• Making the most of your career 29-Apr-2013

    Over the last eight years I’ve looked at a lot of CVs and done a lot of interviews. Some people have bowled me over with their brilliance – Some – like the guy who sent me a CV saying it was his lifelong dream to work at our ‘internationally famous hotel’

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  • Making the most of… 03-Apr-2013

    I started teaching 12 years ago in Manchester. Previously I had completed a degree in American History – an experience I really enjoyed, but not one that opened up many doors in Leicester where I was living at the time. My knowledge of the foreign policy of Harry Truman wasn’t very

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  • Learning Russian Pt. 2: Speaking Russian – the hard way 07-Mar-2013

    Russian pronunciation is easy and hard, all at the same time. It’s easy because 99% of the time, it’s a phonetic language: you simply pronounce every sound in the order it appears. Unlike in English, individual Russian phonemes rarely change: there are about four sounds that change depending on whether they’re

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  • Pre- and post-CELTA editing 05-Dec-2011

    If I compare the pre-CELTA era of my working life with the post-CELTA period, I can’t say that there have been huge changes or innovations. The main effect of the CELTA experience was that it strengthened my belief that MEC is an amazing source for teaching materials (as is onestopenglish) and

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  • CELTA series: What happened next… 16-Nov-2011

    As part of our CELTA series which we have been running for the last few weeks we met with Kerstin and Casey to talk about the CELTA course they have completed.

    In this video I interview Kerstin and Casey who talk why they decided to do a CELTA course, what were the

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  • CELTA as a teaching refresher 31-Oct-2011

    My name is Ania and I am 29 years old. I was born and now live in Wroclaw in Poland. I graduated from Teacher Training College in Wroclaw. This school provided me with the essential knowledge on methodology and gave me an opportunity to develop teaching skills during many hours of

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  • My first CELTA lesson – I would like to be a teacher. I don’t like teaching at this particular moment in time. 24-Oct-2011

    During my CELTA, I was in a teaching group of five trainees and was lucky because three of the others had to teach the very first lesson – and even though I didn’t have to teach myself, I suffered with the other trainees every step of the way. In preparation for

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  • The CELTA qualification and onestopenglish 17-Oct-2011

     

    The CELTA certificate is obviously one of the most popular routes into English language teaching, and here at the Macmillan English Campus offices, we understand how important lesson planning, preparation, and resources are for English teachers to create successful and interesting lessons. In combination with this special series of postings about

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  • CELTA vs. Blended CELTA 10-Oct-2011

    The most widely recognized TEFL qualification is the Cambridge administered CELTA course.  As the course is recognized internationally it is a popular qualification with those who wish to travel and teach English abroad. Over 10,000 people each year opt to take the CELTA and you need no previous teaching

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  • CELTA Report Season 05-Oct-2011

    We are very excited to invite you to join our series, CELTA Report, that will start this coming Monday, on October 10th. As CELTA is the most popular certificate to study in order to qualify as an ELT teacher, for the next three months we will be blogging about the CELTA experience. We will ask what CELTA means to

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  • My life as a language student 18-Feb-2011

    When asked why we chose to learn Arabic, my fellow students’ answers were relatively straightforward: my niece is moving to Morocco; I want to work in the Middle East; I attend belly dancing classes and want to understand what the songs are about; I love calligraphy. I, on the other hand,

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  • Diary of a London CELTA-girl 11-Jun-2007

    International House London CELTA training centre 

    Week Four

    MEC Commissioning Editor and recent CELTA graduate, Jenny Lovel, writes:

    ‘It’s nearly over. We return from the bank holiday weekend having completed assignment four, a reflection on what we’ve learnt on the course and having had some sleep. Despite the end being

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  • Diary of a London CELTA-girl 07-Jun-2007

    Week Three

    MEC Commissioning Editor and recent CELTA graduate, Jenny Lovel, writes:

    ‘Week three of the CELTA course is a hot contender for the worst week of my life. I have two assignments due, on Monday and Thursday, and three lessons to plan. Lesson five goes well. The students are lively

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  • Diary of a London CELTA-girl 31-May-2007

    Week Two

    MEC Commissioning Editor and recent CELTA graduate, Jenny Lovel, writes:

    ‘I start week two feeling quite tired, having spent the weekend at the IATEFL conference in Aberdeen. In the interview for my CELTA course I was asked if I had any social events planned that would prevent me

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  • Diary of a London CELTA-girl 14-May-2007

    Week One

    MEC Commissioning Editor and recent CELTA graduate, Jenny Lovel, writes:

    ‘Day one of the CELTA course at International House is strangely reminiscent of my first day at school. Perhaps it’s the new stationery I’m carrying, complete with OHP markers in colours I’ll never need (pink) and an impractical

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