I completed the CELTA in Adelaide in 2011. It was a very intensive and demanding course but the course trainers were able to offer as much support as required with their wealth of knowledge and experience.
The course requires a lot of commitment, initiative and ‘thinking on your feet’ but the feeling that you get afterwards is extremely worthwhile. For me, the highlights of the course were being ‘thrown into the deep end’ and teaching English learners during the course and also analysing teaching.
After my successful completion of the course I was lucky enough to secure almost immediate employment at a local college. Not to mention that I have not yet even explored the plethora of teaching options that are available to me in many countries overseas.
Looking back now, after a year of full-time teaching, I feel that undertaking the CELTA was definitely one of the most rewarding decisions of my life, both professionally and personally. Completing the CELTA has provided me with the opportunity to work and interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis. It also provided me with a strong foundation on which I could develop and grow as an English language teacher. Without the course I very much doubt that I would have been able to expand and refine my English teaching skills as quickly as I have.
If you want to start a career in English teaching, want a career change or if you want to travel and live around the world, the CELTA is an extremely valuable and highly recognised qualification that can open the doors for you to achieve your goals.