CELTA Tips from a CELTA Trainer: Video Interview with Tami from Chester School of English

Hey there once again! This time, I tried something new to bring you yet more practical and helpful tips, but in a new format that I haven’t used before: the video interview!

Through the interview with Tami, a CELTA trainer based in Madrid, Spain, you can find answers to many of the most common CELTA concerns, like:

  • common problems for CELTA trainees

  • what to do if you are not confident with English grammar

  • how to approach the course if you are starting in the near future

  • and much more!

So, without further ado, here are the CELTA Tips for you!

CELTA Tips: Useful Links

So, as promised, here are the links mentioned in the video, you can also click on the timings below to skip to a specific time or question if needed.

Links Mentioned in the Video:

Questions Covered in the CELTA Tips Interview

Timings (click time to skip to that part of the video)

1. Could you tell us about you and your background?

2. What would you describe as your main motivation for teaching EFL/ESL?

3. How did you come to be a CELTA trainer?

4. Moving on to the CELTA course, what are some of the most common problems you find students have when they start?

5. For someone who is not confident with grammar, what would be the first book you would recommend?

6. What would be your advice for someone about to start a CELTA in the next few days or weeks?

7. If you could go back in time, is there anything for your CELTA that you would have done differently? Why?

8. Could you tell us a little about the Chester School of English and the CELTA course?

9. If any listeners are interested, what is the best way to get information about CELTA courses at Chester?

CELTA Tips from a CELTA Trainer Summary

So, hopefully you have found plenty of useful tips from the interview above with Tami for your CELTA course.

If you have any suggestions for other people I should interview in future, leave them in the comments below!

Equally, if you have any CELTA tips of your own to share, leave them in a comment here, or on your preferred CELTA Helper social media page (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or Reddit)

Talk soon,


Stephen Beale

After taking the CELTA back in 2007, I have since gained over 11 years' experience of teaching English in various countries. I have also worked in EAP for several years and like sharing what I've learnt along the way here.

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