Back in the summer, I did the Teaching Knowledge Test course. Even though the TKT is theory only, it was very useful for me, as it helped me:
- get to know the college where I planned to do the CELTA
- refresh my (creaking!) memory of basic ELT and language terms
- get to grips with the phonemic symbols again
- start thinking about what happens in the ELT classroom.
As with the CELTA course, I learnt a great deal from my fellow students. There were 10 of us in total, and English was the mother tongue for just three of us. Consequently, we three benefited a lot from hearing about the English language learning preferences of the others.
For example, I squirmed when we watched a video of a teacher energetically drilling and orchestrating a class. To me, it seemed too teacher-centred and overly controlling. But several of my fellow participants disagreed vigorously, and said they really liked that approach ... well, within reason!