This was my first time stepping into the world of teaching, as well as my first time doing an online course. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, and learned so much in such a short time.
Things I enjoyed most about the course were:
– Being in a group of supportive classmates, we helped each other through the course, and that was a humbling experience.
– Being mentored by 3 very knowledgeable and professional tutors, each with their own unique style of teaching that helped shape my own style.
– Although there was an incredible amount of pressure to get a lot done in such a short time, it somehow was an enjoyable experience for me.
– The students in each of the 3 levels were very good and supportive- not only were they receptive to being taught by people they knew were teachers in training, but they also were very understanding to any technical difficulties or other issues that arose during lessons. They were also such a lovely bunch of people – a pleasure to teach!
– I’ll give a special mention to Aida Sahutoglu. Julian and Alex were fantastic too, but Aida was amazing – she understood everything I was struggling to grasp, and explain it in a way I could fully understand. Amazing tutor, and I wish I could have had more time to learn from her!
Areas I feel could be improved on:
– Input sessions were not always helpful. A lot of rambling on and not much being taught. I’d say out of the 19 input sessions given, about 8 of those I actually found to be helpful. It didn’t help that multiple students used input sessions as a time to show off or joke around, which was quite disruptive at times. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a laugh, but not at the expense of other people’s time, especially when there is so much pressure to get assignments and lesson plans completed in a sufficient time – and tutors should be more aware of this, and not encourage those students to carry on.
– The Google drive, and amount of different websites/apps used was quite a rabbit hole. You eventually get used to it, but in the early stages, I feel further clarification is needed to ensure students are more confident in navigating these.
– Not enough time for everything. I don’t see how any human being could efficiently plan lessons, write assignments AND do the recommended reading in the small amount of time given. I’m unsure why full time CELTA is crammed into 4 weeks. I feel 5 is more appropriate, not only to have more realistic times for getting everything done, and to a better standard, but also to have more time to dwell and work on areas of improvement in teaching practices. I’d have loved an extra day or 2 between my teaching practices to have more time to reflect and work on areas I needed to do better in, but instead I was too busy planning my next lesson or writing an assignment to have enough time to do this. I feel better standards would come from more time.
Overall, this was such a fantastic experience, and I’m sad to see the end. I’m very thankful to my tutors, and would definitely recommend this course to anyone thinking of doing a CELTA! Thank you!!
Course LocationLondon (British Museum, Zone 1) UK
London (British Museum, Zone 1) UK
- Located a 2-minute walk from Holborn tube station and a 5-minute walk from the British Museum
- Excellent location with great transport links
- Computer room with free printing and copying facilities
- Library of essential CELTA reading material plus dedicated CELTA PC with e-resources and study materials
- Free broadband internet access