Review of Teaching House

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Teaching House is the largest CELTA teacher training center in the United States, offering this prestigious TESOL course in 15 cities across the country. We now have locations in Boston, New York (Manhattan), New York (Brooklyn), Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

As the most reputable and widely recognized TESOL/TEFL certification of its kind, the CELTA TESOL Certificate is the ideal certificate for anyone seeking specialized professional teacher training. Accepted both in the United States and abroad, teachers qualified with the CELTA TESOL Certificate can pursue positions teaching English to adults or young learners, Business English to professionals, or exam training for internationally-recognized tests like the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge exams.

Teaching House tutors are highly experienced and qualified. Each trainer has years of experience teaching ESL, and each holds a CELTA and either a DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) or a Master’s degree in Education. Our trainers combine a passion for training effective teachers and a dedication in assisting with employment post CELTA.

Each course incorporates 6 hours of practical classroom teaching. These multilingual classes involve teaching real ESL students from the community, all from a variety of countries and ranging in age from 18 to 60. Our trainees teach classes of different levels ranging from pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate and cover grammar, vocabulary and skills lessons. As a teacher who has graduated from the CELTA TESOL course, you can be sure you will have the confidence to teach a range of different language lessons to a range of different language levels.

Teaching House sets itself apart from other CELTA TESOL centers by continuing to provide professional help to our trainee teachers even after they’ve completed the course. We give lifelong career assistance and access to Teaching House resources to all our trainees.

Whether you are pursuing a new career in teaching English as a Second Language, or are an experienced teacher seeking an accredited teaching qualification, the University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the perfect qualification for you!

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Courses Offered

Type: Combined CoursesOn-site Courses
Length: Standard (120-140 hours)Long Courses (150+ hours)
Certificate: Cambridge CELTA, DELTA
Additional Features: Part Time Option

Location of Courses

Australia, Canada, England, USA
Overall Rating4.764.764.764.764.76
Course Content4.774.774.774.774.77
Practice Teaching4.824.824.824.824.82
Quality of Feedback4.784.784.784.784.78
Lesson Plan Guidance4.594.594.594.594.59
Instructor Competency4.864.864.864.864.86
Job Placement3.713.713.713.713.71
Facilities/Resources4.054.054.054.054.05
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184 Customer Reviews of Teaching House

Review by Maria, December 19, 2016

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

An intense course that focuses on your skills as a teacher.

Even though I had ESL teaching experience prior to taking this course, I was challenged and enjoyed how practical and relevant to the ESL classroom the course and its materials were. Observed teaching is always nerve-wracking, but an exceptional way to improve as a teacher. I wish I had taken this course earlier in my ESL career!

Review by Nadia Bucci, December 8, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 33333

The course was really well planned. You can tell a lot of knowledge and experience in ESL are behind it. It was worth the effort and sacrifice, and I would do it again. I appreciated the environment and the hands on type of approach.

Review by Robert Finnegan, November 10, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

I completed a CELTA course at Teaching House in December of 2015. As most already know, the CELTA is regarded as the most intense – and equally the most highly respected – TEFL certification. I am particularly glad I completed this course with Teaching House New York, and believe that it provides one with the best possible introduction to the TEFL world for the following reasons.

The quality of the trainers I had at Teaching House made the course. The staff was very professional, personable, punctual, and funny.

It was from simply observing my trainers and noticing their ability to balance professional expectations with genuine human interaction, that I gained the greatest insights into how to both enjoy teaching and how to be an effective teacher. The structure of the CELTA course itself will provide you with the professional nuts and bolts, but the trainers will ceaselessly model to you what a great teacher actually is throughout the course.

Secondly, the location is great. Because Teaching House New York is in the middle of Manhattan, you will be teaching a very interesting and dynamic array of students from many parts of the world. The 60 or more students I worked with during my course included: students from Chile and China, young professionals from Japan and Mexico, an up-an-coming actor from Rio de Janeiro, an economics professor from Madrid, and a Turkish national on holiday who introduced our class to Turkish Delights.

If nothing else this diversity in students makes for a fascinating course. But also, because my students ranged so dramatically in age, nationality, and native language, by the end of the course I genuinely felt prepared to TEFL in any location in the world. I’m not certain I would have felt the same had I completed my CELTA with a different company in a less global city.

Although Teaching House does not focus on actually placing you professionally – as the CELTA course is about becoming a great teacher and not about how to best navigating the TEFL job market – the trainers do an excellent job of helping educate you in the TEFL world and pointing you in the right direction professionally.

In short, I would highly recommend Teaching House New York to anyone who is seriously interested in investing the time, effort, and money into giving themselves the best possible introduction to TEFL.

Review by Erica Hilleren, October 10, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

Lizzy and the other teacher trainers were fantastic during the CELTA course because they were approachable, knowledgeable, and organized. Their enthusiasm was contagious and hearing about their interesting experiences in this field have been useful in navigating my own journey through teaching ESL. The course is challenging and intense, but rewarding because of the detailed and useful feedback provided. I would definitely recommend this to teachers interested in teaching adults.

Review by Marian, August 10, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took Teaching House’s CELTA course during the month of June 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the downtown site was not a permanent Teaching House location, a printer/copier, a projector and a laptop were available, and we were able to access the building wi-fi with our personal laptops or other devices. Teaching House also provided a small library of the essential texts needed throughout the course, and we were each provided with a binder containing much of the curriculum and all of the worksheets needed for the course. Any curriculum not included in this binder was presented in the form of lectures, handouts, demonstration lessons and videos. We used a single very large room for both our own ELT training and our afternoon practice teaching sessions, and we were generally onsite from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We had a lunch break of about 45 minutes during which we either went to a nearby restaurant or ate our own bag lunches. These were usually working lunches for most of us.

Our small group of 6 candidates were encouraged and guided to bond as a professional unit, to support each other, to exchange ideas, etc. I continue to be in contact with most of them, with our 2 highly skilled and supportive trainers, and with several of the students who made our practice teaching possible.

The most challenging aspect of the month-long course was completing the work in the time we had. I got much less sleep during the month than I usually do, even, somewhat, on weekends. This affected all of us, even the trainers, to a greater or lesser degree. For myself, I can see that I was having trouble prioritizing what I had to include in detail in lessons and what I could minimize.

Even though I came to the course with over 30 years of ELT experience, this was all a fantastic learning experience for me. I was able to use what I already knew, seeing how it fit into the CELTA context, and add technique that I had never been trained in. At times, I was able to complement the official training (as were my less experienced co-trainees), and at other times I was able to benefit greatly from observing the efforts and progress of others.

I have not yet applied for a new job with this new qualification, but I do believe that it will open doors to jobs that I would not otherwise be interviewed for. It should be well-worth the cost and the loss of sleep!

Review by Jalen Durham, July 11, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Celta course at Teaching House Atlanta. The instructors were superb and very helpful. My fellow trainees and I took time to help each other when needed. The students, though not actually controlled by Teaching House, were very easy to teach and were always asking questions and making us as the teacher stay on our toes. Overall, I enjoyed the course and already plan on taking the Celtyl and, hopefully, the Delta courses in the years to come.

Review by Jennifer Kindschi, June 26, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

Really my opinion of the quality of this Phoenix course stems from my experience with the instructors, Zach and Kim. They have a vested interest in wanting us to do well, and it shows in everything they do. There really isn’t time in this course for anything to go wrong, but of course they do. At those times, Zach and Kim simply pitched in to help get things done so that we could teach and get our assignments done on time.

You will really find it beneficial to begin preparing for the course before it begins. Do the pre-course task thoroughly and brush up on your knowledge of grammar. Also, if you are a bit older and technologically challenged like I am, you will have added challenges to an already challenging curriculum. It really will make all the difference if you are aware of these things heading in.

Since it had been so long since I’d last been in school, I’d forgotten how differently I learn from most people. This was a real confidence shaker for me, even though logically I know that my unique way of learning has nothing to do with my intelligence. Again, this is where having top notch instructors made all the difference. Never once did I get comments along the lines of “I told you that. It’s what we went over in class.” Clearly Zach and Kim have enough experience to recognize and work with all kinds of learning styles.

Which is good, because the information and assignments fly fast and thick in this course. To the point of ridiculous. Whether this is necessary, and whether it is realistic to expect that all of that information can be truly absorbed when being doled out at such a fast pace, I’m really not sure. However, in the end, with hard work and good instructors/classmates, you will leave the class with the satisfaction of having survived it and with the certificate that employers seem to want.

Good Luck!!

Review by T Jackson, June 13, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 55555

I finished the CELTA course at Teaching House London. While this course was very intense and extremely challenging it was also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had three different teachers on the course and while all three of them had differing styles all of them were professional, helpful and could not have been more enthusiastic in their desire to teach the art of teaching and gave constructive feedback. While I struggled with the pace of the course the teachers never faltered in being there to help. I do feel that five weeks instead of four would have been better or the pace of the first week spread out as the last week was not as intense. My only real suggestion to change the course would be a slight change in lesson plan guidance. As we were taught the importance of pairing in our practice teaching and did lots of pairing in our own course it would have been a good idea if we could have been paired once or twice to work with each other and compare lesson plans. Also lesson plan guidance tended to fall on the day of our practice teaching and it would have been better if it was the day before to aid us in having time to make real changes. Be prepared for an intense four weeks but it will be worth it. Some of the things i learnt only sunk in once I finished and am sure will become useful once I get started in my new career. Lizzy, Bobby and Ben were fantastic and the patience they showed teaching an old dog new tricks was more than admirable.

Review by Ramona, May 26, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I completed the intensive CELTA course in November 2014 at Teaching House New York. I found the course to be challenging, rigorous, a bit overwhelming at times but absolutely worth the money and tremendous effort. I learned so much about teaching methodology, how to create student-centered lessons and what to ask when looking for a job. Just having the CELTA, no matter your final grade, exponentially increases your chances of being hired. So many employers won’t even look at your resume without CELTA due to the incredibly varied standards of TEFL courses. The instructors, Lizzy, Robert and Shannon, were absolutely fantastic. Their feedback and critiques were invaluable and made me a better teacher in so many ways. They were helpful, knowledgeable and kept us in high spirits even when times were tough. I also learned so much from my fellow teachers in observation and feedback sessions. One of the best parts of the course was getting to know this group of teachers, helping each other with our lessons and offering encouragement. However, I do not recommend taking the intensive course; it was a bit too much in such a short period of time. You barely have time to catch your breath and let everything soak in between lessons. That may be my one and only regret when I look back at my experience. I highly recommend to anyone with a desire to teach ESL: save your money, set aside plenty of time to finish the course, eat and sleep as much as you can, do the pre-course task and study advanced grammar concepts before your arrival (I highly recommend “Practical English Usage” and “How to Teach English”, and most importantly, take the CELTA course at Teaching House New York!

Review by EMILIO TOMBINI, May 20, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I live in London and decided to enrol for CELTA Teaching House at OHC -Oxford House College – London. It has been a fantastic, intense and rewarding experience: not only have I learnt a great deal about the latest teaching techniques, I also developed an extensive knowledge in terms of self analysis of my strengths and weaknesses. Input sessions have always been exciting, stimulating and intellectually challenging thanks to the high competence and professionalism of our Celta trainers whose patient guidance -and understanding- during lesson planning and constructive feedback helped me a lot to build up my confidence as a teacher. Students have been wonderful and reflected London’s wide diversity (a good occasion to practice different teaching techniques tailored to the variety of students). The College is also a lively point of reference for recent graduates like me (I completed the course only few days ago) for perspective job opportunities. Staff are very friendly and always ready to help (even to operate a…photocopy machine!).
I definitely recommend CELTA at OHC for a unique life-changing experience, with wonderful people, in the heart of London!

Review by Siraj Rafique, May 11, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

This was by far more challenging than any course I had previously done and my experience at University. In my opinion, the course wasn’t very difficult; it was just very intense and basically took over your life for that one month. You learn a huge amount in such a short space of time. I too had concerns before starting but It’s about putting the hours in, lots of late hours and hard work. If you don’t, you will fall behind and its very difficult to catch up. Having said that the course is very rewarding and life changing. I enjoyed it very much, it was an amazing experience! Everyday you’re learning something new, progressing and being given the essential tools to use immediately in the real world. It was fun, lots of teaching practice and constructive feedback to build your confidence. The students were really good and understanding. The staff and colleagues were very helpful and I especially learnt a lot from Lizzy and Ben. They were briliiant. They are still available to help even after the course with any questions you may have. I highly recommend Teaching House to everyone and would be happy to speak to anyone who has any questions or doubts.

Review by Afiya Dalvi, May 3, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

Really enjoyed the course, it was very intensive for full-time but it is really worth it. I would definitely recommend it to others. Started off being unknown to it with a vague idea about the course but as the days goes on very quickly, no day was wasted. Everyday was learning something new and discovering something exciting. It was very challenging and motivating. From student to teacher in 4 weeks!

Review by Rachael Cooper, April 19, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I did a lot of research on CELTA courses before enrolling with Teaching House in London this year and I am very glad I chose them. The teachers were excellent, always there to answer my questions and to offer advice and the admin staff were helpful and friendly. I was taught by Lizzy and Brian and gained so much from their input sessions, which were both engaging and enjoyable. Towards the end of the course Lizzy offered one-on-one sessions on job prospects and what we could expect once we completed the course which was super helpful.

The CELTA was well organised, on the first day of the course we were given our schedules showing us exactly when we would be teaching and what input sessions we would be attending for the entire 4 weeks. The course itself included writing assignments, attending input sessions, lesson observations and hands on experience of teaching. There was an emphasis on continuous development through feedback sessions and self-reflection and although the course is intensive, with the right mind-set and the support of the staff and fellow trainees it is a fun and fulfilling experience.

Despite the heavy workload and long hours of studying and preparing for lessons, the CELTA at Teaching House was thoroughly enjoyable thanks to the great atmosphere and team spirit, even staff who were not directly involved with the CELTA were happy to help in the library with printers, looking for books and materials and offering advice and fresh ideas for lesson plans.

I had a brilliant and rewarding experience on the CELTA, I met some lovely people and I learned so much about teaching English and a lot about my own strengths and weaknesses. I would whole heartedly recommend Teaching House to potential CELTA trainees.

Good luck and enjoy your studies!

Review by Shannon Horn, February 22, 2016

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I attended and completed the CELTA course at the Teaching House in Chicago in Oct/Nov 2015. Prior to participating in this course, I had no previous experience teaching English. But because of the intensity, excellent quality, skill and expertise of the trainers (Heather & Erica) and the high standards maintained by Cambridge in the course itself, I have come away with a genuine awareness & understanding of effective principles and interactive methods for teaching ESL, self-awareness about my areas of strengths and weaknesses (areas for constant improvement), confidence in knowing how to plan & execute lessons, how to manage classrooms, and how to take lessons ‘off the page’ to develop interactive opportunities for the students, and real experience doing so in the classroom with learners at the pre-intermediate & upper intermediate learning levels.

The trainers have a wealth of knowledge and ESL teaching experience, they are both skilled communicators, and they make the learning fun by demonstrating the teaching methods rather than just lecturing. This course provides real-life, practical classroom teaching experience. Not only that, but there is constant feedback from your peers & trainers to help you grow as an ESL teacher throughout the course.

My one regret is that I didn’t complete the pre-CELTA course material they provided. Had I done so, there wouldn’t have been as steep a learning curve during the month long course with regards to the CELTA-specific teaching acronyms/language and recalling English grammar.

This course is not easy and requires a commitment from the participants to apply themselves to get the most from the course. There is a lot of learning that takes place in a short time and teaching starts on day 2, so it is essential that course participants come in knowing that it will be intense and being prepared to put in the work necessary to do well. For those who are serious about pursuing teaching in ESL and who want top notch training & experience in interactive teaching methods & frameworks, I HIGHLY recommend this course! You not only come away as a certified ESL teacher, you also have access to an incredible amount of resources for your career that follows.

Review by Tuanni, February 17, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the Celta course in Teaching House and I recommend it to other students for many reasons. The instructors were really good and helped me a lot to go through this very intensive course. They gave all the information and support I needed to do a good job. The material given to us was very helpful because it covered everything that was taught in the classroom, but without the excellent well trained instructors, the course wouldn’t be as good as it was. I learned a lot about techniques to use while teaching to be a better educator, specially for ESL teachers. Celta was very important in my career because it opened many doors as an English teacher. I recommend every ESL teacher to take this certificate in Teaching House.

Review by Lewis, February 2, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I’m very glad I did my four-week CELTA course at Teaching House. The trainers brought a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to make for a very robustly run course. The programme was comprehensive, the teaching practice feedback was honest and fair and the trainers, along with all other members of staff, were very supportive. I highly recommend doing the CELTA with them.

Review by OHC NOV2015, February 1, 2016

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the CELTA in London in the November of 2015 and i can’t stress how intense and difficult the month was however the instructors guided me, and i think i can speak for the whole group, fantastically. The support available was second to none and the teaching of the course content was achieved in such a varied technique which made every other day different and interesting.

Review by Georgie Brookes, December 21, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

Wow! I can’t emphasize enough how intense that was but so rewarding! The input sessions were really hands on and insightful. Tutors used the techniques that we use as teachers on us so we could experience learning as our students do. The main advantage of the CELTA over other TEFL courses out there is of course the teaching practice – you teach for a total of 6 hours to real-ESL students. Planning those lessons takes up the majority of your time outside of class but the tutors were all so helpful – both during the scheduled lesson planning meetings and also after class. I am so grateful I decided to take the course with Teaching House. The location is super convenient and the facilities are great – though the printer didn’t always cooperate, there was always someone around to help. The teacher trainers are so knowledgeable, patient, funny and really pushed me to be the best teacher I could be in just 4 short weeks. The feedback was always supportive but so detailed and full of useful practical suggestions to make my teaching better. This course is great for teaching English but a lot of the content could apply to teaching any subject. I wish some of my teachers at school had taken the CELTA!! After this course, I feel ready and prepared to go out and teach my own classes and I’m inspired to travel and teach.

Review by kaliyaabdi, December 8, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the course November 2015. I was very skeptical about joining the course as I never taight before. Prior to joining Oxford House College, I spoke with one of the trainers that interviewed me and I informed them that I have a fear of speaking in public. She assured me that this is very common and by the time I complete this course the fear will be gone. Let’s just say now I know why this course is called intense, there is no room for any sort of socialising or relaxing. I endured every emotion possible, from tears, anxiety, frustration and laughter. Even though it was very intense, what I loved about Oxford House college was the support we received from the trainers and students. I learnt a lot about myself during those four weeks, believe me when I tell if you can complete this CELTA course, you can overcome any challenges life throws at you. The first day of teaching my fear of public speaking was gone and now I am unstoppable thanks to the trainers. The moment I knew I made the right choice is when I taught lower-intermediate and one student who does not speak English well, came to me a few days later and told me he loved the writing class I taught. He gave me a report he attempted on his own and I was proud of him and proud of myself . That was a confidence boost, the more compliments I got from the students, the more I wanted to teach. I wish fellow future CELTA teachers the best, you may want to give up during those four weeks, but that feeling you get when you complete the course is undescribable.

Review by Connie K., December 2, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I completed my CELTA at Teaching House Chicago in Nov. 2015. I think it was an excellent course. I obtained a wonderful perspective with regard to my role as a teacher/faciliator in an ESL class. The CELTA frameworks and tools are very effective not only in an ESL class, but really any type of instructional situation. That in itself made the course worth the money. I was very appreciative of the amount of practice teaching we did and the fact that I was teaching actual ESL students. It was a very effective, rewarding dynamic. For me, the class was intense, especially the first 2.5 weeks. Not only was it a lot of work, but a lot of new information had to be assimilated as well. Worth it, but intense, for me anyway. I believe my tutors really wanted us to be the best possible teachers we could be, and wanted to impart as much information regarding theory, practice and feedback to their students as was possible. The office was well run and well organized and very easy to access.

Review by Zubedha Hafiz, December 2, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I completed my CELTA at OHC London during the summer. The course was intense but a really good putting teaching into practise and brushing up on the theory behind it all. By the end of the second week I was offered a placement in a prominent country with fantastic perks purely based on being a Teaching House student. The teachers were fantastic and extremely supportive. Always ready to challenge you into working harder and bettering yourself. If you are considering this course I would encourage you to take it up. You’ll be pushing new limits and forget to eat but in the end it’s worth it!

Review by Aileen Suresh, November 30, 2015

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 33333

I agree with the previous reviews in terms of high quality for feedback, for the London branch at OHC. The instructors are different in personality which is a good thing to have- the best of both worlds! The instructors are definitely the main asset to the school, pushing and motivating you, but by not compromising your personal style as a teacher. The assessments were nicely spread out.

The only thing I would say as a warning is to try and print your materials for your lessons at home, or at least a day before your lesson. With everyone such as Celta Delta students and the schools teachers competing for the 2 printers/photocopiers, rushing and running around, it is always best to have your materials at the ready before you actually need them.

Of course the the course itself is going to be stressful regardless of where you do the CELTA, but here you are at least going to have some fantastic tutors and support.

Review by Stephen Erickson, September 14, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

I took the CELTA class at Teaching House Chicago from July to August of 2015 and it was absolutely worth the effort and the money I invested in it. I already had three years of classroom experience in the USA, Ecuador, and Colombia, and initially enrolled just to have the certificate to further my career, but I learned much more than I had anticipated. From using English coursebooks before I had a sense of what to do in the classroom, but never really grasped why I was doing it. I skipped over some of their suggestions thinking they were unnecessary or redundant, but I now understand why all these substages to a lesson are critical for maximizing student involvement. Observing the other teachers was also a very illuminating experience, and it became abundantly clear that what we were taught in the morning is actually effective when put into practice, and also what habits should be avoided as they drain the life out of the class. Heather and Erica were great tutors; I learned a lot about classroom management, lesson planning and staging, and the English language itself. They pushed me to improve myself and try new teaching strategies, but at the same time were very supportive and the environment between tutors, teachers, and students was very positive. I really feel I am a better teacher for having taken this course, and also have a better understanding of what makes a successful ESL teacher so that I can self-assess and continue to improve on my own. I strongly recommend the CELTA and Teaching House for both new and experienced teachers.

Review by Laura, July 26, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I very recently completed my CELTA course at Teaching House Chicago. It was a fantastic experience and the instructors at TH Chicago are absolutely wonderful. Heather and Amy are both extremely helpful, and offered some great experiences and insight into the ESL world.

I will say that it wasn’t quite as difficult as everyone touts it to be, though you will definitely be busy each night. Just allot time each night for your work, including lesson planning and assignments, and you’ll do fine. Don’t stress out about it.

The instructors are patient and are happy to help you with any and all questions about tasks and lessons. You will have support from them and everyone else in the course. Both your fellow teachers and the tutors give wonderful and constructive feedback, and I found the input sessions to be very informative.

It was truly a great experience – I have had no prior experience with teaching, so this was truly my first time, and I’ve come out of it so much more prepared. If I had gone to a foreign country to teach before taking this course, I can only imagine the carnage! Now I feel much more confident – I have no doubt I can lead a class after taking this course. Highly recommend this course for people who are new – it taught me so much.

Review by Devon, April 14, 2015

Overall Rating 22222
Course Content 33333
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 22222
Instructor Competency 33333
Job Placement 11111
Facilities/Resources 22222

Make sure you have a deep background in English Grammar prior to starting the course. If you don’t, you will be lost in all the grammar terminology. The course itself is far too time and energy consuming to orient yourself with the mechanics of grammar while in the middle of it and you will constantly be playing catch-up. This can be quite draining.

TH (at least the one where I took the course in New York) does not emphasize the importance of this before the course starts They say they don’t because the course is designed for those who have no prior English teaching experience but believe me, it’s not.

Some material will be sent to you prior to the start of the course. Put everything else in your life aside and do it, especially the Grammar for Teachers – they will only suggest, not tell you specifically that it’s in your best interest to do it if you have no previous English teaching experience. Their position on that is that they can’t tell anyone to do it because it’s not assessed for the CELTA certificate requirements but it helps a great deal if you know it beforehand. As I said, there is no time to orient yourself with it all once the course starts and the instructors won’t go over it. You’re expected to know it going in so they can teach you how to teach it to students, NOT to be taught it yourself.

The course is intense and knowing your stuff before starting it could mean the difference between a “Pass” and a “Pass A” or “B”, and for a price tag of over $2500, you’ll want all the help you can get.

When I brought this up to my instructors, the responses I got ranged from an obligatory “right, I’ll bring that up in the staff meeting” to one of them actually blaming me for what I honestly perceived to be shortcomings of the program. Needless to say, I didn’t appreciate that for being asked for my feedback.

Also, their job seeking counseling session is a bit going-through-the-motions. Nothing a Google or LinkedIn search wouldn’t provide. Naturally, the bulk of finding any job is on you.

Review by Angie, February 25, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

I enjoyed my time learning at Teaching House very much and would highly recommend it! Although there were many experience levels, everyone was equally challenged and encouraged to improve. The work load was intense, but it was very much worth the effort. Clear your schedule, focus and do it – the teachers are incredibly supportive, available and always make time for your questions (although their schedules are hectic). They also shared many stories about their experiences teaching abroad, which were very encouraging!

We began to teach on the second day of class, and one teacher and your classmates give feedback after each lesson. Different teaching styles and receiving tips from one another to overcome various challenges was very helpful, and you become quite comfortable with your students, classmates and teacher in the room while you are teaching.

Another great aspect of the course is that the content was not solely relevant for teaching English, but teaching in general.

The course flew by and is really not bad as far as the load, just put in the work and put a smile on your face!

Review by Ben Garcia-Spitz, February 4, 2015

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

I had a great experience getting my CELTA from Teaching House Chicago. The instructors and staff were very helpful and knowledgable, the facilities modern and conveniently located, and the students from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

I would highly recommend this center to students considering getting their CELTA in and around the Chicago area.

Review by Doug, December 21, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

This was a rigorous course of study and one which required a strong and large commitment of time and work. The instructors were ‘top-notch.’ They well knew their material and knew how to convey it in a very usable and understandable manner. Heather & Shannon get high marks from me for their talent. I am appreciative of their abilities and talents and would recommend this course and this location (Teaching House, Chicago, IL., State St.) to anyone with a sincere and strong interest in seeking out the best possible instructors for this program.

Review by Valerie, October 23, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I found out I was moving out of the US and quickly realized I needed to figure out what I would be doing next. I knew teaching English was definitely a possibility, but I had never taught before. I found The Teaching House Chicago online and then found out that getting my CELTA would be the best option. I signed up and was sitting in class 1 month later. What a crazy awesome experience! I learned so much in such a short period of time. The instructors, Heather and Colleen, are amazing, and my colleagues taking the CELTA along with me were the most helpful and encouraging. Academically speaking, this is the hardest I have ever worked. Expect to work 4-5 hours at night beyond your class time. You have to stay organized. You have to be focused like never before, but the reward of finishing this course is worth every second of stress and pain. :) I can’t say enough about this course… and the people you will meet. The Chicago facility is close to all train lines, it’s clean and the faculty are great! I highly recommend Teaching House Chicago.

Review by Victoria, October 16, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I attended the Teaching House in Chicago during the summer of 2014 and it was wonderful. The teacher trainers where extremely thorough in their feedback and help and they continue to help you and give advice about job searching even after the program has ended. They really know what they are talking about and are very experienced. I learned amazing things from the trainers at Teaching House Chicago. If you are willing to learn and ready to work hard and prepared for it all to pay off, join the Teaching House Chicago, you won’t be disappointed.

Review by Chris Gallet, September 27, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

Not sure where to start here. Well, this review is looong overdue. First of all — YES IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE MONEY! I did the CELTA at the Teaching House Chicago in March 2014. In June, I moved from Chicago, where I had lived for 8 years, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I’ve been here 3 months and I couldn’t be happier. In fact, I just convinced my friend from University to take the CELTA with TH in Chicago.

What an amazing time I had doing the CELTA. It was incredibly challenging, but so very rewarding. I formed really strong bonds with a group of amazing people. Now we’re all over the world putting our intense education to good use. So cool to look back and think about how much I learned in that month. The tutors are so wonderful and supportive. The ESL community is tight, and they really do want to see you succeed, because they truly know, from many years of living and working abroad themselves, just how awesome the experience can and will be. It will be hard, but don’t shy away from the challenge and you’ll be just fine.

The school director, Heather, is such a wonderful person – intense, but really caring and FULL of knowledge about everything you’ll ever need to know about working in ESL or living abroad. Seriously, get on her good side and stay on it. By visiting the Teaching House even after the course was over, I got to know her better and she helped me land my first two jobs. She recommended me for a job at a prestigious language school in Chicago where I worked for 3 months, and she gave me a recruiter’s info at the school I work for now in Vietnam.

Lastly, my main concern during and even after the course was about whether or not I’d be able to find a job. The answer is 10000% yes, there are so many ESL jobs everywhere. Get a CELTA and the world is your oyster. Good luck!

Review by Sam, August 12, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

Wow. Where to start? First and foremost, I suppose it has to be said that taking the CELTA at Teaching House New York was one of the most intense, difficult, and fun experiences I’ve ever had.

Time and energy wise, the four week intensive course was one of the more exhausting things I’ve ever done; indeed, I’m relatively certain that the course kept me busier than I’ve been at any point since high school. However, these time and mental commitments were more than made up for; to put it simply, I learned more than I would ever have thought possible. Techniques, lesson planning, elements of the English language, personal delivery, interaction, use of materials, even how to write effectively on a white board – every aspect of how to be a good instructor was not only discussed, but also practiced and assessed.

On the subject of assessment, furthermore, I would be quite remiss if my stellar tutors went unmentioned. Both of my instructors, Lizzy and Erin, were nothing short of incredible. Personable, knowledgable, and most of all, extremely perceptive, they not only gave phenomenal lessons, but also guided myself and my fellow teachers through lesson planning with just the right amount of support for each stage of the course. Most importantly, however, they provided phenomenal feedback after each teaching practice.

The practical aspects of the course were, by its very nature, something of a mixed bag. I found that an oddly summer camp-esque dynamic developed between the students, as we were together nearly every waking hour for four weeks. Even when not at school, furthermore, we were often in communication as we struggled to complete the heavy load of lesson-planning and written assignments that dominated our evenings. While my classmates happened to be some of the most awesome people I’ve ever met, I’ve heard tell of groups that were not so fortunate in a melding of personalities – if you’re not such a people person, thus, beware!

Facility wise, while beautiful and modern, Teaching House New York had two glaring problems – the lack of a second copier/printer (to call the one they have “finicky” would be a massive understatement) and the lack of a student lounge (I just wanted a place to make tea! How can an English university satellite not have a kettle?!?). That being said, however, Lizzy and Erin were always extremely understanding regarding the printer, and would always accept assignments and lesson plans a little late if it was acting up.

All in all, I learned a simply stunning amount in an extremely short time. I feel that the proficiency of my teaching, techniques, and knowledge of the English language increased more than I can say. While there was no actual job placement, due to classes regarding the subject, I feel that I’m now extremely prepared to find and get a great position in ESL. If you’re thinking about taking the CELTA, have a month to commit to it completely, and are truly interested pursuing ESL, I can’t recommend this course enough!

Review by Jacob Algrim, May 13, 2014

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I did a part-time, ten-week course. This seemed much more preferable than the five-week crash course.
It was a great course and I certainly learned a lot. There was some frustration as it was organized in a manner that didn’t make a lot of sense to me, and the mass amounts of handouts became difficult to contain. Having it all printed in an organized book would have helped me, but I realize that isn’t really possible.
It was a good course offering a great certification and I feel better-prepared to begin a job as an English teacher. I had received two job offers before I even finished the course, one of them being exactly what I was hoping for.

Review by AJ, April 18, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I took the CELTA course at Teaching House Chicago Mar-Apr 2014.

Overall experience: completely satisfied. This course was phenomenal. Extraordinary. Exceeded expectations. The skills I developed during this course are relevant to all aspects of my life—professional and personal—and I could not be more grateful to Heather and her team for pushing me to be my best self… and then some.

The CELTA provides a solid foundation for teaching success, and I can see myself applying the methods not just to teaching English but other subjects as well. Moreover, there really is nothing better than watching experienced teachers practice the craft. It gave me an opportunity to notice techniques and “tricks” that I could then carry over to my own teaching, anything from effective error correction to pitfalls to avoid in any classroom management situation. The practice teaching and group feedback approach are what make the course so stellar. I thought I had understood all the basic concepts of group feedback, but CELTA takes it to the next level.

Lastly, the CELTA staff goes above and beyond helping with the career search, which I’m still in the process of, but I have confidence with the preparation and guidance I’ve receive. Thank you Teaching House!

Review by Richard Borowski, April 10, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

Completed the CELTA April 4, 2014 class at Teaching House-Chicago.

Strict adherence to the rigorous CELTA standards is evident and thorough. Portfolios were carefully monitored and reviewed independently by outside staff which instilled much confidence.

The linchpin to maximizing success when taking the CELTA program has an external and internal component… Externally, the value of the depth and breath of experience of the tutors (instructors) cannot be overestimated. I had two tutors and both had decades of experience. They were different from each other (that is a good thing) and they both clearly retained a passion for the work.

The internal component is the focus, intelligence, and passion for teaching ESL that the candidate brings to the effort. I am an older student than most of my peers and can factually say that this was the most intellectually demanding four weeks of my academic life. Be forewarned there is also a heavy physical demand as well…sleep deprivation does take its toll over the course of the four weeks.

During the pre-interview process I suggest you learn in depth, the professional experience level of the specific tutors that will be teaching you. One of my instructors, in addition to teaching experience, had administrative experience with ESL and I found those insights particularly helpful during the job search discussions.

One critique I will offer for consideration is to challenge Teaching House to continue to review the professional topics scheduled to be taught. For example, I would challenge them to identify any objective measure to support the section on teaching different learning styles. It simply was too superficially covered to be worth the time spent reviewing it….and time is everything for the four weeks you are in the class. I’m not sure if the tutor staff had any choice in this matter but I would have benefited so much more by seeing them teach more than once (only on the first day) ESL students. I am convinced they are master teachers and observing them would be most beneficial.

The support staff (one) in Chicago was exceptionally professional and helpful. This is a person that can save you (Wi-Fi goes done at the worst possible moment) when you require help the most. Chicago has an excellent person in place.

Everything I learned was based on the foundation of being student-centered. The students I practiced my newly developing skills were patient, motivated, and only encouraging…

The Teaching House-Chicago CELTA program is excellent and I highly recommend it; the tutors are immensely professional, demanding, and supportive, but it was working with the ESL students that solidified my belief that this was the right career for me. I wish you luck, Richard

Review by nida, March 13, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I just finished this course a week ago, the 4-week session. It honestly was very helpful and insightful! I had no prior experience before this course and I can honestly say I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in front of a classroom now. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but the trainers I had, Heather (site manager) and Ngaire (freelance) made it a smooth transition for us. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. The trainers want to see you pass, and they do whatever they can to make that happen for you. I believe that have a permanent trainer now instead of a freelance.

The building is conveniently located downtown and its a close walk from Union station, Michigan ave and State street, with plenty of restaurants. Fellow trainees came from all over the country, such as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indianna, etc. I myself am from the Chicago area.

The program is expensive, but the certificate you receive comes with so many benefits. Look at any English teaching online and almost all of them require a CELTA certificate. If teaching abroad is want you want to do, I highly recommend Teaching House Chicago!

Review by Ken Richlin, March 6, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

Teaching House New York

I write this review about four months after completing my CELTA course at Teaching House New York. Right now, I am in China, teaching for a wonderful school in a fantastic city! I teach adult professionals most evenings, and sometimes I teach Kindergarten during the day! I love every minute of it, even the hard parts. None of this would have been possible without the excellent training and guidance I received from the teacher trainers at Teaching House.

I took the four-week intensive course, and it was pretty much as described – intense. The admission staff was realistic with their promises – it would be difficult, and a bit expensive, and I would not have any free time — not even on the weekends, thanks to the rigorous written assignments that supplement the program. But if I got through it, I would have the gold standard of entry-level ESL certifications. Combine that with my work experience and my graduate degree, and I would have prospects to work almost anywhere in the world. All of this turned out to be completely accurate.

The program itself has a strong focus on teaching practice and methodology. In the mornings, you are occupied with two “input sessions”. These are classes where you are introduced to a single aspect or topic relating to Teaching English as a second language. The curriculum is elegantly constructed in such a way that you get to witness your teacher trainer *actually using* many of the methods they are instructing you in. Instead of simply presenting the material in a typical dry lecture format, the CELTA program at Teaching House introduces you to ideas like “Eliciting Meaning” by having to elicit meanings of various ESL terminologies – through classroom games, puzzles, exercises, partner work, and simple role-play. It’s all very “meta”! It’s also pretty damn brilliant and innovative. The topics start with basic concepts, and then seem to move at a breakneck speed into far more advanced topics, until the final week when you start exploring some advanced territory like deep cultural mores to be avoided, the unique challenges of teaching young learners, and the ins and outs of finding a job abroad.

The trainers are experienced teaching professionals. They are very good at what they do, and it shows. The trainers – and the students – come from different places all over the globe. The principal is from the UK, and my trainers were from Ireland and Singapore. They are passionate, hard working, and they will tell you honestly what you can expect once you start your new life abroad. The trainers also guide you in reaching your personal goals – pointing you in the right direction so you can do your own research on which countries, jobs, and schools you really want to get in contact with. A simple book recommendation from one of my trainers changed my life for the better.

Teaching house gave me the privilege of teaching English to 20 students from 12 different countries, including China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Argentina, Turkey, Germany, France and Italy. Wherever you decide to take your career, you are almost guaranteed some exposure to the type of student you will be teaching, and you get a feel for how a school is supposed to operate.

You teach on your second day, and every alternate day thereafter. This is the real benefit of the program – you get Teaching Experience. Even if it is only 6 hours spanning 10 sessions, it’s an invaluable requirement that sets you apart from all the others who took a weekend course and barely brushed up against the problems that you faced head on, standing in front of a room full of adult students who are eager to something from you. You also get the benefit of watching your peers and trainers teach as well – you will find opportunities to learn from everyone around you.

The school is itself is situated in Chelsea, a cosmopolitan district in Manhattan, just blocks away from FIT. It’s an easy hike from Penn Station, and you can walk in any direction and find the best pizza in the world. It’s a great place, and a great program. I really have no complaints. I’d love to go back and work there some day, when I’m ready to come home

Review by Cathy, February 23, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the CELTA through Teaching House, in Los Angeles, in January, 2014. In spite of the fact that I’m a former public school elementary teacher and knew going in that it would be intense, I wasn’t prepared to actually experience the intensity as quickly as I did, during the first week. On day-2, we were expected to teach our first 20-minute lesson, which required preparing a very detailed and in-depth lesson plan. From then on, the work load and intensity increased to longer lessons (40-min, then 60 min) and four papers to write. The instructors, Lizzy and Brian, were wonderful and I don’t know who worked harder, the instructors or the trainees!

As I pushed myself to complete all the lessons and papers, I quickly recognized the incredible value of the course. The CELTA is monitored and standardized by Cambridge University in England, which means that each course teaches a specific set of criteria, which is not the case with vast variety of TEFL courses that exist. The course is worth every penny of the price. An incredible abundance of information is covered. Every lesson is observed by peer tutors, then evaluated and graded by the trainers. The course, was, in effect, a 26-day mental marathon, since I spent my weekends either preparing for a lesson, or writing a paper, or both.

I had also taken an online TEFL course to see what it taught and at the end, on the final “exam”, one of the questions asked if I felt ready to teach a class. The question made me see how critical the practice teaching component of the CELTA is. I enjoyed learning from and observing the growth of my peer students, most of whom knew nothing about teaching. I also loved my growth in transitioning from teaching children, to adults, and learned how much I enjoy teaching adults to speak English (plus – no behavioral issues, as with kids!)

I strongly recommend Teaching House for the CELTA and having graduated, even though I can put my B.S. in Education and TEFL online on my resume, being able to put the CELTA on gives my resume, gives it credibility over the online course that excluded the teaching component. In my eyes, anyone can pass an online TEFL course, since they’re taken at the student’s pace and tests can be retaken at the student’s leisure. To the contrary, intelligence and having the aptitude to actively learn how to teach are required to pass the CELTA. I’m thrilled that I took the course through Teaching House, proud to have it on my resume, and looking forward to using all that I learned in my first teaching job!

Review by Vera, February 14, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the CELTA course November, 2013. I was fortunate to get a job the week I returned home. I now teach Chinese exchange students at a local private school.
There is really no way I can express the gratitude I have towards the staff at Teaching House. They made the CELTA experience something that will not soon be forgotten. They were knowledgable, kind, compassionate and empathic throughout the flurry of assignments, teaching exercises and emotions. The facilities were fine. They could do with another printer – but that was the only complaint I can come up with.
Now that I have been teaching for a few months, I have decided to go back and get my YL extension as well as the Cert IBET. How pleasing to get the follow-up support. David not only was prompt in his response, but able to point me in the right direction to achieve my goals.
I highly recommend Teaching House, NYC. They know what they are doing.

Review by Tyler Klausmeier, February 4, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

A very well structured and well executed course given by caring professionals. Everything we did was relevant to practical teaching and the instructors gave challenging but also fair recommendations in an encouraging way.

The classes were well organized and instructors helped candidates to both manage the classroom and keep students effectively involved. The criteria set by Cambridge was understandable and helpful. Lesson planning was emphasized and I learned a lot about how helpful planning can be.

Even though I was given a lot of helpful websites, I thought that Job Placement could have been better, although my desired location was pretty specific (Hiroshima). I think that if CELTA partnered with more organizations (and maybe it does somewhat, I don’t know all the facts) it would be easier for people like me who have a specific place in mind to get jobs where we want.

Review by Thomas Moran, January 31, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I just finished the 4 week CELTA course in Chicago. I went in with no formal teaching training. The course was definitely intensive as they tell you beforehand, but well worth it.

I’m not from Chicago but am glad I chose to do the course there. The trainers really knew what they were doing. The feedback is great and they will help develop your skills properly. I feel like after one month, I could walk into a classroom and feel confident in my teaching method.

As someone with little extrinsic knowledge of the English language, this class was very challenging. You can pretty much count on not doing anything for an entire month except CELTA work. Now having finished the course, I can see how much all that stress and hard work will benefit me in the future.

I think it’s a good idea to consider who your trainers are before taking the course. They are the ones guiding you throughout the learning process. Heather and Muhammad were amazing trainers. Take it in Chicago if possible!

Review by Laura Rivera, January 31, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the CELTA course at the Teaching House New York City in August 2013. I can honestly say that it was a rigorous and very challenging month, but worth the money and time spent.

I had two excellent teacher trainers (Sharon Balani and Julie Bray). They were both extremely knowledgeable, patient and effective. I had never received formal teaching classes prior to this experience and their explanations and methods of teaching were clear and understandable. They were always willing to help and encourage us when the pressure of the intensive course was taking its toll on our nerves.

All in all, if you’re interested in teaching English as a second language, this course is very beneficial. I acquired many teaching tools which I believe will be useful for the rest of my career in education.

Review by Elke, January 8, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

Looking back at the CELTA course I completed in December at the Teaching House Chicago, I have to say that those four weeks were the most intense ones of my whole life – but also the most rewarding ones. It is absolutely amazing what one can gain and learn within a short four week period. Yes, the course comes along with an immense workload which challenged me quite a bit. However, I always had the feeling that every step of the course was perfectly structured, well thought-out and intelligently arranged. Even though I have been working in the field of adult education for quite a while, I am still stunned and amazed with the program’s effectiveness. It leaves you feeling well-prepared for your future endeavors in the field of ESL-teaching.

I highly recommend taking the CELTA-course at the Teaching House in Chicago. The location is great, and the center very well-run, yet still personal and cozy. Having Heather (who also runs the center) and Sharon as our trainers was an excellent experience. With their wonderful personalities, their vast experience and knowledge, as well as their commitment and enthusiasm, they made this course a success for us trainees! They even made it fun during the times we were all struggling to cope with the workload and they were always there to lend a helping hand.

Overall, I highly recommend the CELTA-course as well as the Teaching House in Chicago. Together, they make for an exceptional experience!

Review by Ryan, January 3, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

Teaching House NY provided a terrific CELTA experience. The instructors were very engaging. The school gives an effective structure for improving your teaching ability week after week. The support staff were ready and willing to help, and the students I taught there were amazing. Highly recommended to anyone seeking their CELTA certificate.

Review by matthew connors, January 2, 2014

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I have just recently completed the CELTA course at Teaching House in New York. I must say it was such a rewarding experience! The teachers Lizzy and Fiona were extremley helpful, supportive and friendly: To actually be taught how to plan a lesson and then give one in front of students was extremely invaluable. These practice lessons gave me a real life experience as to what it will be like when I’m actually teaching on my own. After each lesson, my teachers would encourage what I did correctly and inform me as to what I needed to work on. It was also great to work with and observe my fellow students, as they had their own unique forms of learning and teaching. Through this course, I now feel like I have the knowledge, experience and confidence to teach English. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to be an English teacher.

Review by Sarah, December 26, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I just finished my CELTA at Teaching House in New York (THNY) last week, and it was an amazing experience, one I know will provide me opportunities in the future. I feel prepared to go anywhere and teach – not because they taught me everything I need to know (not possible in 120 hours), but because they taught and drilled the basics, as well as how to find and use resources to overcome any difficulties.

It’s not cheap – it’s an investment in your future. Treat it like one.

In your interview, they take care to explain to you what the workload will be like, and what’s expected of you. It’s hard, but absolutely worth it, and you will receive help and support the whole way through.

The staff at THNY can be split into two groups: teachers, and those that run the show – it’s a mistake to only see the teachers as resources. Everyone at THNY is great at what they do, and if you approach them with a question they are always helpful and kind – there’s a great atmosphere there – we’re all there to work, but it’s fun and energizing.

I had amazing tutors – Rob, Amir and Thea, and had the opportunity to work with Amir and Thea closely over the course. They are all extremely knowledgable and provide outstanding feedback and commentary. Every lesson plan returned to me was fully marked with advice for my next lesson, ranging from classroom management, time management or actual content (and often resources that would help me master the material). I can’t praise them enough, they made a hard course manageable.

If you can, I suggest taking the 7-week semi-intensive course. It’s three days a week and allows you the time to really process what you’re learning and incorporate it into your lessons. My class was there along with a normal 4-week course, and they looked extremely frazzled and anxious, while we were much happier and better rested.

THNY has a lot of great resources including a mini-library, a really nice computer lab and lots of rooms so you can always find a place to work. Their student printer is a pain however, and there were a few occasions I almost went Office Space on it. I wish there were an additional one as it gets pretty crowded before class, but if you need help, someone from the office will figure it out for you.

Overall, I whole-heartedly recommend THNY – I loved my time in the program, due largely to the amazing support I received from everyone there.

Review by Marina Seraphides-Fataliev, December 25, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

Overall the CELTA course given at Teaching House in New York was organized in a very professional manner, adequately conveying the importance of professionalism, punctuality and politeness in the teaching profession.

The course content was expertly compiled, alternating methodology and practice in such a way that we, the teacher-students were constantly in a cognitive mode, receiving information that we predicted ourselves and immediately put to use. The result was a very organic intellectual experience that stimulated our learning process, provided us with needed experience and in the end filled us with invaluable confidence in ourselves.

The quality of the feedback was excellent, and very insightful; criticism prevailed only with positive, constructive aims. If there was a want or a lack in our teaching practice, our instructors never pointed it out without incisive analysis of the problem and without providing a clear strategy to correct it. Whatever talents or skills that might have been hidden in us were brought to light in the feedback sessions.

The advice we received in preparing our lesson plans was purposely not dictated in an arbitrary manner but provided in the form of hints to guide us and lead us to discover the practical application of methodology for ourselves.

The instructors were extremely competent, diligent and detail-oriented. Their classes mirrored the curriculum in an engaging, interesting and fun manner, never allowing our interest to wane. Fiona Mulcahy’s and Lizzy Adams’ very different teaching styles complemented each other perfectly as well as the choice of levels we were brought to teach.

The information we were provided with at the end of the course for job placement was very useful, and the tutorials for CV writing were an essential, practical addition to the curriculum.

The facilities were new, clean at all times and orderly. The computer room was large and contained state-of-the-art equipment that was available to the students from early morning hours to late evening, providing us with an ideal work space to research and plan lessons.

The resources were varied and enriching. Some helped student-teachers plan grammar, vocabulary and functions lessons with simple, easily-conveyed rules that went into the “hear of the matter” without needless jargon. Others, such as video and audio clips were instrumental in helping us make our reading, writing and listening lessons creative and interactive. Videos of experienced teachers enlightened our understanding of more complex aspects of methodology by providing us with a practical model we could refer to in our lessons and our assignments.
Finally, the staff was at all times extremely helpful and courteous, despite the high level of stress due to the intensive character of the course.
In conclusion, I highly recommend the CELTA course at Teaching House New York as an essential step along the path of English language teaching.

Review by Megahn, December 24, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

What an amazing experience! I’m in the process of changing careers from Fashion Merchandising/ Retail to the world of teaching ESL. At the end of the 7 week course, I could not believe what I walked away with. I felt the course was very well designed- 9 teaching practices and 4 assignments. We had the chance to teach two different groups: pre-int and upper- int. Our tutors were very different in personality/ teaching styles. One was very animated, high energy and the other very calm. Both very effective. They made learning these sort of foreign concepts easier to process and more importantly made it fun for us.

Gripes:

No coffee machine
Only one printer for all classes
The $25 fee for collecting your CELTA 5

Other than these three things, I really enjoyed taking this course and would recommend this to anyone merely thinking about taking it.

Review by Mary, December 6, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I finished my CELTA at the Teaching House Chicago back in mid-november, and I can’t recommend taking the course there enough! As many people have said, yes it is challenging, and yes it’s stressful and a ton of work, but not only is the certification completely worth the work and the price, but the staff and facilities at the Teaching House in Chicago were excellent.
Heather, who’s runs the Teaching House and also trained our class, is well organized, knowledgable, and really makes herself available to the trainees. She’s got a wealth of experience and knowledge about CELTA, as well as life as an ESL teacher, and she’s very willing to answer any questions you have. The same was true of the other trainer, Mohamed. Mohamed was a freelancer, so he isn’t always at that school, but he too did an amazing job teaching us and supporting us through the course. Between the two of them, I left the course feeling very well prepared to enter onto an ESL career path. If you’re looking for a course, take it with Teaching House in Chicago!!

Review by Miller Wright, December 3, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the CELTA course at the Chicago Teaching House location in July 2013 and absolutely loved the course. I was provided with exactly what I needed to become a productive ESL teacher, from constructive and critical feedback to teaching practice with students at different language levels. I appreciated how the course challenged me but didn’t leave me blind not knowing what to expect either. They set the program up to let you know exactly what you are getting into and that you are going to have to apply yourself while guiding you through exactly what you are required to accomplish. Heather Hotaling was extremely helpful in putting me in contact with people I needed to be communicating when considering job placement. Overall I feel I got everything I desired out of the course and more.

Review by Beth, November 30, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the CELTA course at the Chicago Teaching House location a few months ago, and I found it to be well worth what I paid for it. There was a lot of hard work involved, but I never felt like I was wasting my time doing busy work; everything we did was pretty much directly relevant to planning and teaching a successful English lesson. The course skews heavily toward the practical, throwing you into teaching an actual class on the second day, with just enough theory to help you understand what’s going on. The Chicago center’s instructors were both very knowledgeable and had years of experience teaching. They gave excellent and constructive feedback. The center itself had a good amount of resources available for lesson planning and background reading on theory, and there were a couple of days near the end of the course dedicated to individual job hunting advice and resume building. Overall, I was extremely pleased with my experience and would happily recommend the Teaching House Chicago’s CELTA program to anyone.

Review by Hannah, November 27, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I just finished my CELTA through Teaching House Chicago’s 4-week intensive course, and I want to give my highest recommendation to Teaching House in general and the Chicago center in particular. Because of them I had a wonderful experience throughout the most intense 4-week period of my life, and I feel extremely well prepared to teach EFL.

Taking the CELTA at Teaching House Chicago was well worth the time and the money. I learned so much from my amazing trainers, from the CELTA methodology, and from practicing ESL teaching in an authentic environment with personalized feedback from seasoned pros. My teaching improved dramatically over those four weeks, and as I’ve reviewed my materials and feedback in the time since I’ve found that there’s still more to learn from the experience.

I can’t emphasize enough how incredibly helpful and rewarding this course is for aspiring EFL teachers. From the carefully crafted input sessions on different aspects of effective EFL teaching, to the wonderful lesson planning guidance, to the invaluable feedback on teaching practice, Teaching House Chicago provided an incredibly supportive and well-organized framework for all of its trainees. I can’t thank my trainers enough for their profound dedication and patient mentorship throughout the course—they made my experience with CELTA more enriching and rewarding than I could have imagined. Thank you Heather and Mohamed, and thank you Teaching House!

Review by D.L., November 2, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 44444

Intense? Yes. Lots of preparation? You bet. Worth the time and money? YES! I took the 10-week CELTA course in January 2012. The 10-week course is perfect for those with full time jobs or in college who have some spare time and are interested in teaching (or at least earning a TESOL certificate). Instruction classes were held all day on Saturdays while teaching practices were held on weeknights twice a week. Was I stressed out? Sometimes. Lost lots of sleep? Of course. However, having the opportunity to practice teaching in front of bonafided English language learners is challenging, yet helpful by providing clues on how to improve your lesson preparation and refine your teaching style. My instructors, Sharon, Lizzy and Brian, were very thorough in their explanations and always gave sound advice. They were always available to answer the many questions we had for them. They pushed us hard but genuinely wanted us to succeed in becoming great teachers and brought out the best in us. I learned a whole lot from them! If you’re still looking for a CELTA/TESOL certificate school that offers live teaching practices in a classroom setting, stop and call Teaching House today!

Review by Lou Reid, October 18, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 22222

I wholeheartedly recommend the CELTA course at Teaching House: NYC to any aspiring English teacher. From course content to teacher feedback, the teacher trainers at TH:NYC reinvigorated and refined my pedagogy. As an adjunct instructor teaching writing and public speaking in New York, I was used to lecturing, but I quickly found out that if was going to be a successful ESL teacher, I needed to revamp my pedagogy. My trainers, Svitlana and Heather, observed each lesson with scrupulous eyes, taking note of the slightest improvement or setback. This dynamic was nerve-wracking at first, but their attention to detail and constructive criticism helped me create more effective, student-centered lessons.

Trainees taught in the afternoon, and we studied ESL theory and English grammar in the morning. Svitlana and Heather provided handouts for each lesson/theory, all of which ended up in the binder TH provides on day one. By the end of the course, that green binder was in many ways a course manual/teaching handbook that I’ve used as a guide to plan class and to prep for interviews.

I haven’t yet tried my hand at any job overseas, but this degree proved useful soon after the course ended. I taught four sections of Italian exchange students for two weeks in July, one month after the course ended, and the theories and practices championed throughout my CELTA course were a strong foundation for what became a very demanding teaching environment. I’m currently employed as a “Learning Diversity Coordinator,” grant-speak for a professional tutor with a focus in ESL, at a college in the Mid-Hudson Valley. My interviewers, now bosses, were extremely impressed by this course and its emphasis on student-centered learning.

This course demands that you evaluate and then reevaluate your pedagogy, a process that undoubtedly makes you a more effective educator. If you look to language as a career, then you’ll find this course fulfilling, rewarding, and invaluable.

Review by Faith Richards, October 17, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 33333

The CELTA is an extremely challenging course, let no one be fooled. However, the time that I spent at Teaching House New York, the knowledge acquired, the practical experience, made it all worth the while.

I cannot express enough gratitude to my tutors- Sharon Balini and Julie Bray. Their guidance was essential to my success in this course. They provided a wealth of knowledge- sharing experiences that they had in their TESOL careers, and incorporating this knowledge into lesson plans. I could not have asked for better tutors.

I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to pursue a CELTA career. When I first came to New York, I had no idea how to even begin to teach English to non-English speakers. Now, I have experience in doing so- all in four weeks.

I have left the job placement category blank because I had no need of it. However, Sharon and Julie did provide some advice on places I could teach, and on how to go about the application process. I also think that there should be at least one other photocopier/printer at the facility.

Review by Maha A., October 1, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 55555

Our CELTA DC 4-week intensive was rather like exam week back in university – except it was every night for 30 days… However, it was truly time well spent, with a solid curriculum, and superior expertise and guidance from our tutors, Sharon Buddemeier and Sharon Balani. They served as an excellent complement to one another in terms of their teaching styles and backgrounds. The opportunity to observe both tutors (as well as 2 other teachers in person, and an additional 3 by video) was tremendously helpful in terms of providing practical/visual guidance. Critiques by the tutors as well as fellow teachers were extremely useful in honing weak areas – particularly the detailed tutor feedback on each stage of every lesson as they played out in addition to overall progress.

The students were indeed wonderful – a good natured mini-UN providing us with a laboratory for what it might be like in real life teaching students from various parts of the world.

I do think it would have been more helpful to have an emphasis on learning theory/methodology & teaching styles during the first 1.5 weeks, with the latter portion devoted to teaching. However, the teaching practice itself, from the incredibly time-consuming lesson planning each night to teaching the following day, was an excellent (albeit extremely stressful) ‘trial by fire’ way to prep us for teaching.

I will echo Jeff’s statement that having some background in grammar is key, or will you spend a lot of time (that you don’t have) catching up during the course. I have a BA in English Lit, but was unprepared for the knowledge base requirements for grammar. It is one thing to know common sense grammar and another to have to teach it – and therefore know a given aspect inside and out along with any relevant questions students could possibly ask.

All in all, 2 thumbs up!

Review by Ken, September 30, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I first entered the wonderful world of TEFL at Teaching House in NYC. The facilities were in generally excellent, with the exception of an exasperating and nearly comical (were it not for the added stress) series of printer/scanner mishaps. More room for teacher preparation would have been very useful, as ques and claustrophobia frequently occured. However, I expect that this will be useful preparation for future less than desirable preparation resources. The library, on the other hand, was excellent, and relatively underappreciated (I think) by my fellow trainees. There was a variety of books on methodology and linguistics, almanacs, and workbooks (student and teacher copies). I found these very useful as sources of inspiration and amusement. The support staff were very friendly and helpful in times of inevitable crisis. Bathrooms were clean, and classrooms in general had pleasant atmospheres. The vending machines were fairly reliable sources of sugar, though if you crave additional nutrients it would behoove you to search elsewhere (like any one of the dozens of restaurants or grocery stores found within a five minute walk).

In terms of the actual content of the course, by and large I had an overwhelmingly positive experience. My trainers (Lizzy, Becca, ft. Fiona) were all incredibly experienced, affable, and quite learned in the ways of the English language. The fun (and often funny) atmosphere of morning lessons helped considerably in keeping stress levels to a minimum. I do not want to give the impression that we spent the four weeks in a state of induced hysteria, for we did somehow manage to learn quite a bit from our trainers. They taught the material to us in the way that we were to teach the students in the afternoon, which made involuntary imitation much easier. The pace was brisk and the lessons well chosen. There was not much instruction in the way of grammar (which many of us, myself included, sorely needed) but I think the assumed logic was that learning the finer points of English grammar is too vast a subject to include in an already full four week course, and so it was left to self study, by and large a good idea. We received extensive feedback on the language analyses we were compelled to do, which were by turns tedious and useful. A valuable lesson that my trainers imparted was to think as much as possible as the students themselves would think. Doing this helps to eliminate a slew of problems that come from ignoring the (obvious) language barrier.

With regards to the matter of afternoon trainee led English lessons, I found them quite instructive. The students were eminently worthy of their free lessons, as they were perpetually engaged, curious, and of diverse backgrounds (though some were contrary or inconsistent in their attendance). Perhaps it was an unnaturally ideal setting, but for a beginning teacher, the idyllic students are so much more soothing than a pack of relentless, demanding interrogators. We all had a chance to try out different kinds of lessons on the students, which was a useful exercise in identifying our strengths and weaknesses. Lesson planning guidance was uniformly excellent, no qualms to be had. The trainers went above and beyond the call of duty in making sure that we were prepared, and were not too draconian on the procrastinators (read: recent college grads) among us. Of course, we were being taught the CELTA method, and so there was little room for flexibility, which could occasionally seem stifling, until one remembered that the trainers have been teaching for eons and have seen foolhardy experimentation enough to know when it is being attempted. Experimentation is perhaps just a euphemism for disorganization, and so though feedback could be sometimes be harsh regarding conformity to the way of the CELTA, it was a harshness borne of necessity. If bad habits are not stamped out in the bud, then they will grow rank to seed. All hail the Scrivener.

Job placement was not advertised as part of the course, but we did learn a lot through anecdotes, job consultations, and a lesson on resumes/interviews. I don’t know that they could have done anything more short of giving us a job. Recruiters from English First – China did come in towards the end of the course for interviews, which I found useful, but they were unaffiliated with the course, so don’t expect that, ye prospective teflers.

To end my rant, try this course out if you are serious about teaching English. The workload is very manageable if you budget your time well and do not have a long commute. The experience for me turned out to be very fun as well as educational, and I was lucky enough to meet some people who I will not forget until memory loss starts kicking in. The pricetag was a little high, but I’m told that I will find a return on the investment in grateful employers. Beyond matters of employment, the experience itself was priceless and I am extremely grateful to have had shared in it.

Review by Mahdi Duris, September 30, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

The TH Washington DC course was excellent! Both Sharon and Shaz did an outstanding job teaching our group.
The course content was packed and extremely targeted. The intensive course delivers what it promises: to be CELTA certified in 4 weeks.
This demands a lot of dedication to assignments done home along with preparation for lesson plans.
In the morning, Sharon & Shaz would “teach” us the CELTA content while applying the content in front of us. This requires a lot of skills and you can tell they have been teaching for quite a while.
The feedback is always balanced & targeted so that you can build on your experience right away.
Teaching sessions in the afternoons were also extremely targeted. While one set of “CELTA student teachers” would facilitate the class, the other set would observe & provide feedback.
In this environment, you are consistently challenged to learn from morning to afternoon.
This is an extremely intentional certification thought by top notch tutors from a great organization. TWO THUMBS UP FOR TEACHING HOUSE!

Review by Steven R, September 26, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I finished the CELTA course on 16 August 2013. It is a very demanding course on your time and energy! If you have any demanding matters prior to the course please make sure that they are resolved or handled effectively by others because you will have a difficult time trying to manage those and the intensive nature of the course. I also realized how much of the English language I needed to familiarize myself with again after being in the public health sciences for the past 2 and half decades.

I would recommend the course because even with the intensive nature of the course the tutors and TH staff are always there for you. Sharon Balani and Julie Bray are excellent instructors and demanding reviewers. I had to relearn my teaching methodology (graduate level lecturing) so was a handful for Sharon and Julie. They were able to patiently handle my slower-than-normal uptake on teaching methodology and practice all the while demanding more of me, professionally. In addition, I would not say it was easy for Sharon and Julie to handle competing demands and needs of a large group of students but they did fantastically. They somehow managed to deal with all the requests for their precious time. They also were great at bringing in real-life examples and activities that help put many of the lessons in perspective.

Be patient and check your ego at the door. It was a humbling but excellent experience for me. The classroom practice and working with students of different language levels was rewarding.

P.S. I am just starting the job search so cannot accurately assess it well. However, Sharon and Julie provided a very good session on preparing for the job hunt.

Review by Kris, September 26, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I recently completed the CELTA course at TH Chicago. I’ve been teaching overseas for more than five years, but I didn’t sign up for the class until a high salary job told me that I needed to take it. I’m glad I did. Heather and Helen taught me quite a few things that will prove useful in the future. My organization has always been a bit lax and this class helped me to be better organized/prepared for my lessons. I learned about a variety of classroom management techniques and teaching styles which I hadn’t been using. Previously, I’ve only done online teaching classes. The ‘hands on’ experience that you get teaching and ESPECIALLY the criticism/review after each lesson was really useful. The continuing developement is something that I plan on implementing in the future; not only with self review but by asking colleagues/supervisors with a free period to observe my lessons. The students here were absolutely fantastic. These were probably the most motivated, diligent students that I have ever taught.

If anyone is like me and has been teaching awile without having done a CELTA, I’d strongly recommend taking the course (especially with TH Chicago).

Next stop…DELTA?

Review by PM, September 25, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I took the intensive CELTA course in DC (well, technically northern Virginia), and came away from it a much stronger and more knowledgeable teacher. The tutors, Sharons Balani and Buddemeier, were both very experienced and knowledgeable. As someone with no English teaching background, there were a lot of things I had to familiarize myself with, but the tutors and my fellow trainees were there to support me along the way. The students were also fantastic–both the pre-Intermediates and Upper Intermediates were consistently full of enthusiasm and energy, which made the process of trying to orient yourself in a classroom far less daunting. Ultimately, after taking the CELTA, I feel well-prepared to begin work teaching English no matter what level of support or guidance I might get wherever I’m employed–I feel confident and knowledgeable. There’s still a lot I have to work on as far as my teaching goes, but, thanks to the course, I’ve pinpointed exactly where my weaknesses are, and know how I can go about correcting them.

The main area in which I think my time in the course could have been better spent is the observation of other trainees’ teaching practice. Although invaluable near the beginning, such observations, by the latter stages of the course, aren’t particularly useful: you can only learn so much from seeing the same mistakes repeated over and over again. More live observations of experienced teachers (ideally with the same students you practice with) would make the course even better.

Beyond that, the only complaint I can come up with is that I wish the space included a higher quality photocopier. It was difficult to make copies of photos and have them turn out all right.

All in all, the CELTA course I took was a great investment, one that I can easily envision paying off.

Review by Jeffrey Downs, September 25, 2013

Overall Rating Not Rated
Course Content Not Rated
Practice Teaching Not Rated
Quality of Feedback Not Rated
Lesson Plan Guidance Not Rated
Instructor Competency Not Rated
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources Not Rated

Overall, I had a very enjoyable, encouraging, and constructive experience with the CELTA course at Teaching House Washington, D.C.! Granted, there is quite a lot of information to be processed in four week period, and I was definitely stressed out at times, but the environment in which we learned and taught made it possible to succeed. Our teaching instructors, Sharon Balani and Sharon Buddemeier, were extremely professional, experienced, and competent. They cleverly conducted the AM input sessions with precision, provided invaluable advice in the form of written and oral feedback from our observed teaching, and also made them selves readily available for advice. Both helped to foster and environment of positivity and constructive criticism and towards the end of the course the critiques of fellow teaching trainees began to align with that of the instructors, proof of the effectiveness of their methodology.

I have been out of school for quite some time, so I definitely spent a disproportionate amount of time organizing anf preparing my lessons. I feel as though some of the younger students who are more recently graduated from college fared somewhat better, but everyone shared in the stress. I would highly recommend to anyone who is going to take the course to work on your basic grammar knowledge (they provide great resources there for lesson planning and even offer a link to a five hour grammar course before the class begins). You certainly don’t need to be an expert, but it will help if you know how to quickly and efficiently reference the relevant information for your lesson planning. Also, read Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivner. It may not be absolutely necessary, but it will definitely give you a great insight as to the methodology that will be taught, and may even save you some valuable time during the course.
The class size was perfect; there were 10 teacher trainees and the two instructors, and we were divide into 2 groups for our observed teaching sessions. We taught pre-intermediate students for the first 2 weeks and upper intermediate for the 2nd half of the course. I was very impressed with the diversity of the nationalities of the students we were privileged to teach. They came from all over the world with different reasons for learning English, were very motivated, and were also very encouraging towards us us teachers. It was definitely my favorite part of the course, and will continue to be a motivating factor in my continued pursuit of teaching ESL or EFL.
Definitely take the CELTA course from Teaching House!
Jeff Downs

Review by Sara Jayne Poletti, September 25, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

The CELTA course is an intensive and worthwhile program aimed to teach its students valuable skills for a career in ESL. The teaching practice was invaluable, and trainers Sharon Balani and Sharon Buddemeier were hardworking, instructive, and gave great feedback. Guided lesson planning was extremely helpful, and by the time the last teaching practice sessions arrived, I felt confident in my planning and teaching skills. I highly recommend this course!

Review by Kevin M, September 25, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the intensive CELTA course at Teaching House in Washington D.C. . The course itself is well-designed and will challenge you even if you have prior teaching experience. The practice lessons that you teach to real students (starting on the 2nd day!) are extremely valuable as is the feedback given by the course tutors. The tutors themselves, Sharon Buddemeier and Sharon “Shazz” Balani, were exceptional. Both are knowledgeable, experienced teachers you should emulate; you’ll learn a lot just by being in the morning input sessions they teach. I and my other classmates were also very grateful for their support and guidance throughout the course. The intensive CELTA was a ton of work, but Sharon and Shazz worked just as hard teaching us in the mornings and bringing out our best as teachers in the afternoons. If you are serious about becoming a better esl/efl teacher, this is a highly rewarding course.

Review by Lauren B, September 25, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

When they say the CELTA is tough they are not kidding! Sharon Balani and Julie Bray were exceptional instructors and stringent reviewers… you will not leave this course without a thorough analysis of your teaching, valid hours under your belt and a sense of what it really takes to be the best out there. If you want to be above standard, you really need to be above standard: this to me merely validates the certificate you receive. If they gave it away easily it would be meaningless. I am still amazed that within one month I went from a complete newbie to someone can easily prepare a comprehensive lesson plan tailored to both learning aims and learner level; this would not be possible without this class and these instructors!

Review by Zeynep A., September 25, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I finished CELTA course on August 16th and it was one of the most intense things that I had to deal with. The course overall was full of new information and the hardest thing to do was to internalize the knowledge and use it the very next day during the teaching practice. Our trainers, Sharon Balani and Julie Bray were very competent and professional and they knew how to help the trainees when they were stressed out. They were also very successful keeping the energy up with fun activities and different types of giving essential information during the input sessions. I’m really glad that I travelled all the way to the US and took the course in NYC. It was one of the best decisions I have made so far.

Review by Victoria M., September 25, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

I recently took and passed my CELTA course. The course content was very new to me. My tutors, Sharon Balani and Sharon Buddemeier worked with me in my areas of weakness. I can move forward confidently because my tutors were able to help me. The course is worth the investment. I recommend to anyone serious about ESL teaching. Cheers!

Review by Vida Gilyanna, September 24, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

Already an experienced ESL teacher I knew I needed a teaching certificate to start my teaching career in a new country but wasn’t too sure that the course would have much to offer me– I was totally mistaken!

(I was also mistaken about what an ‘intensive’ course actually meant: I’d make sure I spend less time commuting if I were to take the course again so that I have more time for lesson planning/preparation!)

After a 5-year gap in my ESL teaching career, the course reinforced all I already knew and helped me overcome deep-rooted problems in my teaching and make my teaching as student-centered as possible.

The teaching practice was invaluable: We taught real students from all over the world! (I had had some training years ago where teachers and teachers-to-be pretended to be teachers for the few hours of teaching practice that we had!)

At the heart of all I learned about improving my teaching during the DC CELTA course were our two tutors: Sharon Buddemeir and Sharon Balani– both dedicated, competent and highly-experienced!

They taught us how to teach/improve our teaching both in their lessons and by example of how they were teaching us to teach.

Now that I have taken the course I feel confident to enter the classroom again and am hopeful of landing a job as an ESL teacher– although my name isn’t Sharon!

Review by Elena Borisova, September 21, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

The training and class structure was great but the intensity level was higher than I anticipated. I will take a lot away from my experience at Teaching House and most of it will be positive. I have definitely learned a lot about myself in the last month. I know that this training will help my teaching career. The resources and classrooms were fine and after a couple of days I felt right at home. I appreciated the feedback from my peers after teaching the lessons. I enjoyed the input sessions. They were very instructive and gave me a chance to be a student. In the afternoons I was a teacher but in the mornings I learned from the best!
The class is finished and I terribly miss it! I miss the trainers and my classmates.
Good luck to everybody!

Review by Georgia Douraki, September 20, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 44444

I graduated from the Teaching House Intensive CELTA in NYC,NY one month ago. I found the course really interesting and I feel that I gained a lot through this experience. This CELTA course was great, enjoyable and “stressful”. I really loved it a lot. I’m really glad I took the decision to follow this course. The facilities were great although I believe we could have had a bigger space to work on our lesson plans and make our copies. The teaching practice and the feedback that we took from our tutors and peers was helpful and gave us some hints on where we should focus more and where we need improvement. Observing our fellow participants was like observing experienced teachers from whom we could “steal” the parts we liked and avoid the “errors” they made. IN input seasons we have learnt plenty of things which were quite useful for our teaching practice. I definitely recommend this program!

Review by Mariam Gad, September 19, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I got recommended to take the CELTA in New York and I am very happy I have taken it. I have learnt a lot and I believe it is very beneficial if you want to carry on in the field of teaching or even if you want to get the feel of it as you get to teach real students. The course was really useful. I learnt a lot of new information and skills. It ws very intensive but worth it if you have 4 weeks to spare out of your life :) It really made me feel like I want to explore new areas of the field of teaching and it has encouraged me to take more course. Another printer would be good. Teaching Practice and feedback were extremely useful as you get the feel of the real thing. Feedback was always nice to hear as you got to see what you’re doing well in and what you need to work on. Learning new ideas, techniques, etc. was very useful in the input sessions and I learnt a lot from each session. The trainers always kept them interesting, interactive and as useful as possible.

Review by Rosie Dodd, September 12, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the CELTA course at Teaching House Chicago and loved it. The instructors are very well qualified, and they teach you not only how to teach ESL, but also why these methods are so effective, which I found extremely helpful. Additionally, after seeing these methods modeled in your own input sessions by the trainers, you practice and perfect the methods you learn in the classroom and get in-depth, immediate feedback from your instructors and peers. The trainers passion for this course really shows, and you can tell they really want you to become a great teacher. I learned a lot doing this course, and you become very close with all of your classmates struggling through the same challenges! I would definitely recommend it to anyone serious bout teaching ESL. No matter how much experience you have, you will learn a lot and it will be well worth your time and money!

Review by Charlie, September 7, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

This was an excellent investment. As a teacher I have gained additional valuable experience. The course material crosses over into so many things and I think is beneficial in general for your development as a professional. If I never teach another ESL class in my life, this course was well worth it as this knowledge can be applied anywhere in your professional life. The instructors were extremely competent, great with feedback and ready to help. Abbi, Natasha and Nia were also very helpful in providing us administrative support and with using the facilities. It was definitely a lot of work but well worth it in the end.

Review by Beverley Borum, September 5, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed my CELTA certification at Teaching House Chicago. I was very happy with the content of the course as it attacked all possible angles of the teaching process. I was thoroughly impressed at all the layers that were covered in my assessment, down to my board work. As a teacher whose professional middle name has been “throw her in there and she’ll figure it out,” I gratefully appreciated the constructive knowledge and instruction I received during my training. Beyond the theoretical aspect of the knowledge, I was blown away when I realized that my instructors were literally day in and day out modeling what they were teaching us. This really solidified my reference for how I was supposed to function within the classroom. Having found the right perspective to go into feedback with, my two instructors really grounded my faith in my capacity to teach and trust in myself as an educator. As the course progressed and the level went up, so did the detail given in their critique. I am completely confident in my instructors’ capabilities to direct each trainee with aims of achieving their full potential. The only area for improvement I would suggest would be in the job placement assistance. I wish I could have had earlier assistance in the job search, and more time to be individually directed. TH Chicago – thanks for all the direction and support given in my personal creation process as a teacher. I am excited to be reaping the benefits of my training for years to come!

Review by Carolyn Cohen, September 4, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

“I loved pretty much everything about the CELTA course, especially just being a student (on a personal level). I loved how challenging it was- I didn’t even really mind being sleep-deprived. In a way I’m sorry it’s over.
Observing fellow participants was probably one of the most useful parts of the course. It helped me to assimilate the info because it’s always easier to see mistakes in other people. I had all the theory from input sessions and it would have taken years for me to learn from putting that into practice, if ever. Seeing others do it right (or wrong) made it click.
Since the time was so rushed, I only wish we had seen some more examples of both good and bad lessons, with the instructors’ criticisms, so I could have got there a bit sooner. It is a lot of information to digest in such a short time and that might have sped up the process.”

Review by Judy J, August 23, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

The best thing to me about my time at IH in New York were the instructors and the students. My instructors Sharon Balani and Julie Bray I believe equipped the trainees with all their prior knowledge about teaching English to adults. They incorporated intersting and fun ways in which to teach students who are learning English as a second language. Their feedback for practice teaching was essential in helping me and most other students to improve our techniqes while teaching. They didn’t baby us, meaning they didn’t hold our hands and tell us everything that we should do. Instead, with their feedback and guide, we had the chance to develop our own style of teaching while still maintaing and trying to achieve a standard set by Cambridge and Inetrnationl House (Teaching House NY). Overall, this was a good course. Very intense. You should have nothing else to commit to during the 4 weeks of this intense course because it does require a lot work and attention, but in the end, it is very much worth it. I would definitely recommend this course, and being in Downtown Manhattan daily is an additional perk.

Review by C. Moulay Rachid, August 18, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I have just finished the CELTA course at TH NYC and had such a great time! It is Intensive in all sense of the word. Our tutors, Sharon & Julie were so supportive, but professionally demanding at the same time (thing I liked so much). I really appreciated their savoir-faire in the ESL field and teaching in general. Even though the course was very demanding they kept us in good spirits with their high level of energy and enthusiasm. They helped me explore new ways to become the best teacher I can be. Having the other trainees around trying constantly to help was a real blessing.
If I had to do the whole thing again, i would absolutely not change a thing.
One love all the way from MOROCCO

Review by Dalida, August 15, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

If I have to take my CELTA intensive course again, I will definitely take it at Teaching House Chicago.

You will be surprised how much information you gain in such a short time. The input sessions are well designed and expose you to different ways to teach English as well as prepare you to be a better English teacher.
During guided practice, the tutors help you deliver the lesson for the next time you have to teach. The teaching practice is extremely helpful as you have to teach for 3 different durations: 20 minutes, 40 minutes and 60 minutes. It was always a challenge for me to finish my lesson with the aims achieved in the 20 minute and 40 minute sessions.
If you don’t have teaching, you will be observing the other trainees’ teaching. It is extremely beneficial as you will “learn” from each other and “use” their ideas and methods in your next lesson.
One striking thing is you see how you and your group change into better teachers.
Because you SEE how you changed into a better teacher, better observer/evaluator, a better researcher (as the assignments make you think and search for appropriate answers), you end the course with a better understanding of yourself and accept that change is “beautiful”.

Don’t miss the opportunity of learning about yourself, others and definitely teaching English… Teaching House Chicago is the place you would like to experience this!

Review by Preston, August 12, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 55555

Teaching House Chicago is a program that delivers on its promises. I loved my fellow candidates and the tutors. During my recent course, people helped each other out, and the atmosphere was intense, but the stress was well punctuated with laughter and the joy of being around caring, dedicated, and fun people. They expect you to meet Cambridge standards and provide the path to do it–if you are willing to do the work and do not give up, you can get through. Most candidates were at the center eight hours or more and then worked two or more hours on assignments or teaching outside of the class (from previous teaching experience, I thought lesson planning would take less time, but the detail required in the CELTA planning structure requires and rewards time). This course redefined how I think about teaching, and while I am glad for the opportunities it opens up, the relationships formed and skill gained are priceless.

Review by CELTA Grad 2012, July 21, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I graduated from the Teaching House Intensive CELTA in NYC, NY last summer. This was the best decision I’ve ever made and certainly worth every penny I spent on it. If I would have known how valuable this course is, I might have skipped college and graduate school altogether and just done this right out of high school.

You get to learn from the trainers in the mornings, and teach Teaching Practice students every afternoon. The trainers truly cared about each of us. We were broken up into groups of 6 for feedback, and we all received individual instruction. The trainers were always willing to stay late to help you if there was something you were struggling with.

You learn so much in just four weeks. It is very intense. If you are able to manage your time well, you will do splendidly. However, do not plan to have a social life while taking the course.

I took the course as further preparation for going into the Peace Corps, and it has served me well.

Once I’ve completed my travels with the Peace Corp. I plan to go back to Teaching House to obtain my DELTA.

Review by Ray Thomas, July 15, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 33333

While the course is intense and demanding it is extremely informative. Anyone who is interested in ESL teaching or in improving their teaching ability should definitely choose Teaching House.

There is a lot of work that has to be crammed into the four week intensive course, but the trainers and other trainees made the experience a lot of fun. It’s tiring but I always looked forward to going into class every day. Teaching practice and feedback were very very helpful. The atmosphere makes it very clear that everyone is there to help you better yourself. The input sessions were very informative, as the material is highly contextualized and well integrated. Techniques and activities were really useful for use in the classroom and they were kept fun and interesting throughout the course

My only real complaint is with the facility, which restricted Teaching House’s access to the internet. However, the technology in the classroom was very useful.

Review by Chuck, July 10, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 33333

I recently graduated from the Teaching House Intensive CELTA in Philadelphia, PA. If you’re looking for the short version: it is worth every penny and every ounce of effort, from both perspectives of breaking into the industry and developing an ongoing career.

The program is a unique experience; you’re a student in the mornings and a teacher in the afternoons. That is, you have input sessions before lunch (specific teaching points, using various resources in the classroom, etc.) that are designed to get the information you need to you and also to get you used to the CELTA method of teaching first-hand. After lunch, you have to be on your game and ready to turn around and use those lessons right away. It’s an exciting – if exhausting – process and keeps you on your toes every day. You don’t have time to really stew about what you’ve learned; you have to use it. It’s a great way to build teaching knowledge and make the CELTA method habitual. By the end of your final session, you’ll be doing things breathlessly that seemed unfathomable in the first session. It’s an amazing ride and you’re astounded how much you really learn in those 19 days.

As for the Philadelphia course specifically, it would be difficult to recommend it more. The trainers, Greg and Lizzy, were extremely professional and really cared for our progress. While it would be easy for trainers to forget their roots, they showed empathy for us (mixed, of course, with that ‘tough love’ you’ve heard about) and made themselves available and approachable. My colleagues were excellent; you really get to love eleven other people with eleven different backgrounds and eleven different teaching methods. The students were outstanding and represented a lot of lovely cultures and languages (don’t tell my trainers, but they were a lot of my motivation for the two-hour commute!). The location was nice, proximal enough to the University City station. The resources were adequate; if I had any complaints, they would revolve around the professionalism of the others in the building. However, I wouldn’t let that sour my opinion of the course in the slightest.

As for the immediate applications of the course: I took course materials aimed mainly at adult ESOL learners in a classroom setting and adapted the method to ESL young learners in a one-on-one setting. Further, the stuff here is universal; I am successfully using what I learned for my math classes. The material is THAT good and really impacts what you do as a teacher on the whole, not just as an English teacher.

In short, if you’re on the fence about the course, I would at least submit an application to Teaching House and go through the pre-interview and interview. I don’t regret anything and look forward to going overseas and coming back for my Delta in a few years.

Review by MM, July 10, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 22222

I recently completed the CELTA teacher certification held in Philadelphia, PA having considered other certification programs. It appeared to me that CELTA is the cream of the crop for learning to teach ESL, and Teaching House started to offer the certification in Philadelphia. I took the plunge. The pace of the class and amount of material condensed into 19 days was insane and frenetic. But like childbirth, now that the moment is behind me, the pain has been forgotten and it was well- worth the sleepless nights and extreme multi-tasking. The course is outstanding. It incorporates invaluable hands-on teaching with theoretical input sessions. The scope of the topics covered is thorough, educational, useful and impressive. The teaching practice and subsequent feedback sessions helped me to incorporate effective teaching techniques and develop as a teacher. The tutors, Greg and Lizzy, left no stone unturned when providing feedback on my teaching based Teaching House’s and The University of Cambridge’s specific list of required standard criteria. Tutors Greg and Lizzy have a wealth of knowledge and teaching experience which they shared professionally, clearly and generously. Finally, during the certification process, I met interesting and motivated fellow teachers and had the opportunity to teach at two different skills levels comprised of multilingual and multicultural learners. I’m very pleased with the program and the outcome.

Review by Deanne Heffernan, July 8, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

“This course was superb. I was able to observe, learn and teach every day. The tutors, Greg and Lizzy were personable, helpful, insightful and constructive. I enjoyed the variety of teaching styles between them and their feedback sessions. Overall the course was beneficial and challenging, and I believe it has prepared me for my future career. The teaching practice and feedback were the most beneficial parts of the course for me. I learned how to assemble a useful lesson plan and then use it with real students. The feedback sessions were great learning times for me. This was when you could get criticism (and work on those areas) and also gain reassurance in the areas of strength. The Philadelphia location was an excellent environment to study and implement my new teaching techniques to a ride range of different students from all over the world!

Review by Mike Stein, July 1, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the first Philadelphia CELTA course, May 28 to June 21. It was very intensive and thorough, just as advertised. They manage to get a lot of information and experience into four weeks, most of which I found very valuable. The students were enthusiastic and the trainers were professional. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore, practice, and refine your teaching skills. I had no previous experience with teaching, but because of CELTA I feel confident going into the real world of English teaching.

Again, it’s very intense. If your going to choose CELTA, I recommend freeing up your schedule for a month so that you can make the most of it.

Review by Troy Konicki, July 1, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I just finished my CELTA at Teaching House Philadelphia and it was life-changing. I was on the fence about my need for training (I had already taught at a university) and about my desire to pursue ELT as a career. This course confirmed both. On the first day, after taking about 10 pages of notes, I found that not only was there a great need but that I really really want to be an ELT educator.

The input sessions were incredibly insightful and they were taught as “lessons”, meaning I was not only being taught how to teach but I was watching my trainers use those same methods for hours each day.

Then there was the teaching practice. I grew so much in 19 days, overcoming several major obstacles. More than that though, the structure of immediately using the tools that are given in the input sessions solidified all of the principles in my mind in a dramatic way. I took so many classes with so many tests and papers and I’ve probably only retained about 30% of what I learned. But, this method of input sessions in the morning and then teaching practice in the afternoon made it all flow together.

Then, the feedback discussions at the end addressed problems in real time with workable solutions reviewed from previous input sessions. My trainers were both accomplished as teachers, trainers and academics. This definitely sets CELTA and Teaching House apart from most of the other programs out there. They were energetic and enthused, compassionate and helpful and just really good teachers overall. Before each lesson, I received help tweaking my tasks and the flow of my plan and afterwards I received pages of notes and very specific oral feedback both from my peers and the trainers.

The students really pushed the experience over the edge. They were so kind and willing to participate. They had so much energy and each one of them was very approachable. In fact, several of them also gave me feedback…and made me baklava…and offered to help me move…and invited me to their homes.

Finally, the job placement has been really helpful. Beyond the job training sessions in the course, both of my trainers have recommended specific programs to me and have helped me apply. A week later, I have 3 interviews lined up. The whole experience has far exceeded my expectations. Please don’t settle for something less than Teaching House and CELTA. Make the sacrifice (and it is a big sacrifice financially and logistically), take the risk and apply.

Review by Megan, June 17, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

Overall, this course was pretty great. There’s a lot of work, but you learn so much. Teaching practice is fun and the feedback sessions are always helpful (it can be soul crushing but it can also be pretty rewarding). Just take this course. The people, the work, and the instructors will keep you going, even when you want to give up.

Review by John Ibarra, June 6, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 44444

I had an excellent experience taking the CELTA course at Teaching House New York. Intensive is definitely the word to describe it. It was one of the most busy months I’ve ever had but extremely rewarding. It is definitely worth the money and the time. Our input sessions gave us a wealth of information day in and day out. Our instructors were also extremely helpful and approachable. Since the class is taught in small groups, there is room for lots of interaction with students in your Teaching Practice group and it allows you to become really close with those others and receive lots of guidance. Teaching practice was varied and useful. Our students were amazing as well. The staging of lessons was very progressive, too. You begin to feel more and more independent/confident as you move through each stage of the course. Even though, I had taught 6 years previously in the ESL industry, I feel like I have learned so much from this course and have truly valued all the feedback and input I received. This course comes highly recommended by me if you are serious about getting into the ESL industry. You will learn not just about teaching but a lot about yourself during the month you’re in the course, as well.

Review by Michael Griffin, May 28, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

Fantastic experience, great knowledgeable instructors with top of the line facilities. The teaching experience while scary at first is invaluable, and I’ve already found the CELTA certificate goes much further abroad than other certificates. I do recommend.

Review by Sean Halloran, May 13, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

Overall I would have to say that the CELTA experience at Teaching House Los Angeles was great. I learned everything I needed to know and formed a solid foundation for teaching English as a second language.

I honestly do not think I could have learned what I learned on this CELTA course, all of which was necessity, on any online learning program. I just don’t think that is possible.

The hands on teaching practice in a classroom with real students, combined with the instruction on how to succeed from knowledgable and competent instructors, and the CELTA learing system which provides high quality feed back as you grow step by step were all totally amazing.

The instructor’s I had were exemplary. Julie Norminton is a wonderful teacher and pleasant person to learn from. She knows what she is doing and when you listen to her notes you will see immediate results. Svitlana Bulkina is a friendly and fun instructor to learn from, warm, smiling and highly intelligent. Both are a model for professionalism.

CELTA at Teaching House Los Angeles prepared me to teach and also for job interviews. I literally prepare for my interviews by reviewing my notes from class. I have already had more than 1/2 a dozen job offers based on successful interviews since graduating three weeks ago, and more pending.

If you are serious about teaching English as a foreign language – start here.

Review by Rissa K, May 11, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

This course was by far one of the best I have taken in my life. The teacher trainers are fully aware of the fact that we are coming from different backgrounds and experiences and they formulate their lesson plans in a brilliant manner that can be applied directly to the lesson plans that you will be engaging in for your own lessons.

I was extremely fortunate enough to have two excellent teachers that would give me valuable feedback that I would make sure to utilize right away in my next lessons. They are caring and empathetic to any concerns. I myself was extremely nervous about taking this course, but by the end of it, I feel much more confident about what I am taking away from the course and how I will apply it as a ESL teacher. I never done public speaking in this setting, but now I am more confident about doing so since the conclusion of the course. In fact, I am considering the next phase-the DELTA, after I have taught ESL for a few years.

Now, granted this is a month course, it is a big challenge! I feel it was much more intense than any graduate or undergraduate course I have ever taken in my past! But it is well worth it, and my independence and assertiveness shot through the roof in a matter of 4 weeks. I took the course at the Los Angeles location, and it was a great setting with the materials and books that I needed to successfully complete a lesson plan. The resources and guidance from the teachers is definitely there and go above and beyond what you expect, it’s just a matter of making sure you are always on top of your work :)

Review by Sam Kirchner, May 10, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 55555

I took the celta at teaching house chicago. I would unreservedly reccommend this course to anyone (and the location in downtown Chicago is really awesome!) The instructors were very knowledgable and helpful. The books in the library are a gold mine and I plan on using some of them in my professional career. Oh and the students in the classes I taught were just incredibly fun and enthusiastic. I had never done any public speaking in my life prior to this course but now I feel like I will really enjoy teaching.
Anyway, the part I liked the best (aside from teaching) was leaving the building to go observe teachers in an actual professional language school, in this case English First Chicago. Separately, the input sessions on games/young learners as well as on the use of drilling/pronunciation were very fun. Both of the tutors seemed like they really cared and wanted us to succeed. I didn’t think any of their criticisms of us were unfair or off base- it was all very constructive. Overall I really miss all my fellow trainees and tutors and students a lot, and it’s hard to believe we won’t be together again. We all really bonded through the shared stress of finishing the course.

Review by Adrianne, May 7, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

First of all, if you’re serious about teaching, you should seriously consider making CELTA your first stop. When I first decided I wanted to teach English, I did an huge amount of research into different certification programs, and there are dozens out there. The problem is that many (well, most, actually) are done entirely online and include no real teaching practice. With CELTA, however, you start teaching literally on your second day and continue until the end of the course, teaching a total of nine lessons. You will find that what you learn about teaching methodology (and you learn A LOT) requires practice in execution. The CELTA trainers know their stuff and are happy to guide you every step of the way. Throughout the course, you will find that you are naturally becoming more independent and self aware. By the end of the course, you will feel empowered to take what you’ve learned into the real world of English language teaching.

You will also find that the CELTA is pretty much the “gold standard” of TESOL certification programs, and employers all know this. I was hired literally 7 days after finishing the course for my first teaching job. The trainers do a really good job of preparing you for the job search process and are always willing to serve as references.

For each CELTA course, Cambridge sends out an assessor to make sure the course is being run correctly and fairly. Cambridge is very committed to making sure the course standards are met at every center, every time the course is offered. I personally took the course at their smaller, Los Angeles campus; however, I have no doubt that had I taken it elsewhere, I would’ve received the same great teaching preparation.

As for the cost, everyone I took the course with (myself included) feels like the course fee was more than fair for what we got. If you’re looking to cut costs, don’t. The online programs may be significantly cheaper, but don’t include the teaching practice that CELTA includes, and many employers are dismissive of them because of this.

In hindsight, it’s scary to think about teachers going abroad (or anywhere for that matter) without the intensive preparation CELTA provides. You can’t learn everything there is to know about teaching in a four week course, but it’s a hell of a start!

Review by Amy, May 6, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I recently completed the intensive CELTA course at TH New York. I decided on the CELTA after careful review of all the TEFL certification options available. I am definitely pleased with my decision.

The CELTA is very intensive and requires a lot of hard work, but I really felt like I learned a lot and greatly developed my teaching skills. The teaching practices are incredibly important and really push you to jump into the mindset of a teacher right away. I learned a lot from the focus on communicative language skills and student-centered lessons.

The greatest strength of the course is definitely the instructors. They are incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and accessible. The input sessions with them were engaging and packed with information. They go out of their way to help you plan your lessons and help you reflect on your teaching abilities. They really gave the course its value.

TH doesn’t do job placement for you, but they give you some resources and input sessions on how to find jobs. I think the greatest benefit of their job resources is that the instructors are so willing to be references for us new teachers. Job searching can be frustrating (as with any industry) but I’ve already had some success with schools abroad after just a few weeks.

The only other frustrating thing was the sometimes undependable and always in demand copier. It might be beneficial to have a printer in the computer lab. Regardless, plan out your printing needs and try to get it all done the night before.

I would definitely recommend this course to someone interested in getting a TEFL certification.

Review by Mark, April 21, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the four week March CELTA course at the new Chicago location and came away with a lot of useful experience. The course instructors were both very helpful when it comes to pointing out areas in need of improvement AND strengths. The hands-on teaching experience that is a part of this class makes me much more comfortable with the idea of handling a class of sts. I came away with a large base of working knowledge and a lot of useful teaching references. The class actually does ready you to prepare and teach lessons effectively. I suggest it to anyone interested in teaching, not just because of its weight on a resume but because it approaches teaching in an interesting fashion that emphasizes student participation. I feel that I learned important multifarious information at an impressive pace in this class.
I have two warnings for anyone interested in this course:
1. It says intensive and it means intensive. You will be expected to teach the first week of class and learn the use of a large register of unfamiliar words quickly. I suggest keeping your notes organized and paying close attention to lesson plan layouts and aims. You will reference that information often, especially when designing lesson plans or writing papers. Leave yourself some time to think about WHY the instructors want a lesson to flow in a certain order and what the purpose of each part of your lesson is in relation to the overall purpose of the lesson.
2. Count on around twelve hours a day being taken up by this class and the work involved in it. The idea of taking a weekend vacation during this class is humorous to me in hindsight. Weekends are used for sleep and catching up.
In conclusion : Hard. Worth it.

Review by Andrew, April 16, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

My experience with Teaching House Chicago was incredible. From the moment you walk in on your first day to the last step out the door four weeks later you are being well educated. The instructors were intelligent, thorough, concise and professional while still keeping the environment lighthearted. The four weeks are extremely intensive and taxing, but if you have the drive and determination they will give you the tools needed to succeed. I highly, highly recommend Teaching House Chicago.

Review by AJ, April 12, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

The TeachingHouse I went was in Chicago. It was incredible! Though I had previous teaching experience, I learned exponentially. The tutors were very personal, instrcutive, helpful, and challenging. It was definitely an intense four-week period, but all the work was practical and useful. Ultimately, I think the feedback was the best part of the class. The tutors invested so much time and energy in giving us feedback–this is where I learned the most. For anyone looking to get an ESL certificate, CELTA with TeachingHouse Chicago is easily the place to do it!

Review by Marcela Ardohain, April 8, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

The CELTA course was a really life changing experience.
As a non-native teacher I had to deal with two challenges: a 24/7 English environment and to learn teaching methodology and techniques that were new to me.
The course is divided into two: Input sessions in the mornings and teaching practices in the afternoons.
During the input sessions trainers demonstrated the teaching techniques and taught the basics of teaching and jargon. We also watched videos where professionals were teaching real classrooms or you could also observe professionals “live” in a language school near Teaching House. Everything I learnt was really interesting and essential either to start a teaching career or in my case to update my teaching knowledge.
What made this course unique was the second part: Teaching practices.
During the afternoons, after lunch-break (not always possible), I had the chance to teach a class or to observe other teachers and give them feedback. In the first two weeks, I had to teach a pre-intermediate level class and in the last two weeks, I had to teach an upper-intermediate level class.
To tell you the truth, this freaked me out a little at first but it marked a turning point in my teaching career. I believe I can only learn from experience and making mistakes and this was the case. Even though it was nerve-wrecking and frustrating at times, I could evolve into a better and more efficient teacher, much more aware of students’ needs.
Although I am experienced teacher, during the first week I was really lost. I didn’t know exactly what I was supposed to do.
As I hadn’t taught groups for a long time ( I had been teaching in-company one-to-one or small groups exclusively for the last 7 years), to get the hang of writing lesson procedure forms and classroom management took a long time. I had lots of bad habits that I needed to get rid of. By the end of the second week, I was literally exhausted and overwhelmed by all the teaching practices and assigments I had already done. The first assignment was a language related task. I had to analyse a lesson and put into practise what I had learnt in the input sessions. The second assignment was even more challenging. I had to design a skills related task from scratch. I chose an interview in a Bostonian magagize about a local celebrity.
During my second week I had to hand in two assigments and I had three teaching practices. What helped a lot was being supported by my host family and classmates. My hostmum made it easier because I didn’t have to worry about meals or anything except for the course. In fact, I didn’t have time to do anything but attending the course or doing homework.
Being able to focus on the course 24/7 was essential and also having a good computer and printer ( my hostmum let me use hers). The school provided both but not at all times and I could work much better from home after a proper meal.
I was very lucky because I had wonderful classmates, too. We made a great team and we complemented each other a lot. The were all native speakers so they helped me with my accent and intonation and I helped them with their grammar.
After week three, everything went downhill. I could start thinking about my teaching practices conscientiously. It didn’t mean I didn’t make mistakes, it meant that I realized them the minute after I made them.
I believe that to be aware of my own mistakes is what will help me become a better teacher.
Only then, I had time to read and analyse all the bibliography that trainers had suggested. I also had to observe one of my students to do the Focus on the learner assignment but this was a very relaxing week in comparison to week 1 and 2.
During week four, I had no assignments left, just the one we did in class, and I had only two teaching practices.
I wanted the 60-minute class to go perfectly. I used my SRT (Skills related task) assignment. I didn’t go as expected, though. But I learnt a lot from it, that’s for sure. And I believe that’s what really matters.
Now I am back in Argentina looking for jobs here and abroad eager to start using what I learnt during the course. I know this is going to be a great challenge mostly abroad because I am a non-native teacher and most jobs in the USA and the UK are for native speakers but I don’t lose hope. Meanwhile I go on teaching in-company and private students. I am using what I learnt during the course or I adapt it to one-to-one and small groups and it really makes a difference. Students enjoy my classes far more. I am also thinking to do the DELTA, in Buenos Aires this time, hopefully next year.
I am certain that having a CELTA Certificate will enable me to fulfill my dreams.

Review by Stephan Gallego, April 3, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

As a CELTA graduate from the Feb 2013 class, I highly recommend the CELTA Intensive course for its teachers, its subject matter, and its resources.

I have had many teachers throughout my academic career, from the “work on pages…” type to those who motivate and inspire; however, the teachers in CELTA changed my point of view in teaching itself:
it is no longer an “activity”, but an art instead. The classes were fluid, engaging, and informative; but for the first time, I felt compelled on taking notes on how the teachers taught.

The program format was divided in two segments: morning and afternoon classes. In the morning classes, the CELTA instructors focused on ESL Teaching-related lessons, which included: language
analysis, teaching styles, lesson types, and phonology among others. Though I had had some experience as an ESL teacher in the past, these classes presented brand new material and methods. During our
afternoon classes, we were able to place into practice what we had learned during the morning lessons as we taught Basic and Intermediate level students. To wrap up each day, peers and teachers alike
gave constructive feedback, which we would then apply during our next lesson. During my University days, I used to be described as a “crammer”, so being able to apply, modify, and execute new and old
material was very beneficial for me and my students. It’s also important to mention the vast amount of resources- physical and virtual- that were available to us.

As the name suggests, the program itself was intensive. Due to the course’s demand, I initially put my health as a second priority to the course – a horrible idea considering how much information one
day can contain. So as a result, during my second week I began eating oatmeal in the mornings, fruits throughout the day, and sleeping outside of class I much as I could. On average, my classmates and I
spent about two to three hours working outside of the classroom, lesson planning, acting out the lesson, and completing assignments. When you spend so much time together with such like-minded individuals, forming close bonds is inevitable, and the help and support my classmates provided was invaluable.

As the strawberry on top (I don’t love cherries), my experience was further enhanced by the Teaching House staff. Like the teachers, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and genuinely enjoys
working with different cultures.

Post-CELTA life is beautiful! I was hired 1.5 weeks after completing the CELTA, and today I teach over four classes to Basic level students here in New York. CELTA itself was recognized and talked about during the
interview, and I feel more confident as a teacher employing behaviors learned during the course – these include improved eliciting, increased student-talking time, and improved non-verbal communication.

If you want to enhance your marketability as an ESL Teacher, enjoy a fast-paced and challenging learning style, and are serious about improving your behaviors as a teacher, then I hope that you consider CELTA as your next step.

Best of luck sir/mademoiselle!

Stephan Gallego
ESL Teacher

Review by Ladan Kadkhoda, April 2, 2013

Overall Rating Not Rated
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Practice Teaching Not Rated
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Job Placement Not Rated
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I did a lot of research on what type of certification to get and where to get it – there are so many options. I am so glad I chose to do the CELTA at Teaching House; it exceeded my expectations.

I was very confident when entering the classroom after graduating this past October. I got work right away, and was actually covering for a teacher with years of experience, who had decided she wanted to get the CELTA at Teaching House as well!

Everyone at the school is very supportive – a special thanks to Tessa, who was very welcoming and helpful from my application and throughout. Altogether, the school is well-organized and the staff is both friendly and very efficient.

In terms of the classes my teachers were all great and very knowledgeable. I worked primarily with Lizzy,Sezgi, and Christina – they all want you to succeed. You work really hard, it’s definitely worth it, and they are there every step of the way.

I found that the student-centered methodology to be sensible, and you can appreciate this because you are experiencing it for yourself. Outside of the CELTA, a student-centered classroom is widely favored, the reason being – it works! My classes were fun, interactive and memorable. If you love learning and teaching, you’ll find classmates who share your this passion, who will become your colleagues in the ESL field.

It’s exciting to graduate and to start to research the job market and have the choice to do a CELTA validated. There are are opportunities for CELTA graduates in New York, and abroad, where there are many Teaching Houses as well. If you get an opportunity to study here, go for it. The world really opens up for you!

Review by Imoni, March 9, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

Taking the CELTA was definitely intense, but if you are motivated and willing to learn it will click.
I enjoyed my time at the New York Teaching House. I learned things that I don’t think I will ever forget. The teachers were always well prepared and efficient answering any questions we had. The way the day was structured was great and you didn’t even feel that you been in the classroom for about 8hrs. The feedback from the teachers were not sugar coated; they were truthful and helpful. Being a recent college grad and familiar with teaching from a students point of view, the methods we were taught were way more effective than how I was taught in school which was throwing all this information at you and expecting you to understand. CELTA teaches you to think from a students point of view and I think that is what keeps the students (during our teacher practice) engaged, motivated and able the comprehend. Also I learned so much about the English language than I ever remember learning- participles, intransitive verbs, collocations?! Being equipped with this knowledge definitely helps and improves my own English, even as a native-speaker.
I would recommend taking the course to anyone. Getting the certificate is something that will always benefit and can be a great fall back to whatever your real career is.

PS. Just keep in mind this facility does not have a microwave or lunch area so you might be buying lunch everyday.

Review by Shari, February 4, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 33333

Just completed the NYC TH CELTA course. It was definitely worth it!! I learned so much! It really stretched my mind. Yes, you are teaching by day two (real students) and the teaching method employed is learn by doing, then constructive feedback which is overwhelming at first but at the same time thoroughly useful to imprint the experience on your mind.

A very positive experience for me- I loved working with my fellow teachers, trainers Heather and Svitlana, and the students at Teaching House. This experience gave me the confidence / courage to pursue higher education and seek to make ESL my new career. I would recommend this course to anyone seeking a first class certification that future employers will respect.

Suggestions?
*You’ll need every spare moment to keep up if you are like me.
*Read and employ improvements suggested by trainers after each teaching lesson to increase your chances of success
*Read and reread all instructions for written essays
*Avoid a long commute
*Take a grammar refresher course- the one recommended to me was a free course through cambridgeenglishteacher.org
*And be prepared to work really hard- they don’t call it intensive for nothing!!
*Oh and Carefully read all reviews as you consider your accommodations

Good luck!!

Good luck!!

Review by Samuel Choi, January 22, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 44444

The course was well-worth my time and money. I did the 1-month intensive course and it lives up to its name. I had barely any time to do anything else but work for the course. You start teaching on day 2 and the feedback, though sometimes it can come at you hard, is very good, direct, and helpful. All of the trainers that I encountered were top-notch, professional, and knew what they were doing.

You end up teaching a total of 9 times for 6 hours and they are excellent practice. I feel very confident to go forth and teach ESL. However I do wish I had more teaching practice with all of the different aspects of language. For example, I never got to teach a lesson on functional language. But the principles you learn in teaching other systems (grammar, vocabulary), I suppose, are transferable. But what can you expect from a 1-month course? For what it’s worth, it was as good as it could have been.

Probably my biggest complaint would be the fact that there is only one copy machine for use by trainees in the NYC Teaching House. Other than that you are provided with 300 pages for copying/printing, staplers, paper clips, books, resources, etc.

I learned a good deal about English grammar and how to teach it. The course forces you to be confident in the material that you teach. You may not learn everything but it does a great job of showing you how to teach yourself to teach. I suppose teaching self-learning is the basis of a distinguished education.

Perhaps the biggest strength of this course is the teaching practice and the feedback that you receive. You can count on it to be good advice because each course is evaluated by an evaluator from Cambridge. The evaluation is systematized and consistent.

As for job placement, they have job listings on their website and I’ve gotten an email. But other than that you are on your own. But I guess the trade-off is that the CELTA is supposedly the most widely accepted certification course for ESL teachers. I have yet to be hired but I’m banking on this notion myself.

Review by Tricia, January 17, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 33333

I started the intensive CELTA course after Thanksgiving and finished right before Christmas… I was warned by my friends who had been through the CELTA that there would be tears and many sleepless nights, so I knew what i was getting myself into! 😉

I had a head start on my coursemates because I have been teaching English for the last few years and doing the CELTA was part of my professional development at work. However, being on the course forced me to reexamine and reevaluate my teaching methods and I definitely took away a lot from the input sessions and teaching practices. All the tutors on the course (Heather, Elena, Christina and Sharon) were knowledgeable and engaging and very approachable and helpful to us. The students were easygoing and obliging and I really enjoyed getting to know them and teaching them! That said, be prepared to be thrown into the deep end… I did as I was told for the first two weeks before everything sank in and began to make sense to me.

I was however, a little disappointed with the facilities in the centre. One photocopier is not sufficient for the number of CELTA trainees and it would be great to have a paid colour photocopying option. I was also surprised to see the OHP still being used- it would have been nice to have a computer and projector in every classroom. I also felt that more copies of the resource books would have been nice. The computer lab was great though, a lot of us came in early and stayed back late to work and it became a communal space for us!

All in all, I would give IH New York a high rating for the CELTA course and recommend it to anyone who is considering entering the ESL profession! :)

Review by Johnny, January 14, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I took the intensive course with trainers Helen and Heather, who are wonderful people. My fellow trainees were also very nice, and I enjoyed working with everyone.

Course Content
You are given a binder full of information on the first day. It is your guide to everything about the course/teaching EFL and will only double in size as you use it throughout the month and perhaps beyond. It’s very important, so don’t lose it!

Practice Teaching
I loved the two classes I had an opportunity to teach. The students were very enthusiastic and intelligent. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will have similar students. You are asked to teach lessons starting from the second day of the course. It can be nerve-wracking, but it was quite a valuable learning experience. You will do fine as long as you do your lesson plans properly, and don’t forget to smile.

Quality of Feedback
This will depend on the trainers on your course. The feedback from my trainers was very good. If you are doing poorly, they will let you know how to improve. If you seem to be on the verge of failing, then they will warn you well in advance.

Lesson Plan Guidance
Guidance starts off very thorough, and then the trainers will ween you off their input. By the end of the course, you will have planned at least one whole 60-minute lesson by yourself with minimal guidance from your trainers.

Instructor Competency
Heather and Helen are the best.

Job Placement
There is a job listing section on the “My Teaching House” website, but other than that, you will have to do your own job search. Your trainers may be willing to write you letters of recommendation after the course.

Facilities/Resources
There are plenty of iMacs to use for the course. The printer-copier was very unreliable. There are vending machines for snacks if you get hungry.

Review by Jorge, January 9, 2013

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I finished the Celta course in December 2012. The word “intense” is not an understatement. It is challenging, informative, satisfying, nerve wracking…all in one! It was a great experience and our tutors were fantastic. As hard as it was at times, I am glad I did it; and I feel ready for the next stage in my teaching career.

Which brings me to the only drawback, I wish teaching House gave us more resources and assistance in finding teaching positions upon finishing the course. There was a brief session towards the end, but i feel this could improve a little more.

Other than that, it was worth every penny…and although it is expensive, it prepares you and forces you to think on your feet and enables creativity and independence. It was an experience I will never forget. Thank you again to all three tutors: Colleen, Sharon and Julie. You guys rock!

Review by Barbara Duffy, January 5, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the Semi-Intensive Course for 7 weeks in NYC. It was a very intense course, to say the least, but also challenging and stimulating. I recommend to clear your schedule and have plenty of time after class and weekends for all the lesson planning and assignments required. The instructors were experienced, encouraging, engaging and always ready to help each student. They were invested in our success! I am proud to have earned my CELTA certificate! Every aspect was great, except for the frustrating, tense moments at the ONLY copy machine that often broke down or got jammed. I also would have appreciated a bit more help with resumes and cover letters during the course, though a lot of information was given about how to go about finding work. I highly recommend this course!

Review by Kate Tomaskovic (Graduated CELTA November, 2010), January 4, 2013

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

Completing the CELTA course was one of the best decisions I have ever made, but the experience was made even better by my first teacher trainer, Sharon Balani. She was the perfect role model for CLT teaching and gave critical and constructive feedback- no coddling here! I learned more in the one month at Teaching House than many of my undergraduate (and now graduate!) courses. When I first started searching for TESOL Certification courses I knew I wanted to go through the best, and this course exceeded my expectations.

I loved having the teaching practice, which really made the lesson planning feel more critical than simply an assignment to be handed in. I thought some of the assignments were more valuable than others; especially assignments which forced us to use the grammar and vocabulary sheets. The drilling exercises and other demo activities which we could then use in our lessons were invaluable, and I still use many of those ideas even two years after my course.

I was able to land a teaching job two months after graduating, which I found through Teaching House’s website. My CELTA certification and Sharon’s recommendations also helped me when I switched ESL teaching jobs and applied to graduate TESOL program. Thank you, Sharon!

Review by Cindi, December 30, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the intensive 1 mth CELTA course in NY with trainers Heather and Sharon. Intensive is the definitely the one word to describe it! Make sure you are working on this full time as you will still be working on lesson plans and assignments after class and during the weekends. I had some experience but this has definitely changed my perspective of teaching ESL and I walked away knowing what good ESL teaching really is. The course content was useful and I always enjoyed the input sessions. What I loved most about this course is probably the Teaching Practices, as you get invaluable feedback to improve yourself and learn from observing your peers teach. We had the opportunity to teach real students from different backgrounds and levels. I’d definitely recommend this course to both new and experienced teachers.

Review by Barry Blecher, December 19, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 33333

This was a fantastic course (CELTA, New York, Nov 5- Dec 20 2012 semi-intensive), and greatly exceeded my expectations in every way. The syllabus is constructed tightly and intelligently and covers multiple aspects of teaching and of language. Lizzy and Sezgi are instructors of the highest caliber, extremely bright, hard working, totally professional, and totally devoted to educating and training teachers. The feedback was endless and detailed, providing a clear path toward improvement. I am so happy I chose this path and this school for certification.

My only criticism is the copy machine (which is why I gave only 3 stars to Facilities/Resources). They need to replace the old one they have and also buy a second one!

Review by Joseph Brennan, December 19, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I would highly recommend the CELTA course at Teaching House in New York City. The instructors were excellent, the facility is very modern (minus the printer) and the students were a joy to teach. Both Ben Hammond and Svitlana Bulkina did everything they could to help trainees pass the course by offering lots of constructive criticism, being very well prepared with engaging activities for the Saturday input sessions and sharing their knowledge of ESL in a professional manner. The facility is housed in an ordinary New York city building but is very well maintained and the computer lab has quite nice Mac computers to use. The foreign students we all had the opportunity to teach were a fun bunch, very motivated and patient as all the trainees “fumbled” with certain techniques during our lessons.

I will never look at the English language the same way again. Doing the Language Analysis sheets, although a bit tedious at times, broadens your knowledge of the language systems – grammar, vocabulary, functional language. You always learn more than teach when you teach. I acquired some great techniques, methodology and activities that I will use wherever I teach next.

Review by Sharon Schweinfurth, December 19, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 33333

This Celta course in Chicago that I just finished (Nov. 8-Dec. 7) was the most intense class that I have had in a very long time and I am a teacher. It was all worth it, as I know that I will get to start the next chapter in my life with a new career in another country. Sharon Balani, Colleen Kalchik and Julie Bray were wonderful instructors. Each had a different approach to teaching the course but all were wonderful. It was easy to ask questions, go over lessons and seek out advice. Thank you to all my teachers.

Sharon

Review by Henrietta Gwaltney, December 18, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 11111
Facilities/Resources 33333

I learned a lot about teaching the CELTA method and enjoyed the accessibility and support of the teachers. Most of all I enjoyed the learners I was teaching and believe that my practice teaching, (the hands on learning) was most helpful. The library is located in a tight area and not conducive to reading and thinking along with the copy machine.

Overall I am pleased that I completed the course.

Review by Leah Squires, December 18, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 33333

I completed my training in November 2011 in NYC. The course is composed of learning and teaching hours, which ensures you are always absorbing new information, whether you are the learner or the teacher. My CELTA training honed my teaching abilities and gave me the tools to be a creative and effective teacher.

As promised, it was an intensive month. The days were long and often tiring, but I was fortunate to have two incredible instructors, Lizzy Adams and Sophie Bryce. No moment was wasted in our training–they prepared every lesson so that they not only conveyed important content, but so they also modeled effective teaching strategies. Their energy always helped motivate us on the hardest days.

In my opinion, teaching actual classes is the best part of the training. You become comfortable standing in front of a classroom. You begin to develop your own teaching style. You develop and write your own lesson plans. You get immediate feedback from your peers and trainers. When I was teaching, I could always count on Lizzy’s and Sophie’s astute observation skills to pick apart my lessons and offer constructive feedback. I still reference old lesson plans, with their notes scribbled in the margins, to direct my lesson planning and reflect on my shortcomings and successes as a teacher.

CELTA lives up to its reputation. When I was considering TESOL certificates, I wasn’t sure CELTA was worth the investment, but over a year later, I can definitely say it was the best choice. Immediately after I finished the course, I cold called a program in St. Louis to see if they were in need of substitute teachers. When I said I was CELTA certified, I had an interview the next day and was picking up classes the following week. I’m currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, and I’m teaching English to high schoolers at the youth center in my community. A year from now, I’m confident that with my certification and two years of teaching behind me, I will be able to secure a teaching job of my choosing.

Review by Magali Rutschman, December 17, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

This course was an incredible and intense experience. I came into it never having taught a course in my life. Day two you are conducting a 20 minute lesson. By the 9th teaching practice, you’re teaching a 60 minute lesson. Our three trainers were great. Sharon Balani, Julie Bray and Colleen Kalchik all had great input (Chicago course). The feedback we got immediately after each lesson was invaluable and enabled us to improve each time.

We taught two levels of learners: high intermediate and pre-intermediate. However, I would have liked to have taught a lesson to beginners as well.

We also learned how to teach a variety of types of lessons to real English learners from the community. This was wonderful, practicing on people who needed the help. The only drawback was that sometimes there was only 1 or 2 students for the Pre-intermediate class. To fix this problem, I think the recruitment process for students could be greatly improved.

I recommend this course. For those who have prior teaching experience, be prepared to potentially unlearn some of your teaching habits, because they may not jive with the methodology CELTA teaches. Also, this is extremely intense and fast paced. Be prepared to fully dedicate the month to it.

Review by Mensur Ganibegovic, December 16, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 22222

By completing the CELTA course, I think we all realized just how much we learned within a month. The course trained us well, but it is by no means an end to the learning process. I think this is something achieved over months and years, total knowledge is impossible to achieve over a month. It takes experience, will and effort. This was a difficult, but excellent starting point. Everyone tried very hard to the best of their ability. All of our tutors did a great job as well in teaching and observing us. They did their job and we did ours. It was fun.

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in teaching English to adults, no matter of their field background, though with an “intensive” remark in the end and an exclamation point to the word.

Review by Monica Bologna, December 16, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

Be prepared for a very intense month! You must clear your schedule completely for this course but it is worth it and even though it is intense if you stay organized, it is doable! You gain real teaching experience and at the end, you truly feel prepared to start a job.

Review by Mary, December 16, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 33333
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 44444

I really enjoyed this course, however it was as intensive as other people have described. I spent about 9 hours a day at school, with another 1-4 hours at home working on assignments and lesson plans. It was worth it. I have just finished and have yet to be placed with a job, but I am confident that my CELTA experience has prepared me well enough for my first teaching position. Best of luck!

Review by B.B, December 15, 2012

Overall Rating 33333
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 22222
Instructor Competency 33333
Job Placement 11111
Facilities/Resources 22222

I recently finished the CELTA course, and I must admit that I feel prepared to teach. The people I met were awesome, and the trainers as well.

My first advice, like many others have mentioned, is to keep your schedules clear when you are entering into the course. It’s full on teaching and learning; your evenings will only be filled with lesson planning and studying on teaching the grammar/function materials for the next day. However, if you’re fresh out of school and taking this course then I assume the workload won’t be that intimidating – in fact, it shouldn’t be if you’re well prepared.

Also have in mind that 80% of the work is on your own. The instructors will only provide a faded guideline of what you’re supposed to do and you’re supposed to fill in the blanks by doing your own research and preparing for your own materials. However, this should be good training for your future preparations. In addition, don’t expect your hand to be held by the instructors throughout the entire course. They’re pretty busy too, and they expect you to at least get your stuff together and be prepared. Personally, I asked for specific help during the first week but after that I was well prepared to be on my own where I wouldn’t ask the instructors for any guidelines in teaching my lessons.

Side note: I had rented a place in the northern part of Chicago because I was told that the course would take place in the downtown campus; however, it was much later revealed (after I signed my contract and paid the deposit) that it was at the southern campus. Also there was miscommunication and misunderstandings within themselves (CELTA) where they sent out the incorrect information, and I had to remind them of it … but other than that, always ask them – even if they seem annoyed by it, it’s really a good thing to make sure where their course will take place so they will feed you the correct information.

The southern campus at the Granada center wasn’t really my cup of tea. It was very small and had limited space. There were no libraries and the books provided only came in copies of perhaps 2 each (if lucky) and could never leave the classroom. Thankfully, there were two printers (though one of them broke down during the last week of the course), and there were no computers for the teachers to use. However, Sharon Balani (the head director) was gracious enough to lend out her laptop to those who needed it.

That then leads to my critique of the trainers. During the entire course, I was able to intake different flavors of teaching styles from each trainer. Sharon Balani is a bit lenient in a way where she won’t pinpoint at every little thing. However, that doesn’t mean that she overlooks your teaching points. She times you in every stages of the lesson and will provide you feedback on how to better your lesson as well as greatly complimenting your teaching styles and/or materials you used for the lesson. Colleen Kalchik is a very gentle soul who does look at the smallest things in your teaching style and lesson, which leads you to perfect yourself for future teachings. She will take the time to walk you through anything you need to improve on your next lesson and also cover any questions you have as well as provide ideas for the students. Julie Bray is also a great trainer, for she encourages the teachers to use a lot of creativity. Her input sessions seem the most lively and she always gives fun ideas for the teachers to use when teaching their lessons.

Overall, all of the trainers have their own spark of color where it encourages and disciplines us future teachers. From each trainer, you can achieve helpful ways in bettering yourself and your teaching styles.

A slight disappointment I had about the course was that it does not guide you in seeking an ESL job. Unlike TEFL courses where they seek jobs for you, CELTA only prepares you for the work. The job seeking – you must do.

Then why did I choose CELTA? Well, I was really close in choosing TEFL since they do the job hunting for me (according to their recruiter who kept telling me), but I have no regrets in choosing CELTA since it really did prepare me much more. Also if status came to it, CELTA is run by Cambridge, which was an A+ for me.

Please have in mind that this course is not for the weak-hearted and the busy bee. You must keep your schedule clear and you must be willing to feel like a university student all over again – finals every single day of the week. However, it’s worth it. It’s only hard while you’re in it, but afterwards it leads to a successful future.

Review by K.W, December 14, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the CELTA course at Teaching House Chicago. From the application process through my final taught lesson, I was challenged, encouraged, and impressed with the CELTA curriculum and tutors.

My first recommendation to anyone planning to study for the CELTA is to clear your schedule as much as possible. Also try to read through the recommended materials prior to the first day of class. The work load, especially the first two week can be extremely taxing and any measures you can take to prepare should be considered. Come prepared to put in hours outside the classroom, complete research, and work closely with your classmates.

Taking this course is definitely worth the time, money, and energy.

Review by Rob Sheehan, December 13, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I recently finished up at the Chicago Intensive CELTA course and I really cannot stop singing the praises of everyone involved. Though the facilities were somewhat lacking (small rooms, little access, and lack of a library), every other aspect of the course was amazing. Speaking as someone with zero teaching experience before the course, I felt that every lesson I taught I became stronger and stronger. The content in the input sessions was extremely helpful and paced in such a way that it didn’t overwhelm me with information. Each session slowly build up a repertoire of techniques and activities that will help to make me the most capable teacher I can be right out of the gate.

Though I definitely put a lot of personal effort into the improvements that took place, it was also a collaborative undertaking between myself and my wonderful teachers. It was truly a pleasure to be taught by Sharon Balani, Julie Bray, and Colleen Kalchik. Their advice was timely and important to increasing our awareness and effectiveness as new teachers. Though it was concise, by focusing on the main issues that were raised in the feedback sessions after each teaching practice it was possible to get a handle on glaring problems early and correct bad habits before they really became habits at all.

I would recommend both the CELTA course and the trainers to anyone. Both have made a giant positive impact in my life, and I feel quite lucky to have taken this course at the time and location that I did. Thank you.

Review by Yasmeen Coaxum, December 13, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

I was on the CELTA course at Teaching House in NY. I opted to take the semi-intensive 10 week course instead of the month-long intensive since I was already a full-time teacher at a language school in NY who wanted some official credentials to boost my future opportunities. I was on the course from Oct 2011-December and it proved to be very useful. While I was already teaching in NY and had taught in Japan for a year and a half before taking the course, I still felt that I was missing a lot of knowledge about the methodology behind what I was doing, as well as different approaches to my style of teaching.

The trainers I had- particularly Sharon Balani and Lizzy Adams- were extremely patient and helpful in providing additional resources for further development during and after the course, as well as overall encouragement and support.

Although it was tough doing the course while teaching full-time, I felt that it was well worth it. I was able to use new techniques I’d learned from the course at my job, and overall, I felt more of a sense of professionalism. The location was awesome- not too far from Battery Park, so I even ended up taking some of my students to the area as a Friday field trip.

The only issue I had with the course is that I felt a little “left to my own devices” when it came to finding a job. We were given reputable company names in NYC, but I felt that a little more time should have been spent toward the end of the course helping us with resume crafting or cover-letter writing for the countries we were interested in. A list of schools abroad that have gotten good reviews by previous CELTA grads, or that the trainers themselves heard positive things about would have been very helpful to get us started. The list of schools on the website was overwhelming and didn’t really come with specific recommendations by others, so I wasn’t sure which ones I should even tackle.

After thorough research, I am now teaching at a private university in Turkey, which has a heavy work load for teachers. If I hadn’t been trained thoroughly through this course, I know I would be having a much more difficult time adjusting.

The course was a great decision for my ESL career, and I also met some awesome people along the way!

Review by Dean Rogers, December 11, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content Not Rated
Practice Teaching Not Rated
Quality of Feedback Not Rated
Lesson Plan Guidance Not Rated
Instructor Competency Not Rated
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources Not Rated

I really had an amazing experience at the NYC CELTA program. The instructors did everything they could to make sure I both understood the material and could succeed in the class. I would recommend this program to friends wanting to be better ESL teachers and I have.

Review by Eliza, December 11, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 33333

This is the best thing I’ve done for my teaching career so far. This past month was packed with an amazing course that let me grow into a better, well rounded ESL instructor. My tutors were very helpful and positive, and I always felt as if I was being supported with the program. Feedback was always constructive and encouraging. I do agree that this program is intensive and time consuming, but it is all doable and not impossible. My only complaint was the resources of the allocated conference room. the internet was not reliable, which I do realize was beyond Teaching House’s control, and the books on hand were limited and unavailable for checkout. There was also no available area to work at on the weekends unless previous notice was given, making last minute emergencies for assignments a little more difficult to grapple with. However, the support of my classmates was enough to help during the weekends away from the classroom. Overall, with the support and motivation I got from my tutors and peers, I feel that anyone serious about teaching English should take this course and will benefit greatly from the information and training provided.

Review by Anthony, December 11, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 44444

I thought the course was extremely informative and well worth the time of anyone looking to enter the field of English language teaching. The Teaching House NYC facility was well-maintained, stocked with resources, and was a nice place to take/give a course.

Review by Chris Billos, December 10, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 33333
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 22222

I took my CELTA in New York City in December of 2011. Has it already been a year? It was the most intense month of my life; equal parts love and hate.

I had excellent instructors who pushed me to the limit while managing not to break me. I cannot imagine how I ever taught without all that I learned during that month.

The students were amazing as well, as were the other CELTA students. Couldn’t have done it without them.

Review by John, December 9, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 55555

Not only am I extremely happy that I invested my time and money into this course, but it was an experience that I will never forget. I was given excellent guidance, feedback and support from great trainers like Sharon Balani, Colleen Kalchik, and Julie Bray. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in ESL to take this course, you will get everything that the course promises and so much more. Thank you Teaching House.

Review by K.M., December 9, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources Not Rated

Just finished the course in Chicago! I believe it was a wonderful experience for all the trainers, trainees, and students! First thing you need to do before you sign up for the CELTA is realize that it is a commitment. You should clear your schedule as much as possible to dedicate to this course. TH Chicago is a very popular location for TH so if you want to register, do so 3-5 months in advance so you don’t get wait-listed. Hopefully, they will open their own center soon so they will be able to offer intensive and part-time classes regularly.

Before you begin classes, check your ego at the door. You will receive criticism from experienced ESL trainers. Keyword: EXPERIENCED. They know what they’re talking about. Take their input, do as they say, and you will succeed. This isn’t to say you won’t have the chance to be creative. Experiment with different activities but stick to the outline they give you in your binder. They give you the framework of what your lesson needs to be about but its your job to modify the activities to make them engaging for the students. You can be creative and change things up in your own class especially the beginning. Always be there early. Trainers have to be sure you’re a responsible teacher (even if the students are usually late).

Tip: Always think of ways to get the students speaking as much as possible. They’ll give you guidance on that which you should wholeheartedly apply. This is the major habit experienced teachers will have to break. Those with 1-2 years of teaching experience will probably be at an advantage over everyone else.

Another thing that the trainers look for is independence. They want you to figure things out and will assist but will NOT think for you. They might ask you questions that would guide you to the correct answer so don’t be put off by it. If you’re still stumped, your fellow trainees should be willing to help (working together with fellow trainees is a good idea as everyone has their own strengths).

As said earlier, the course is intensive so until you know how well you can manage your time, clear your schedule. You will be busy all day and have to work on the lessons at night. I personally didn’t find it as hard as some make it out to be but everyone is different.

Our trainers were wonderful! They all added to the course with their unique personalities and experiences. Colleen K. gave input was amazingly clear and accurate. Her experience teaching in Prague was an added bonus.

My second trainer was Sharon B. who was also clear and accurate in her feedback but also forced us to be increasingly independent. She challenges you to think about what you’re doing in the classroom and why. She typically asks you a question that should guide you towards finding the answer yourself. This is an amazing technique that forces you to prove you’re independent. After this month, you won’t have these trainers holding your hand telling you what to do so she will cut-the-cord ASAP in preparation because not only are the trainers also busy during this course, the directors at your future schools will be as well.

From what I heard, all the trainers do this during the second stage of the course (you switch trainers). We are expected to have a good idea of what we’re doing by our 4th lesson (don’t be intimidated, its absolutely achievable even with no teaching experience!). Unfortunately, my group never had the chance to teach with Julie but she did teach some of our input sessions. Shes all smiles and her lessons were informative and a wonderful way to end the day in a good mood. Don’t take the feedback as a personal attack. The trainers are there go guide you and will help you help yourself. If you want someone lecturing and explaining what to do every step of the way, this course is not you. They will rarely explain, only clarify so you can learn on your own and be certain you can handle the task of managing a class independently. This is not to say they won’t help you. They will certainly help you but you have to be willing to give it your all 24/7 for a month.

This is only a one month course so by the end of it, you will not be fully experienced but you will have the tools necessary to confidently teach a class. The input sessions (classes on how to teach) are done in the same way that you are expected to teach (so pay attention!). The benefits of this are two-fold. 1) It gives you a model on how your lessons should transition and 2) shows that the CELTA teaching method is applicable in a wide array of subjects.

Is it always the best method? No. However, this course is used for training and making you aware of different aspects and nuances of education in only a month. You will have the experience of thoroughly analyzing a lesson plan and putting it into practice. With the through preparation TH gives you, you will confidently adapt according to your students needs.

Final tips: Take things day-by-day. If you think about what you have to do over the next week in this course, you will stress yourself out for nothing. Its completely doable as long as you follow your trainers advice and collaborate and be congenial with your fellow trainees. I highly recommend TH if you are a disciplined, responsible, and considerate towards others. Though this class could be stressful (especially week 2 & 3), it was full of laughs, fun, and good times!

Review by Kevin, December 4, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

Teaching House and the CELTA Certification profoundly changed my perspectives about Language Learning. I entered Teaching House hoping to earn an ESL certification just to make some extra money while I pursued my Ph.D. in Classics; but I graduated Teaching House with some of the most supportive friends (many of whom I still keep in contact with almost 2 years later) and a completely new career! After earning a CELTA certification, I actually decided to leave my Ph.D. program and pursue graduate work in TESOL at Columbia University where I am currently finishing my second graduate degree. However, I could not have achieved these goals without the rigorous demands of the Teaching House program and Sharon Balani’s assistance both during and after my CELTA program was completed. As an ESL professional in the NYC Public School system, I take with me many of the strategies and methods I internalized at Teaching House, often discovering that much of what I learned complements my graduate career in ways I never imagined. I recommend this program for those who are truly serious about ESL/EFL and hope to have a career in one of the most exciting professions.

Review by Emily Miller, December 3, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

I took my CELTA course in November of 2011 at International House, New York. This was before you could take a CELTA in Washington, DC, so I was adjusting to a new city as well. My concentration in Public and Community Health at the University of Maryland provided me with a basic background in education, but I had no formal teaching experience prior to this course.

The course was as intensive, if not more, as we had been warned. Each day presented countless opportunities to absorb communicative teaching techniques, as we were instructed utilizing them and then expected to incorporate them into our own lessons. I had expected a slightly higher quality of resources for lesson planning, but the school I am currently working in (a half-private school in Spain serving wealthy families) has none at all! Thus, it might be best to acclimate taking full advantage of the Internet as early as possible. There were times that I felt a bit overwhelmed as there was a somewhat high standard of self sufficiency; however, this is a tremendous skill to develop as an educator and furthermore the tutors were always readily available to me.

Lizzy Adams and Sophie Bryce, my two CELTA tutors, brought a dynamic energy to the classroom that encouraged me to create the same positive and engaging learning environment in my own lessons. They made the course fun and interesting and were true insprirations in how I would want to be seen as an educator.

I am now working as an auxiliar in Spain at a primary school and therefore a CELTAYL may have had a bit more application, but I believe I was sufficiently prepared with a foundation on which to build ESL teaching principles upon. The overall experience was truly eye-opening and I highly recommend it to anyone considering teaching English as a second language.

Review by Patrizia, December 1, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

I took the CELTA course with Lizzy and Sophie in November 2011 and had such a good time with both of them! They were so supportive, encouraging, professional and demanding at the same time. They were the perfect role models to me as they seemed so devoted, passionate and knowledgable about the ESL field and teaching in general. Even though the course was very demanding they kept us in good spirits with their high level of energy and enthusiasm.

After receiving my CELTA certificate I definitively felt much more prepared to venture into the teaching field. Since I wanted to stay in NYC for a while more after finishing the course I started applying to different language schools in the city and got right away a couple of job offers. So having a CELTA definitively opened up a lot of new possibilities for me.

Thanks again Lizzy and Sophie – I will never forget your professional guidance, warmth and positive energy!

Review by Suzanne K, December 1, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 44444

This course exceeded my expectations in every way. Previous to enrolling in the CELTA I had considered a different course with less rigorous credentials, but I’m glad I decided to do the CELTA. The intensity of this course is immense, but with completion came the confidence that I had the skills required to actually teach on my own.

My trainers Lizzy and Ben were fantastic–super knowledgeable, they were tremendously effective with their advice and criticism of my teaching, but at the same time they were fair and really invested in helping us grow as teachers. There’s a real sense of camaraderie at Teaching House which helped sustain us students over an often grueling four weeks.

The course input sessions were well-presented and informative, but practice teaching was the most beneficial part of the CELTA program. Here you actually get to teach real ESL students–no peer demos are involved. The bulk of the training for my first ESL job was peer demoing, which made me realize how useful teaching actual English learners was. The only way to learn how to teach is to actually do it, and then get feedback from experienced teachers, and Teaching House provides both.

As Ben said, you can get a TEFL diploma from a “Mickey Mouse” school, but in the ESL world it’s the CELTA qualification that actually means something. Teaching House’s course was professionally presented, on par with a course at a good university. As corny as it sounds, the four weeks helped me grow as a professional and as a person, and there’s no higher recommendation in my mind.

Review by George Chan, December 1, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I took the intensive course in NYC, and it was an excellent course. I felt like I learned a lot in a month although the schedule did get hectic at times but the programs did give me great real life teaching experience which is always invaluable and feedback on points for improvement from both my fellow trainees and the instructors Lizzy and Brian. The course gave me a really great comprehensive overview on how to be an ESL teacher.

Review by Dana, December 1, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

Looking back on my CELTA course experience, I have to say that it was a wonderful experience. Starting the course, I was very insecure and unsure. The teachers at the New York location really had their lessons well planned and were able to make one feel as though they were getting personalized guidance. Yes, it was intense. Yes, there was a bit of stress when they teach you something new in the morning and you are expected to apply it to your lesson that afternoon, but the results in my teaching skills were drastically improved.

Thank you all for the confidence and support. Lizzy and Sophie were great teachers.

Review by Chace, November 30, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

My course in NYC was better than I ever expected. I had two brilliant instructors Lizzy and Sophie who made the course not only educational, but also very alluring. I had zero teaching experience and this course helped me to learn what it takes inside and out of the classroom. My favorite part was the actual teaching of a class because I believe that the best teacher is experience and to dive in right from the beginning was intense, but very rewarding. After only a month of training I felt I had a firm grasp on what was needed of me in order to help students learn English. I am very grateful for the course and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to teach English. The opportunities to connect with other cultures and peoples though Teaching House are enticing enough.

Review by LaNesha Hammett, November 28, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

When I took the course about a year ago, I was slightly nervous about the task ahead of me. I had never taught English as a second language, I had no experience teaching adults,and to top it all off, I’m a Muslim woman who wears the veil. Needless to say, I was a bit scared. Would the instructors be understanding and helpful? Would the other people taking the course keep their distance from me? Would my students want to learn from me? What if I’m given a lesson to teach and I struggle with it? What if I totally fail a teaching lesson?

Thankfully a few of my fears were laid to rest on the very first day. My teaching instructors were warm, inviting, and very engaging. They made us feel completely comfortable, eased our anxieties, and gave us a glimpse of what we should expect throughout the course.

My instructor, Sharon Balani, was wonderful!! She has a passion and a deep understanding of what she’s doing, and she explains things so clearly. She’s so knowledgeable in her field, that I wanted to consult her and seek her advice and input for every lesson that I had while she was teaching me. Every bit of information that I received from Sharon has been invaluable and has served me well in my career.

I absolutely recommend this course for anyone whose interested in a career in teaching English to non native speakers! You will be so happy that you did.

Review by Mia Armstrong, November 27, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

My experience with Teaching House, Washington D.C. was one I will always remember. The instructors Lizzy Adams and Richard Grant were awesome. Their feedback was always thorough and tailored to the trainees’ individual teaching style. I felt like I was always pushed to the next level and was never allowed to just coast, which I am grateful for.

The classroom became my second home during these 4 weeks. The work is extensive however, once you come out on the other side, you feel so accomplished and ready to hit the ground running.

The application / interview process went seamlessly. I initially signed up for the class in New York, however due to lodging reasons I was able to effortlessly change my location and I am glad I did. As a part of the first class in D.C., I feel we got the cream of the crop in terms of instruction :)

I would definitely recommend Teaching House for anyone planning on taking the CELTA. No hassle, great reputation and an accessible network post-completion.

For confessions of some of my classmates, check out the videos via this link – http://youtu.be/oq6CvkJ_sHk & http://youtu.be/9-QRllVMwro

Review by Meredith Haines, November 26, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I took the CELTA course at Teaching House with Heather and Sharon in New York from October 22nd- November 16th. I had no idea what to expect, little experience as a teacher, and was overall terrified. The course, however, turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. The instructors were incredibly insightful and helpful and made the topic interesting and interactive for everyone. We had a small mishap over the term of our course known as Hurricane Sandy, and unfortunately the school had to close for three days, leaving us to cram three weeks of work into the last two weeks. The tutors were sympathetic and sensitive towards this situation and worked at great lengths to help us finish on time. Teaching House doesn’t offer job placements, but the tutors answered any and all questions we had regarding the job search and continue to help us after the course. I would HIGHLY recommend this course.

Review by Harry, November 23, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

My experience at CELTA fully prepared me for teaching jobs both abroad and in the US. Immediately after the course I felt comfortable teaching learners of all ages and skill levels, youth to adults, beginner to advanced. Beyond the comprehensive training, employers are always impressed by the CELTA name.

I recommend Teaching House in New York for a CELTA training program. My trainer, Sharon Balani, was very knowledgable and encouraging throughout the course. Her guidance and the guidance of other trainers help to make the very challenging course manageable and enjoyable. The strengths of the program at Teaching House include the practice teaching and the accompanying lesson planning and feedback. Very relevant resources are available to plan lessons, and experienced trainers offer thorough feedback in a manner that is easy to digest. If there was one drawback to the program it would be the career services offered after the fact. Teaching House offers just a small job board and no continuous counseling. However, my trainer, Sharon, has always offered her support and her letters of reference for any of my job searches.

Overall, I highly recommend Teaching House in New York for a CELTA training course, and I recommend the CELTA course in general.

Review by Shelby, November 21, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 55555

The course I completed with Teaching House New York was a perfect example of kind but firm. There was no false advertisement, the intensive course was intensive and the interviewee was correct in telling me not to plan much for my four weeks of CELTA. I learned a great deal and got a good amount of experience, guidance and feedback during this course.

The content was focused on teaching itself and information about English that is either difficult to find on your own OR something that you wouldn’t have even thought to look up. They give you a lot of information and handouts that are useful, I kept all of mine.

The teaching practice was very well organized. We always had a sizable classroom full of students at different levels and from a variety of backgrounds. It helped that the students in my particular course were quite understanding and outgoing. Teaching House NY seems to have created a very comfortable environment for both students and teachers alike.

The trainers I had, Heather and Sharon, were both serious and understanding. They made themselves available for support but did a great deal to insure that you left the course feeling independent and capable of developing your abilities. They gave feedback that was realistic and helpful. They also did a great job of teaching you to assess your own abilities. I’m not sure if it was intentional but I felt that the dynamic they had together was perfect. Their personalities were different but it was clear that their goals were the similar if not the same. Furthermore, the staff at Teaching House NY in general was very friendly and available. I received a lot of help, advice and even empathy from a number of people who worked there when I needed it!

There was technically no “job placement” but Teaching House did have lessons focused on the process of finding employment. I’ll say that I was certainly more prepared for the job market in the ESL world than I was before taking the course. Teaching House NY also made a point to tell graduating students about employment opportunities that they themselves have. They also have a website with a job board that is available to you as soon as you’re officially enrolled.

Teaching House NY was open pretty late which was fantastic for those of us taking the intensive course. There were a lot of things at your disposal including a library of workbooks (for both teachers and students) and books on English grammar and teaching. They also had a large computer lab, whiteboards, overhead projectors, CD & DVD players etc. There is one photocopier/printer available to students which is both evil and a wonderful way of teaching you the importance of time management. I still have dreams about taking the photocopier out back and destroying it, Office Space style.

If you’re committed to working hard and putting a lot of time and effort into this course then Teaching House is a great place to be. I highly recommend Teaching House New York, Heather and Sharon in particular.

Review by Bek, November 19, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

The CELTA course was comparable to graduate school’s intensity. I liked it very much. I thank Heather and Sharon for their teaching and comments. I had it all: input sessions, CCQs, blue books, ICQs, anchoring, TBT, TTT, readings, assignments, resubmissions, teaching, comments, confusions, questions, wonderful students, experienced teachers, and sweet memories.

Review by Maha El Sherif, November 16, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

Doing the CELTA at Teaching House is the best decision I ever made. I had almost registered to do the CELTA at the British Council here in Egypt, when I came across Teaching House’s website, and then all my plans changed. Teaching House not only made it completely easy and accessible for me to apply and register, but also offered a lot of help and guidance on all the logistics, thanks to their prompt and thorough administrative staff, a shout out to Tessa!

My course ran June18- Jul13, 2012 and I truly think that I was so lucky to have done it then, because I do not believe I would have gotten a better combination of trainers if I had asked/prayed/paid for it. I had Lizzy, Heather, Debra Lunt, who had come as a trainer from Australia just for our course, and Sharon, who had just joined Teaching House. I am so lucky to have had a chance to learn something from each of these amazing women and am really glad to say, I used to appreciate that everyday while on the course.

CELTA has definitely polished and refined my teaching skills in ways that would always stay with me and has certainly inspired me as well as given me confidence in the teaching methods that I use. CELTA has also inspired me to do my DELTA which i would of course apply to at Teaching House.

Much love,
Maha xx

Review by Jon Waldron, November 12, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed my CELTA at Teaching House New York. My teacher trainers (tutors) Sharon and Heather were professional, well qualified, learned, but humane and approachable. They were always willing to take a moment out of their own time to help me with a question. I enjoyed their friendliness and sense of humor while simultaneously pushing me to produce and execute the best lessons possible. Their lesson demonstrations in class, informational handouts, and advice will all be invaluable to me in the future.

Review by Sara Saba, November 9, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 55555

I really enjoyed doing the CELTA course at Teaching House NY.
The course was very intense and challenging but very enjoyable.
I’ve truly learnt a lot and will definitely be allotting the skills I’ve acquired in my future teaching career.
The instructors r highly professional ad very helpful.
All in all I can truly say I’ve immensely enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to teach English to non native speakers in a more student centered style and environment.

Review by Helen, November 5, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

I took the course in NYC, and it was an excellent course. I felt like I learned a lot in a month, and the programs gives you great real life teaching experience and feedback on points for improvement. The course gives a really great comprehensive overview on how to be an ESL teacher.

Review by Taylor Davis, October 29, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 55555

This class is a great investment if you want to get involved with teaching abroad. It is definitely challenging–you should probably block off the four weeks you have to complete the course, as you will not have much free time. There are three things that I love about this course:

1) The teachers really care. Although the work ultimately rests on your shoulders, the teachers I encountered went above and beyond to help every student improve. They all take there jobs very seriously–but at the same time, manage to maintain a fun environment.

2) The students: I’m not sure if I just happened to luck out or what, but everyone in our class was wonderful to work with. The drama was definitely kept to a minimum. Everyone was very friendly, and seemed genuinely interested in each other. Good stuff.

3) I found the hands-on part of the course (roughly half of the course) to be the most helpful. The only way to really learn how to tech is to go out into the middle of the room and start teaching. They put you in there at the very beginning. I love how they transition from shorter classes to longer ones. I also appreciated the variety of teaching levels each student is asked to tackle.

People have complained about job placement, but I found work with them directly after graduating–which ended up paying more than what I paid for tuition in the first place. It all worked out. Plus, it’s not that hard to find something overseas if you just look.

Another complaint I’ve heard is that the printer was always broke. Guess what people. That’s the real world.

Overall, my experience was great. It really prepared me for this next stage in life in the best way possible.

Review by Virginia, October 29, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I definitely recommend getting your CELTA at The Teaching House. Our group was lucky enough to get fabulous instructors(Heather and Sharon) who work as hard for us as we did for our CELTA. They were always helpful for guiding us, and I feel it benefited my understanding of the teaching style, as well added to the experiences I already had teaching others. There were lots of positive’s to the daily routine, and everyday was packed with new things that are necessary to think about when teaching.

The Teaching House in New York I felt was very well equipped, despite the copier issues (as that is everywhere in an office job!), I felt that it was a good facility to learn at.

Although I found a most of the course to be enjoyable, I did not enjoy the video lessons(about 2 or 3) as much, but they were observations and served their purpose. Live instructors are a bit easier to focus on in the morning after staying up preparing for lessons the night before.

Our instructors were a great team and were on the same page with each other. Both provided extensive feedback and they always pointed out positive and negatives of each lesson, even when we wanted to just discuss the negatives. The GLP’s (lesson planning) was very thorough.

As for job placement they give you enough tools to go and do it yourself. I picked up some pointers, as I wanted to change from teaching children to teaching adults. They answered most questions to the best of their knowledge.

I also feel that although the course is intense at times, if you time manage well you will not stress too much. I would definitely go back for my DELTA in a few years time.

Review by Rita Rozzi, October 28, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources 44444

This is the place if you are serious about teaching English as a foreign language. This was apparent to me from the very first day with the professionalism of the instructors.

We were taught in the same way were being taught to teach which gave me the motivation to strive to do my best in the course because this method is VERY effective!

Also, the CELTA certificate is as prestigious as they say: The first day after the course ended I called an ELS language school at the local university to see if they were looking for teachers. Once she found out that I had my CELTA, she asked me to send in my résumé and scheduled an interview with me!

Review by Nikki Abesamis, October 28, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed my CELTA course in July 2012 at this location (a few months after I graduated college) and absolutely loved it. I thought the trainers were great and very knowledgable. I would highly recommend this course for people who have no experience in formal teacher training. My undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Human Development but I am teaching English in the Peace Corps for a few years (beginning in January 2013) before continuing with Psychology in graduate school. A few weeks after CELTA I was hired to teach two advanced classes at the UCEDA Institute in New Brunswick. I was very thankful for this opportunity as it is great practice before I leave for the Peace Corps.

CELTA is very tiring since it is only 4 weeks long, but it definitely helped. When I lesson plan now I ask myself what the aims are of each lesson and I really make sure every activity I do in class has a purpose. I also keep every class student-centered. For me, my favorite part of the course was getting to know everyone in my class. My teaching practice group was always very honest with one another during feedback. You learn a lot about yourself when other people watch you teach!

Lastly, it’s important to remember that once you earn your CELTA it is a major accomplishment but you do not have to follow every little thing you learned in CELTA once you’re teaching your own classes. In the real world you won’t have trainers/peers watch you teach and take notes on you so it is definitely more fun and less stressful. 😉

Review by MW, October 15, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

Cannot imagine not having taken the CELTA before starting my ESL job search. I feel so much more prepared now than I did before the course.
The tutors were extremely encouraging and supportive, the teaching practice was invaluable, and I also made some great friends and started to build a nice support network for when I begin teaching abroad.
If you are interested in teaching ESL, you won’t regret taking this course!

Review by KEVIN LUPO, October 15, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 33333
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 33333
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

This was a great course overall. I took the 10 Week part time schedule. It was very challenging. The students were great and my fellow teachers were great.

The course covered a wide variety of things that will, at least, lay a good base of knowledge that you can expand upon as you further your teaching.

The practice teaching was rough at times. I feel like there might be a better way to ease you into it. But, as long as you use the student and teacher feedback, you can keep improving. I think that is what helped me through it. Knowing that you aren’t good, yet improving through feedback.

The overall competency of the instructors was great. There were some inconsistencies between each teacher which sometimes cause problems in which direction you should take a lesson or if/when to ask questions and such things. The transition from the Pre-Intermediate class to the Upp-Int class did not go smoothly, I will say. It seemed there was a breakdown among the teachers.

Facilities were nice (although quite hot at times). The copier was not the best, but they have a great library. Job placement seemed to be non-existent. But, instructors do offer themselves as a resource if you need help or guidance in a job search.

Overall, it was a great, not perfect experience. I’d recommend CELTA to anyone interested.

It is something you have to be prepared to put time into and be ready to be humbled.

Review by Inna, October 14, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 55555

Extremly informative and intensive!! Beneficial for would be and present English teachers no matter how much experience they already have! By the moment I joined CELTA ,I had been working as a university professor teaching General English and Business English for MBA students in St.Petersburg,Russia, for 10 years, and nevertheless this programm did contribute to my professional knowledge and skills. Interesting and fascinating 4 weeks,although really exausting and stressful in terms of big amount of work ,which is supposed to be done not only during the classes,but also outside the classes: pages and pages of lesson plans and assignments, which will probably take most of your night sleep away..If you are ready to forget about everything else for 1 month of your life and dedicate yourself completely to the studies -go for that! You’ll finally be awarded with a lot of useful knowledge and practice on top of Cambridge Certificate with Pass/Pass B/ Pass A grades.So good luck and all the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Review by Jacob, September 5, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 33333
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 22222
Job Placement 11111
Facilities/Resources 11111

I’ll start with the positive:

In retrospect, this course was excellent preparation for teaching English both for private tutoring and in the classroom (I have since done both). The course content was for the most part excellent, but I felt that if they just changed the structure around, it wouldn’t be as excruciating by the end of the fourth week (they really do not need to drag out the morning sessions as much as they do for three hours). I think the most rewarding aspect was the TP; I had not had any prior teaching experience before, and being thrown into teaching on the second day of class was a great eye opener for me.

The neutral:

As far as the scheduling goes, I think they could really skip guided lesson planning by the end of the third week (maybe even the second), and also cut out an hour for the teaching sessions in the morning. By the end of it, each and every day was just way too long. They could easily have it be a 11-5 day instead of 9:45-5:30. I know that’s how Cambridge sets it up, but still. Lesson plan guidance was both good and bad. I found the instructors to be a bit condescending when it came to feedback, but you get over it and shrug it off and by the end of it; their advice made me much more confident in my teaching.

The really negative elements:

I also had Abby as an instructor, and in addition to her, we had two temporary instructors. The first instructor we had was an excellent and effective teacher, but almost evil with her feedback she gave us after TP. This seemed however to be very typical of the condescending and arrogant mentality that Cambridge has with ESOL toward CELTA trainees though. The second instructor was much more personable and equally as effective in her teaching skills, so no negatives on her. But back to Abby. Abby would eventually begin to text while the trainees were teaching, and she would arbitrarily give feedback to us in a way that made the worst people in our TP group stand out and the better ones become discouraged with their lack of positive feedback. It was really obnoxious and demoralizing. It was hard to take her telling us to be quiet during TP in the back of the class, when she wasn’t even paying attention to the trainee she was supposed to be observing as well. Considering she was the main tutor for the course it was not a good representation for Teaching House.

Teaching House is also not that organized for how much the class costs. I was literally bombarded with three e-mails asking where my check was since it was only sent on the day it was due to New York, and they got so petty with me that they wanted me to somehow send a photocopy of the already sent check to them. I had to kindly remind them without getting angry that I just sent them my whole summer salary to them via USPS that it was on its way. I felt badly that I didn’t pay them on time, but then I began to realize how much the course was overpriced for the quality; we didn’t receive textbooks for the first two weeks of the class for one of the TP groups. I thought that was completely unacceptable, and the lack of outside resources that were needed by the end of the class was also unacceptable.

Job placement is something that gets tricky, because it should be their job to aid you in being an effective candidate, but sadly, so much of their curriculum focuses on the six hours that you teach for the class (and you will never hear the end of their wonderful curriculum either through the instructors or through the assessor that comes), that they never really go over what life is like as an ESOL teacher in the real world nor what to expect in interviews. As other reviews have said, it consisted of the instructor barely printing out information about specific countries (and you would think with only 12 students, who all chose rather “mainstream” countries like Russia, Korea, Taiwan, Germany etc to teach in she could have found information on all of them – alas she of course did not). We also looked at some really painful resumes that any employer in any field would laugh at, but the instructor was also indifferent to those too. She never really gave the proper feedback on what should be fixed. I understand that it takes some work to get into the course, much less pay for it, but some of the CELTA trainees in our class really needed some much needed guidance on finding a job and living in these countries that they so desperately wanted to go to. But when you combine quasi superiority with Cambridge and CELTA and their UK instructors with American ignorance about foreign lands, it can be a fatal combination for rational thought.

I also think they need to do a better job with finding Teaching House locations, because the Chicago location really only consisted of a tiny study room that they called “the office” and then two classrooms that they rented in Loyola’s law building downtown.

I think overall, the course is great and could be better with some minor changes with timing and scheduling. The problems however, have to do with the instructors and Teaching House (and sadly for how tough the curriculum and Cambridge standards are, you would think that their trainers would be much more consistent quality-wise). Teaching House does not have very good organization and their prices (which are standard for CELTA courses, are not in anyway reflective of their administration of the course).

I would recommend taking the CELTA if I were you as a current ESOL teacher, but maybe try and do some background checking on the specific class you want to take at TH. (Hint: Find out who the instructors will be!)

Review by Paul, August 17, 2012

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 33333
Facilities/Resources 33333

This is a pretty great course, provided you have 3 G’s to throw down and don’t have a job. I say $3,000 (and probably more if you’re moving to NYC for this course) because of added costs. I was commuting from NJ half the time, and from Brooklyn the other half. Your guess as to which was cheaper and more convenient. Don’t work while you’re taking the course, either, because you’ll have enough to do without having to worry about a real job at the same time.

The course content is wonderful. I had two years of ESL teaching experience prior to taking it and I still learned a lot of useful information. Teaching practice was sufficient – I wish that we had some more time in the classroom, to be honest, but they have to accommodate everyone and have a small amount of time for everything. The feedback was always helpful and constructive. The trainers (Ben, Helen, and Lizzy) maintained a positive attitude and this influenced me to give other trainees good criticism, rather than focusing on negatives. The trainers were very knowledgeable and capable of passing that knowledge down to trainees.

Job placement isn’t guaranteed and the staff make sure that you understand this before enrolling. That said, there are a few input sessions at the end which provide trainees with interview practice and knowledge of ESL job resources, websites, recruiters and the like. Also, if you manage to work some of what you learned in CELTA into your real interviews, you will find a job. I can say that I have already been successful in finding an excellent job only three weeks after the course finished.

Finally, don’t expect the copy machines to work. Ever!

Thank you Ben, Lizzy, and Helen for your tutelage.

Review by Nomadic Soul, July 28, 2012

Overall Rating Not Rated
Course Content Not Rated
Practice Teaching Not Rated
Quality of Feedback Not Rated
Lesson Plan Guidance Not Rated
Instructor Competency Not Rated
Job Placement Not Rated
Facilities/Resources Not Rated

I just finished the CELTA course at Teaching House NYC. Overall, I loved the course and really feel I learnt a great deal. It was by far one of the most intensive and challenging course I’ve ever taken. The $2500 tuition was well worth it and I got my money’s worth.
One of my tutors was a fella name Ben H. He’s by a long shot one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in my life. The guy really knows how to teach English. He was easy-going, funny, personable and had a wealth of knowledge. This guy is the epitome of what an English language teacher is suppose to be.
My other tutor was another British named Lizzy A. She was the antithesis of Ben. She didn’t know anything! She had the personality of a snail and couldn’t show anyone how to teach a lick of English. She was brash and outrageously incompetent. If she’s your tutor, she’ll never have one good thing to say about your lesson. She’s the kind of teacher that’ll tell you everything you’re doing wrong and nothing you’re doing right, so you don’t really know how well you’re doing.
In the end, I would most definitely recommend the CELTA course. My advice is to see who your tutors are going to be before you sign up for the course. I think the only person you should avoid teaching you at Teaching House NYC is Lizzy A. All the other tutors there are fantastic from what I’ve been hearing.

Review by Claire Wuellner, July 16, 2012

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 44444
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

Overall, this was a great course – I really felt like I accomplished my personal goals and got some great feedback. I learned how to plan lessons effectively and really got to put more lessons to the test. On the other hand, I feel like this course was lacking in rigorous input material, and could’ve used a content test at the end. Based on my observation, trainees who needed a lot more work on content, not planning, would have benefited from more in-depth feedback sessions.

Review by Pat Tobin, May 27, 2012

Overall Rating 11111
Course Content 11111
Practice Teaching 33333
Quality of Feedback 11111
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 11111
Facilities/Resources 22222

If I had realized what was ahead I would never have taken this course.

The intensity of the demands were fine. I am used to working hard.

If only I had been warned of the rote learning approach. The information tossed at students who are expected to behave in a fairly robotic manner.

A rigid structure does not make for a cohesive body of knowledge.

The constant evaluation of these courses requires quantitative input. The purpose of the courses is now simply to produce fodder for the quant machine.

Review by J. Mann, October 25, 2011

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 44444
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 33333
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 33333

Liked:

The input sessions were well-designed.

The instructors were (for the most part) experienced, considerate, and helpful with us developing our lesson plans.

There were real language students from a half-dozen countries to practice teach.

The feedback we got on our teaching was thoughtful and helped considerably.

The course is every bit as thorough, challenging, and intense as it claims to be. Either the inner teacher in you will emerge, or it won’t.

Disliked:

From what I could gather, the course is supposed to be taught by two instructors. We had one (Abby) who stayed with us for the whole course, and the other one changed twice due to disorganization within Teaching House, which led to us having four trainers overall. This was frustrating when we were trying to develop as teachers and needed consistent feedback on our progress. There were some other clerical things about the course that were rather disorganized, which wouldn’t be a problem in a college course, but in a hyper-intense teaching course, added to the misery.

A couple of times I was asking questions of a certain instructor, whom I won’t name, while she was walking to her office, and was told to get help from a classmate. WTF? I didn’t pay an exorbitant sum of money to be blown off when I need help.

The cost is exorbitant, considering that you can fly from New York to some training centers in Europe, take the same course, and fly back for almost the same price. For $2,500, I should not have to pay to use the school’s xerox machine, or be “limited” to only two transparency sheets from the office.

The “job placement” is a joke. Instructors said they would “research” the countries we were interested in, but this consisted of a printout about what it is like to work in each country and average salaries. On the last day, our instructor asked us if any of us had brought in a resume for her to look at for improvement. Since she hadn’t mentioned this the day before, no one had. She said she would offer input if we emailed them to her. Two of us did after the course ended, and heard absolutely nothing back from her.

Overall, I would not recommend TH New York. The CELTA is excellent and I don’t regret taking it, but if (God forbid) I had to go through that grueling month again, I would do it somewhere else.

Review by John Gautreau, August 18, 2011

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

In all honesty this was the toughest month of my life, harder than my Master’s degree. But the content was well worth it. I only wish this was available when I began my teaching career, but I will use it from this time forward. A special thanks to Lizzy Adams and Sandra Kohls, two tough but wise ladies. This felt like boot camp and they were my drill sargents, but I love them nonetheless, thank you my drill sargents I hope to make you proud, you are a credit to CELTA and Cambridge!

Review by Luke, August 14, 2011

Overall Rating Not Rated
Course Content Not Rated
Practice Teaching Not Rated
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I took CELTA in Los Angeles & it was veeery informative. This course doesn’t waste any time; on the second day you will already teach your first 20 minute lesson to non-native speakers. Before enrolling I didn’t know anything about how to structure an english lesson, the difference between systems and skills, how to make sure the students are actually understood what I had them saying, and a whole plethora of other teaching skills that could not possibly fit here. Now I not only understand these skills, I’m can’t wait to keep using them!!! My teachers (Sandra and Lizzy) helped me in so many ways and were very patient when I needed clarification on anything (& I needed lots of clarification lol).

If you’re going to do CELTA, here are a few tips:

BEFORE THE COURSE:

1) Actually do the optional pre-course task; they didn’t send it to you by accident.

2) Familiarize yourself with pages 13-34 of the Intensive Celta Handbook. This whole class is basically about how you teach and these pages will get you prepared for what’s coming. (I’m pretty sure that NOBODY actually looks at this book or even knows what it is beforehand, so if you do you’ll be well prepared).

ONCE YOU’RE IN THE COURSE:

1) Thoroughly learn whatever target language you are going to teach in your next lesson. You want to be the expert teacher with the simplest explanations.

2) When preparing your next lesson, first briefly outline what you’re going to do, then use the 3 forms (cover page, procedures page, & language analysis) to help you make it a proper lesson. The mistake that many people would make, including myself, was to mindlessly fill out the forms, and THEN start thinking about how to put together the lesson with the little time left over. DON’T do that. NEVER-EVER. The forms can be your best friend if you let them guide you through your lesson-planning.

Best of luck!!!

Luke Sinquefield

Review by Alexandra, July 8, 2011

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 44444
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 44444
Facilities/Resources 44444

I left this course extremely satisfied. Robert, Jackie, and Abby were great teacher trainers. We taught and observed every morning and learned teaching techniques, lesson planning, job search skills, phonology, etc. in the afternoons. It was a challenging course, and to do well, you must abandon your social life during the week or risk under-performing. I got a job while I was taking the course with the help of one of my trainers and feel prepared to start teaching ESL professionally. I recommend having a solid command of English grammar – speaking English is not enough! – and having some experience teaching ESL before starting the course because those two things will make it easier. I highly recommend getting your CELTA at Teaching House.

Review by Kristin, April 8, 2011

Overall Rating 44444
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 33333
Quality of Feedback 44444
Lesson Plan Guidance 33333
Instructor Competency 44444
Job Placement 22222
Facilities/Resources 44444

I loved this course and felt it taught me a lot. The most frustrating element for me was the fact that, as stated in other reviews, the “job placement assistance” was/is basically nonexistent. A couple things here and there, but then again, I am trying to stay in NYC to teach, which they have less offers for. That all said, I had some great teachers and amazing peers and really had a lot of fun. I don’t think it was as intense as some people have said. I never really felt that overwhelmed, but I did learn a lot in a short amount of time. I definitely recommend this to anyone!

Review by Cheryl, March 18, 2011

Overall Rating 55555
Course Content 55555
Practice Teaching 55555
Quality of Feedback 55555
Lesson Plan Guidance 55555
Instructor Competency 55555
Job Placement 55555
Facilities/Resources 44444

I completed the course February 11, 2011. It exceeded all expectations. I learned enough in 4 weeks to go out into the world and teach. The students were enthusiastic and engaged, and enough of them showed up even during the blizzard for classes to proceed. Classes were not cancelled for snow! It is intensive–cancel all social life for the month except for 2 or 3 hours on the weekend. Robert Palisin and Abby Ward are excellent and well-trained tutors with a good sense of humor. I could complain about the copying machine breaking down, but a repair person did come promptly. I recommend Teaching House to anybody and everybody who wants to teach English to speakers of other languages.