CELTA advice from LUCA

Luca is a CELTA trainer with IH Budapest in Hungary 


How long were you an EFL teacher, and how long have you been a teacher trainer?

I started teaching in 2011, training in-service teachers in 2014, and became a CELTA trainer in 2018

What are your hopes/aspirations for your trainees?

To leave the course with a set of tools that they can use in their future career and to continue to develop as teachers. I also want them to be able to reflect on their practice and with a curiosity towards finding their way to help learners.

When you were an EFL teacher what did you like most, and how do you bring that into the classroom for your trainees?

The CELTA course was my first positive educational experience and I thrive on introducing a learner-centred and communicative approach to learning. It is very important for me that trainees also feel heard and feel that they have a safe space to ‘give it a go’

What advice would you give your trainees for successfully completing the course?

Have an open mind, think about how the stages in a lesson benefit students and try to learn something about the students in each lesson

What advice would you give your trainees for an interesting and rewarding career?

Find a school that looks after your professional development in the early years and collaborate with peers