Though I haven’t taught English language courses since completing my CELTA in the spring of 2016, I use many of the skills gained and concepts covered in the course in my current work at San José State University, where I teach a year-long freshman writing class. Nearly all of my students speak a language other than English at home, and many of my students spoke no English until they began elementary school.
Having the certificate made me a much more attractive candidate when I applied for the job, and having had the experience has made me a better teacher. Though CELTA is a course focused on English language instruction, its focus on preparation and lesson planning are skills that translate to any classroom.
As the semester draws to a close, I am looking forward to a summer break focused on writing and am in the process of applying for a Master’s in TESOL. In the next few years, I hope to transition to teaching high school age English Language Learners.
Course LocationAustin, USA
- Located in the West Campus area of the university, near the United Methodist Church
- Workout facilities, restaurants and amenities on campus
- Vibrant active language school
The English teacher training centre in Austin Texas forms part of a language centre that offers a range of ESL classes to international students and the Austin Community. There are currently around 40 teachers and the centre offers over 120 language-based courses per year. The centre boasts modern facilities, ideal for CELTA training. It is easy to get around walking, by bicycle, or by city bus, which is free for students. The CELTA course is certified by the University of Cambridge in England.