CELTA Testimonials

Testimonials by ex-CELTA trainees at International House Newcastle

CELTA courses

by ex-CELTA trainees



As I had previous teaching experience, I was a bit sceptical at the beginning whether I can benefit from the course. It was because I needed a professional degree that I enrolled in the course in the first place. However, I got pleasantly surprised by the course, because I’ve learnt a lot and it has helped me boost my confidence as a teacher. It made me more creative in the classroom and now, I find it easier to engage the students in the learning process. I have noticed how much more dynamic the lessons became when I embraced the communicative language approach.

What I liked about the course is that it’s more practical than theoretical. Rather than learning facts and methods, the participants are put in the position of students and they can experience the lessons. Therefore, they can understand how their students feel and what problems they may encounter.

I’ve used the communicative language approach when teaching academic English to foreign students. It made me realise that this method can be successfully applied in any classroom environment. Providing students with simple and clear instructions or allowing them to compare their answers before nominating them to speak in front of the whole class makes the lesson run smoothly. Students seem more focused and relaxed because they understand the tasks and they have the opportunity to check their answers with their partners.

Sylwia Pawlikowska


 I chose to do the CELTA course because it is an internationally recognised ELT certificate and many employers request this qualification. I had no teaching experience before doing the course and I wanted to be trained in a professional, reputable and supportive environment, which I knew International House Newcastle would provide. I received invaluable training during the course, and I ultimately learned how to deliver a meaningful communicative language lesson with a student-centred approach. I particularly liked the intensive nature of the course and I learned a lot in such a short space of time. The course gave me practical experience and confidence going into my first teaching job. I have maintained the communicative language approach in all my classes, both mono- and multi-lingual, because I believe it is the best way to learn another language. I continue to use my CELTA training to help me plan effective lessons and implement effective classroom management strategies. 

Amber Turley


 I decided to do the Celta course with IH Newcastle because I wanted a teaching qualification that would give me the freedom to teach English in different countries. Language schools around the world are looking for teachers who are Celta qualified. I felt that having the qualification would greatly improve my job prospects.

The course was extremely interesting and useful. I liked the way that input sessions were presented to us as if we ourselves were learners in an English classroom. This gave us insight as to how the Communicative Approach actually works.

The tutors were extremely supportive and were there to help us whenever we needed them.

After completing the Celta course, I was lucky enough to get a teaching position with IH Durham summer school. Then I went on to obtain the TKTYL qualification with IH Newcastle.

I believe it is important to embrace the Communicative Language Approach because it’s an effective method that allows learners the opportunity to use new language, within a context that is meaningful to them. The context is based on a real-life situation where associated language can be found. This use of context aids the learners’ acquisition of the new language and deepens their understanding of it.

Louisa Baldwin