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CELTA stands for “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults”. It is the original certificate course in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and it has been running for four decades. It is highly respected and recognized globally, with 7 out of 10 employers worldwide asking applicants to have it.

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Author: Yvonne Dagan. Article originally published in issue no. 40 of the IH Journal.   So you’ve started your post-CELTA job search, perhaps ready to launch on an international career. But are you really ready to choose the right TEFL job? Can you negotiate the......

  Author: Yvonne Dagan. Article originally published on the IH Journal of Education and Development blog.   So you’ve done your CELTA and are now eager to launch on an international career. But are you really ready to plunge into the TEFL job market? Are......

Author: Lee McCallum. Article originally published in issue no. 40 of the IH Journal.   Have you ever been in a situation where you had to provide comfort to students terrified by exams? While reassuring them they can do it and building up self-confidence are......

Author: Chris Ożóg. Article originally published in issue no. 40 of the IH Journal.   Are you considering taking the next step in your teaching career and become a teacher trainer? Before enrolling on a DELTA course and reaching that goal, you might want to......

Author: Sandy Millin. Article originally published in issue no. 41 of the IH Journal.   How many times have your students asked you about the origin of some English words or idioms? How many times have you asked yourself about the origin of your profession......

Author: Maureen McGarvey. Article originally published in issue no. 41 of the IH Journal.   We all come from families whose values impact our work ethics and style. This article shares a few of those family values (of Scottish and Irish extraction) which can inspire......

Author: Scott Thornbury. Article originally published in issue no. 41 of the IH Journal.   It’s sometimes just pleasant to sit and listen to senior counterparts who simply know better because they’ve “been there” and “done that”. And when the experienced teacher is TEFL celebrity......

Author: Ilinca Stroe   Any respectable well-established school will ask its teachers to write and hand their students progress reports on a regular basis (once a semester, say). That goes for young learner classes as well as adult groups, and the reports usually have a......

Author: David Petrie. Article originally published in issue no. 41 of the IH Journal.   Getting your students prepared for the Reading paper of a Cambridge exam can be a bit of a pain. Because students, especially teenagers, aren’t particularly keen on reading. So how......

Author: Katy Simpson. Article originally published in issue no. 42 of the IH Journal.   We don’t often think about gender equality in a heavily female-populated industry such as ELT. And yet there are a few issues worth considering. How do you manage pregnancy and......

Author: Emily Herd. Article originally published in issue no. 42 of the IH Journal.   Is it your job as a YL English teacher to deal with gender stereotypes and budding sexism in your classes? Well, as long as some textbooks work with gender roles,......

Author: Anastasiya Shalamay. Article originally published in issue no. 48 of the IH Journal.   You’re basically a face-to-face teacher who’s had to transfer their in-presence teaching skills online. Have you noticed all the differences between the two ways of teaching? What changes do you......

Author: Thomas Entwistle. Article originally published in issue no. 48 of the IH Journal.   Do you have classes where all the students come from the same mother tongue? Monolignual classes pose specific challenges for teachers, e.g. the extended use of L1 in class. This......

Author: Claire Parsons. Article originally published in issue no. 48 of the IH Journal.   Correcting your students’ spoken English is always a topic of interest. Is it better to correct on the spot or to resort to delayed correction? And what type of errors......

Author: Xana de Nagy. Article originally published in issue no. 48 of the IH Journal.   Have you at some point taught kids? If you’re an ex-YL teacher, this article will certainly make you miss those times! If you’re still currently teaching children, you’ll certainly......

Author: Ilinca Stroe   On some CELTA courses, the trainees are taught that, irrespective of the lesson type they teach (whether it’s skills, vocabulary or grammar), there is a lesson stage they should always include in their planning: “post-activity correction slot” (PACS). The term, although......

Author: Sandy Millin. Article originally published in issue no. 48 of the IH Journal.   How did it feel, 6 months after the outbreak of the pandemic, to try and “reinvent” yourself as an online teacher working in a school which had gone online, too?......

Author: Sandy Millin. Article originally published in issue no. 48 of the IH Journal.   It’s been almost a year now and it’s perhaps time we looked back and reflected on it all: how has our work as language teachers changed since the onset of......

Author: David Petrie. Article originally published in issue no. 42 of the IH Journal. Do you teach classes leading to (Cambridge) exams? If so, you’ve probably wondered whether the repeated (indeed, sometimes suffocating) exam practice really develops your students’ English. This article puts forward some......

Author: Maureen Mcgarvey. Article originally published in issue no. 42 of the IH Journal. Did you know that teaching is one of the most stressful jobs? Oh, didn’t you!… We have to fulfill a multitude of roles, from mentor to caretaker, while juggling a multitude......

Making Projects Fun with Apps Author: Marianne Jones. Article originally published in issue no. 42 of the IH Journal. Especially in the context of compulsory online teaching because of, say, a pandemic, doing projects in the language classroom can provide such beneficial variety! This article......

How to Learn a Language Every Day Author: Sandy Millin. Article originally published in issue no. 42 of the IH Journal. If as a language teacher you keep learning languages, you’re much closer to your own students’ experience, therefore you can give them more relevant......

Author: Celestina Froude. Article originally published in issue no. 43 of the IH Journal. Are you a fresh CELTA graduate just entering the real world of teaching? If so, this article is your buddy: it gives you advice about your health and about setting boundaries......

Author: Christopher Redmond. Article originally published in issue no. 44 of the IH Journal. Do you often feel out of your depth when trying to improve your students’ fluency, especially at lower levels? What would get them to speak more, what would break those barriers......

Author: Ilinca Stroe   The Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) is the highest English teaching qualification available. Designed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge, it is the equivalent of a Master’s degree, highly respected......

Authors: Matt Adams and Ethan Mansur. Article originally published in issue no. 46 of the IH Journal.   A very frequent (and often inconvenient) situation: you have to cover a lesson for a fellow teacher. It’s usually a last-minute request which leaves you little time......

Author: Anastasia Nefedova. Article originally published in issue no. 47 of the IH Journal. Do you teach large classes? Can you remember all of the students’ names? Can you always keep them motivated and on track? This article gives you 7 practical ideas about how......

Author: Rory Duncan. Article originally published in issue no. 47 of the IH Journal. What makes us fail or suceeed as teachers? What are the positive and negative emotions we have to deal with and manage? How can they make a difference in our performance?......

Article originally poublished on the International House World Organisation (IHWO) blog on 9 April 2020.   Are you short of ideas about how to keep your students motivated and engaged during the Easter holiday? Professionals from several International House schools in Spain have come up......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue 47. Authors: Miguel Talag and Ethan Mansur   Isn’t PowerPoint an almost indispensable tool now that we’ve transited to teaching online because of the coronavirus pandemic? How good are you at making the best of it? Are......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue 47, adapted for this site. Author: Sandy Millin.   Are you struggling with the crazy amount of lesson planning you’ve got to do besides the teaching proper? Has stress become your permanent state of mind? How can......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue 47, adapted for this site. Author: Tatsiana Khudayerka.   Are you striving to improve your students’ ability to read fast a text in English? Do you sometimes find it hard to think of new ways of practising......

Teo, where and when did you start teaching English as a foreign language?  I started teaching in 2010 right here, at IH Bucharest.   How long have you worked with International House? Tell us about your career path, please. Well, I’ll be celebrating my 10th......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue 47. Author: Hall Houston.   Are you tired of always being in charge of the class? Are your students, on the other hand, a bit frustrated that they never get to have their say when it comes......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue 47, adapted for this site. Author: Emma Gowing.   Do you sense a difference between reading and listening when it comes to general talk about “receptive skills”? Do you wonder how to teach better listening classes particularly......

Author: Ilinca Stroe   Whether you are a more or a less experienced teacher, surely you must have, at some point, lived a moment when, casually monitoring your students mid-activity, you were shocked to notice that they were doing something totally unrelated to what they......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue no. 44. Author: Sandy Millin.   Are you overly critical of your lessons? Do you often compare yourself unfavourably with other teachers? Do you feel the stress level caused by teaching is becoming rather unbearable? Whether you’re......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue no. 45. Author: Amy Gowers.   Noise, fidgeting, chaos – but also enthusiasm, joy and freshness. Those are some of the effects teachers of young learners (YLs) are usually exposed to. Managing the former and harnessing the......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue no. 45. Author: Xana de Nagy. A teacher is often supposed to be a bit of a magician: pulling rabbits out of hats, i.e. coming up with teaching ideas all the time, whether to introduce a grammar......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue no. 46. Author: Phoebe Gomes.   Teaching exam preparation classes can be tremendously stimulating: there’s a challenge to them, there’s a goal and there’s a time limit. It’s all an exciting countdown race. But the responsibility can......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue no. 46. Author: Madeleine Hill.   There’s no higher wish for a keen junior teacher than to become a good teacher. This article by a highly experienced IH teacher guides you towards that goal, focusing especially on......

Article originally published in the IH Journal, issue no. 46. Author: Glenn Standish.   No matter how hard we try and plan, there’s always something a bit artificial about classroom tasks. This article suggests a few ways of making English more real and engaging in......

Article originally published on the IH Journal blog.   Diana England is DoS at IH Torres Vedras and has had a teaching career which has taken her around the globe. Among the many places visited, Romania stood out for its “teachers and trainers who were......

Alex, where and when did you start teaching English as a foreign language?   I was 19 years old, and I taught Tibetan Buddhist monks in a monastery in the north of India. I loved the experience but I was, despite my lack of experience,......

Úna, when and where did you start teaching English as a foreign language? Tell us about your background in TEFL.   I started my English teaching career in Budapest, Hungary, back in 2003. It was a fantastic first experience, as I met really talented, motivated......

Robert, when and where did you start teaching English as a foreign language? Tell us about your background in TEFL.   I started teaching English in Bogota, Colombia, in 1994 at the Centro Colombo Americano. I had just finished college and was in Bogota when......

Article originally published on the IH Journal blog. Author: Anthony Ash.   This article can be useful to teachers of English as a Foreign Language who have some teaching experience and look for variety in their lesson frameworks. Flipped Learning basically implies setting the Presentation......

Iulia, where and when did you start teaching English as a foreign language? Actually, I started my teaching career with International House Bucharest on 15th October 2009. I remember the date exactly, because this was my first ‘real’ job after uni and I was very......

The benefits of doing a CELTA course (“Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages”) are multifarious. The greatest advantage is, of course, that on successful completion of the course you get a professional qualification which is accredited by Cambridge University, and the corresponding......

OK, so you’ve been teaching a language for a while, you’re comfortable with the job, you’ve got good feedback from your employer and students – overall, you’re getting on. Why bother doing a language teacher training course? The short answer is, because it makes the......

 

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