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Posted By: Bjorn <email@example.com> Date: Thursday, 18 February 2010, at 11:20 a.m.
As a certified science teacher with an MSc and PGCE I was pretty confident that the CELTA was going the be an acceptable task (not easy, I knew it was intense). I dropped out after 3 weeks completely exhausted. Although I was told I was probably going to pass I just couldn't stand it anymore. I am not blaming my tutors. They were generally great (not all of them though). It was more the CELTA style that was driving me mad.
With my former training I felt I had to unlearn so much just to conform to the CELTA style that I couldn't bear it any more. All these CCQ's and IQQ's ( Are we going to work in pair? Yes, we are going to work in pairs........blablaaaa). I felt like a robot sometimes. Again, I am not blaming my tutors, it's just that the celta style wasn't my cup of tea.
I do agree with the communicative approach in language learning,I just need to have the freedom to develop my own style. Funny though, I am still working as a teacher( mostly science and math) here in Norway, and I may say, a successful one, judged by student feedback and exam results (with external assessment of course).
Maybe the SIT course would be better for me as I believe this is not so rigid and perhaps more open to creative teachers