Diary of a CELTA Trainee - Manchester Central School of English

Day 2 on the CELTA course/ My First teaching practice:

7.30AM – Alarm goes off, wake up, get dressed, have breakfast

8.15AM – Leave the house and scurry down the road to the bus stop

8.50AM – Arrive in Piccadilly Gardens and head to MCSE

8.55AM – Collect my landyard from reception and take a seat in the classroom ready for the first input session of the day

9.00AM – Lesson prep- the trainees are all frantically asking the trainers questions before our first teaching practices today!

10.00AM – Input session 1 about grammar lessons. The dreaded grammar lessons and how to teach them. I thank my lucky stars that I’ll be teaching a reading lesson this afternoon.

11.15AM – BREAK

11.30AM – Input session 2 is about the methodology

12.45PM- Panic mode kicks in, eat some lunch, and try to calm my nerves

1.25PM – Go down to reception to collect my class, take the register and take the first 15 students up to the classroom

1.30PM – Panic mode really kicking in now! Starting to stress out about messing up my first teaching practice!!

2.15PM – Teaching practice 1 is over, wahoo! J Not sure how I didn’t fall over or vomit (all the students DEFINITELY noticed my face turning bright red though)

2.20PM – After composing myself, I start to observe and take notes on my CELTA peer’s lesson

3.00PM – The final CELTA Trainee in my group stands up and takes control of the class for her first lesson. Safe to say we’re all just as nervous as each other right now!

3.45PM – We all stand up at the front together and thank the class who all clap us for our efforts! I’m still a nervous wreck, but seeing the satisfaction on the students’ faces gets me excited for my next teaching practice J

3.50PM – As the students leave the class our Teacher Trainer tells us all to take a well-deserved five minute break

3.55PM – The dreaded FEEDBACK. Praying I didn’t totally mess up my lesson!

4.00PM – We all compliment and criticise each other’s lessons. The Teacher Trainer then takes these points and expands on them, adding his own views and critique throughout. I really enjoy the positive criticism and take down notes so that I can improve my lesson next time

5.00PM – Pheeeewwww it’s HOMETIME!

5.05PM – I get on the bus and head home for dinner

7.00PM – Realise that I should probably open my CELTA folder at some point tonight

7.15PM – Convince myself that I’ve put off my work long enough and start to plan for Assignment 1 and my next teaching practice (on day 4 of my CELTA course)

10.00PM – Ahhhh, time has flown by tonight! Time to wind down and get some rest before another busy day at school tomorrow!

11.00PM – BED TIME

Are you ready to start your love hate relationship with the CELTA?! Ready for the challenge? Please visit our CELTA page for further information and details on how to apply http://www.manchestercse.co.uk/celta-faq/.

Do you have a part-time job? Or family commitments? Or would you prefer to have a lie in 😉 Perhaps our part-time/ online course is more your cup of tea!

Drop me an email on [email protected] or give me a call on 0161 236 7575 and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Speak to you soon 😉


On the spot: We chat to Audrey, a student at MCSE about her new life in Manchester

  • Why do you want to improve your English?

“I am going to University next year in Geneva, Switzerland, to study International Business and Management. I need to learn English for my course, but also I have always been interested in the English Language as it is universally spoken”


  • Tell me about your accommodation in Manchester.

“The accommodation the school provided me was identical to what they presented me before I came. It wasn’t too far from the city center and the bus stop was very close. The place was clean and cosy.

First, I lived with a host family for a month, they had 3 children. All the members of the family were very nice and friendly, they were living in quite a big house with a nice garden at the back.


I’m actually living in a shared house with 5 other people now. Two of them are from Venezuela, one from Equator, one from French and the last one from the Caribbean Islands. We often have dinner together and share all our stories before watching a movie.”


  • Tell me about your experiences, so far, in Manchester.

“My favourite place in Manchester is the Northern Quarter with all those small shops (second hand shops, handmade shops) and coffee. I like the fact that you discover something new every time you walk around the city centre.

Manchester is nothing like Switzerland. I wasn’t expecting the “student city” aspect which is really different from Switzerland. Here a lot of events are organised for students.

My favourite thing here is the multicultural environment, everywhere you go you’re sure to meet some friendly people and learn about new cultures.”


  • Tell me about your favourite social trip you have been on with MCSE.

I went to Chester with the school! It was a really good day. I enjoyed walking near the canal and talking with students I didn’t meet before. Even though Chester was quite small it was a lovely city, the architecture is very different from the buildings in Manchester. After this trip to Chester, we started doing things together with the other students that were there.”

  • Who is your closest friend in Manchester and where did you meet him/her?

“I have made a very good friend from Kuwait. Her name is Dinah. I’d never heard much about Kuwait before, we had a lot to share with each other about our home country and habits. I love hearing all about her culture too. It is very different to my home life in Switzerland. I hope I have the possibility to visit her one day. We meet approximately 3 or 4 times a week, it can be for a coffee or to travel to a different city for a day.

The picture on the left is me and Dinah in Chester on the school’s trip. The picture on the right is at a Christmas party with MCSE. It was really fun to celebrate the festive season with my new sister in my new city.”

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