CELTA advice from Nora Otto

Nora Otto is a CELTA tutor at the IH Mexico schools


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

I gave English classes for 12 years before becoming a teacher trainer.

Did you have a different career before EFL?

Yes, I worked as a secretary for different companies, e.g. law, import and export, insurance, financial firms, steamship agency.

What are your hopes/aspirations for your trainees?

I want to provide them with the best teaching practice world-wide tools that will allow them to work in any place of their choice as they embark on this fascinating career. 

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

I’ve always been amazed by the endless possibilities for creation while preparing and delivering meaningful lessons. I bear this in mind when imparting my CELTA lessons and when encouraging my trainees to use their creativity.

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

Due to the heavy workload, organisation is a key feature to succeed in the CELTA. Candidates need to plan an effective schedule that will allow them to get enough rest and proper meals. Then, they should make the most of the input sessions and take feedback on board.

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

Remain open to learning experiences not only about our subject but about life, people, themselves in order to fulfil their potential and always enjoy what they do.