Reflections on a CELTA course

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You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet over the past month on our The Ultimate Guide to CELTA blog. This is due to the fact that we’ve been busy with another intensive CELTA here in Munich and have been helping another great set of trainees through their course. Read on to find out what I took from this particular course! Continue reading “Reflections on a CELTA course”

Classroom Management – Part 2

For lessons to be successful, your classroom management is of paramount importance. You may have the best planned lesson ever but if your classroom isn’t set up well and your instructions don’t work then the lesson will fail.

In this post I will talk about giving instructions.  For classroom layout and interaction patterns please read part 1.

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Classroom Management – Part 1

For lessons to be successful, your classroom management is of paramount importance. You may have the best planned lesson ever but if your classroom isn’t set up well and your instructions don’t work then the lesson will fail.

What is involved in Classroom Management?

  • classroom layout
  • student/teacher interaction
  • setting up activities including giving and checking instructions
  • feedback on activities
  • use of technical aids

In this post I will talk about setting up the classroom and consider a variety of interaction patterns.  For instruction giving, see part 2.

Classroom Layout & Interaction Patterns

Where should the students and teacher be seated?  Should there be desks or not?   What (if any) equipment is required for the lesson?

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Non-Native Speakers – How Good does my English Need to Be?

As CELTA course director, I often get calls from potential CELTA applicants asking whether CELTA is only for native speakers of English.  The easy answer is NO ….

 

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CELTA FAQs: Everything you wanted to know!

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Before investing time and money in a CELTA course it’s inevitable people have questions that need to be answered. Read on to find out the answers to the questions most commonly asked. Continue reading “CELTA FAQs: Everything you wanted to know!”

The Perfect Trainee

In my previous post I talked about a difficult trainee but I don’t want to harp on only about negatives because that’s not what I’m about.  I have seen many genuinely lovely people walk through our doors who have gone out into the teaching world and done very well for themselves because they had at least some elements of my idea of a perfect trainee.  I don’t want to single anyone out here so instead I would like to list some qualities of what I consider to be required to be a perfect trainee. Continue reading “The Perfect Trainee”

A Difficult Trainee

I have been working as a CELTA tutor for over eight years now and I am pleased to say that I can still, just about, count my bad experiences with trainees on one hand.  That’s not to say there has only been five trainees who have annoyed me, there have been many more of those but they were all likeable in their own way.

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Written Assignments: What they are and how to pass them!

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On the CELTA course, there are four written assignments. Read on to find out what is required and how to make sure you pass them- if you fail more than one you will automatically fail the course, they are not to be taken lightly! Continue reading “Written Assignments: What they are and how to pass them!”

What’s the difference between CELTA and Cert. TESOL?

CELTA and Cert. TESOL are the only internationally recognised teaching qualifications but are there any differences between them?

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How to Make CELTA Easier for Yourself!

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The vast majority of trainees pass their CELTA course but fact is, it is extremely intensive. Follow these tips from CELTA trainers to make the course that little bit easier …

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