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.
I found all units on Moodle were helpful; I would either 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!
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.
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.
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!
Course LocationBuenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Centrally located
- Close to metro, bars and restaurants
- Fully equipped classrooms for training
On the CELTA course, the teacher training centre in Buenos Aires uses two fully-equipped classrooms for teaching practice and input sessions. Teachers have the use of a laptop and TV screen for showing video and audio, internet and PowerPoint presentations. There is a teachers’ room for planning and coffee breaks with free tea, coffee and biscuits available throughout the day. Candidates have full access to our computers and a well-stocked teaching library and there is also free WiFi throughout the school. Photocopying and printing for lesson handouts and portfolios are all included.
Our partner CELTA Centre in Buenos Aires is right in the centre of the capital, in between two metro stations. The area is full of bars, restaurants, shopping malls and convenience stores. The cinema is also just a few streets away from the centre on foot. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city is also made easy, as one of the city’s main parks is only a stone’s throw away. In terms of getting around, cycling in Buenos Aires is a great way to explore this vast capital. Options for public transport include buses and an underground metro system, one of the first to be introduced in South America.