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In the meantime, I wanted to share an email that we received from Natalie, who earned her CELTA certificate in Seville, Spain.  She had a fantastic time Teaching English Abroad, and then returned home and leveraged her experience and CELTA certification into a teaching job in the US.  We love hearing success stories like that from people who teach English abroad with LanguageCorps, and just had to share it on the blog!  Scroll down to read her email!


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I have a wonderful teaching job at a school in Portland, OR, USA called the Portland English Language Academy. Even though most of my colleagues have teaching degrees of some sort or another, I was hired with just my CELTA. That’s pretty lucky for the US, as I understand. The first 4 months were incredibly challenging as I got the hang of things, but now I’m cruising.

I have 18 teaching hours a week (which of course means many more hours of prep), totaling 5 classes. My students are ages 16-50, though mostly university students. Most of my students are Saudi Arabians!  I have learned a ton since starting here, and I am enjoying teaching a multicultural multi-lingual classroom.

The teaching practice that I got in CELTA was priceless, as well as preparing actual materials for the classes. I am finding myself challenged by a student population who is easily bored, and not very academic, so most of my teaching involves interactive games and activities. That’s one thing that I wish I could have learned more about in my CELTA course–things like acting out a story with the whole class participating to learn verb tenses, post it notes and standing students to get the words in a sentence in order, using vocabulary cards to match up sentences or words etc etc etc. I guess you could put all that under the category of “engaging the non-engaged student”. I wasn’t sure who to give that feedback to, so if it is better placed somewhere else, then I can send it on.”



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