Published on November 14th, 20162
Remembering… My First Day of the CELTA
I most certainly have plenty of fodder to peck here on my many recent adventures in the Balkans and Turkey (and trust that I’ll get to them poco-a-poco). But meanwhile…
It’s been awhile since I published a post on either my long-ago (5 years ago today!) CELTA course or my EFL (English as a Foreign Language – not to be confused with ESL, teaching English as a Second Language in places like the U.S., Oz, the U.K.) teaching here in Cuenca, Ecuador. And while I now only teach a couple of private English lessons here in my bitty (but oh so perfect and sweet) apartment, Facebook reminded me this morning of what it felt like on that very first day of my CELTA course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
|“First day of the CELTA – 10 hrs. of head-spinnnn! Tomorrow I teach (yikes!), a group of 16 “Elementary Level” students (20 yr. old university students) – albeit my lesson is only for 20 min. The lesson was dictated: Devise a game of “Snakes & Ladders” with simple English questions on random squares. Geez, I’ve never even PLAYED Snakes & Ladders! Nonetheless see pic for my game board – I even bought 1,000 dong suckers for the winners of each group of 4. My 1st impressions of the CELTA? I’m jazzed, dizzy and EXHAUSTED – and this was only the FIRST DAY!”|
Given that I was then but 24 hours into my new “Teacher” persona (I’d never been a teacher in my native land), the thought of facing a sea of Vietnamese students who barely spoke a word of English was understandably daunting indeed.
But today? With nearly 5 (happy) years of drumming English into the adorable heads of Vietnamese tots under my belt (not to mention teen and adult students at all English levels – including an Ecuadorian gynecologist, and a high level B2 English class of teachers that needed to pass the FCE test in order to keep their jobs)? Shoot…
A quick 20 minute class? Ha! Now I can do a 2 hour class – IN.MY.SLEEP!
In short, let this be a lesson to those TL readers out there that are either considering taking the CELTA course, or perhaps presently in the harrowing trenches of it…
Take it from me – not only is the CELTA course not nearly as scary as you might think, but having that sweet honey in your pocket (it’s the gold-standard of EFL courses – recognized by the best English schools the World over) is – PRICELESS!
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