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You Know You’re a CELTA Trainee When…

You Know You’re a CELTA Trainee When…
Erica Lederman

Being a CELTA trainee can be a consuming life experience, especially if you’re taking the intensive 4-week course. The information and teaching techniques you’re exposed to can start to gradually seep into your everyday life — sometimes in less than convenient ways! Here are 25 signs that you’ve become a dyed-in-the-wool CELTA convert:

1. Your significant other asks where you want to go for dinner and you try to elicit “sushi.”

Sushi is always the answer

Sushi is always the answer

2. You automatically think of appropriate gist tasks when you read news articles.

3. You use hot error correction techniques to correct your friends’ grammar slips.

4. Researching your future life abroad becomes your go-to procrastination hobby.

5. You instinctively ask yourself if your aims were achieved after social interactions.

6. “Sleep” becomes a personal aim.

7. You tell your friends to check in pairs before confirming group plans.

8. You make sure all your social media posts are appropriately cited.

Gist tasks, anyone?

Gist tasks, anyone?

9. You start hearing features of connected speech in your day-to-day life and wondering how you never noticed them before.

10. You get excited when you hear someone naturally use the third conditional.

11. When someone gives you instructions, you criticize how wordy they were.

12. You start asking ICQs with your friends and family.

13. You can’t consume any media without wondering if it would fit into your next lesson.

14. You start to realize how strong your own accent is.

Marker stains: all day, every day

Marker stains: all day, every day

15. You begin to question if you really know ‘how to English’ at all.

16. The letters FOL, SRT, LRT, and LFC start to show up in your dreams (or maybe nightmares…).

17. You gradually become less flustered by people staring at you blankly after you’ve said something.

18. You naturally start monitoring other people’s conversations at parties.

19. You make a list of anticipated problems and solutions before running errands.

20. You count syllables instead of sheep to help you fall asleep at night.

21. You wonder why your sandwich is blue until you realize you have whiteboard marker stains on your fingers.

Coffee is essential

Coffee is essential

22. You convince yourself that an entire lesson was a failure because the black whiteboard marker didn’t work.

23. You get panicky just thinking about a photocopier machine.

24. You consider getting a permanent IV drip of coffee into your arm.

25. You mentally give your 8th grade Spanish teacher “below standard”.

Special thanks to my colleagues Jeff Sobieraj, James Pengelley, Sarah Adams, and Hector Navarro for ideas & inspiration!

Photo Credits: Alexndr Podvalny, osseous, lronchelfbalara, zappowbang, jng104

Erica Lederman

Erica Lederman

Erica Lederman is an ESL teacher and teacher trainer who has had classroom experience on four continents in addition to online tutoring. She is currently focused on teaching academic English to university students in Chicago and also running intensive CELTA courses with Teaching House as a freelancer.
Erica Lederman

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