Request for Contributors

I just want to put a request out there to all my friends who teach English as a foreign language or second language. If you have made my acquaintance, are a teacher or trainer of teachers, and would like a platform from which to voice some of your wisdom, I invite you to send me your contributions.

If you have a lesson plan, or advice for fellow teachers, or hints and tips, please contact me directly, or post a response to this blog post.

I would love to expand this blog rapidly, and unlike some of the other blogs in my network, I really want this one to be a place with multiple contributors. This can help me and many other teachers grow, learn and expand.

Please feel free to pitch me any idea you have in mind, and if I think it is a fit for this blog, I’ll create a guest account on here for you, so you can start making posts.

If you need photos or media for your posts, I use Dreamstime as my source for clip art, photos and other media. Just let me know which images you need (provide links to the images), and I’ll use my account to purchase them for your article, and upload them so you can place them in your article.

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Review, Part 3: CELTA Program at British Council, Kraków, Poland

British Council Kraków The following is my review of my experiences at British Council in Kraków, Poland. I attended the CELTA program there in November and December of 2011. I’ll break things down into a few separate posts for easy reading, and so potential students of the CELTA can get a taste of this school, the tutors, and the experience in Kraków.

British Council, Kraków, Poland

Obviously, I cannot speak as to comparisons with other programs, except for rumors and personal reports I have read on the Internet, or heard from my tutors and colleagues in the program with me. As for comparisons with other schools, I will say only one thing. The cost of the CELTA outside the borders of the native-English-speaking nations is considerably lower than it is within native-English nations. If you want to get this certificate at a decent price, the best way to do it is by attending a school in one of the target nations. Affordable programs exist across Eastern Europe and Asia, where most new English teachers seek employment. The cost of a program in these nations ranges from US$750 to US$1300. The same exact program and certificate runs US$2400 and up in North American CELTA schools. For this reason alone, I would strongly suggest that any potential native-speakers of English who intend to become CELTA applicants seek a school overseas, rather than at home. Read more »

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Review, Part 2: CELTA Program at British Council, Kraków, Poland

Cambridge University CrestThe following is my review of my experiences at British Council in Kraków, Poland. I attended the CELTA program there in November and December of 2011. I’ll break things down into a few separate posts for easy reading, and so potential students of the CELTA can get a taste of this school, the tutors, and the experience in Kraków.

The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) Program

Before choosing a program to learn about teaching English, I investigated the plethora of options available to people interested in this career path. I discovered that many of the schools in Ukraine, where I intended to teach, accepted only the CELTA certificate as an educational background. This made my choice easy, but I cannot express how pleased I was with the program. Read more »

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Review, Part 1: CELTA Program at British Council, Kraków, Poland

Kraków by night at Christmas timeThe following is my review of my experiences at British Council in Kraków, Poland. I attended the CELTA program there in November and December of 2011. I’ll break things down into a few separate posts for easy reading, and so potential students of the CELTA can get a taste of this school, the tutors, and the experience in Kraków.

A Month in Kraków, Poland

The CELTA program is an intensive educational program, and lasts for a month, so wherever you might choose to do it, you’ll be spending a month there.

I have traveled all over the USA, but only twice outside of North America. My trip to Kraków was my second trip outside of North America, and I would highly recommend it as a place to stay for anyone interested in international travel. It was also an ideal city in which to be a student. Read more »

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