Quality training begins with quality trainers, and the CELTA program at ILSC offers a crack team to guide trainees through the rigours — and surprising delights — of CELTA.
Breana Sproul is an assistant CELTA tutor at ILSC and teaches and evaluates trainees during the intensive 4-week course as well as the online and part-time CELTA programs.
Get to know… Breana Sproul
Q: How/Why did you get into ESL teaching?
A friend of mine wanted to take a TESL course so I joined her; best decision I ever made!
I started teaching young learners in Taiwan, where I stayed for two years. I then moved to Prague, gaining experience in teaching adults at mostly intermediate levels. I did some private tutoring in London for a few years before moving to Amman, where I had the opportunity to teach both young learners and adults at levels ranging from elementary to intermediate. After Jordan, I went on to teach in Istanbul, where I got a vast amount of experience teaching all ages and levels. It was also there that I began to branch out into teacher training, first as the Senior Teacher at my school and then for OUP.
That CELTA Life
Q: How did you break into the rockstar world of CELTA?
I was very fortunate to work for a school in Istanbul that had a CELTA department so after completing my DELTA, I trained up to be a tutor. They paid for me to do the DELTA and then trained me up to be a CELTA tutor.
Q: What does an average day in the CELTA department look like for you?
I am an assistant course tutor, which means I give input sessions, observe teaching practice and provide feedback to CELTA trainees.
Q: What’s the skill most CELTA trainees need to work on?
I would have to say that trainees tend to struggle most with language analysis.
Q: What is the one grammar mistake that makes your blood boil?
Grammar mistakes are just teaching/learning moments!
Q: What is your favourite English word? (Bonus points if it’s rutabaga)
While I do love a good Rutabaga, I would have to say ‘shenanigans’
Q: What is one grammar mistake you can’t stop making?
There’s many mistakes I make in grammar…
Q: What is your favourite thing about teaching CELTA?
Guiding my trainees to reach their highest potential!
Get to know the rest of the CELTA team at ILSC-Montreal in interviews with Christopher Cooke and James Meanwell.
Does teaching English to adult learners sound like an adventure you can see yourself taking? ILSC offers the Cambridge CELTA as an intensive 4-week program and a flexible online format.