I first considered enrolling in a CELTA course as I was interested in extending my experience and improving employment prospects. As a teacher with experience of teaching in government schools, plus some conversational English teaching experience in Japan, I was interested in seeing what other opportunities were available.
A four week course is obviously quite a commitment but one I am glad I undertook. The course is demanding with classwork to digest, lessons to prepare and assignments to complete so there is little time for anything else.
However it is also inspiring as I left with so much knowledge, an insight into alternative learning and teaching approaches, together with actual teaching experience with genuine ESL students. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet such fascinating characters in person.
There is also the opportunity to observe English language teachers in action which is also beneficial. The tutors were excellent, imparting their knowledge in a variety of interesting sessions. The CELTA qualification has without doubt enabled me to find employment in Adelaide so for me it was a very worthwhile challenge and one I would recommend to anybody interested in professional development.