CELTA Testimonials

"Thank you for such a wonderful experience – I’m so glad I did this course. I met some fantastic people and I’m ready to teach!" Agueda Sánchez, October 2015
"I can’t imagine attempting to teach ESL without the CELTA training. Thank you for how you truly gave of yourselves and helped us through the difficult periods. Maeve, your humour kept us laughing, yet you guided us with a steady hand. Valentina, your excitement about teaching shined through and inspired me." Deaun Zasadny, October 2015
"Thank you for such a great experience with the CELTA course at IH Belfast. It was the best place for me to go to do CELTA. The support that you, the staff, and the tutors offer is absolutely fantastic and it made everything a bit less stressful for a CELTA trainee. Thank you so much for the organization and helping me along in the process. It has made my first two months of teaching here in Shanghai a lot more comfortable than they otherwise would have been. I hope that things at IH Belfast continue to go well, it is a wonderful place." Mary Robinson, July 2015
"What a well-run and highly-organised course! IH is the perfect place to do the CELTA – everyone made you feel right at home and were always on hand to help. And the tutors? Simply amazing – their door is always open and they are more than happy to sit down and spend time with you to give advice and encouragement and to share their creativity and expertise with the students. If you decide to do the CELTA course here you will not regret it for a second! Thanks so much for a wonderful time!" Colm Duffin, July 2015
"Very well run, very organized, great teachers, great location, interesting, challenging, rewarding. There is not a single negative point about this course, its teachers or the location. It’s 100% a fantastic course to do. I really, really enjoyed it. Thank you!" Ella Connolly, February 2015
"This is a really professional, well-run course and the amount of information imparted is amazing. All the IH staff were incredibly helpful and I found it great to know that I could ask anyone for help, from the wonderful office staff to the tutors and teachers – all very supportive. All in all, an inspirational four weeks. Thank you!" Eleanor Butterwick, February 2015
"I’m now in the south of Spain (Murcia). I’m being spoiled with weather today – 25 degrees with warm wind. I love it! Teaching has been a blast. Thank you so much, I couldn’t do it without you IH people (special thanks to wonderful Maeve and Valentina)" Ela Bilska, August 2014
"I started teaching at EF International language school in Oxford at the start of January, and I’ve loved every minute so far. Doing the CELTA at IH Belfast really prepared me to start right into teaching at a large school, so thanks once again to the tutors, you were fantastic." Gemma Johnstone, November 2014
"I am now working as the Curriculum Manager in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Thank you Paddy and all the team at IH Belfast for your support last July, a great experience!" Katrina Kenny, July 2014
"I am excellent! Just spending the day working as a graduate assistant in the Eastern Michigan University International Student Resource Center! This morning I taught an ESL writing workshop and now I am just tutoring students in the ESL program here at EMU in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. As of now I am getting my Masters in TESOL! I should graduate next spring. I’ll be headed to China to teach a short summer camp in July and I hope to do my practicum for my degree in Slovakia or the Czech Republic beginning in January next year. Missing the UK!" Kathryn Schuster, October 2013
"Since completing the CELTA at IH Belfast in September 2013, I have worked as a private home tutor for Russian families, taught at International House Moscow and have been able to find freelance tutoring work in London. The course was very practically based and allowed plenty of opportunity to receive constructive feedback and new ideas on how to improve my teaching style." Eva Jacques, September 2013
"Sheila and I have been teaching non-stop since we got home from Belfast in mid-July. We actually often have more work than we want. We have taught at 3 schools since returning but are now mostly based at the EC School on Miami Beach. Every week we say how much we’ve used our CELTA training. The training IH Belfast gave us was truly great and we are glad we made the trek over to spend the month with all of you there. Thanks to everyone there for preparing us so well for the real world of ESL teaching." Willie Cone & Sheila Quinlin, June 2013
"I'm currently based in the suburbs of Bangkok teaching 3-year-olds (Kindergarten 1) at a bilingual school from Monday to Friday. I’m a bit lost for words to describe just how much fun and rewarding I find this job. It’s the first job in my life that I actually am excited to go to every day. Teaching English abroad is the best decision I have made in my life!" Gareth Maunder, June 2013
I was a student at the International House in Belfast in 2011. I did a three-week intensive course to improve my English. I fell in love with the city and its people, so I moved to Belfast for 5 years. Now I'm an English teacher in Spain, and I have just finished the CELTA course in IH Belfast. International House has been so important to my English language development, I learned it, and now I teach it. This course has been a fulfilling experience in my life. Get ready to work hard! Lourdes de la Mata Sáez, August 2017