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I decied to start a career in English and heard about the CELTA after doing alot of research I decided it would be a great chance for me.
I took the CELTA in Vienna, Austria . I was very excited and in the beginning it was alot of work. But right away I and ALL my colleagues noticed many things that were not fair.
A couple of our colleagues who didnt take the course seriously, would come in late or wouldnt come in at all (two weeks absent). One of the colleagues I would see on more than one occassion writing his lesson plan minutes before the class, while I stayed up late into the night preparing mine.Yes his lesson was horrible and during our input session we would get the same grade "a pass". Which would infuriate me. But I knew better to say anything. Then I might get a lower grade under "getting along with other teachers".

So I would just sit, smile and take it. There were a few times he would actually come in smelling like beer. I worked hard and thought my hard work would pay off in the end. I watched during the four months as my beer drinking colleague sailed through the course without a care and thought he would surely fail.

Finally came the day, for our reports which we received in the mail one week after our course was done. I eagerly opened it. What was written: PASS
PASS!! I couldnt believe it!! Under the comment section they (our Tutors) didnt even write anything personal it was a standard template issued with a Pass grade something along the lines of: bla bla will need furthur guidance to become a succesful teacher.
Which lets face it once you start teaching in the classroom you are on your own.

I spoke with my colleagues including my beer drinking one and found out that only one of us received a PASS B. No one received a PASS A. During our observations I wouldnt even give my tutors a PASS A. But anyway the point is that the grading system is a very strict, unfair whatever word you want to use. I am very upset that I would be put into the same grade category as my beer drinking teaching friend who also somehow managed to pass!!
I worked really hard!! Juggling family, work, and traveling to this CELTA center (three hours) for four months.
Luckily I can get over it. But I have to add that many of my colleagues are very discouraged and many arent pursuing English positions as they should be.
So let this be a warning to all who are considering in taking the CELTA course. I was told in the END that only about 5% of people receive a PASS B, and 5% Fail. The way the fail is by being absent, I dont know how many times they have to be absent since one of our colleagues missed about two weeks.

NEVERTHELESS...I have to say I learned wonderful teaching methods!! I met wonderful people! At this point I cant stay I regret taking the course, but I wish someone would have told me in the beginning.

Maybe I could have saved myself some heartache.

Let me know what you think.

Sincerly,
A disappointed CELTA Graduate

The good thing is you do learn great teaching methods from CELTA. ALso alot of teaching institutes only want CELTA teachers.

So good luck to you.
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Anonymous I was much disappointed to read your reply I admit that my written English may not be very good as my subject is art & I had been teaching Art for the past 10 years and as I mentioned before I live in a country where there is no assistance available for such courses & it was also mentioned by the institutions offering celta that, one doesn't need to have thorough knowledge of English grammar but you should be able to speak and write English .
You do need to work on sentence construction and punctuation.

The passage I have quoted needs to be broken up. Here is my suggestion:

I was much disappointed to read your reply. I admit that my written English may not be very good as my subject is Art. I have been teaching Art for the past ten years. As I mentioned, before I live in a country where there is no assistance available for such courses; it was also mentioned by the institutions offering CELTA that (no comma) one doesn't need to have thorough knowledge of English grammar, but one should be able to speak and write English .

It is a good idea to work on pre-CELTA tasks. It would also be a good idea to have your English language level assessed. As I said earlier, you'll need to show that you have reached IELTS level 7 , Cambridge Advanced (CAE) or equivalent before you will be accepted on a reputable Cert TESOL/TEFL course.
Hi Dave,

My name is Hayleigh and I am looking into doing a CELTA in England. have you passed yours yet? my personal concern is I don't know if i am smart enough to do it and don't want to waste a lot of money and fail. I was wondering if you could give me any insight to this?

Thanks.
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Anonymousmy personal concern is I don't know if i am smart enough to do it and don't want to waste a lot of money and fail. I was wondering if you could give me any insight to this?
Dave hasn't been around for some time, I'm afraid.

CELTA training establishments accept only people who have a reasonable chance of completing the course successfully, They will therefore give you a fairly searching interview, and most will ask you to complete some pre-CELTA tasks to assist them in their assessment of your capabilities. If you are accepted, therefore, you can be reasonably sure that you can pass - provided, of course, that you work hard and complete all your assignments satisfactorily and on time.

Any reputable establishment will be happy to discuss with you your concerns about whether you are capable of completing the course. Contact some establishments and ask for a chat with one of their advisers. I don't think you will find anyone who pooh-poohs your worries or who tries a hard sell. If you do, then you clearly won't want to enrol with them.

You do need to know that you do not have to be a university graduate to be accepted on a CELTA course, but you do need to be qualified to be accepted for a university first degree course. However, if you are not a graduate, you may find it difficult to obtain employment in many places, even with a CELTA.
My brother is doing the course now and he is lucky if he gets 4 hours sleep a night. I have to spend 5-7 hours a day helping him on top of doing a degree of my own just so he can sleep at all. Why they expect so much work is beyond me as I don't see how the average person with kids or even a health problem could cope. At the very least, the course should be able to be completed while allowing for 7-8 hours sleep at night and 2 hours travel time, as well as some free time on the weekend to buy groceries etc. The fact that someone could pay to do the course, work 15-20 HOURS EVERY DAY FOR A MONTH and could still fail really worries me.
I just finished mine, I feel EXACTLY the same. I worked so hard, had great comments, and got a 'pass'. There were two people on the course who I felt didn't work hard, or rather one did but was super disorganised and the other didn't work until the last week... I'm sure they passed too and it is infuriating and very discouraging.
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Totally bleedin' agree with you. Just found this blog, am in my third hellish week of CELTA in my country, where it's being run for the first time, and my tutor for the first half is just awful. She pretends to be lovely but is no help whatsoever. I get the same damned responses as you did during "guidance" - "have a think about it", "what do you think?". Well I don't "think", that's why I came to you for guidance >:(

They look at the procedure sheets and tasks during "guidance" and let you go on and teach the lessons, then tell you that you only got a "to standard" because....THE THINGS THAT SHE SAW BEFOREHAND, should have been corrected/better. Well thanks for all the help! Came at a really great time.

Also, during the group feedback sessions after TPs, she announces our grades to the group, which is EXTREMELY demotivating and humiliating to the ones who tried soooo hard and only got 'S', or she's telling people they got a 'weak S' or a 'borderline NS', and writes 'weak' or 'borderline' on the bloody feedback sheet! How on earth is that going to look when the portfolio goes to Cambridge? She's deliberately hurting my chances and I am so upset. I don't know why they bother to look at the procedure sheets when we go to them before the lesson if only decide to tell us how to improve them after we've gotten all our post-TP criticisms.

4 TPs and not one S+ and I'm the students' favourite. All CELTA has done for me so far is tell me that I'm not good enough. My confidence is so boosted. Really mad I spent all this money now, and I can't give up or slack off because I MUST make it worth it Emotion: sad

Wish I could complain about that tutor.
Hi Leila
.I had an interview with LILA and got accepted although was told that I would be in the low standard acceptance due to a few errors during the interview. I did think the teacher sounded professional but am worried that they may be a bit harsh on the marking side and he did tell me there is a possibility i could fail. What are your thoughts are LILA difficult in terms of marking
Hi Leila
.I had an interview with LILA and got accepted although was told that I would be in the low standard acceptance due to a few errors during the interview. I did think the teacher sounded professional but am worried that they may be a bit harsh on the marking side and he did tell me there is a possibility i could fail. What are your thoughts are LILA difficult in terms of marking
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Wow, I think you should file a complain with Cambridge about this, provided you can get several trainees in your group to do that to weed out people like that, and to give Cambridge notice that there are IRRESPONSIBLE TRAINERS OUT THERE.

I've just completed my every exhausting and intensive CELTA course at ECC Thailand in Chiangmai. It was an experience well worth it, even though we didn't get to sleep or eat enough. I lost 5 kg which I'm not complaining since I've been wating to lose weight anyway. We had two trainers with an entirely different styles of teaching. Their feedbacks were oftentimes tough and hard on us. One tended to be more helpful than the other. Anyway, we had 1 trainee who comes in late EVERYDAY for 4 weeks. His TPs, I heard, were horrible and because of his accent, students were unable to understand him.

On the last TP8 day where the Cambridge Assessor came to audit everything we did, this trainee was audited because I heard our trainers wish the assessor to witness why he was not given a passing grade.

I'm glad that these two trainers acted responsibly and not pass this member. He does not deserve it at all. Therefore, I'm very surprised that your Viennese trainers chose to close one eye and let an IRRESPONSIBLE trainee off the hook like that. If this had happened in our intake, I can bet you our entire group of trainees will revolt and bring this to Cambridge's attention.
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