I took a 4 week CELTA course at the school in Nottingham in 2018. The overall experience was excellent. The tutors were very knowledgeable and had years of experience. They taught us useful classroom techniques and provided strong feedback, tailored to the needs of each trainee. They also used their years of experience to demonstrate the “craft” of teaching. This was one of the most valuable parts of the course. Theory is fine but one really learns by observing an experienced teacher in action.
The CELTA course content was well explained and although there was a lot of hard work, we were given plenty of guidance from the tutors. The classrooms at the centre in Nottingham were excellent and the school arranged for all trainee teachers to teach a diverse group of international students. Again this gave us an excellent grounding in classroom teaching. There is also a group of experienced teachers and us trainees were given the opportunity to observe their sessions in order to learn more.
Overall it was an excellent experience and I would fully recommend the centre in Nottingham. The CELTA 4 week course is not easy but with the right support it’s manageable. I have since secured employment as an evening adult tutor in the UK and the CELTA certificate was an invaluable qualification on the road to securing this employment.