I took the CELTA course at the Teacher Training Centre in Newcastle.
The course was an amazing opportunity to develop solid skills in teaching English to speakers of other languages. I found it incredibly intensive, but hugely rewarding. Teaching practice sessions began on the second day – and whilst this was at first a daunting prospect (!) – each lesson I taught provided a great learning experience.
Tutor and peer feedback was always very useful and it really felt like all students were making visible progress with each lesson they delivered.
The input sessions were always engaging and informative and gave invaluable insights into diverse aspects of teaching, covering everything from lesson planning, to learning styles, the role of the teacher to specific learner needs, to phonetics and alternative teaching approaches.
The CELTA course tutors were really supportive but also very inspiring throughout the course. For me, this was the best learning experience I’d had in years.
Following the completion of the course I was lucky to be offered a teaching position at the Training Centre in Newcastle, which I am really enjoying. I still often refer to my notes from the course throughout my teaching week – looking at everything from my own self-evaluation exercises, to individual input sessions on skills, grammar lessons etc. The course tutors also made lots of recommendations for further reading – and I have found these books really useful now that I’m teaching full-time.
I have recently been offered a position at a language school overseas, and therefore had to give my first interview for a teaching position. Whilst some of the interview questions were challenging, I felt confident in talking about TEFL practice as I could continually draw upon my experience of the CELTA and post-CELTA experience at the Training Centre in Newcastle.