A Stress-free, Prep-free Christmas

Planning a pre-Christmas lesson but stuck for ideas?  Worry not, I have the perfect lesson for you….

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Is CELTA difficult?

“With only 1% of CELTA course participants worldwide failing the course, you would be forgiven for thinking it was just a case of enrolling.  However, a quick internet search about the intensity of the course will show that it is not to be taken lightly”

– The Ultimate Guide to CELTA by Emma Jones & Amanda Momeni

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OK, now you have done your research, you know how intensive it is but that still doesn’t answer the question of whether it is difficult or not….. Continue reading “Is CELTA difficult?”

Is CELTA worth it?

I have to admit, I am shocked at how many people see the CELTA course just as a money-making scheme.  True, it is not the cheapest TEFL course on the market but if you want quality you have to pay for it.

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Dealing with Feedback

I completed my CELTA course before it was normal to carry a laptop around so all of my lesson plans and written assignments were handwritten, I am only telling you this so that you can get an idea of just how long ago it was….

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and loved my fellow trainees as well as 50% of the tutors (there were 2 tutors on the course).  Now that I am a CELTA tutor myself, I often think back to my course and reflect on why I didn’t warm to the other tutor – I think it was probably just down to a clash of personalities.  The tutor I liked (X) was the one whose feedback was perhaps more critical but it was delivered in the nicest possible way, we were able to laugh at the things that had gone wrong in the classroom.  The other tutor (Y) was probably the more positive one in feedback but now that I think about it, I believe I was a bit more resistant to Y’s feedback.  The two tutors were completely different types of teacher and I was aiming to be like X but I now realise that I was being unfair to Y, I let our personality clash get in the way of learning from a very experienced trainer (not that she would have known, I never voiced my feelings).

So, as a trainee, how should you deal with feedback? Continue reading “Dealing with Feedback”

Concept Checking Questions (CCQs)

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When presenting new language we have to be able to check that the students have understood the meaning, one way of doing this is to ask CCQs.

Unfortunately our trainees often struggle with CCQs so I am going to attempt to simplify them here for you. Continue reading “Concept Checking Questions (CCQs)”

CELTA Online

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The amazing thing about the CELTA course is that it can be taken in different ways. The candidates are free to choose from three options offered by Cambridge English, which are differentiated according to the mode of delivery: full-time, part-time and online. Nowadays, the demand for online CELTA is on the rise as it offers a more flexible schedule and is more personalized. This is probably the most important reason why it is preferred by many. Still, even the candidates who apply for the online option don’t know what to expect in the online course. This post looks at the similarities and differences between face-to-face (F2F) and online CELTA with reference to my personal experience and observations as an OCT (Online Course Trainer) and the feedback I have gathered from my trainees so far.  Continue reading “CELTA Online”

Focusing on Language in the Classroom

It is very interesting when observing trainee teachers on a CELTA course, how many feel the need to “teach” in the old-fashioned sense of the word.  Many trainees believe that if they haven’t stood at the front of the classroom talking at the students for a good chunk of the lesson that they haven’t actually taught anything.

In my opinion, teachers of EFL (though I am sure teachers of other subjects would benefit too) need to stop thinking that they have to teach but rather that they have to help students learn.  After all, if you have discovered something for yourself, you are more likely to remember it.   Continue reading “Focusing on Language in the Classroom”