The last 4 weeks flew by in a blur of assignments, teaching practice and input sessions. They have been the 4 most intense weeks of my life.We`ll get our provisional grades and course reports next week, the final grades and certificates will be sent from Cambridge, England in 6-8 weeks.
But now that the CELTA course is over, I want to do it again!It has been an incredibly valuable learning experience. Our group of trainees has been amazing – we supported and encouraged each other, gave each other a hand cutting out handouts and preparing lessons, acted as students while the others practised their instructions and concept-checking questions and gave honest and useful feedback after class.
I know I`ll miss everyone! I won’t miss the pressure, as even today, when the course is over, I had a dream that we were now required to speak French in CELTA!
The last day of CELTA course (yesterday) was amazing. We had our last input session and did a bit of admin, including submitting our portfolios, which are now the property of Cambridge University!
Then we prepared for our last teaching practice lesson with our respective groups.
I designed a board game – a version of snakes and ladders. It was easy to do, as The Campbell Institute where I took CELTA is amazingly well-equipped – we, CELTA trainees, had our own computer office with stationary and resource books.
“Helping” wrap the gifts for our tutors
The school also has 2 kitchens (on both floors), and the classes themselves are well-equipped and well-designed
There’s also a lending library for students and lots of activities organized for them by the school.
Our last teaching practice was fun – we played games which helped revise the language covered in our previous lessons and the students issued a collective groan of discontent when we declared the lesson over – always a good sign!
After the last lesson, we all filed downstairs for a party. The Campbell Institute provided some food and drinks, and all trainees and students were also asked to pitch in, which was a great idea – we had a really international selection, from Russian pirozhki and Chinese dumplings, to Malasian sweets and fresh New Zealand cherries and strawberries.
The students were also awarded with certificates of completion.
There were lots of cameras pointed at us – we felt like we were on the red carpet!
Afterward we all (minus one trainee) went out to the Southern Cross bar to celebrate. We were still in our creative teaching mode, so we played some games, including the one where they put a sticky note with a name on your forehead and you have to guess who (or what) you are, using 20 questions.
Since we still had English language on our mind, people had to guess data projector, passive voice, FOP (freer oral practice) among other things.
I think CELTA will stay with me forever – both the knowledge, methodology and techniques I will now apply to my teaching, but also the people I met along this wonderful journey.