The CELTA course was one of the most intense, hardest things I have done in my life

Friday 17th November 2017

CELTA Review Dublin (Temple Bar), Ireland

"The CELTA course was one of the most intense, hardest things I have done in my life"

Jenni Silvola , Finland
5/5

The idea of teaching English was planted in my brain a few years before I actually did the CELTA course. I had been traveling for a few years around the world working odd jobs and after a while I started to feel like I need to have an actual, respectable profession – otherwise I was afraid I’d just end up drifting around aimlessly.

A friend of mine went to teach English in South East Asia and she loved it, so when my traveling was in a sort of crossroads and I couldn’t see clearly what I wanted to do next, it came to me: I want to teach English. I decided that my next step would be to get a certificate: something that none of my friends who were already teaching English abroad did have. But I figured if I had a certificate it would open more doors for me.

To be honest I had never thought about teaching as a career: I have always been a people person but also impatient and happy-go-lucky, sort of a careless vagabond. I wondered if I would infact be a good teacher. But I figured to give it a go – and I have not once regretted that decision.

I Googled English teaching courses and found out about CELTA. I loved the fact that though I was living in New Zealand at the time, I could just pick and choose which ever school I wanted to around the globe! Ireland had always tickled my fancy so I decided to apply there. Now, I have to confess that since the course was way more expensive than I had originally thought it would be, I figured I would just have to show up to lectures and after four weeks they would simply give me a nice little certificate in exchange for the good money I paid them. Well, I can tell you I was greatly mistaken!

The first indication of how intense the CELTA course would be was the phone (Skype) interview I had. It was so professional and during our 30 minute interview I was shot with such tough questions that I felt pearls of sweat on my forehead! When at the end of the interview they told me that they would have a look at my application and get back to me the next day to let me know if I’m accepted or not, I realised that this CELTA course is not a little holiday to Ireland. The trainer was great from the beginning: they told me honestly about the hard work the course included; about the home work, the lectures and the actual classes that the participants like myself would be having for REAL students. I admit when I left to Dublin I was quite nervous; could I actually do this?

I have nothing but great things to say about the CELTA course itself: the tutors Brendan and Gerry were top notch professionals, the course itself was organised well and also my fellow CELTA teacher students were a great bunch; we had a good team mentality throughout the intensive four weeks.

I won’t lie: The CELTA course was one of the most intense, hardest things I have done in my life but I am so happy I did it!

CELTA opens up doors and after getting my cerfiticate it only took a few weeks since I had a teaching job in Henan province in China. I felt like CELTA prepared me to walk confidently into the classroom and gave me plenty of tools to use in my teaching. I plan on continuing my world travels for many many years to come – and I think CELTA will make it a lot easier for me along the way. THANK YOU Brendan and Gerry and the whole team in Dublin!

Course Type

CELTA

Overall Rating

Dublin (Temple Bar), Ireland

5.0/5 (5)
  • Located in the heart of Dublin
  • Well equipped busy language school
  • Internationally experienced tutors

The training centre offers a wide range of courses in Dublin, in a magnificent Georgian building in the heart of the city’s fashionable Temple Bar area, it is next to the Porterhouse Temple Bar and close to The Olympia Theatre and City Hall. Bus stop: Essex Quay. The centre is a large, well-equipped and modern school set in a beautiful historic building, and situated right in the heart of one of Dublin’s most desirable neighbourhoods. The school’s location gives our students access to the trendy bars and cafes, markets and live music venues of the Temple Bar area (Dublin 8).

The Trainers (Temple Bar):

All trainers at the partner training centre in Dublin have been accepted by UCLES after having undergone an extensive trainer-in-training programme. Tutors are all practising teachers of English who divide their time between teaching and teacher training. They are highly qualified and experienced both as teachers and trainers and themselves take part in ongoing training programmes, such as attending conferences and in-house development sessions, in order to keep abreast of the cutting edge of the ELT profession. The tutors have worked internationally and bring a wide range of key experience, qualifications and knowledge to the course. All trainers undergo a rigorous selection and training process that is monitored by Cambridge University.

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A friend of mine went to teach English in South East Asia and she loved it, so when my traveling was in a sort of crossroads and I couldn't see clearly what I wanted to do next, it came to me: I want to teach English. I decided that my next step would be to get a certificate: something that none of my friends who were already teaching English abroad did have. But I figured if I had a certificate it would open more doors for me.

To be honest I had never thought about teaching as a career: I have always been a people person but also impatient and happy-go-lucky, sort of a careless vagabond. I wondered if I would infact be a good teacher. But I figured to give it a go – and I have not once regretted that decision.

I Googled English teaching courses and found out about CELTA. I loved the fact that though I was living in New Zealand at the time, I could just pick and choose which ever school I wanted to around the globe! Ireland had always tickled my fancy so I decided to apply there. Now, I have to confess that since the course was way more expensive than I had originally thought it would be, I figured I would just have to show up to lectures and after four weeks they would simply give me a nice little certificate in exchange for the good money I paid them. Well, I can tell you I was greatly mistaken!

The first indication of how intense the CELTA course would be was the phone (Skype) interview I had. It was so professional and during our 30 minute interview I was shot with such tough questions that I felt pearls of sweat on my forehead! When at the end of the interview they told me that they would have a look at my application and get back to me the next day to let me know if I'm accepted or not, I realised that this CELTA course is not a little holiday to Ireland. The trainer was great from the beginning: they told me honestly about the hard work the course included; about the home work, the lectures and the actual classes that the participants like myself would be having for REAL students. I admit when I left to Dublin I was quite nervous; could I actually do this?

I have nothing but great things to say about the CELTA course itself: the tutors Brendan and Gerry were top notch professionals, the course itself was organised well and also my fellow CELTA teacher students were a great bunch; we had a good team mentality throughout the intensive four weeks.

I won't lie: The CELTA course was one of the most intense, hardest things I have done in my life but I am so happy I did it!

CELTA opens up doors and after getting my cerfiticate it only took a few weeks since I had a teaching job in Henan province in China. I felt like CELTA prepared me to walk confidently into the classroom and gave me plenty of tools to use in my teaching. I plan on continuing my world travels for many many years to come – and I think CELTA will make it a lot easier for me along the way. THANK YOU Brendan and Gerry and the whole team in Dublin!
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