|ICELT-001|What I knew about and what I expected of the ICELT

Hello, Exam Seekers!

The beginning of the ICELT is just around the corner, and I am definitely looking forward to it!

You may have already read the post we mentioned about the difficulty in finding information about teaching qualifications and which one to choose here. Like many of you, I had not learned much about the ICELT before it started.

All the information I had about the course was the following:

– It is an in-service course;
– It is necessary to teach four lessons;
– It is necessary to write eight assignments;
– It helps to reflect upon one’s teaching;
– There are input lessons on a variety of topics;
– There is a long list of suggested books*.

Besides that, I also knew that the workload and reading assigned would be extensive.

All in all, I believe that the course will probably surpass my expectations. However, there are a couple of things I would like jot down before the first class so as to be reminded of my own expectations for the course.

– First of all, I think that language improvement is something that will come along with it anyway, mainly because I will increase the number of weekly readings and I will also write a lot more than usual. So I do hope that both skills will become better throughout the course. Besides that, the feedback on my written work is also something I am excited. Writing has never been my strongest skill in English, so I hope to improve it during the course;

– Another thing I am looking for is to be able to reflect upon my teaching practice and figure out a way to correct some things that I still struggle with on a daily basis. There are a couple of things I still need to sharpen when teaching, and once we teach to a tutor, issues are pointed out clearly;

– Moreover, I want to broaden my horizons regarding language teaching methodology. I am currently working with approaches that I did not know much about, and learning more about different methodologies is something I think will be of help;

– One last topic I hope we will work on throughout the course is techniques. Some tricks help the teaching and learning of skills easier. I learned some of them while in CELTA. However, I believe that there are plenty of others that can make learning more meaningful if I have the chance to put these techniques into practice.

I guess these are my primary expectations for the course. I will share with you my path in the ICELT, and both Patty and I will comment on aspects of the classes as well.

Have a great weekend, you all!

*Even though there was this huge list, no one ever told me I would need to buy any of them. As stated above, the books were all suggested books to be used during the course, not mandatory ones.

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