superb support system.

Before doing this course I had a bad experience with a teacher training course in my own country. This CELTA course and the Izmir centre have helped me rediscover my love of teaching and have taught me so much in such a short time. I now have the building blocks to continue my professional development and I am sure that I will utilise what I have learned in my CELTA course throughout my life.

This course is for everyone – both people who are new to teaching and experienced teachers. Before applying for the CELTA I had read horror stories online about this being an almost impossible course that is extremely stressful. My experience couldn’t have been more different from that. It was fun, informative, and, yes, challenging too at times, but it was scaffolded in such a way that I never felt overloaded.

I fully recommend the online full-time CELTA course and the Izmir centre. Thank you for this opportunity.

Alexander James Forbes

It exceeded expectation

Review for Cairo, Egypt

When reflecting on my CELTA course, I’d have to stress that it exceeded expectation. I was a bit dubious about the online process. However, with outstanding tutors such as Phil and David I felt more secure about the course being solely administered online. I learned a lot of technical terms that wasn’t ascertained in my 8 years in the ELT field. Input along with the experienced teacher observations and activities kept the course interesting and engaging. The references were a wealth of knowledge and provided so much incite. The tutors were professional, knowledgeable, patient and extremely punctual especially when it came to starting lessons as well as responding to questions and concerns. They were the very opposite of cavalier.

Jordell Bynum

The way things were organised was amazing from day one

Review for Buenos Aires, Argentina

Organisation

The way things were organised to work with each group (both pre- and upper-intermediate) in this new, virtual environment was amazing from day one. We all knew exactly how to work on our Handouts on Google Docs, how to divide your ss into groups using BORs, etc and it was the very first time working via Zoom for most of us! The assignments and both individual and group/peer work on Moodle were always being monitored by our OCT.

Moodle

I found all units on Moodle were helpful; I would eighter go back to them before delivering a special type of lesson to go over the correct stages and how to work on them one more time or would skip some units and jump directly to that which I considered I needed to complete an assignment. Being able to complete the units as I saw fit was one of the best things about Online CELTA!

Forums

I loved the forum tasks! I thought it was a great idea to exchange ideas with our fellow CELTA trainees and develop and share our ideas. The idea of having “Introduction” “Three things in common” among the forums was excellent!! I loved it when I finished working on the course units and being able to go there and read about my colleagues, where they come from, what they like doing in their free time, etc. I used those two forums from day one until the very last day.

Tutors

Our tutors were always very supportive before, during and after TPs, 24/7, always answering our questions, even during weekends, clearing our doubts and helping us move on when we were stuck in something.
After each live observation, our tutors had a very detailed list of things both to praise and to help us improve. My favourite things about having them observing is that even if you thought it was not your best TP, you know your tutors were not only going to tell you what to work on but also how to do it.

Video Observations

One of my favourite things about the video observations of experienced teachers was being able to watch them as I saw fit during the day -which also meant I was not tired after TPs or a long input session, so I could really focus on what the teachers were doing. Another thing that was extremely useful was having all the observation task templates available on the Moodle so I could focus on the areas I had to work on while observing them.

After the course

I feel ready and I can´t wait for quarantine to be over and put into action all the things my tutors have taught me throughout the course!

I´ve already recommended it to two of my colleagues!

Maria Pilar Capaul

It was a great experience!

celta online reviews

Review for Bournemouth (Winton), UK

It was a great experience: the course is well-structured and logical, tutors love their work, give you knowledge, support and inspiration. Everything was perfect!

The Online format for teaching and studying wasn’t new for me, so it wasn’t a problem. We used Zoom to have calls and ActivInspire as interactive whiteboards – both are easy to use and it didn’t take much time to get used to them.

The Online teaching practice was engaging both for students and future teachers. Despite being in different countries we bonded well and worked effectively. On the plus side is the opportunity to take the course in any school you want – for me it was a blessing as otherwise I wouldn’t be able to choose Bournemouth (Winton) and study there so easily. And I’m really happy that I chose the school! It allowed us to have a truly international group! The only disadvantage – we didn’t have a farewell party as it usually happens when everyone is at the centre.

I highly recommend taking the course at Bournemouth (Winton) as the tutor can not only teach but also inspire!

Anna Shastak

 




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