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My CELTA Experience

I wrote about my CELTA experience on this blog both for self reflection, and to give advice to anyone who might be considering taking the CELTA. So, below is a general reflection on my thoughts after taking the CELTA, as … Continue reading

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CELTA Top 10

This is my own, individual list of observations about my own CELTA performance and others in my CELTA group, I expect every trainee would make a slightly different list, but these are the ones that were important for me. A … Continue reading

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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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