CELTA in the Classroom

After the end of last year’s school term, I headed up to Bangkok for an intensive, month long CELTA (Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) certification course.  It was a stressful month, but I think it’s helped me in the classroom this year.  As a part of the course, each of us taught 8 practice lessons.  The lesson plan was amazingly brutal!!  However, I think it’s helped me see traps in my lessons and how to avoid pitfalls.  Anticipating problems seems like an obvious thing to do, I just never focused on it as much as I should.  Additionally, I think my instructions have become clearer (thanks, instruction cycle notes).  I know I still confuse them from time to time, but I’ve cleaned up my approach.  Even something as simple as a whiteboard/chalkboard plan has helped me de-clutter my board.  With all the areas for points, homework, and weekly items, it’s easy to get messy!

I knew this certification course was aimed at adults, not the P4 class I’m currently teaching.  Never having any sort of certification, I figured might as well take the best one out there and not an online TEFL course that will provide minimal results.  I was amazing the amount of time and energy poured into these lesson plans–not because I wanted to, but because I had to in order to pass!  Filling our a Grammar Analysis Form or a Lexis Analysis form for each lesson really makes one think about aspects our our language–connected speech, pronunciation, etc.

We also had to write 4 written assignments to complete the course.  I do recall a few late nights burning midnight oil, grimacing over every sentence.  These topics varied from the grammatical/pronunciation mistakes we observed of students during others’ teaching practices, analyzing text for meaning, and other things.

While it was a hectic month, I do recommend the course, even to somebody teaching Prathom-level students!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s