About the teacher training centre
The IH Toulouse centre is located in the Blagnac area of Toulouse, near the airport and many big companies such as Airbus. The school is set on a quiet, leafy road; a quick drive or tram ride away from the centre of the city.
It has been a busy few years for the school: moving to new premises and increasing their numbers of students and staff.
The team is led by Joanne who has many years experience with running a school and teacher training. Her philosophy is to invest time and energy in her students training needs, so they can achieve their goals.
What is the CELTA?
The CELTA is a TEFL qualification which prepares you to teach English as a foreign language. You don’t need any existing English language teaching experience or training. It’s usually a 4 or 5 week full time course (but you can also take it part time).
Standing up in front of a class for the first time is a daunting prospect, so you need to make sure you have the skills you need to teach effectively. The CELTA prepares you for the classroom in these ways:
- Taught sessions on methodology, lesson planning, language analysis and language skills. (In total, you’ll have 120 hours of input.)
- The opportunity to observe experienced teachers in real-life language classroom situations – so you can see the different skills and techniques they use.
- Teaching yourself – with helpful and detailed feedback from your tutors. This practical experience is invaluable when you start your first job.
You’ll have to complete some written assignments as well, but when it’s all successfully completed you’ll be ready for your first job and first students!
CELTA at IH Toulouse
IH Toulouse is a small school but has a very warm, friendly, supportive atmosphere.
We have an excellent resource library with plenty of reference books, course books, methodology books and photocopiable resources. We also have two photocopiers. To relax, we have a nice garden with picnic benches and a kitchen equipped with a microwave and coffee and tea making facilities.
We generally run small courses, so it enables the tutors to spend more time giving trainees individualised support and attention. The CELTA can be quite a tough course and we, the tutors, emphasise the importance of being available and approachable. We generally have teaching practice in the evenings, so the courses are late-starting (11am), so for those who don't like early mornings, this is a good place to come!
Your fellow students will be a good mix of all ages, native, non-native speakers.
Tutors at this training centre
I really enjoyed adding variety to my lessons through adapting and personalising the coursebook material to make it more interesting and relevant to my students. I try and help my trainees develop this skill during the CELTA course, in the hope that they leave with the tools and techniques to be able to go into any classroom with confidence.
CELTA student testimonials
The CELTA Course at IH Toulouse was absolutely marvellous. It's been a life changing experience for me. Our tutors (Claire, Sarah and Jo) were amazing and very supportive. IH Toulouse felt like a second home for me. If you're thinking about becoming an ESL teacher, CELTA is what you need and IH Toulouse is the place to get it! S.C.