The first CELTA-week

The actual 5 days are gone and I haven’t really noticed. It’s so busy here)

The very next day after the CELTA started I was supposed to teach and it wasn’t as hard as they say. Tutors provide you with a rough lesson plan. All you need to do is to adapt some material and think how you’re going to explain the material and tasks. Nobody expects you to show some outstanding teaching from the beginning and it’s OK to make mistakes and nobody will tell you that you’re doing something wrong. As for constructive criticism, they will tell you how to do it better next time and it’s really useful information.

That’s pretty the first part of the second day including Assisted Lesson Planning for another group of three trainees.

About the teaching practice: students have three 45-minute lessons with a 15-minute break 4 days a week. So, if you’re the third to teach, you’ll have the break to get ready.

The second part of the day is dedicated to input sessions which are both informative and entertaining.

On Wednesday we got to know about the first assignment which is connected to language analysis. Native-speakers struggle the most because they hardly know a lot of language terminology.

The best piece of advice I’ve got so far is while thinking what activity to choose or how to teach something think about students first and after that about your teaching.

The first CELTA-day

Despite the fact that I’ve read a lot about CELTA beforehand, the information received during the first day is kind of mess in my head. Nevertheless, I am in high spirits due to the fact that our tutors are really funny and positive and we laughed a lot today. So, let me tell you how it was step by step.

Firstly, we arrived to the school and waited in the hall. There are about 18 trainees on the course which is not much, while as I was told it’s usually around 30. At 9 sharp we were led to our room where we had ice-breaking games and I managed to learn all the names! Usually it’s my weak point(

Next section of the day was dedicated to observing lessons which was really thought-provoking as the teacher appeared to have constructed the lessons out of nothing. What’s more, we got acquainted with our students and I managed to learn their names too. Well done, me!

After a break we were told all general information about the course and the requirements, we also got instructions on paperwork we are to do during the course and filled in some forms.

Then we had so-called Assisted Lesson Preparation when we were given topics and short lesson plans for our first lessons. Our tutor helped us to develop them so that we just need to put it in the form of plan for ourselves and add some questions which are not given in our course book. I must admit that it’s not that awful as I imagined and teaching the very next day is OK after such preparation together with your group and the tutor.

Finally, we had a foreign language lesson aimed at putting us in learners’ shoes so that we feel the way they feel and to tune us in for the next day which appears to start with me teaching.

A bit about fellow-trainees:

The people on the course came from different countries and all of us have totally different background, but still all of us are very kind and helpful.  I’m really happy to be here with these people.

A bit about tutors:

We have 3 tutors who make the learning process engaging and interesting. They also provide us with all the necessary information (several times if necessary) so you won’t forget or miss anything.

A bit about students:

A group of guys we are supposed to work with for a couple of weeks made me feel more confident. They are so active and positive. You will never face a problem when a student refuses to participate or any other tricky situation.

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Hi!

The idea of the blog is sharing my experience in getting maturity as a teacher with my friends, colleagues and English teachers around the world. I hope it will be beneficial for everybody. You might find some ideas or read about something in the teaching world that I find helpful or just to laugh at me describing my struggling with teaching)

I’ve decided to start the blog being on the verge of an important event in an English teacher’s life. Actually I’m thrilled to bits waiting for Monday to come due to… ta-daaam CELTA interview. Yeah, I have recently submitted my application form and agreed with a tutor about the time. If I fail I will get under the bed and spend there some … minutes crying. Wanted to write ‘hours’ but remembered my tough timetable)

I still hope that I will enroll on the CELTA course successfully and will be able to fill you in with interesting experience.

Some background info about me. I have graduated from a teacher training university in Omsk, Russia, had a 1,5-year experience of working at schools, then followed about 2 years of working in language centres and here I am teaching General and Business English to corporate clients in Moscow. I have come to the thought of taking this CELTA course because I lack some practical lessons under control of trainers and I have some weak points as a teacher which I want to improve and develop my strengths as well.

I will be happy to see your comments, pieces of advice, stories from your teaching experience… Everybody is highly welcomed.