Friday, 10 October 2014
A graduate of the University of Worcester’s CELTA course says that the qualification has given her the confidence to pursue her dream of teaching abroad.
CELTA (Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), awarded by the University of Cambridge, is one of the most widely recognised initial qualifications for anyone interested in teaching English as a foreign language abroad.
As an accredited CELTA centre, the University of Worcester offers the qualification in the shape of a four-week, intensive course.
Laura Dobbins, an English Literature graduate, took the course this summer, and has since secured a year-long contract to teach in Japan.
Laura explains: “I currently work as a Support Worker, as well as helping disabled schoolchildren with their exams. I knew that I wanted to go to Japan to teach, so I applied for the CELTA Course at the University of Worcester.
“Within a couple of weeks of finishing the course, I had secured a year-long contract teaching children in a kindergarten in Japan, which begins in the New Year.”
The course is open to existing students and non-students, and helps to develop the individual’s skills, knowledge and experience in a classroom setting.
Laura believes that it is the ideal step for anyone considering teaching English as a foreign language.
“The course was hard work, but definitely worth it,” she says. “It was very enjoyable and taught me so much. The tutors were really supportive and helpful and getting so much teaching practice on the course gave me the confidence to stand in front of a class and teach.
“I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to teach English as a foreign language.”
Jenny Lewin-Jones, Senior Lecturer in the University of Worcester Language Centre, says: “Laura’s success shows the opportunities open to those with a CELTA qualification, and we are delighted that she has secured an interesting and stimulating job teaching English as a foreign language following her completion of the CELTA course.
Penny Golightly, the Language Centre’s EFL Teaching Co-ordinator, adds: “We feel very pleased to be able to offer trainees the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification which is internationally recognised and is a route to employment both in TEFL and other areas.
“CELTA trainees tell us that the course is exciting and fun, and is well worth the hard work!”
The University’s next CELTA course will run from 29 June to 24 July 2015. For more information, visit the course pages.