The start of a new chapter

Tomorrow I start the next stage of my teaching life as I begin training as a CELTA tutor.

For those of you who don’t know, CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It’s an entry-level qualification accredited by Cambridge, designed to provide the basics of the communicative approach. In theory, those with a CELTA know the basics of what they need to be let loose in a classroom, although there is controversy about that which I won’t go into here. It can be run part-time or full-time, with the latter being the most common. I did my course part-time from October 2007 to February 2008, which seems like a very long time ago now!

My CELTA group
My CELTA group, way back when!

If it’s full-time, the whole course lasts four weeks, which is what we run at IH Sevastopol. This will be my first experience of the four-week course, so it will be interesting to see how the trainees (and I!) deal with it.The group will have nine trainees, and there are two tutors besides me. I’ll be a ‘Trainer in Training’ or ‘TinT’ (thankfully this abbreviation has changed!) I’m looking forward to meeting the trainees tomorrow and getting to know them over the next four weeks.

I’m excited about the prospect of helping a group of people develop into teachers, and learning about how a CELTA course works from the inside. As part of my training I have to keep a reflective journal, which I’ll be doing in notebook form, but I will, of course, blog about the process too!

14 thoughts on “The start of a new chapter

  1. Wow, sounds great! I’m sure it will be a success! How I wish I were located closer to Sevastopol, so that I could attend, too 😦
    Anyway, I’ll be happy to read your comments and thoughts on your trainees’ progress, as I’m sure many people on the net are 🙂
    Have a great time improving the careers and lives of your trainees!!


  2. Sandy, congratulations! How exciting! This is one of the things on the list of my aspiration and dreams and I`m so happy you get to do this. You`ve been unanimously elected to the post of my role model (I was doing all the electing hence the unanimous decision). Seriously though, I`m looking forward to reading about your experience of being a TinT (ha!) and this should shake me out of the procrastination mode so that I can continue studying for the DELTA module 1 exam while I`m off for the summer. Go, Sandy!


  3. Good luck from me too. You don’t seem to mention anywhere that you are DELTA qualified. Isn’t it required to teach CELTA? I’m not completely clued up clearly.


  4. Hi Sandy
    Just thought I’d drop by to say how grateful I am you did this. I’ll be embarking on this journey in a few months and this is such a useful read! I’ll be completing my training on an intensive course so it feels like doing an intensive CELTA all over again. I’ve been advised to prep as much as possible in advance as it’s going to be demanding. And guess where I landed? On your blog 🙂 So, I’m now reading (and re-reading) this with keen interest and loads of gratitude. Keep shining the ELT way… xox


    1. Hi Hada,
      Thanks a lot for the message. I’m glad you’ll get the chance to become a CELTA trainer. I think I learnt more doing my CELTA again (!) than I did the first time round or on my Delta! The first course you work full-time on is pretty demanding, especially because you’re preparing a lot of input sessions for the first time. Let me know if I can help out in any way – I was given a load of sessions by other people which really helped me at first. Good luck!

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      1. Hey Sandy!
        Thanks for the support, I really appreciate it. I’m going to work on standardisation for now to try and lessen the demands of the intensive course as much as possible. I’d love to take you up on the material share – I’ll take anything you can part with as I’m sure I’ll need it.
        Thanks again for being ever so motivating and supportive.
        Take care


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