Years ago, I did the old RSA Certificate, and I did some TEFL for a while before getting side-tracked with other things.

Years ago, I did the old RSA Certificate, and I did some TEFL for a while before getting side-tracked with other things. 

Now I'm half-way through the CELTA, in a big effort to up-date myself and to try teaching again.

Of course, the CELTA is a very different experience from the RSA Certificate - for all sorts of reasons. 

Leaving aside the fact that I'm very different from my much younger self, many other things have changed.

The technology is probably the most immediately obvious difference (the web, the Interactive White Board, text messaging, etc.).

But for me, the biggest difference this time round, is the way I'm able to get to know the learners better.

They are not just 'victims' for my teaching practice!

(Actually, there's a lot more teaching practice this time, which is wonderful.)

The key thing of course is my attitude.  From my first session with the learners, I wanted to find out about their individual needs, preferences and particular issues, and to try to cater for these.

The CELTA course encourages this mindset, and our tutors give us lots of useful feedback on how we're doing.

One thing I'm trying to get beyond (one of many things!), is to give the learners meaningul, challenging tasks to do, rather than simply practice activities (such as "make up sentences to describe these two rooms, using 'very', 'so' and 'too' "). 

I need to use games, role-plays and competitions.  And I need to dig around a lot more in the Teaching English site, for inspiration!

Best wishes -

Penny

 

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