Celta Assignment Reflection

 

CELTA-The Certificate in English Language Teaching to AdultsThis is the fourth assignment which is talking about my whole feeling about this course.This course takes me one month, but it's really enjoyable.. !efore the course" decided to take the CELTA because it was an authoritati#e certificate of English teaching. $owe#er, a mere month's e%&osure to teaching has gi#en me the confidence to &ursue teaching English as a serious career alternati#e. " learnt a lot from our wonderful trainers, and my absolutely wonderful classmates. A month is a #ery short time to learn something, but " really learnt a lot from this course. At beginning of this course, " thought it was enjoyable, because " was learning new teaching techniues. (y major in uni#ersity was English education. The education system in China is totally different from )estern countries. *uring CELTA, " learnt a good way to teach learners in a student centered way. *uring this course, " ha#e learned a lot from the critiues and feedback of my classmates and tutors, the obser#ation of &eers and e%&erienced teachers, and from self-reflection. )hen " had my class before, " seldom thought about self-reflection or ga#e some feedback after " obser#ed other+s classes. " think this &art useful to hel& each other to im&ro#e our teaching.. *uring the course" disco#ered the #ery first day that it was im&ortant to establish a good ra&&ort with the students and be comfortable talking with them. bser#ing arah during her second lesson taught me that was more im&ortant to engage students in con#ersation than assume the role of a traditional teacher. Though my tutor commented on (arch /

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 , the first dayof T0, that " established good classroom management with the students, " really feel that" felt more comfortable from the second lesson onwards.bser#ing 1ita in the first week of the class was a big bonus. he established a good ra&&ort with the students, made the students feel comfortable and in#ol#ed her u&&er-intermediate English students in the &rocess of s&eaking." adjusted well to the different le#els of students within the class. )hen " was teachingthe u&&er-intermediate le#el class " made it a &oint to e%&lain conce&ts to the weaker students and hel& them during the tasks if they had any difficulty. After teaching &ractice on (arch 2th, my classmates commented that " had monitored weaker students likeandy and 0anda well throughout the class."f " add some acti#ities for them to &ractice the target language, they may forget what they dislike and learn a lot. The 3

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 T0, " did was about listening skill. (y tutor ga#e some good comments about setting conte%t for the students. " think this is im&ortant for students to understand the &assages or achie#e my teaching aims4 not only the conte%t about to&ic but also the conte%t about the tasks or the uestions.5. trengths and weaknesses

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 well as links to detailed posts about specific aspects of the course.

If anyone reading this has questions about doing the CELTA, please feel  free to email me at seth.lovingworker@gmail.com, and I will try my best to help.

About the CELTA

Reflections on CELTA

I don’t yet know if my CELTA certificate will help me get a better job or better pay, I just started searching for my next job – I will update this post when I have more to report.

However, job prospects aside, I’m really glad I did this course. There are a lot of TEFL / TESL courses and certifications out there, and some of them are probably pretty good, but I was very satisfied by the content of the CELTA. I really think it will help me become a better English teacher – and even if I decide to move outside of the ESL world, I think the student-centered approach favored by the CELTA has given me a good teaching foundation.

I am VERY glad I did a full-time, in-person certification program. I’m convinced programs like the CELTA, with lots of real observed teaching are 1000X better than the online paper-mill certificates that some people take. Also,  it really helped focus my attention in a way that a part-time program would not have done. And being able to lean on the shoulders on my fellow trainees really helped me get through the program – we may never meet again, but for that one month we were best friends and family.

It’s also really important to say that the full-time CELTA is a REALLY stressful experience. To be honest I had a lot of trouble learning to be a student again after being out of school for 3 years. I had a little time to relax on the weekends, but sometimes I wish I had opted to do extra work instead of relaxing. There is no time for serious travel DURING the CELTA, but it’s a good idea to set aside at least a few days vacation time immediately after.

My certificate

I completed my CELTA on August 26th, 2011. IH Bangkok then had to make my evaluation and send it, along with all my lesson plans, to Cambridge University in the UK for final evaluation. I recieved my final certificate on November 10th, 2011.

There are a total of 4 grades possible for the CELTA – “Fail”, “Pass”, P”ass B” and “Pass A”. I got a “Pass”. This means that I met all of the standards set by CELTA. It’s not a bad grade, it just means I still have things to work on as a teacher. It’s really hard to get a “Pass A,” and as far as I know nobody in my group of trainees received one. Most people in my group also got Pass grades, with a few “Pass B” grades, at least two people got a “Fail” grade.

My Report

  • Areas of achievement
    • Good rapport and engagement
    • Supportive monitoring
    • Varied practice activities
    • Effective eliciting, modeling and drilling
    • Student-centered lessons
  • Areas for future development
    • Planning in adequate detail and time (Don’t procrastinate!)
    • Avoid oversimplification of language (Don’t “pull a Seth“)
  • Overall comment

Seth was a thoughtful trainee who contributed perceptively to input sessions and feedback. Although he came to the course with some experience, Seth was not used to planning lessons. By the end of the course, his planning was student-centered and often creative, but would still have benefited from more detail. He had a quietly sympathetic and encouraging classroom presence, he could grade his language well and give clear instructions and he became increasingly able to apply techniques for clarifying meaning, form and pronunciation. He showed an ability to generate student talking and to provide varied opportunities for student interaction. With further support and guidance, he should develop into an effective and sensitive teacher of English

Well, that’s all I have to say for now. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and I think it will help me a lot on my ESL teaching journey. Again, if you have any questions email me at seth.lovingworker@gmail.com.

Links

CELTA Website

International House Bangkok – My CELTA center

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