CELTA Pre-Interview Task
Please complete the task below on a separate sheet and bring it with you to the interview. It is not a test, so you may use reference books if you wish.
Recommended grammar reference books:
English Grammar in Use
by Raymond Murphy (CUP)
Practical English Usage
by Michael swan (OUP)
How English Works
by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter (OUP)
Alternatively, the following web site addresses may also be of use: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/home.htm
In each of the following sentences underline the verb or verbs and identify the form/tense used. E.g. I was living in Italy in 1998.
I was living in Italy in 1998 – past continuous.
We never go to the theatre these days. Simple present
We’re saving up to travel abroad. Present continues
We’ve already been to Europe. Past perfect
We didn’t have enough money to go further. Past perfect continues e)
We had spent all our savings by the end of the summer. Past Perfect f)
We’d been sleeping rough for several weeks when the weather turned colder. Past perfect continues g)
This year I’ve been awarded a travel scholarship. Present perfect h)
We’re going to travel for six months in Australia and I’m going to write a thesis on the local dialects. Future Continuous i)
I think we’ll buy a camper van. Future simple
By the year 2002 I’ll have completed most of my research. Future perfect 2.
What would you say to a student who asked you to explain the difference in meaning between these pairs of sentences:
a) I bought a newspaper this morning. Simple past it is used to talk about a completed action in a time before now. The time of the action can be in the recent past or the distant past. I’ve bought a newspaper this morning. An action performed during a period that has not yet finished.
b) She speaks French. It states the fact that she can speak French...
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