In her second guest post, Nicky Salmon offers some useful tips for surviving an intensive 4-week CELTA training course.
The title might sound a bit dramatic, but a typical course is very intensive, especially if you have chosen the 4-week option.
Here are a few pieces of advice from past trainees and trainers. We ask trainees to write advice in the back of their portfolios for the next group. Below are some of their suggestions.
Advice from past trainees:
1. Eat and drink regularly. Don’t drink too much coffee or those energy drinks. It just makes you more nervous. Make time for lunch.
2.Make sure you have part of one day off at the weekend. You need to relax and do something else, even if it’s only for a few hours.
3.Spend 15-20 mins each day organising your file and all the paper you get.
4.Swap phone numbers and email addresses with your Teaching Practice (TP) team on the first day. They are your new family.
5.Read the feedback you get on a teaching practice lesson before you teach the next one.
6.Save everything on Dropbox and email lesson plans and materials to yourself. If there is a computer problem at your centre, the stress is enormous if you have to rewrite things just before you have to teach them.
7.Don’t be afraid of feedback to and from trainee colleagues after TP. It’s meant to be constructive.
8.Make sure you have a good night’s sleep on Sundays.