Practice vs theory
So, one thing you should know is that the CELTA course is very practical. The day-to-day life of a trainee is very similar to what you should expect when actually teaching afterwards. As in we get you straight in the classroom from day one with the students and from day two you`ll be teaching! The course is very hands-on and as Shelly from Canada said, “you finish the course feeling ready for any class”.
Working in groups
The course is organised in small groups of trainees so there are plenty of opportunities to bounce ideas off one another and there is a big focus on working in a team and sharing ideas in a group; as Laura from the UK stated, “you spend your day in small groups with other trainees who help provide support throughout the course” and “you get to work closely with a great group of learners”.
As mentioned above you all work in small groups when planning and preparing your classes and each group gets assigned a tutor. You work very closely with your tutor when organising classes and each person gets individual attention to help them plan and prepare their classes. The tutors have a range of experience teaching different levels, age groups, nationalities, and as Andrew from the USA said, “you learn useful teaching methods from the best teachers Spain has to offer”.
Typical day on the course
As you know the CELTA course is full on! There`s never a dull moment on this course. It’s jam-packed with teaching and methodology sessions. We start every morning with classes with our students and then the rest of the day is lesson planning and methodology. The methodology sessions mirror what we expect to see in the trainees lessons; e.g they are student-centred, lively and we expect full cooperation between trainees. So, there’s not much sitting around listening, it’s much more dynamic and practical where student-centred discussion is paramount.
Celta Trainer, Clic IH Sevilla
Joanna has been teaching English since 1996. She started her teaching career in Florence, Italy where she taught a range of levels and ages. In Italy she was particularly interested in teaching young learners and developed this whilst she was there. She then did the DELTA course in London, where she worked in Oxford House College. Joanna then moved to Mexico where she became an ADOS at a small, privately owned language school. In Mexico, Joanna was responsible for teacher training sessions and designed an intensive curriculum for the summer school courses. Joanna now lives in Seville and works full time on the CELTA, Young Learner and Business courses run here at CLIC. She thoroughly enjoys her work and loves meeting different people from all over the globe.
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