March 9, 2014 @ 10:07 am - posted by Liz

So you have paid for your CELTA course and you’re thinking ‘I’m a native English speaker so this will be so easy’.

Think again.

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CELTA courses are intensive and most teachers will tell you it’s one of the toughest thing’s they’ve ever done.

You’re need to cancel your social life for 4 weeks and make sure you’ve booked a holiday afterwards so you can relax and unwind.  So, on that note, here’s our 5 tips to help get you through.

1. Find out what it’s all about.

Before you pay for your course, go and see someone teaching.  There are a number of local volunteer organisations teaching, so why not arrange to pop along and lend a hand.  You’ll get to see how it’s done and they’ll get some much needed help.

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2. Be prepared.

Read a few of the books on your reading list so you’ll have some background knowledge.  Most reading lists have Jeremy Harmer’s “How to teach English” which is a great book to get you started and comes with a DVD.

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3. Brush up on your grammar.

Trying to get my head round grammar was mindboggling.  Look up the different past, present and future tenses plus make sure you know what’s the difference between a verb, adverb, adjective and a noun.  If you’ve got a grasp of some of the basics, you’ll be ahead of the game when you enter the classroom.

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4. Check out the  /fəˈniːm.ɪk/ Phonemic alphabet.

In case you hadn’t noticed, most dictionaries have weird symbols next to the word.  This is the phonemic spelling of the word. The phonemic chart helps students get the right sound, so knowing it will be an invaluable tool.  If you don’t believe me, think about the ‘th’ sound in ‘through” and “thought”.  They are very different.

We recommend that you check out The British Council’s phonemic chart or download a phonemic app onto your phone.

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5. Finally, Internet Connection is a MUST HAVE

If you’re doing your CELTA abroad, make sure you’re your guesthouse or hotel has WIFI.  If you have a laptop and WIFI, you’ve got access to loads of resources to help you in your 4 weeks of hell, so make sure your guesthouse is on the net!

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Watch these videos to find out all about ‘Teaching English Abroad’

1. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) – CELTA Teacher Interview

2. Teaching English in Vietnam, Far East: CELTA TEFL Teacher

3. Teaching English Abroad in Vietnam, Far East – TEFL Teacher Interview

4. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) – CELTA Teacher Interview

About Liz

At the age of 39, Liz quit the 'Corporate World', downsized her life and followed her heart. Upon her return she set up CareerBreak360 with Robert to help others achieve their Career Break dreams.

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