A Day in the Life of a CELTA Trainee…a photo diary 

It’s the end of week 2 of the Celta, and i’m about ready for a vacation and a week-long nap. Week 1 was foundation work, learning the basics, and creating lesson plans from detailed teaching points prepared for us. Week 2 came with a little more freedom in our lesson plans, working from some set themes but creating our own activities for our lessons. In week 3 and 4 we’re largely on our own. I’m a teeny bit apprehensive about that…

So what has it been like? What exactly do I do everyday as a CELTA trainee? Well, I’m glad you asked…I’ve documented my day, which is more or less typical of any weekday on the course, for your viewing pleasure.

(Side note: I have the memory of a drunk goldfish, so the times listed are probably not exact) 

CELTA Week 2, Day 4: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

7:30 AM: wake up, make bed (mostly), brush teeth, go pee, say hello to the people on the street and check the weather by sticking my head out my 4th floor window. Weather is chilly. I wear my Star Wars shirt and hoodie out in public. Don’t judge me.

7:56 AM: consider eating the muesli I bought, remember I have nothing to eat with it and muesli is horrible on its own, quickly bail on that idea.

8:15 AM: safety first. I take ole scoopy the scooter out, sit in traffic a while, and eventually make it to a cafe, along with about 8,000 other scooters

8:45-10:15 AM: tea, homework, and an “American” breakfast. For some baffling reasons, Thai people seem to think Americans just eat hot dogs all the time. I don’t care if you call it a breakfast sausage, that’s a hot dog, and you’re not fooling anyone…

10:30-11:29 AM: last minute homework stuff at ECC and filling out my self-evaluation form from last night’s teaching. Finished just in the nick of time

  11:30 AM-1:00 PM: input session 1. John (represented in this photo by a swivel chair) teaches us about various authentic texts and their pros and cons in teaching.


 1:00-1:45 PM: lunch with D’Jeane at our usual spot. Which is endlessly confusing because although all those tables are connected, they’re all for different restaurants. And no matter how many times we eat lunch there, we always seem to end up with the place we didn’t want. Today we both had spicy chicken and rice dishes. DJ’s was intentional, mine of course was accidentally burn-your-face-off spicy. Story of my life. (Note to self: learn the Thai words for “bland as the boiled potatoes of my homeland, please”)

  1:40-1:45 PM: quick 7-11 run for water and cough medicine (thanks cold). This 7-11 is right next to ECC and we’re typically there at least 8 times a day.  
1:45-2:00 PM: being really productive and doing homework and stuff! …just kidding. We have 15 minutes of free time left. Obviously we’re just eating snacks and talking about boys.

2:00-3:30 PM: input session 2 with Steve. Going over the transition between grade levels that will start next week. Lesson planning begins for week 3. 

3:45-5:30 PM: teaching feedback and filling out teaching records and self-evals in our “Celta 5’s”

 5:30-6:00 PM: finishing our evals, little bit of prep time for tonight’s activity, and time for a quick cup of tea and a five minute breather

6:00-7:15 PM: observe Steve teaching the intermediate class (who we will be teaching the next two weeks). Their assignment was to design a tour of northern Thailand and tell us about it

7:25-8:00: Steve goes home and the two teachers in my group and I lead an easy activity for them 

8:00 PM: freedom!

Now typically this is when I would go home and work on my lesson plan or writing assignments, but instead I went and met a friend and ate French fries and talked til 10:30. Leaving me now, the next morning, with far too much work to do. But such is CELTA life.

So there you have it. The days vary but generally look a lot like yesterday did. It’s a lot of hard work, and pretty tiring, but I’m learning a lot and slowly figuring out the concept of time management, and might be so daring as to say I’m actually enjoying myself here. 

If you have any questions about the CELTA, life in Thailand, or maybe about where to buy my fashion icon outfits as seen in today’s post, comment away. 

Much love ❤

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