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May 19, 2015 · by ramblingnortherner · in CELTA

As you may (or may not) know, I recently completed a CELTA teaching course at Manchester Central School of English. It’s been one of the most stressful and intense months I can ever remember, but at the same time an incredibly rewarding one.

I’m going to talk in more detail about the positives and negatives of the CELTA course in future posts, however before any of that I’m going to talk through the first part of the process – the application and interview stages.

It’s a bit of a weird concept really; at the end of the day you’re stumping up £1,300 just to take the course, so you’d think they’d be happy just to take your money and enrol you. My guess is that due to the intense nature of the course, it’s important to suss you out at an interview and see if you’re likely to be up to the constraints and pressures of the four week course. This is both academic and non-academic; you could be the brightest person in the country, but mentally you may have a lot on which could hinder your progress and – in all probability – the training centre’s pass rate!

The Application

I was unfortunate enough to have to go through this process twice, as my first choice course at LILA in Liverpool was cancelled due to a lack of uptake so I applied to MCSE. Both applications involved a rather strenuous task – around 10 questions on the English language and grammar as well as personal statements and information about yourself. It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve sat easier exams!

It’s important to set aside some time to complete this task as thoroughly as possible. For my LILA application I was fortunate enough to be lying in a hammock on the Philippine island of Bohol, which I’m sure you’ll appreciate made it a little less stressful. As for my MCSE application, I only noticed that there was a deadline for applications the night before the cut-off date, and found myself trying to rack my brains for all my grammar knowledge at 1am after a night of beers and watching football – not ideal.

Not a bad place to do a grammar test…