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Welcome to ELTS’ CELTA blog!

May 28, 2010

Welcome to the ELTSCELTA Blog. This blog is specially designed to showcase the successes of trainees from Swansea University’s Professional CELTA Course and to update present and past trainees with job opportunities, news and EFL information.


National Theatre Wales’ new show – Tide Whisperer. Tenby, and online, 15th September 2018

September 7, 2018

A guest post from National Theatre Wales

National Theatre Wales’ new show Tide Whisperer – which focuses on the global phenomenon of displacement, mass movement and the resulting refugees – is being performed from 13-16th September in Tenby, and also transmitted live around the world on Saturday 15th September. We’d love to invite you to tune in to the performance online, or if possible, see you in person at the show in Tenby.

We’re working in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on this important new piece of theatre. The livestream can be watched for free on Facebook Live or audiences can come to our screening in Tramshed Tech in Cardiff for free. Find out more about the show & the livestream here:

If you have questions just let us know, we’ll be very happy to chat.

Rhian Lewis
Cydlyndd Cyfathrebu / Communications Coordinator

+44 (0)29 2035 3070
+44 (0)74 7620 7300
Twitter _ @rhi_ntw

National Theatre Wales
30 Arcêd y Castell / Castle Arcade
Caerdydd / Cardiff CF10 1BW
Swyddfa Docynnau / Ticket Office _ +44 (0)29 2037 1689

Free English Language Courses at Swansea University

September 7, 2018

During the period October to December 2018, Swansea University English Language Training Services (ELTS) is once again offering free English language classes to non-native speakers from across the Swansea Bay area.

The classes are from Wednesday 3rd October to 7th December. Aimed at non-native speaking adults who want to improve their English language skills, this General English course will help them to communicate more effectively, including work on speaking, listening, reading, grammar and pronunciation.

The university has a strong commitment to the local community and it is hoped that this opportunity will broaden its ties with people living locally. The course is offered free of charge as it is taught by a group of trainee teachers undertaking the Cambridge CELTA Course, delivered by Swansea University’s team of teacher trainers.

For further details please contact the ELTS teacher training team on Swansea 01792 295391 or email:

My Celta Experience: Charlie Trotman – a guest posting

September 4, 2018

My Celta Experience: Charlie Trotman

Teaching English as a Foreign Language is all about communication; how you express yourself; both through your words and actions, has a ripple effect on any students understanding of a particular word or target sentence; it all begins with doing something physical; You need to get up off your butt (or pigu as my Chinese students say) and actually show that you have the confidence to stand out from the crowd.

CELTA is a great gateway to language teaching abroad; because it shows that you are unafraid to take the first step into the world of English Language Teaching; you will most certainly be required to stand up, elucidating concepts that were maybe strange and unfamiliar even to yourself (trust me, I once had to grapple with explaining Augmented reality to a Japanese man)

What makes CELTA at Swansea University such a rewarding experience; is that you’ll be given the opportunity to work closely with students of a wide range of backgrounds; both in your team of teachers and your students; trust me; there’s no greater thrill than the repeated words of encouragement from grateful students at the end of a class and learning about their lives is just as valuable as many of the grammar points you’ll learn along the way…

Personally, I came from a three-month charity project in Ikorodu, Nigeria where I worked closely with students, which required me to consider how I communicated with people of different cultures and certainly helped me in understanding that patience is a virtue when teaching English as a foreign language, most importantly; you have to be patient with yourself and learn that it’s okay to make mistakes;

You will have time to discover so much about yourself through teaching English as a foreign language that it could change literally your entire direction and place in the world. In each class; you’ll be instructed to teach one segment to a group of students; helping to further their knowledge to a set curriculum; the fun part comes in planning your lesson with your fellow CELTA trainers and incorporating your experiences as well as your students.

I now work as a Foreign Trainer with Disney English China, living and working in the big wonton melting pot of Guangzhou, famous for its tropical climate, dumplings and some of the most endearing students you’ll ever find in Asia;

It’s a long way from teaching adults through the CELTA: but you’ll pick up so many ideas on how to model context; in a fun and engaging way that with a little handiwork you can adapt for younger learners; Only in the past week; I’ve dressed up as a grocer; a yoga instructor and in various wigs; each time resulting in the kids howling with laughter; while also importantly practicing the target language.

What advice would I offer budding English teachers who are thinking of taking on the CELTA? I’d say have an open mind; don’t be afraid to express your ideas and make sure to ask questions!

Get to know your students and incorporate their experiences into the class; for example; in one of our classes; I was instructed to teach the idiomatic language of ‘close shave’ which resulted in many personal stories being told throughout the class; it’s moments like these that make you stick with language teaching and also; get to know your trainers too!

I was lucky enough to have a supportive group of teachers; all with a wide background of experience in language teaching and studying at Swansea University; you are blessed with one of the most multicultural campuses in Wales and you will meet so many people if you try hard and it will help you get the dream job abroad;  So remember to study hard, have a social life and get to know your students; it’s a position that you’ll feel proud of and gain so much from; believe me; it’s worth the essays!


September 3, 2018

A guest post from a former Swansea University student, Graham O’Donoghue. There will also be summer school vacancies next year – ideal for the CELTA trainees who will have just finished and want some experience.


The Xiuwen Education Group currently has a number of international academies spread out across Zibo, Jinan, Heze, and Jining, to name a few of our Shandong Province branches. Operations have also been put in place for more academies to open in many more cities across China, even distinctive places such as Inner Mongolia. With our educational group growing day by day, we are hiring experienced native English teachers with a desire to teach and progress in the field of education.

Xiuwen Academy, established in 2005, is an elite boarding school. It is managed with a philosophy of education that is a unique blend of the best parts of both Eastern and Western education. International teachers are warmly welcomed and cherished at our schools.

The Academy currently serves students from Kindergarten through to grade 12, ages 4-17 years old.  An international teacher joining our school will generally have 12 – 15 teaching hours per week, Monday through Friday, with weekends and all national holidays off.

Dr. Xiuwen Wang is the head of each of these schools.  Dr. Wang has lived in America for over 20 years and understands both Western and Eastern cultures, a necessity for pleasant working and living conditions in China. We currently have 16 international teachers, for the fall and winter terms, we would like to have 20-30 by the fall term of 2018. The staff at all our institutions are friendly and dedicated not only to the quality of education we provide for the children, but also to making the life of our international teachers as pleasant as possible.

Requirements and Benefits

We are looking for dedicated, patient people who have a passion for teaching young children and teenagers, who are open minded, outgoing, have good teaching skills and experience teaching ESL or TOEFL. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicants must be citizens from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa (China’s visa regulations)
  • Bachelor degree or above– will need to be notarized
  • 120-hour TEFL, TESOL, ESL, EFL, CELTA, DELTA certifications (or willing to obtain one – can be discussed in interview), preferably with a practical teaching component.
  • Teaching experience (ESL or TOEFL teaching preferred)

We are recruiting for the following position:

 International Teacher

  • Paid Z-visa, working permit and residence permit
  • Monthly salary can be negotiated based on experience, qualifications and also the Dept. you teach ranging from 8000RMB -10000RMB
  • Fully paid winter holiday (4-5 weeks)
  • Actual contact teaching hours per week will not exceed 15 hours. Classes are 30-40 minutes long.
  • A private room in the on-campus dorms will be provided, or you may choose to have the school help to find a furnished apartment with a rent allowance determined by the tier of the city. plus a 100RMB utilities allowance (gas, electric, internet etc.)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in the cafeteria during the work week.
  • Each international teacher will be assigned an office workspace with free internet access.
  • International teachers may choose to take advantage of customized Chinese language lessons at no cost.
  • International teachers will receive the same standard medical coverage as the Chinese staff. Although, it is advisable for international teachers to have their own additional medical insurance. International teachers should contact their local health office for immunization requirements before coming to China.
  • On completion of a one-year employment contract, a round-trip economy air ticket from the country of departure will be reimbursed.
  • On completion of a one-year employment contract, International teachers will receive an end-of-contract bonus equivalent to one month’s salary.

International teachers starting in September will be expected to arrive in China by the middle of August- later than this can be discussed during the interview) A representative of the school will meet each International teacher who comes from abroad at the Beijing International Airport in Beijing, or any closer International airport they may arrive at, and will transport them to our International department’s flagship school in Zibo, Shandong for orientation. Upon settling into the position, the teacher will shadow another experienced teacher and will receive full training or revision of anything that they require to successfully teach. You will have adequate time to prepare for your role in our department and should any difficulties arise, many other members of staff will gladly assist you.

To Apply:

Please send an email with the subject line 2018 FULL TIME APPLICANT, with a brief self-introduction that also includes your current country of residence. Please attach a copy of your Curriculum Vitae/resume and recent photo. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

The contact information is as follows:

Mr Starr Wei


Telephone:  (+86) 15898761269

Mr Graham O’Donoghue


Telephone: (+86) 18764318668



August 9, 2018

A guest post from IH Poland



Job Summary

International House in Poland requires an EFL teacher to work in its bilingual kindergarten “First Steps” from August 27th 2018 – June 19th 2019. This is a great opportunity for teachers who are interested in working with young children and wish to develop professionally in the EFL world in a well-established and supportive school, whilst immersing themselves in authentic Polish culture amidst the backdrop of a beautiful mountainous region. The school offers a free in-house IHCYLT course. 

Details of Position

International House in Poland requires an enthusiastic and responsible EFL teacher to work in its bilingual kindergarten “First Steps” from 27.08.2018 – 19.06.2019. This is a great opportunity for a teacher who is interested in gaining a thorough insight into language acquisition of very young children. If you are a positive person, have a good sense of humor, energetic and enjoy learning and initiating, creative ways to teach, you will find this job extremely rewarding. The position will help broaden future employment opportunities because you will be able to benefit immensely by developing professionally in the EFL world in a well-established and supportive school, whilst immersing yourself in authentic Polish culture amidst the backdrop of a beautiful mountainous region. 

International House Bielsko was established in 1993 and has a very solid reputation in the local community. Since 2001 the school has been running an English Kindergarten First Steps with 120 children, 1 – 6 year olds. The school is located in purpose built premises with modern teaching facilities. Intensive English classes are delivered by qualified teachers and there are always teachers who speak both English and Polish in the classroom. 

The school is also an authorized Cambridge English Examination Centre and since 2014 it has been running a bilingual primary school Primary Steps. For details on the school please visit our website (link below). 

As a teacher you will be teaching 22-24 hours (Mon. Fri.): 
– 20 hours in the kindergarten and 
– 2-4 hours at International House Language School. 
Duties will include: 
– working with young children aged 2,5 – 6 years old. New teachers will be able to spend 1 week observing experienced teachers and lessons in the kindergarten before they begin teaching. Following this induction period, they will be supported, assisted and guided further by the Kindergarten DOS. 
– ensuring the curriculum is covered, 
– completing daily lessons that include s/s, t/s, pairing and other creative learning modalities to ensure children are speaking and learning English in a fun environment through play, music, movement and interactive activities. 

We are dedicated to the learning of both our children and teaching staff and we offer training sessions and support in all areas of teaching. Regular training sessions and teacher meetings are part of the contract. Teachers are offered a 10-week IHCYLT course with the school which is free on successful completion of the full time employment contract. 

An induction period is held before commencing teaching to orient teachers with the school. We offer a wide choice of teaching guides, resources, aids and materials. 

The school will pay 100% of the cost of emergency consultations with general doctors and specialists, emergency hospital treatment, and treatment for illnesses and injuries which occur in Poland. The school also pays 50% of the cost of prescriptions and emergency dental treatment (please note this doesn’t apply to self-employed teachers)and assists newly recruited teachers in finding accommodation. 

Due to visa and work permit requirements, we are only able to consider applications from EU Citizens or those holding USA passports as US citizens are allowed to be employed on a self-employment contract under local law. 

The school is located in Bielsko-Biala, in the south of Poland near ski areas in the beautiful Beskidy mountains. The location is ideal for teachers who are interested in skiing, snowboarding, hiking, sailing and horse riding, as well as those who wish to travel around Europe as there are connections to Prague, Berlin, Budapest to name just a few. 

Bielsko-Biala offers a low cost of living, friendly people and the opportunity to experience real Polish life. There are also all of the amenities you would expect (gyms, cinemas, restaurants, bars, jazz clubs, swimming pools, bowling and go-karting centre, tennis courts,climbing courses, shopping centres & supermarkets (including Tesco),etc. Krakow is around 1,5 hours away and Warsaw 4 hours.



– CELTA, TEFL or equivalent. 
– Experience of teaching English as a second language to young learners in an approved environment. 

Salary and Benefits

The salary will be between 3000 PLN and 3700 PLN depending on experience. 

On top of the regular salary there are monthly bonuses: 
– 100 PLN for CELTYL / IHCTYLT / CELT-P qualified teachers, 
– 100 PLN for preparing a monthly report of language taught. 
– 20 working days of paid holidays (including Winter break: 11-22 Feb., Easter break: 19-23 April and May break: 1-5 May). 
– travel allowance: 300 PLN for travellers from Europe and 600 PLN for travellers from other countries. 
– a free ski pass or cash equivalent of 300 PLN (Please note, this doesn’t apply to self-employed teachers), 
– 10 free survival Polish lessons, 
– a 10-week IHCYLT course with the school which is free on completion of full time employment contract. 

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International House Integra Bielsko Sp. z o.o. 


ENGLISH TEACHER VACANCY FROM SEPTEMBER 2018 – • Italy, Altamura, Gravina Puglia

August 1, 2018

A guest posting from Gildas Evrard Bibalou, the Director of the London Bridge School, situated in Altamura in the south of Italy.



  • Italy, Altamura, Gravina Puglia
  • London Bridge srl
  • Experience: 1 YEAR
  • Positions: 1
  • Degree Required


Job Summary

The successful candidate will be required to teach young learners from the age of 5 and adults too. Experience teaching children is fundamental. Teachers are expected to prepare lessons and mark students’ homework. Teachers can avail themselves of modern multimedia and ICT facilities (WIFI, white interactive board, computers) to prepare their lessons. Support from senior teachers and management will be provided.

Details of Position

London Bridge, a recognised Cambridge Preparation Centre, is a small family-run private school of English based in Altamura and Gravina in Puglia, in the south of Italy. The town, known as the city of bread is welcoming with a strong community feel and is the ideal place to experience Italian culture. 

For September 2018 to May 2019, we are looking to appoint a passionate and enthusiastic teacher of English to join our growing and supportive department. We have a collaborative approach and it is expected that the successful candidate will make an active contribution to the school. For instance, by assisting with extra-curricular clubs and study trips, in addition to teaching dynamic and engaging lessons. We offer staff opportunities for professional development with in-house and external training. 


Bachelor’s degree 
CELTA or equivalent TEFL qualification 
Minimum 1 years’ teaching experience in a school environment 
Native English Speaker or C2 level 
Driving licence 
Further teaching qualification e.g. DELTA, PGCE
Experience and/or interest in teaching young learners
Knowledge of the Cambridge exams

Salary and Benefits

Teachers are usually hired on a fixed-term contract for the academic year (September 2018 to the end of May 2019) which will be renewed for the following academic year.
Competitive salary with nine-month employment contract including full social security contributions paid by our school. The average working week is 25 contact hours. Additional teaching hours paid as overtime.
The actual salary will be based on experience and qualifications but ranges from €1,000 to €1,100 net per month Possibility to take part in our holiday study in UK in summer 2019

London Bridge SRL, Via Reno 5, Altamura (BA) 70022 Italy P.IVA:07424080724 Tel: + 39 0803102948

Working Supportively With Refugees: Principles, Skills and Perspectives

August 1, 2018

Reposted information from Swansea Bay Refugee Matters SWARM@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

You, or someone you know, might be interested in the free online course:

Working Supportively With Refugees: Principles, Skills and Perspectives.

Learn how the principles of psychological well-being, communication and interpretation can benefit your work with refugees.  


The course is open to all and is free.  You can also upgrade and for £42 you get:

  • Unlimited access to the course
  • Access to tests
  • A certificate providing you meet the eligibility criteria –  See FAQs

This online course was created with funding for the ReCULM project , which addresses the refugee crisis’ training needs for cultural mediators.

Check also their excellent, FREE, educational resources here