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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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CELTA Application and Interview

I already talked a bit about the CELTA program that I plan to do this summer, and now I will talk about the application and interview process. This is a long post in three parts – CELTA requirements, the application process and … Continue reading

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Last day

It’s Saturday, after my last day teaching at Chungdahm. I am now on a bus to Seoul where I will meet my Hawaiian friend Cody and my best Korean friend Yeojin for a farewell steak dinner. I can hardly believe … Continue reading

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Just kidding, one more month

Today I started a new term. I think I have a different perspective knowing that I will only be here one month. I started my classes today with a renewed sense of confidence and purpose. I think the kids responded … Continue reading

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Change of plans

So it seems that I will not be taking the CELTA course this June as planned. I will in fact be saying in Korea for another month. My branch had a runner (a teacher that leaves without giving notice). He … Continue reading

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The CELTA

This year I applied for the CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) to develop my skills as I continue to teach English. The CELTA is an internationally recognized TEFL/TESL certificate developed by Cambridge university and offered at centers … Continue reading

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Sunny’s Gift

This was a gift from a student of mine, in my Memory Tera class – crackers, gummy worms and Mentos. It was nice of her to give it to me, but it has kind of a sad story attached, and … Continue reading

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