It’s been challenging but most useful and inspiring experience, one of the best trainings I have taken in my more than twenty-year-long teaching career.
This course is definitely worth taking. It was very useful to observe the teachers. I learned a lot of new information and got new teaching skills. The trainers were qualified, supportive and knowledgeable. All the necessary facilities were available (the laptops, a big variety of books etc.) I would recommend this course for everyone. For me, it was the most valuable experience in my life. It’s worth it.
There were sleepless nights, no social life, a lot of chocolate and coffee. But there were also eleven other incredibly interesting people, two fantastic tutors and a sense of unity. That was my experience on the Cambridge CELTA in a nutshell. My personal highlight from studying for CELTA was the language immersion class that we did in Arabic, to make us appreciate the difficulties both of being an ‘absolute beginner’ when learning a language, and of teaching students with absolutely no prior knowledge of the language. The session was exclusively in Arabic, but I was staggered by how much we all learnt in that time. I loved the teaching practice sessions where we could apply the skills, we had learnt in a real classroom situation with real students. Another great opportunity was being able to observe experienced teachers do their magic in the classroom. None of what I’ve achieved and plan to in the future would have been possible without completing CELTA. The course is very demanding but it’s well worth it. They will be four short weeks, but I guarantee, their effect will be felt for a long time.
For me taking CELTA course in IH Kyiv was the most exciting period of my life. It was like a light in the darkness, although I have been teaching English for many years, only here I got the “true taste” of teaching. There was a wonderful team of 12 participants, super professional trainers and their assistants (future CELTA trainers). I had an opportunity to observe professional teachers ‘ lessons as well as my peers’ ones. Now I know my strong and weak points in teaching and have got a lot of useful input information materials available in my thick folder which I can refer to in the future. And this course encouraged me to continue my development as a teacher. O. Malkova, CELTA trainee, June 2019