What the CELTA Doesn’t Prepare You For: A Personal Story
The CELTA is a truly amazing course that sets you up for success whether you are just starting out or have been teaching for a while. It prepares you for everything you need to have a great class time and time again. There’s only one thing it doesn’t prepare you for-
The CELTA doesn’t prepare you for falling in love with teaching.
After the course, you have all the tools and knowledge you need to have a successful class with adults. These successes will lead you to truly enjoying the profession. So many people get into EFL as a way to travel the world, and there is nothing wrong with that. Investing in the CELTA is well worth it, but it prepares you so well for being a teacher that teaching English may just become your career.
I was one of those: I had just graduated from university and wanted to see the world. Teaching English was the easiest way I could think of that would allow me to do so. I wanted a good qualification to give me better options for employment and decided on the CELTA. I took it outside my home country so as to officially start my life as a traveller. Four years down the road I am still teaching, but for a different purpose. Instead of teaching to travel, I now travel to teach, and it all started with the CELTA. I can only hope that you will have such a positive experience as I did. Best of luck!
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About the Author
Yvette Smith is an EFL teacher and freelance writer based in Vietnam.