Monthly Archives: August 2011

My CELTA Class

This is a picture of the students and instructors in my intermediate level class on the last day of the CELTA program, sadly I don’t have a picture of my beginners class. The students in the IH Bangkok CELTA program are real … Continue reading

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The instructors and their expectations

The Instructors During my CELTA course I had two main instructors – Barry and John. They both had similar backgrounds – they were from the UK, had years of experience teaching, and were DELTA certified (the CELTA on steroids). They … Continue reading

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Teaching Practice #8 – Authentic Material

I’m most proud of teaching practice #8, my last lesson. I prepared for the lesson by talking to students at break time, to get a feel for their interests, what problems they have with English and why they are learning … Continue reading

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Teaching practice #5 -ed vs. -ing adjectives

“Teacher! Teacher! Can we play a game? I am soooo boring!” “I like to play Starcraft because it is very funny!” “I read a very interested story in the newspaper today” Fun vs funny, Bored vs boring, Interested vs interesting. Quick, think … Continue reading

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Uh oh, I pulled a Seth

seth*ism 1. Noun – A humorous mistake in common English speech 2. Verb phrase – “To pull a Seth” – To make a humorous mistake (Sethism) in common English speech, esp while teaching. In context Person A: What did you … Continue reading

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Teaching practice #2 – Clothing store

My second practice teaching session was on vocabulary and ‘language chunks’ for use in a clothing store. This was a beginners English class, but they were not absolute beginners – they could have basic conversations, sometimes with complete sentences. A … Continue reading

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On watching others, and being watched

As described before, the heart of the CELTA is the practice teaching time – one teacher trying their best in front of a class of real students, every other day. But between sessions trainees can’t relax completely – they have … Continue reading

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Input sessions

Most mornings during the CELTA program I attended “input sessions”. Separate from the practice teaching sessions, these form the classroom portion of the CELTA. They are required, and you can’t afford to miss them, however they are not graded, so … Continue reading

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Teaching practices

The central part of the CELTA, the part that makes it one of the better TEFL certificates out there, and much better than a purely academic or online only certificate is the observed teaching hours. Every other day trainees are … Continue reading

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Szia!

Angelina: Szia! Brad: Szia! Brad vagyok. A: Angelina vagyok. Kérsz bor? B: Nem, koszonom. A: Kérsz viz? B: Nem koszonom A: Kérsz sör? B: Igen koszonom! Got it? This was my first lesson of the CELTA course. If I ever go … Continue reading

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