First of all I feel that it is necessary to say that before signing up for the Galway CELTA course I had taught English as a foreign language for 3 years at university as a tutor and graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University with a major in teaching languages. My previous background was fundamental and at the same time quite different in terms of the approach to classroom management, correcting mistakes and interactive activities. I would differentiate it as “grammar approach” and “communication approach”. The former one is typical of former Soviet countries while I was really interested in getting the grasp of the latter as it is more standard and recognized in Europe and I was applying for this program in order to expand my knowledge, skills and get instructed by specialists whose teaching environment is usually different from the one I was used to working in (university groups are usually monolingual, of similar ages). I want to say that the course and my tutors exceeded my expectations as I found myself in a new and challenging situation being analyzed by tutors and groupmates, getting feedback after each teaching session and I fully enjoyed the experience as it contributed to my skills and qualifications. Simon and Connor who were my tutors at that time are a great team and exceptional instructors. I loved every theoretical part, every teaching session and every feedback session we had because everything was informative, highly practical, constructive, in line with the demands of the time and it was professional indeed. For me it was important to find myself in a situation where most of the participants were native speakers, hence, people with another mentality and different educational background experience. The system, the methods, the paradigm towards the whole educational process still differ in the Russian Federation and in Europe, each system has its advantages and I wanted to expand my horizon and understanding and I got what I wanted and even more. I would like to thank Simon and Connor and every member of the Galway staff for their work as the CELTA course was well organized, interesting and engaging!
Course LocationGalway, Ireland