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2019 Part-Time CELTA candidate Rocio Loza gives us her lowdown on her part-time CELTA experience…
“My name is Rocio. I’ve always been passionate about teaching English. Havimg spent some time looking for an appropriate teaching training course, as well as an official qualification, I finally found out that CELTA would offer me both. As a result, in March this year I took up the CELTA Part-time course at International House Buenos Aires, and I’m so happy I did!
Tutored by Neil, Kate and Emma, I learnt effective teaching approaches and techniques. They taught me how to manage my classroom, how to develop my lesson plans in a student-centred way, the importance of TTT, MPF and CCQs, and lots of other relevant concepts. The material I received during the course was amazingly well-organised, and their input sessions were significant and enjoyable.
The course itself has been challenging but absolutely worthwhile.
Thanks to my tutors for your exceptional support throughout the course because your feedback literally empowered me to strengthen my teaching skills. Now I’m aware of many aspects that I used to ignore before the course, and as a consequence, my students have increased their engagement, and have even asked me to double their weekly lessons!
I recommend the CELTA course for those who love the English language and enjoy teaching as much I do.”
Ever since he retired, Edward dreads going to bed at night. He’s afraid that when he turns off his light, he will just lie there with his eyes open and his mind racing. “How can I break this cycle?” he asks. “I’m so tired—I need to get some sleep.”
Just like Edward, you want a good night’s rest. Getting enough sleep helps you stay healthy and alert. But, many older people don’t sleep well. If you’re always sleepy or you find it hard to get enough sleep at night, it may be time to see a doctor. Waking up every day feeling tired is a sign that you are not getting the rest you need.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Being older doesn’t mean you have to be tired all the time. You can do many things to help you get a good night’s sleep. Here are some ideas:
Tips to Help You Fall Asleep
You may have heard about some tricks to help you fall asleep. You don’t really have to count sheep—you could try counting slowly to 100. Some people find that playing mental games makes them sleepy. For example, tell yourself it is 5 minutes before you have to get up, and you’re just trying to get a little bit more sleep.
Some people find that relaxing their bodies puts them to sleep. One way to do this is to imagine your toes are completely relaxed, then your feet, and then your ankles are completely relaxed. Work your way up the rest of your body, section by section. You may drift off to sleep before getting to the top of your head.
Use your bedroom only for sleeping. After turning off the light, give yourself about 20 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re still awake and not drowsy, get out of bed. When you feel sleepy, go back to bed.
If you feel tired and unable to do your activities for more than 2 or 3 weeks, you may have a sleep problem. Talk with your doctor about changes you can make to get a better night’s sleep.
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Fran’s CELTA group gave this to her on the last day of her and Kate’s January course. Apparently there’s this thing she does with her eyebrows! But they still loved her!
If you’re not sure what CELTA involves, then this account from our affiliate cousin IH Belfast is a very good guide…
Was great to hear today from one of our January 2014 alumni, who’s currently putting everything she learnt on her CELTA at IH Buenos Aires into practice…
Dear Kate and Fran,
It’s Jessica from the January 2014 CELTA class. I just wanted to drop you a quick line with a warm hello from Washington DC.
For two months now I’ve been teaching ESL to young Hispanic immigrants from Central America (ages 19-21) at a public school here and absolutely adore my job! I’ve thought of you so often…the CELTA training has been extremely helpful in so many ways and I can’t thank you enough for really instilling these points (drilling pronunciation, chesting, CCQs etc) in us. Even after having taught German for 6 years I learned so, so much in your training and thanks to you I would hope (!) have become a better teacher.
Anyway, today I’m even reusing my CELTA TP 8 (going to a restaurant, ordering from a menu etc.) because tomorrow we’re off to a “real American restaurant” to practice ordering in an authentic environment!
Long story short, thank you again. You were INCREDIBLE teachers. Tough 🙂 but we all learned so much. I can’t thank you enough! I find it’s rare that theoretical training actually comes in hand later in life but my CELTA materials truly do.
Hope you’re well.