The Lan­guage Cen­tre, SMU

Jill uses her com­mu­nica­tive skills, and en­hances her skillset

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Jill McKen­zie took one look at the CELTA (Cer­tifi­cate in Teach­ing English to Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages) pro­gram at Saint Mary’s University and knew it would be a rig­or­ous jour­ney. She de­cided to take the leap.

“I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in teach­ing English as a sec­ond lan­guage. My sis­ter also took CELTA, and told me what an ex­cel­lent course it was, how qual­i­fied and knowl­edge­able the in­struc­tors were, and that it led to a ful­fill­ing ca­reer,” says Jill.

The pro­gram has re­ceived the high­est re­views, and ad­hered to high stan­dards as The Lan­guage Cen­tre at Saint Mary’s University is an Au­tho­rized Cam­bridge Teach­ing Awards Cen­tre, and the CELTA is awarded by Cam­bridge As­sess­ment English, which is a part of the University of Cam­bridge.

CELTA of­fered Jill the prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with teach­ing in a real class­room to two dif­fer­ent lev­els of stu­dents: be­gin­ner and in­ter­me­di­ate. The course con­sists of 120 con­tact hours, and it in­cludes su­per­vised and sup­ported les­son plan­ning, six hours of teach­ing prac­tice, feed­back and men­tor­ing from other course tu­tors.

“Hav­ing ex­perts ob­serve me when I taught was in­valu­able be­cause I was able to un­der­stand where my strengths were and what I could im­prove. I feel ex­tremely lucky to have learned from the CELTA in­struc­tors and ben­e­fit from their men­tor­ing. CELTA is an in­tense course, but it is de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment,” says Jill.

CELTA en­abled Jill to take her back­ground in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and gave her the proper train­ing skills and con­fi­dence to pur­sue her cur­rent ca­reer as a Lan­guage In­struc­tor at the Saint Mary’s University Lan­guage Cen­tre. Clearly she loved her time there as a stu­dent.

“I have al­ways had a pas­sion for writ­ing, lan­guage and com­mu­ni­cat­ing. Teach­ing English al­ways seemed like a good fit with my skillset and in­ter­ests. I re­ally love teach­ing English, and have found it to be ex­tremely re­ward­ing,” says Jill.

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