I havent read the whole thread, but, I'm afraid I have to agree with the OP. The celta course does not teach you how to teach. It teaches you how to be a performing monkey, and if your performance doesn't conform to the "Celta standards" you're threatened with failing the course.
There's no doubt about it, Celta is a money making racket and they really do not care wether the "students" learn anything from you or not....as long as your performance is meeting their expectations.
And yes, I passed the course. I also have teaching experience and have been a life long student within my own field. I know the inside of a classroom inside out and what should go on in it, and how both teachers and students should act, feel and behave. The celta course was utterly and totally removed from what it should be and a total insult to all the people out there trying to teach and pass on knowledge in as professional and altruistic manner they can. Celta is not about professionalism, or altruism, it's about greed, money and momentary power.
The person that responded to the op with the statement "I take it you failed then".... is clearly working within the Celta provision arena, and totally brainwashed into the mindset.
My advice to anyone considering doing a celta course, is to really take heed of the detractors and what they are saying. Ask yourself, do I really really need this course? The answer is no no no!! Can I get a job with just a degree? The answer is yes yes yes, you can. The one thing employers want is someone degree educated. If you really do want to do the celta, then I suggest you actually go to the establishment and 'meet' the tutors, get a feel for the school..If I had done this I would have known straight away not to hand over my money.
I know that having a degree on it's own doesnt mean you are going to be a teacher, and definitely no indication as to your calibre as a teacher,but it does show you have at least the ability to attain a minimum standard of education, so must be reasonably intelligent. A celta DOES NOT equip you with teaching skills, in fact, it is an offront to all those people who are serious about learning english.
A training course for TEFL is certainly needed, there's no doubt about that. But it needs to be student and trainee teacher centric and not provider centric and it should be provided and accredited by the universities and colleges around the world...not left to private sector where it is utterly and absolutely abused by the greed of school owners.
Out of 12 of us that did the Celta, i can only think of two people who thought the course was worthwhile. They were both non-native english speakers. In fact, one of them had such poor english I can't understand how it is they managed to get on the course in the first place. The native speakers were constantly correcting their mispronounciation, or understanding of a particular word/phrase.
Oh, and the assignments are designed to ensure there will be re-submissions. Not because they are particularly difficult, but because of how they are worded. In fact, they're actually dubiously easy, which should raise concerns.
When you get your assignments, make sure you check the meaning of every single question, and every single phrase, as almost every one had to resubmit one particular assignment because we answered the question as it was asked. But, by the time we were told about having to resubmit, all of us were so down trodden by the whole experience, we didnt have the energy to argue, not to mention the fact that it was patently obvious to all of us, that if you step out of line you will be failed!!
All of us spent ages also doing the pre-course task! That was a total waste of our time and energy. On the very first day, we were asked if we had done it and everyone pulled theirs out expecting to hand it in. We were given a handout and told to check our answers against the answers in the handout!!!!! It was never metioned again!!
As for the tutors being helpful??? You have got to be kidding me!! That was another gripe everyone had. If you were to ask for help on something they would refer you to Harmer, or Parrot...and then smile in the most condescening manner..and walk off. I wasn't aware of this until almost the end of the course, I didnt find the assignments difficult at all, they were just a nuisance, petty and a complete waste of time in my opinion. It was only when I witnessed one of the tutors making a mockery of one particular student that I asked what was going on..and then I was told. The next day I asked a few of the others, and found out it was the same story. Ask for help and you are told "read your notes" or "try Harmer, he's has some good info on this"...and it might only be a simple question the tutor could easily have answered.But the tutors know you barely have the time to breathe, they seem to get pleasure out of seeing the trainees exasperated and beaten down.
I couldnt believe how detached, jaded and disinterested the tutors were. I actually felt sorry for them. Another thing that really struck me, is that the tutors had absolutely NO accent either, which made them sound incredibly bland. Couple the lack of an accent, along with being burned out and utterly jaded and it was like being taught by a robot. In fact a robot would have more personality.
Oh, and if you don't lick their a*ses, agree with them wholeheartedly, and nod in agreement with every utterance they make, then they will go out of their way to deem you as incompetent. Once you have handed over your money, they know they have you by the balls. There is literally no recourse for the trainee students whatsoever. You can go through a complaints procedure, but I doubt it would get you anywhere. Don't forget, this is a privately owned and run business afterall, and most buyers of the celta are often from outside the country it's being provided in...so they know it's unlikely you'll even bother.
I regret having wasted my time and money on the celta. But, if this post deters even just a few people from making the same mistake that I, and many others, have made then I will feel it hasn't been a complete waste. I know I'll never recoup it, but at least I now know from first hand experience that the celta really is a money making scam. From day one it was obvious that the trainee teachers were just the next lot of faces on the Celta conveyor belt, and next month it will be a bunch of new faces.
If you are going to throw away £1000's then I suggest you get a proper degree and a teaching qualification (post degree) and use the money to travel, have a good time, but mostly as security in case anything goes wrong, so at least you know you can get out if you really have to.
I also have to add, that this is just my opinion, and the opinion of most of them on the course with me, and based on my/our experience. And my experience also tallies with a lot of the negative posts I had read prior to my doing the celta. I wish I had taken more heed of them.