Raul Valdivia tells us about his CELTA training, which he completed here at IH London in August 2015. A non-native English speaker from Peru, he began teaching English to Latin American community groups immediately after his training ended.
Most of us are on a journey and the CELTA is for many the start of a new life, perhaps a career change or spending some time abroad discovering a different culture and oneself.
My own journey meant that after years of working in the charity sector, I decided to embark on a PhD project. Doing the CELTA course at International House has provided me with a new set of skills and knowledge that I can use within my academic field (languages and cultures).
IH is a fantastic organisation with a long tradition of teacher training. I remember talking to one of my colleagues on the course and asking him why he had chosen IH over other language schools, his answer said everything: 'it may be a little bit more expensive than other places, but the reputation and quality of IH is acknowledged worldwide.'
Soon after I finished the course, I approached two organisations supporting Latin American migrants in the UK. Last month, I began to teach English to a group of Latin American people who are members of one of the main unions in London. I am also planning to teach English at Casa Latina next year.
These are very exciting opportunities to put everything I learned with IH into practice. In the medium term, I am also thinking of doing an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) course, so I can integrate this area into my academic work at university level.
I thoroughly recommend doing the CELTA course at IH, teachers are very experienced and knowledgeable, the library is very well resourced, and teaching facilities and learning environment are second to none. More importantly, these are people who really enjoy and love teaching!
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