Although I had previously obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, to actually teach English I required a qualification that assessed my practical teaching skills. Therefore, I chose to take a CELTA course, so that I could receive a qualification that is world recognised and that would provide me with opportunities to teach and also travel the world.
The CELTA course is a compact course that lightly covers different teaching methodologies and learners’ learning styles as well as a great amount of practical teaching skills, teaching preparation, classroom management and a whole lot more! I loved the teaching practise sessions where we could apply the skills we had learnt in a real classroom situation with real students. Another great opportunity was being able to observe experienced teachers work their magic in the classroom. Although it is a huge amount of information packed into a very short space of time this system gives you an idea of what it is like to be a real teacher, planning and teaching with limited time.
What I have gained from completing my CELTA course is beyond what I imagined. In September I am off to Spain to teach English in a Spanish School in Valencia, from there who knows where I will go, the opportunities are endless!