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Fatima Ismayilli

CELTA Certified Teacher

Brief about me

I am a junior lecturer at Nakhchivan State University.

What motivated you to pursue a career in English Language Teaching?
Teaching is my passion. I feel full of enthusiasm when I am with my students.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Being among students who have different character.

What are some of the challenges teachers face with different age groups?
Different age groups demand different attitude.

What observations have you made regarding non-native English speakers’ grammar and the influence of their mother tongue?
Non-native speakers tend to make up sentences wrongly affected by their mother tongue.

What sets the CELTA course apart from other TEFL qualifications?
CELTA is awarded by Cambridge university and is more prestigious.

What were the biggest challenges you encountered, and how did you overcome them?
As an Azerbaijani, it was challenging to teach Arabic learners but both the tutors and students were helpful.

What have you learned from your experience, and how has it affected you professionally?
CELTA has definitely improved my teaching skills in terms of lesson planning, classroom management.

What motivates you to keep striving for success, and what are your future aspirations and goals?
I am planning to do DELTA after working CELTA for two years.

What advice would you give to others pursuing similar goals or aspirations?
If you want to improve your teaching skills and be more confident in the classroom, CELTA is a must.

If you could start over, what would you do differently and why?
I would get advice from former trainees and also learn more about CELTA.

Do you have any additional comments ?
When I decided to do CELTA in IH Cairo, I was in hesitation. Since I am not an Arabic speaker, I thought it would be difficult for me to live in Cairo for a month. But all the IH staff are so kind and helpful. Both tutors, dear Laura and Aysel are so supportive and experienced. I am happy that I have chosen IH Cairo.View object records

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