So, what is the CELTA like?

Atualizado: Mai 7

“So, what is the CELTA like?”

I guess many CELTA holders have already been asked this, for a variety of reasons. Coworkers who are looking to get a teaching certificate may be wondering if it is worth the investment (which is, of course, substantial, both in terms of time and money). Bosses and potential employers may wish to know how you reacted to the experience and/or be pondering if it is something they should have their employees go through. People who are starting their teaching careers or thinking about starting it may be looking for a course to learn more about it. But even though this is a recurring question, it is not one I feel like I have a definite answer for – mainly because it depends on what kind of information people are expecting you to give them.


So, what is the CELTA like?

Well, it is an intense experience. You usually have the choice between taking it for a semester, once a week, or every day for an entire month. I chose the latter, and even though it was the month I worked the hardest in my entire life, I regret nothing.


For teachers who have already been through pre-service training, the whole situation is remarkably familiar. It’s a like a pre-service training – cranked up to eleven. For four weeks, I had practice classes every morning and input sessions every afternoon. I went home and worked on lesson plans and written assignments until ten or eleven. I ate and drank ELT for an entire month. I barely remember the World Cup matches that happened that month, and I am a big football fan! But this is not what the CELTA is like – this is what the CELTA routine looks like.


So, what is the CELTA like?