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What former trainees say

Our trainees come from all over the world to do their Cambridge CELTA with us, and they choose Budapest and Hungary for a variety of reasons– because the city attracted them, because of the reputation of our teacher training programme, to find a distant (Hungarian) relative, for love, by chance, etc.  What seems to be common among most of our CELTA “graduates” is their feeling about the course and about IH Budapest as a TEFL training centre.

We asked some former trainees what they thought about their CELTA experience; you can read their comments below.

Chris1 710x917 What former trainees sayChris

Having had no experience of any kind of teaching, or any sort of focused study of the English language, I could perhaps be a case study for anyone unsure of whether they are right for the course or not. I approached my first day fully expecting to be torn apart by experienced teachers or to end up re-teaching the English language in a completely different format to the one currently in use (which I happened to save for Day 2…). Within a matter of minutes of meeting my fellow trainees and CELTA teachers I had forgotten all about these reservations and didn’t look back.

Choosing IH Budapest for the CELTA is a no-brainer and Budapest as a city to study and live in is fantastic. The four week TEFL course is hectic and intense but you’ll never experience anything as fulfilling as the CELTA at IH Budapest.


Ivett2 710x917 What former trainees sayIvett

It is hard to write about my CELTA experience without being sentimental or being accused of exaggeration. I guess you need to see it for yourself. For me, it was a very important period both professionally and personally.

I was glad to meet such devoted and supportive tutors who guided me through this process of learning about teaching, learning itself, the language and myself. The set-up of the course was very professional, all little bits and pieces formed a whole picture at the end – even though I felt overwhelmed at some points, everything found its place in the jigsaw.

It is worth it. Money, energy, time. A great opportunity for development (just think about it: when was the last time 2-3-4 of your colleagues observed your lesson and gave you feedback to help you…) – I wish you strength to be able to benefit from every minute. I did.

IPapp1 What former trainees sayIldi

As a Hungarian living in Budapest, I did not have to think too much which CELTA course I would like to join: the teacher training centre in my hometown has an excellent reputation.

Though it’s difficult to believe, during the four-week intensive course I think I learnt more than during my years of academic training! The CELTA course programme equipped me with teaching skills and knowledge that are immediately usable and practical in the TEFL industry. Thorough and objective feedback on my teaching techniques both by my professional and encouraging tutors and by the other trainees provided me with the confidence I need in the classroom.

My fellow course-mates were from all over the world, so it was a fun, multicultural group to spend twenty days with. Hard work was compensated for by hanging out together in the beautiful and multifaceted city of Budapest. By the end of the course we had formed quite a wonderful, little community.

Stuart1 What former trainees sayStuart

I’m half English, half Scottish with a grammar problem. Rubbing shoulders with the skilled IH Budapest staff and fellow multinational trainees has gone someway to address my knowledge gap, but for me it was the invaluable and essential teaching practice that really sold it. I honestly have no idea how anyone could walk into a classroom without the skills you will learn on this course, imparted in an entertaining, humourous, and yet professional way. For anyone thinking about a job in TEFL this course will stand you in good stead.

Make no mistake; you’re in for a graft, but the rewards are palatable, the staff a riot, the city stunning, the beer cheap, the students encouraging, the friends you make lifelong, and the achievement significant in opening the doors to your chosen TEFL career. I can go anywhere I want! So could you! FREEEEDOM!! Do this course, and do it at IH Budapest. You’ll learn a lot; about yourself, about other cultures and about your potential. Just don’t steal other people’s white-board markers.

peter 710x917 What former trainees sayPeter

In my opinion, IH Budapest was the ideal place to do the CELTA. I had a fantastic month in the city and I learned so much on the course. The trainers were absolutely brilliant – they were really knowledgeable and supportive, plus their seminars were full of memorable moments! They helped me so much to develop my skills and awareness as a TEFL teacher – I feel far more confident than I ever expected, and I put that down to my CELTA tutors!It wasn’t just the course content and the staff that made this a great place to study. Although the CELTA was intense, I still found time to explore this great city, to learn a bit about the culture of Hungary (my students loved talking about their country!) and to experience a few Hungarian football matches!

Cili What former trainees sayEszter

I needed an internationally accepted certificate in TEFL as my plan was to continue teaching abroad. Although I went onto the course with many years of experience, I was surprised I learnt so much about communicative teaching techniques and classroom management. It was the toughest 4 weeks in my life but enjoyed every single minute of it. Our tutors were always very helpful and their useful comments made us better trainees, better teachers. Why do the CELTA in Budapest? Because Budapest has so much to offer: vibrant nightlife (that you won’t know as you are writing assessments and lesson plans), world famous spas, cheap restaurants and friendly people. I’ll never forget my fellow course-mates who are now teaching English all over the world from Japan and Korea to UK, Russia, Spain, Romania…and hopefully myself soon in Ireland.

 Lucy What former trainees sayLucy

I would wholeheartedly recommend doing your CELTA in Budapest. While I took my course in the summer straight after university with absolutely zero teaching experience, and several of my fellow students were seasoned teachers (one was even a professor!). Because the course is structured so that everyone gets such a huge amount of individual feedback on their teaching, everyone – regardless of the level at which they began – improved in leaps and bounds. I am currently studying to be a secondary school teacher of English, languages and ESL, and am so grateful to have done the CELTA, as the course left me with so many strategies and ideas for the classroom, and so much more confidence than I would otherwise have. In particular, lesson planning comes so much more naturally to me now because of the regularity with which you do it, and get feedback, during the CELTA. The course can be intense at times, but the tutors could not have been more dedicated and helpful, and they also have a great sense of humour. It’s really nice that the course attracts such a mix of nationalities and of native and non-native speakers of English; I left with friends from Hungary, Romania, the UK and the USA. It almost goes without saying that Hungary and in particular Budapest is a fantastic location: there are so many interesting things to see and do and explore and eat; living costs are generally much lower than in the UK; the transport’s reliable, cheap and pleasant (for example, I took an air-conditioned tram to IH every morning) and it’s reliably sunny in summer and reliably snowy in winter.

Joe Kempf 710x906 What former trainees sayJoe

While considering what TEFL course would be the most useful I talked with many different professors who taught ESL and everyone recommended taking the Cambridge CELTA. Taking it in Budapest Hungary was a decision that I was more than glad I made. One of the biggest factors is the quality of the instructors at IH Budapest. My trainers were among the best teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of being taught by. I don’t say that lightly. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the subject of English was only surpassed by their commitment to us and our improvement as teachers. What impressed me the most is that they modeled the teaching methods which we were to implement in their own lessons, giving us hands-on examples of how to apply the given method in the classroom.  I was so impressed with the detail and thought that was put into each of their sessions, and the sessions were so mesmerizing that it was difficult to record it all while taking notes. Every day was packed with helpful techniques that one could readily implement in the classroom. One of the best parts of the course was having the chance to demonstrate what I learned from the input sessions in front of a real class and then receiving constructive feedback. The CELTA is sure to stretch you, but it is a decision that you won’t regret and it will open a world of opportunities to you as you look for an English teaching job. Don’t be put off by the cheap price – I would definitely recommend taking the CELTA at IH Budapest to anyone who is considering a career in TEFL.

Jill1 What former trainees sayJill

What made the course special for me was the great atmosphere created by the trainers and staff at the school. The trainers were always supportive and enthusiastic. The CELTA course was very hard work but immensely rewarding. Doing the course in Budapest in particular was a great experience. The city has a lot to offer in the way of nightlife and culture.

CELTA does as much for your self-confidence and ability to communicate and negotiate successfully with others as it trains you to teach using effective and enjoyable methods.

Paul1 What former trainees sayPaul

If you’re thinking of doing a TEFL course then CELTA is THE course to do, and Budapest is THE place to do it. It was quite intensive, but very rewarding, and it certainly equipped me for life as an EFL teacher. The staff and other teachers at I.H. Budapest were friendly and helpful, and the trainers were excellent. They have a lot of experience and knowledge, and were very supportive. The school is central, so when you have a spare moment, you can get out there and explore one of the most exciting cities in the new Europe.

Claire1 What former trainees sayClaire

I chose to do my CELTA at IH Budapest because I had heard about its fantastic reputation as a teacher training centre providing TEFL courses, and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, despite what I had heard, I was still surprised at how excellent the course was. It exceeded all my expectations. The CELTA was one of the best experiences of my life. I had taught for a year before attempting CELTA and I found I had so much to learn. The course really helped me to develop as a teacher, both inside the classroom and out. The trainers were amazing – they offered so much useful developmental advice and so much support. By the end of the course I was exhausted but happy. I was glad that the stress was over but I didn’t want the experience to end. I had a wonderful group of fellow trainees and some of us are still in touch nearly a year after the course finished.

Sophie1 What former trainees saySophie

The CELTA is a very practical course, and highly worthwhile. I feel as though I can travel and work anywhere in the world now. The trainers were professional, hard working and a lot of fun. It was a rewarding experience because I feel I worked hard and gained a useful qualification at the end of the course. What made the course special for me was the dedication of the tutors. They gave everything to get you through the course. I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the encouragement they gave. By the end of the course, I felt much more prepared to teach in a classroom. Since doing the course, I have a full-time job teaching English in a city I love. From the moment I arrived in Budapest, I knew I would enjoy my stay here. The city is beautiful and the cafés are perfectly relaxing. Doing the course in Budapest in particular was enjoyable because the school has so much training experience and the city is so central for travelling to other cities in Central Europe.

Liz1 What former trainees sayLizWhy do the CELTA in Budapest? Because I can think of no better way to relax after an intense week of training than by visiting one of the thermal baths! The whole city and the school are so welcoming and vibrant that it’s a real pleasure to spend a month here training – so much so that many of us decide to stay longer.  I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much in such a short space of time before. Both your knowledge of the English language and your personal development as a teacher increase dramatically. The support offered by the very professional trainers and your fellow course-mates means that no query goes unanswered and gives you a sense that your personal opinion counts for a lot. Marina1 What former trainees sayMarinaCELTA helped me realise that being a native English speaker does not make one an effective teacher. Only effective teaching techniques can do that. This is what CELTA is all about. The 20 day CELTA program was the most work, most pressure, most result and most fun-filled 20 days in my life. I never thought that one can learn so much in just 20 days.What made the CELTA program particularly effective is the way they combined instruction of teaching techniques with practice of real classroom teaching and with candid but positive and sensitive feedback both from the trainers and your fellow trainees.  Completing the Cambridge CELTA course made me a better, more thoughtful and more confident TEFL teacher.

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