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Teacher Training Testimonials

Teacher Training Testimonials

Since 1977, when we ran our first CELTA course at St Giles, thousands of teachers have completed our TEFL courses and gone on to teach English all over the world. Below are some of their comments:

Shayna Minkin, CELTA, New York

"Before I took CELTA, I had never taught before, and I was nervous to start. As I began the course, however, my fears quickly melted away. My teachers were incredibly caring and supportive individuals who shared their wealth of experience through dynamic and informative lessons. They provided me with the tools and support I needed to become the successful and confident ESL teacher that I am today."

John Tittle, CELTA, San Francisco

"The CELTA at St Giles is a lifelong investment in my future. The trainers provided countless insights and direction. With the CELTA I feel equipped to teach English in an accurate, engaging and helpful way. I enthusiastically recommend this course to anyone who is considering teaching English overseas."

Talia Lash, Trinity CertTESOL, London Central

"I really enjoyed my course at St Giles. The four weeks were very intense, but the support and guidance from the Teacher Trainers was excellent throughout, and by the end of the course I really felt I’d learnt a lot. I’d never taught before so I was quite nervous at first, but the course gave me the knowledge and teaching techniques I needed to build my confidence. I was really happy to be offered a job at the end of my course, and I have been teaching at St Giles ever since."

Steve Byrne, CELTA, San Francisco

"Three days after arriving in Mexico, I landed a job with a language center. I cannot express to you how valuable the CELTA course has been in the classroom. Right from my very first class I have been confident and able to give effective language instruction."

Vivienne Emery, CELTA, Brighton

"I trained to be a teacher at St Giles in Brighton, the course gave me a great insight into teaching and I left with a new found confidence in my ability to teach. On completion I was offered a job in Japan and I taught English there for three years. I then decided to teach in Bolivia for a year. On returning to England, I taught at St Giles in Eastbourne and I am now back teaching at St Giles Brighton."

Hugh Podmore, Trinity CertTESOL, London Central

"I did my Trinity CertTESOL at St Giles London Central. Afterwards I moved to Seville in Spain to teach English there. When I arrived, I realised that I was better-equipped to teach than a number of my new colleagues who had trained elsewhere. My training at St Giles prepared me extremely well for teaching abroad, and I would recommend it to anyone considering a career in TEFL."

May Barbree, CELTA, San Francisco

"St. Giles was a wonderful place to do my CELTA. The location and facilities are lovely and convenient, the trainers are excellent, and the training is incredibly effective. I am getting positive feedback on my teaching in my first few weeks on the job. CELTA is the best certification I could have gotten, and St. Giles is the best place I could have done it."

Cecilia Catter, Trinity CertTESOL, Eastbourne

"I chose St Giles because of the information I found on the website, the location and course design. I'm glad I chose St Giles because it surpassed my expectations and gave me valuable tools and an amazing experience.  I went back to Peru and continued to teach in several institutes and companies. I had the opportunity to move to the UK and now I'm a teacher at St Giles Eastbourne, which truly feels like a great achievement."

Natalie Abbott, CELTA, Brighton

"Getting my CELTA with St Giles gave me both the credentials and the confidence to begin a career in teaching ESL abroad. It was the foundation for my early teaching and provided me with many tools that have helped me channel my passion into relevant, effective teaching strategies and ever-continuing professional development. I would absolutely recommend training at St Giles - best decision I've ever made!"

Chloe Stewart, CELTA, London Highgate

"I chose St Giles as I knew people that had done TEFL courses there in the past and they recommended it. Having a TEFL certification has helped boost my confidence and I am sure it is the main reason I managed to secure a job overseas so quickly.  The methods taught on the course were very helpful indeed. There is a lovely atmosphere at London Highgate, all the staff are charming and the trainers are very good."

Lise Schmidt Nielsen, CELTA, San Francisco

"Everything was well-organised and very professional. The trainers were excellent and very capable. Even though the course was challenging and time consuming as it should be, careful planning, professionalism and personal commitment from everyone at St Giles really helped and guided us successfully through the course. Everybody was really friendly and forthcoming. No matter who you asked, help was always very easy to get. My only regret is that I cannot do the course again!"