Mind: 6 months of CELTA
In January I embarked on what I can only describe as a 6 month of torture, pain and triumph. With my sights set on travelling and having wanted to take an ‘English as a Foreign Language’ course for a while, I finally bit the bullet and enrolled into my local college for the 6 month hard slog.
Trust me when I say hard slog, I mean hard. Taking my GCSEs, A Levels or even doing a university degree was nursery stuff compared to the CELTA course. 7 hours a week sounds like child’s-play, but in actually fact what I really came up against was late night assignment writing and staring at my lesson plan template like a zombie-fied student wondering if I’ve written enough Instruction check questions (ICQs) and Concept checking questions (CCQs) for my student to understand the lesson.
One of my new years resolutions was to gain more knowledge and I’m proud of the fact that I have managed to achieve that, even after the death of my Grandfather and the uncertainty of my partners physical health I really began to live the year by the motto ‘Life’s too short’. The course was tough and at many points I wanted to quit, but that’s what I’d always done before and it had gotten me nowhere. All in all it was worth the long hours of work, missed social events and none weekends.
I got my certificate in the post a few weeks ago now. I’m glad I stayed determined to sticking this chapter of education out and can proudly call myself a qualified English as a foreign language teacher.
The aim of doing the course was to travel and I can proudly say I’m working towards achieving that goal in the New year.
Have any of you embarked on a CELTA, TESOL or TEFL course? What was your experience like? If you haven’ t and you’d like to what’s stopping you?
PART 2: Body will be available to read 4th November.
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