How to Make Things Fall Apart – a PK on Classroom Management

Originally posted on Profesorbaker's Worldwide Bilingual Blog:
This Pecha Kucha, by Marisa Constantinides, should be required viewing for all EFL teachers. As hilarious as it is, there is a message lurking between the fits of laughter, the mirthful moments, the tears rolling down your cheeks, your sides hurting, as you laugh totally uncontrollably. If…

Overcoming observation anxiety

Whether you have been observed by colleagues in a more or less unofficial setting, by your DOS as part of a job appraisal scheme or process, or as part of a teacher training course such as the CELTA or the Delta, being observed can be extremely stressful for most teachers. The topic of classroom observationsContinue reading “Overcoming observation anxiety”

Is the CELTA course just for new teachers?

  When the Cambridge CELTA was first created, it was intended as a pre-service course but experience has shown that it is a perfect course for the novice teacher, yes,  but it is also a great course even if you are an experienced teacher who has not had the opportunity to follow a proper trainingContinue reading “Is the CELTA course just for new teachers?”

TEFL Is An Iceberg – Reflections on CELTA and Standards

Originally posted on The Teacher James:
When I worked in Costa Rica, my school required teachers to be CELTA or equivalent qualified. They didn’t care where the person was from, whether they were local, a native speaker or a non-native speaker, as long as you had the qualification and experience, then you could work there.…

Our CELTA pass rate remains steady at 100%

You may wonder how that is possible! Of course, we are careful to select candidates who have a good potential for success! Before Each Course We screen them – to find out if they have the required knowledge and ability to analyse language We test them – to see how quickly they can think; ourContinue reading “Our CELTA pass rate remains steady at 100%”

CELTA and Technology – With or Without it?

Giulia Forsythe via Compfight In a recent end-of-course evaluation report,  one of our CELTA candidates suggested (complained is perhaps a better word) that her expectations of a higher grade on the CELTA course were not fulfilled because she did not know how to use technology. Had she not been encouraged to use it (by her tutor), sheContinue reading “CELTA and Technology – With or Without it?”

CELTA interview series- Michelle Smith Politis – an American in Greece

Michelle Smith Politis is from Wisconsin, US but she married a Greek and moved to Athens about 15 years ago.  She is a mother of two – because of her children who are still very young, she chose to follow our part-time option.  Michelle holds a BA in International Relations and by now, she has been working as an EFLContinue reading “CELTA interview series- Michelle Smith Politis – an American in Greece”

CELTA Interview Series – Iman Vahdati Dovom – a teacher from Iran

Last May CELT was ‘taken over’ by a group of trainees from Iran – they captivated all at CELT, tutors and colleagues alike and we all loved the great mix of Greek and Iranian candidates with a couple of other nationalities thrown in !!!  Sometimes it’s hard for us to imagine the teaching conditions in a countryContinue reading “CELTA Interview Series – Iman Vahdati Dovom – a teacher from Iran”