Getting ready to return to study

  • I spent one lunch hour last week (just in case my boss reads this) searching for an on-line CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course as my existing teaching qualification (Cert Ed) is not recognised for teaching in Spain.

    An on-line course course is one option for me, as I work such long hours and its unlikely Id get study leave for a course not linked to my current profession (also in case my boss reads this).

    Although on-line CELTA obviously means  home study I will still need 16 hours teaching practise so centre location is important. And my 16 million teaching hours already delivered won’t count!

    The Cambridge University website http://www.cambridgeesol.org helpfully lists centres which offer CELTA by county but unfortunately there are none in Kent.  So as I work in Lewisham, London is my obvious second choice.

    There are three centres in London that deliver on-line CELTA with differing costs

    • Islington College – Finsbury Park                             £900    12 weeks
    • International House – Convent Garden                  £1522  13 weeks
    • Language Link – Hammersmith                               £1195  13 weeks

    Another option is waiting (which I’m not very good at) until next September, a whole 6 months for the new academic year to start – there are part -time courses available for about £600.

    This last option is the most sensible one and the one I’ve decided to take. So, what to do in the meantime? Chris and I have a number of apps on our phone’s for Spanish vocabulary and I really want to drive.  I’m going to dedicate the next 6 months to learning to drive and improving my very basic Spanish….¡deséame suerte!