I did my CELTA at 2016 at ITI Istanbul. At some point during our training, I gave feedback to the group at large that “being on the cutting edge of teaching on paper doesn’t matter much if you can’t get your TTT down.” Some of the instructors smiled knowingly, and the CELTA program continued peacefully on.

Then later in the program, I fell for the same trap that I’d arrogantly talked about to other trainees. Together with a DELTA candidate, I created a listening skills lesson employing dictagloss and a few other techniques we’d seen in that week’s demos. It was a risk to employ new techniques, and one that didn’t pay off. The lesson was, in a word…