I survived the CELTA

It's a miracle, I know. 4 intense weeks of study, planning, and teaching, and it didn't kill me. I guess 4 years of college before that sort of helped prepare me for that. In the big picture a month really isn't that long. The last week of the course was challenging, but really much easier … Continue reading I survived the CELTA

Celta and a social life…can it be done?

The short answer is: yes. The long answer is something a little closer to sure, if you're really good at time management and don't require sleep.  Week 3 of the CELTA has brought with it a lot of routine. The daily schedule has become as consistent as the inevitable stress that accompanies it. Breakfast, coffee, … Continue reading Celta and a social life…can it be done?

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

CELTA: Week 1

I have successfully made it through my first week of the CELTA course. When I was originally looking into the different teaching certification courses available, it seemed that there was a different acronym for every type of ESL teaching imaginable. TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, TOEFL, WAFFLE...you get the idea. But from what I had read, CELTA seemed … Continue reading CELTA: Week 1

Two weeks in, and a feeling of home

Last night marked the two week anniversary of my moving here. It feels at the same time both long and short. It's had its ups and downs so far, and pretty extreme versions of both, but all in all its been good. While there are aspects I really miss about home (like knowing how to … Continue reading Two weeks in, and a feeling of home

The Countdown to Chaos

I put in my notice at work this week. My CELTA course is paid for, my tickets are booked, and the month countdown begins on Sunday. I depart Seattle on January 13th, and if you're wondering, yes I'm scared silly about it. But I am also excited. I'm ready for this new adventure. Even if … Continue reading The Countdown to Chaos