Hi- I'm Jo Gakonga, the founder of ELT-Training.com. I've been teaching English for over 30 years and training teachers on CELTA and other teacher training courses since 2001, so I know a little bit about it! I'm a CELTA assessor and have visited over 50 different centres worldwide and I'm also one of about a dozen Cambridge Joint Chief Assessors. I work at Warwick University and I love making video based courses for CELTA trainees. Want to know more about me? There's a short video below :)
About Jo Gakonga & ELT-Training
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why did you start ELT-Training.com?
ELT-Training arose from a problem. This was that on the CELTA course we frequently interview trainees who have great potential as teachers, but whose knowledge of grammar isn't strong enough to allow us to give them a place on the course. We also find that for trainees, not knowing the nomenclature and the systems of their native language is a major stumbling block on CELTA. If you have learnt a foreign language to an advanced level, you probably have a good grasp of how languages hang together. However, if you haven't (and maybe even if you have) you probably don't know much about English grammar, despite the fact that you can speak the language eloquently and write it fluently!
2. Aren't there lots of books about this?
There are lots of great grammar books out there, and you can learn it this way, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. I wanted to develop a pre-course that would give trainees a basic grounding and the tools to go away, reflect on it and study further themselves. This is ELT-Training!
3. Are your courses useful?
Obviously, I think so, but the proof is also in the people who have done my courses. Hundreds of trainees have done the grammar course and the CCQ course and I get very positive feedback. Perhaps more importantly, most people find me because the trainers at their centre have recommended my site.
4. Can I ask you other questions?
Of course! just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org