Friday, 26 June 2015

CELTA course in Barcelona June 29—July 24


On the four-week intensive course starting June 29, the tutors for one group will be (left to right) Dragan, Gabby and Jo (not shown), for the other Nigel and Liz.

You can find out a little more about your course tutors here. See also this page, which tells you something about what your tutor does.

Other CELTA courses coming up shortly

In Barcelona
July 27—August 21 (intensive, 4 weeks)
August 27—September 25  (intensive, 4 weeks)
November 2—February 22, 2016 (part-time)
September 14—December 18 (online)

Other dates | Apply for the course

Elsewhere
CELTA courses in China | Next course in China: August 3—28
CELTA courses in Mexico | Next course in Mexico: July 13—August 7

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Secrets of learning a language

There's a TED talk here on 7 secrets to help you learn a new language . Getting your learners to brainstorm their list before they read someone else's, and then comparing, can make a great basis for a lesson.

This one is of interest also because talking about how they learn -- and could learn -- is something that you want to do with learners.

For higher levels, TED.com has some really interesting talks for language classes. For lower levels you also have subtitles, which in an English class you would want on in English! Even with subtitles, however, you'd be thinking at least an intermediate level.

More here on what to look for in video clips.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Mistakes to avoid in job interviews

Here's one that we posted last week on our post-course support forum...

This article on The Guardian isn't directly aimed at ELT job interviews but there's good advice there on avoiding job interview mistakes.

For ELT jobs at most schools, smart but casual -- not formal -- would be the attire (at least in Spain). No shorts, no T-shirts, no belly buttons, no dirty jeans, but a tie is not necessary for most jobs, unless perhaps it's a job involving a lot of in-company work. Even for that, a suit is probably over-the-top.

You got your CELTA (and it was a "B", not just a "Pass", which is important!); you wrote a good CV and your application looked good to someone -- so you got an interview. Now all you have to do is ace that ;-) !

TIP Our best advice would be to interview yourself in your head before going and while sitting there waiting -- and be nasty: think of the toughest questions you can think of and then answer them, well.

It's amazing how after you've grilled yourself, most interviews are a piece of cake, as the questions you actually get seem way easier!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

CELTA course in Barcelona May 28—June 26


On the four-week intensive course starting May 28, the tutors for one group will be (left to right) David and Ellie, with Dragan and Sandy on the other.

Your CELTA course always lasts 20 days (a Cambridge specification): with June 1 being a national holiday in Spain, that's why this course starts on a Thursday.



On the current four-month extensive course which runs until June 15, we have Liz, Nigel and Sophie.

The part-time course, which we run twice a year, is two mornings a week, as opposed to five days a week on the intensive course.

Other CELTA courses coming up shortly

In Barcelona

June 29—July 24 (intensive, 4 weeks)
July 27—August 21 (intensive, 4 weeks)
November 2—February 22, 2016 (part-time)
September 14—December 18 (online)

Other dates | Apply for the course

Elsewhere
CELTA courses in China | Next course in China: August 3—28
CELTA courses in Mexico | Next course in Mexico: June 1—26