Sunday, June 12, 2011

The CELTA Diaries, Pt. 2

There is a debate raging as to whether I am staying in Boston or Charlestown. It is ultimately of little consequence, because The Constitution Inn, where I am staying, is a fifteen or twenty minute stroll from The Garden, which is decidedly IN Boston.

My hotel is in a YMCA, and my room includes a kitchenette. It's a studio apartment, for all intents and purposes; it is simply two or three times as expensive, and comes with a maid service.

After I sorted out groceries and made lunch, I decided to take a walk over to Teaching House. To get to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where Teaching House Boston is located, is about a thirty minute walk. Turns out, my classes will be held above a Godiva. I expect it to smell great, if nothing else.

Walking back, I took a slight detour and ended up near the Old North Church, which I haven't visited since I was five or six.

Paul Revere's statue is located in the church's backyard. I was more impressed by the back of his jersey, which says "Revere, 75". What I really want to know is if they'll give him a frowny face if the Bruins lose.

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When I was finishing up my phone interview for CELTA, the woman interviewing me asked if I had friends in Boston. I said that I had a few. Her response was quick and alarmingly dry; "You should tell them you won't be seeing them much."

It is on the gossamer wings of these comforting words that I will go to class for the first tomorrow morning. Oddly enough, I look forward to it.

Location:Boston, MA


Anonymous said...

so did you do it or not? this is pretty mysterious, since your subsequent entries, June & July, make no mention of the school or your classes, or that you quit. I've been thinking about trying this, so I was curious to hear your experience.


CC44 said...


Yes, I did go through the CELTA course. I didn't end up writing any subsequent entries in relation to the course because they would have been very dry, and of little interest to the majority of people.

The CELTA course was very busy, but it was a good experience, and I was offered a job in China within about two weeks of having completed the course. If you are thinking about trying it, I wouldn't hesitate. If you have any other specific questions, feel free to comment here, and I can answer them.

Anonymous said...

Re your CELTA course, how were the insturctors at TH Boston?
Was the Charlestown YMCA a decent place or overpriced?