So what’s a CELTA? It’s a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, established by Cambridge University. It’s a basic teaching qualification which is globally recognised, apparently. I’m hoping that doing this course will accomplish several things:
- it’ll give me techniques for lesson planning, classroom management and teaching methodology, so helping me become more effective in the classroom
- the qualification may open a few doors for when I eventually go working overseas again
- it will give me some self-confidence if I pass
I’ve found an evening class – two evenings a week for six months which should be manageable. I sent in the application today, along with completed pre-course task sheets, and they responded immediately with an offer of an interview in five weeks’ time.
An alternative would have been to do a PGCE – a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. One year, full-time, high intensity, followed by a qualifying year in school. Having read blogs and tweets from PGCE students I know that the pressure is very high. I’ve been out of formal education for so long that I think I’d really struggle and I’m not confident I could manage it. Plus a year without pay is a bit hard to swallow.
So it’s full steam ahead with the CELTA. It starts in January and runs till June. If it works out I might go on to take the Young Learner extension. Here’s hoping!