We undertook the CELTA course at the teacher training centre in Derry a year apart to suit our different timetables, but with the same goal in mind: to give ourselves an option of an alternative career with new challenges as we edge towards the end of our working life.
The course was challenging, comprehensive and very busy, but also engaging and a lot of fun. Each course had about 9 -12 students on it (with us being at the top end of the age range in both!). In the groups we shared our highs and lows, supported each other and became a ‘CELTA family’ for those important weeks.
I found the tutors helpful, friendly and well prepared for each session, but there was also a standard to be reached which was immutable. The teaching practices and assignments were daunting, new skills were learned and others unlearned, but all requirements were eventually achieved, and we received our shiny new CELTA certificates declaring us ready to teach English.
This year we are teaching English in a small language school in Sicily and are very happy here. The classes are small, students are interested, company is fun, and the island is beautiful. Four weeks of long hours and hard work are a small price to pay for such an experience!
Course LocationDerry, UK
- Located in the heart of Derry
- The longest established language school in Northern Ireland
- Fully equipped language school and training facility
The Derry centre occupies a site of beautifully renovated Georgian buildings which overlook the historic city walls, right in the heart of the Derry, giving students access to all the local amenities. The ground floor houses the reception, admissions, and student support offices.
There are seven large classrooms over the upper 4 floors, as well as a student computer room and relaxation lounge, a self-study suite, resource room and a quiet room for private worship. The school is also home to a large language school, and CELTA trainees will be able to practice teaching students from all over the world during the course.