Phil Wade has been kind enough to write a guest blog post and took part in the #youngerteacherself challenge. So, Phil, over to you!
What would I tell my younger me?
Before the CELTA
- Do the CELTA asap. Find the money, beg for the money or work more to get the money.
- Do a CELTA near your house so you can save travelling time.
- Stop your life for the 4 weeks and work, work, work.
- Aim for and get an A. You can do it but you don’t think you can.
- Don’t just focus on being good. find out what will get you an A and adapt.
During the CELTA
- Trust yourself and follow your instincts.
- Enjoy the teaching and the students will too.
- Don’t be a complete slave to your plans.
- Keep applying for jobs.
After the CELTA
- Prepare for a range of English classes.
- Don’t just redo CELTA stuff.
- Don’t follow every page of the book.
- Try to make grammar lessons more about explaining and practice. forget the fun and interactive stuff.
- Get into Business English asap.
- Do the DELTA after 2 years.
- Sign up for the MA TESOL after that and you can skip term 1.
- Apply to be an examiner and try different exams.
- Ask about teacher training and examiner training.
- Make and trademark something called an ‘app’ on smartphones and ‘elearning’.
- Produce and sell loads of apps and elearning courses for English then retire at 25.
- Look into and start a PhD before tuition fees get too high.
- Aim for a head of department job in an EAP section of a university.
- Balance teaching with research and writing.
Phil teaches English at university and in companies, writes elearning and creates ELT Social Media content. He is the author of the Business English Teacher Development ebook series (10 ebooks).
Thanks for writing Phil