BKC-IH Moscow has been offering Cambridge CELTA courses since its approval in 1997 as the CELTA course provider by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. Since then about 900 CELTA trainees have taken the course in Moscow.
We have asked our trainees what they think about the CELTA course and here you can read what they say:
I really like the input sessions where we got to be students and all the demo presentations. I had never taught groups before so all the TPs were quite challenging but extremely interesting.
The course was amazing, inspiring and eye-opening. Trainers' advice and support were precious.
It was a fascinating experience, the course was demanding, but very useful. I have learnt a lot and now I am going to apply this knowledge to the lessons with my students.
The course is very practical and interactive. Even the inputs were more like workshops or case analysis. The observers provided us with valuable feedback on how to improve our performance. Also, observations of our peers' lessons helped us to further reflect on teaching methods.
This was the most useful course I've ever taken! I liked the input sessions, especially on phonology, functional language, teaching speaking skills, using classical misuc. Feedback sessions after the teaching practice were extremely useful. Observations of experienced teachers gave me a lot of ideas.
It was an interesting and extremely useful course. Hard, nerver-racking and demanding, but enjoyable and helpful for boosting my teaching skills.
This course has definitely changed my life for the better!
Although I had been teaching English for 8 years before the course, I was surprised to see that there was still a lot more to learn.
I came with no teaching experience and now I feel capable and confident as a new teacher.
An extremely useful course, especially for those who know English, love teaching but aren't very clear with methodology.
I gained a great deal from the course. I wish that I had taken it years ago.
I learnt more during these four CELTA weeks than during five years at the university!
The input sessions were interactive, useful and practice-focused.
The input sessions were always very well put together and engaging with the trainers encouraging us to share our own ideas and discuss them.
In the first half of the course, input sessions focused on things we needed for teaching practice; in the second half they dealt with more ‘long-term’ goals. They were thoroughly prepared, well-structured and were great fun.
Input sessions were interesting, involving and interactive. Had nothing in common with boring University lectures!
Very useful. Helped to structure everything and anticipate all sorts of problems.
Trainers were always very helpful and supportive, not simply telling me what to do but discussing with me the pros and cons of an aspect of my plan.
Got lots of original, yet simple and not time-consuming ideas from trainers.
Plenty of help provided in the early stages of the course. Later when we were expected to be more independent but help was always available when asked for.
Both trainers were helpful, but without hindering my own ideas.
Scary at first but extremely helpful in gaining experience and confidence and putting into practice what we were learning.
Nerve-racking but good experience.
Terrifying at first but it’s the best way to do it so that you could gradually become more and more comfortable as a teacher
That was literally a nightmare of my life. First week, I couldn’t sleep. Second week, I was desperate. Now I am looking forward to trying out all those nice things I’ve learned on the course.
Very useful, real experience, a bit stressful because of assessment, good students- friendly and helpful CELTA.
No better way to learn than to actually do it.
At first I didn't take criticism very well but with time I understood how it helped me improve my teaching.
I liked the mixture of feedback techniques. Trainer and peer feedback was always objective and aimed to help us improve.
Very helpful - the tutor could see the things that I wasn't able to see myself.
Positive attitude towards teaching, support in your difficult moments, focusing on achievements without disregarding the drawbacks, that was what I liked most.
Useful, like a mini input session. Good opportunity to analyze your lessons and understand mistakes as well as your strengths.
Instead of leading us by holding our hands, the trainers asked us to walk ahead while they were carringly observing from behind.
We could feel trainers' support and love all the time, even though they tried to look strict.
Very supportive at all times. Perfect mix of tutors.
Tutors supported me lot, offered good ideas for my lessons.
Tutors were really involved and I always had a feeling that they were happy for my progress.
What I really liked is that the tutors always encouraged us not to get upset with our mistakes, because they are a part of the learning process.
The organisation was very good. The admins were very responsive.