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Whether you're a novice teacher or a bit further down the road, there's plenty here to help you develop your practice.

Communication Activities

  • A popular (and growing) resource with loads of practical ideas to get your learners motivated, engaged and speaking in class

Ideas and Resources for Busy Teachers  

  • Useful links to some of the best teacher training and development resources the internet has to offer

Grammar Quirks

  • A short series of videos about some interesting oddities in the language
Be a grammar teacher rockstar!
£125
How to teach grammar to make it interesting, interactive and useful for learners.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

  • A comprehensive course using communicative language teaching techniques 
  • Over 2 hours of video tutorials with downloadable frameworks, lesson plans, example video extracts and lots of practical ideas for great teaching contexts
  • Invaluable for all in-house language teachers who want to learn how to teach grammar without lecturing
  • Try the free introduction online. See if you like it - no obligation to buy
The complete package for teachers
£199 bundle / £251
Our best four courses for teachers plus a complimentary bonus - save 20% on normal price for all courses.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

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Inspirational Ideas for Teaching Online

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  • The foundations of language teaching  ....
  • Full preparation for your teaching career....
  • Top tips for activities to keep your learners engaged online
  • Practical ideas for exploiting reading texts to teach more with minimal preparation
  • Life time access - dip into courses as you need them
  • Personal help from an experienced tutor only an email away
PLUS...
Buy the bundle and get Reflection Challenge absolutely FREE (usually £29)... your 'secret weapon' to developing your teaching practice!
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 Language teaching is teaching language.
Michael Swan
Plenary delivered at IATEFL annual conference
It seems obvious, doesn’t it? A complete truism. There’s no way to get away from it even though I’d be the first person to say grammar isn’t the most important thing in the classroom.....

So...

A language teacher is a teacher teaching language. You need to know the language and how it works.

What's an intransitive verb? an uncountable noun? the past perfect passive??

If you're sitting there thinking that you don’t know this very well and it’s your guilty secret, you’re not alone. This was definitely me when I first started teaching way back in 1989 and this is exactly what Grammar for Language Teachers is designed to help with.

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But just KNOWING the language isn't enough if you want to really help your learners...

you've also got to know how to TEACH it!

..and ELT-TRAINING can help with that, too!

A language teacher is a teacher teaching language. You need to know the language and how it works.

What's an intransitive verb? an uncountable noun? the past perfect passive??

If you're sitting there thinking that you don’t know this very well and it’s your guilty secret, you’re not alone. This was definitely me when I first started teaching way back in 1989 and this is exactly what Grammar for Language Teachers is designed to help with.

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Become a Grammar Teacher Rockstar!

We will help you unlock your inner potential so you can excel in your professional field. Boost your confidence, master the field, become a certified professional

Why do I need to prepare for CELTA?

CELTA is a slog - there are no two ways about it. It's a brilliant course and one of the best you are ever likely to do...

but

.. it's not an easy ride. Ask anyone who has done it. Google it!
Remember that you are taking on a WHOLE NEW PROFESSION in as little as four weeks - it's bound to be intensive. Being WELL PREPARED will pay dividends. This means knowing not just knowing how to speak English, but knowing how it WORKS.

This knowledge about the language, being able to analyse what's difficult for learners and check they understand is ESSENTIAL for an English language teacher. It will give you the confidence to TEACH the language, CORRECT learners' errors and ANSWER their questions.
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Develop your professional skills

Boost your confidence, master the field, become a certified professional

What else does ELT-TRAINING have to offer?

We will help you unlock your inner potential, so you can excel in your professional field.

Learn Easier, Anytime & Anywhere

Learn to use all the related tools, walk into a job and be a rock star from day one
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How can ELT-Training help?

All of the materials here have been developed by ME, Jo Gakonga, an experienced CELTA tutor and assessor and I KNOW the pitfalls of the course and how to navigate them.
I know what you need to know, and I've had a lot of practice in explaining it in simple, accessible, easy-to-digest terms. There are lots of great books out there and you can use those, too but wouldn't it be nice if someone just SAT DOWN AND EXPLAINED IT ALL TO YOU IN A FRIENDLY, ACCESSIBLE WAY? Someone who is always on the end of an email to ask if you get stuck?

Thousands of CELTA trainees have used the materials on this site to support their journey. I'm here to help.
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Resources for teachers

Free
Whether you're a novice teacher or a bit further down the road, there's plenty here to help you develop your practice.

Communication Activities

  • A popular (and growing) resource with loads of practical ideas to get your learners motivated, engaged and speaking in class

Ideas and Resources for Busy Teachers  

  • Useful links to some of the best teacher training and development resources the internet has to offer

Grammar Quirks

  • A short series of videos about some interesting oddities in the language
Be a grammar teacher rockstar!
£125
How to teach grammar to make it interesting, interactive and useful for learners.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

  • A comprehensive course using communicative language teaching techniques 
  • Over 2 hours of video tutorials with downloadable frameworks, lesson plans, example video extracts and lots of practical ideas for great teaching contexts
  • Invaluable for all in-house language teachers who want to learn how to teach grammar without lecturing
  • Try the free introduction online. See if you like it - no obligation to buy
Complete package for teachers
£199 bundle / £251
Our best four courses for teachers plus a complimentary bonus - save 20% on normal price for all courses.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

PLUS...

Inspirational Ideas for Teaching Online

Dictogloss

Exploiting texts for lexis

  • The foundations of language teaching  ....
  • Full preparation for your teaching career....
  • Top tips for activities to keep your learners engaged online
  • Practical ideas for exploiting reading texts to teach more with minimal preparation
  • Life time access - dip into courses as you need them
  • Personal help from an experienced tutor only an email away
PLUS...
Buy the bundle and get Reflection Challenge absolutely FREE (usually £29)... your 'secret teaching weapon'!
or prefer to buy courses separately?
Still not sure? Read on...
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The CELTA application process will include tests on grammar terminology and how to explain it to learners. This knowledge is VITAL for English teachers - how can you explain your learners' mistakes if you don't grasp WHY something is wrong?

Note, too, your learners WILL probably know this. They'll make errors in using the language, but they'll often know what things are called and they'll lose confidence in you if you don't.

You're not expected to know EVERYTHING before your CELTA, but the more comfortable you are with it as soon as possible, the easier and more effective your grammar teaching will be. You will thank me for this!
Grammar for Language Teachers is the easy, pain-free way to get this under your belt. It is a comprehensive, self-access course with over seven hours of video tutorials (in bite size chunks), quizzes to help you practice, downloadable templates and examples. On the course you will learn:
  • Why a good working knowledge of grammar is essential for teaching language
  • The terms and nomenclature of all parts of speech explained simply and comprehensively
  • How verb tenses work including passive and active forms
  • In depth coverage of areas that are difficult for learners (and teachers!) and how to explain
This course is invaluable for pre-CELTA preparation - higher grades at CELTA demand good knowledge of language. Take the headache out of it and give yourself the best chance of success.

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What else is useful for CELTA?

Lesson Planning

Planning your lesson is almost as important as being able to teach it. It's going to take a LOT of your time on the CELTA and strong planning is a crucial part of a higher grade.

CELTA Lesson Planning Made Easy is a step-by-step guide to planning lessons effectively and efficiently. It contains 2 hours of video tutorials, interactive quizzes, downloadable template and examples.  Here you will learn:
  • What's in a lesson plan and how to write one step-by-step
  • Frameworks for teaching grammar, vocabulary and language skills and how to plan from a coursebook
  • How to write a lesson plan that anticipates problems and really helps you in the classroom.
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Language Analysis and Concept Checking

Other things you need for first-class lesson plans that will give you confidence in the classroom are Language Analysis Made Easy and Concept Checking Made Easy. Together these courses comprise over 3.5 hours of video tutorials, downloadable guides, worked examples and quizzes to help you practice. Here you will learn:
  • How to analyse all tenses, conditionals and modals clearly and simply
  • How to anticipate problems for form and pronunciation
  • What concept check questions (CCQs) and why they are essential for checking that your learners really understand the language you teach them
  • Tricks and tips on how to write effective CCQs and avoid the pitfalls


These are an INVALUABLE RESOURCE for planning language lessons, teaching grammar (and passing CELTA!)

And last but not least...  your CELTA secret weapon!

In case all of this wasn't enough, I'm including a FREE BONUS course just for you - The Ultimate Guide to CELTA Success.

There are no guarantees of anything in life, and certainly not a Pass A or Pass B at CELTA, but if you want to know the things that will put you on this path, you'll find them here. Follow these tips and give yourself the very best chance of a higher grade.

The Complete CELTA Prep Package covers grammar AND all of these areas - it's everything you need and great to refer to before, during and after CELTA.

Why use ELT-Training?

There are lots of books and resources out there - what's special about ELT-Training? To answer that, you only have to look to the site's reputation. 
Thousands of satisfied CELTA trainees recommend the site, as do CELTA trainers in centres all over the world. It's the 'tried and tested' CELTA prep site!

Why Jo Gakonga?

Without wanting to blow my own trumpet, I'm a safe pair of hands. I've been a teacher for over 30 years and a CELTA tutor for over 20 years, so I KNOW the pitfalls and can help YOU avoid them. 
As well as being a CELTA tutor I'm also an Assessor (that means I check on other courses) and one of only 12 Cambridge Joint Chief Assessors (that means I check the assessor's reports). I know A LOT about CELTA. 
I've also taught in all sorts of situations including seven years on the MA TESOL at Warwick Uni. I've got the Delta, an MA and a PhD. Oh, and I've been making videos for teacher education for more than a decade. I'm told I do a pretty good job!
Don't take our word for it....

CELTA centres, tutors and thousands of trainees recommend ELT-Training

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This is great, thank you so much! I actually used your materials to help my trainees. They found your site easy to navigate and your tutorials informative without being too complicated. Perfect for teachers who are not native speakers.
- Liz, CELTA trainer
I wanted to say a massive thank you! I completed several of your ELT Training courses and they were absolutely fantastic!!! I don't think I would have passed the CELTA (currently with a provisional grade A) had it not been for the preparation, knowledge and understanding I acquired by completing your online courses.
- Fiona, CELTA graduate
I stumbled onto your site with a Google search mid panic with the first CELTA assignment. Let me just say that it has been an absolute God-send! It is the only digital resource I will recommend to others as it is so comprehensive... Thanks for being my personal coach!
- Natasha, CELTA trainee
I came across one of your videos on YouTube and I fell in love with the way you explain the English language... you are a wonderful teacher. Yesterday, I did the CELTA interview and I got a place to do the course sometime this year. I decided to take your grammar course in order to refresh some of my knowledge, it is a wonderful course and the interface you use online is wonderful. I’m so glad I found you.
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Resources for teachers

Free
Whether you're a novice teacher or a bit further down the road, there's plenty here to help you develop your practice.

Communication Activities

  • A popular (and growing) resource with loads of practical ideas to get your learners motivated, engaged and speaking in class

Ideas and Resources for Busy Teachers  

  • Useful links to some of the best teacher training and development resources the internet has to offer

Grammar Quirks

  • A short series of videos about some interesting oddities in the language
Be a grammar teacher rockstar!
£125
How to teach grammar to make it interesting, interactive and useful for learners.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

  • A comprehensive course using communicative language teaching techniques 
  • Over 2 hours of video tutorials with downloadable frameworks, lesson plans, example video extracts and lots of practical ideas for great teaching contexts
  • Invaluable for all in-house language teachers who want to learn how to teach grammar without lecturing
  • Try the free introduction online. See if you like it - no obligation to buy
Complete package for teachers
£199 bundle / £251
Our best four courses for teachers plus a complimentary bonus - save 20% on normal price for all courses.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

PLUS...

Inspirational Ideas for Teaching Online

Dictogloss

Exploiting texts for lexis

  • The foundations of language teaching  ....
  • Full preparation for your teaching career....
  • Top tips for activities to keep your learners engaged online
  • Practical ideas for exploiting reading texts to teach more with minimal preparation
  • Life time access - dip into courses as you need them
  • Personal help from an experienced tutor only an email away
PLUS...
Buy the bundle and get Reflection Challenge absolutely FREE (usually £29)... your 'secret teaching weapon'!
or prefer to buy courses separately?

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?

What happens if you buy these courses and then find out that they're not for you? Every course has a free introductory unit, so go ahead and try them out to see if you like them. I am also so confident that you will love these courses, that I am very happy to offer a QUIBBLE FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. If FOR ANY REASON you are not completely happy after 7 days, just drop me an email and I'll give you a refund. Simple as that.

DON'T HESITATE

Do yourself a favour and prepare BEFORE your CELTA