When you come for the interview you will be asked to do a short language awareness test and a piece of writing.
Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
Please note that much of the interview will be based on your responses to this task so come prepared to talk about it and any other areas you have researched in order to complete it. Please send this form with your application form as both will be needed to consider your application.
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The object of this task is to introduce you to some of the insights into language and teaching required by an English Language Teacher and to give you practice in researching language points. Please answer the questions BRIEFLY AND LEGIBLY. It is very important that you do this task without assistance from any other person as we want to see evidence of your research skills and your ability to think for yourself.
You are required to use a grammar book to help you with the task. We suggest using one of the following grammar books, if possible – tick the box to show what you have used:
R. Murphy - English Grammar in Use [ ]
M. Swan - Practical English Usage O.U.P [ ]
J. Eastwood - Oxford Guide to English Grammar Oxford [ ]
Other (give details)
1. Check in a grammar reference book and give examples of the following tenses. Give REALISTIC NATURAL examples that might commonly be spoken or written by a native speaker.
a.Present Simple I like coffee
b.Present Continuous I am standing
c.Past Simple You did not eat dinner d.Past Continuous You were eating when she called e.Present Perfect Simple I have seen that movie three times f.Present Perfect Continuous You have been waiting there since May g.Past Perfect You had not eaten before leaving home h.Past Perfect Continuous They had been talking for hours 2. Many foreign learners have learnt that Will and Shall are used to refer to the future in English e.g. Jane'll be home soon. However, in natural colloquial English other forms are frequently used. Look up and find 3 more ways of talking about the future without using will or shall. Give example sentences.
a.Jane is going to clean her car tomorrow
b.They are about to clean her car
c.Jane is coming to clean her car
Language - varieties
3.Look at the following sentences. Would you say them? Who might?
•So she's like “No”, and I'm like “Why not?”
This is likely to be used in conversation, perhaps by those who ascribe to popular youth culture. •I am seeing what you mean.
This is an incorrect sentence and is therefore more likely to have been said by someone learning English.
•We've already gotten to know each other pretty well.
This sentence is correct and therefore likely to have been used by someone proficient in the English language.
Language - accuracy
4.Look at these examples of a learner's spoken English. Underline the error and say what you think is wrong and why.
(i)Pedro has arrived last Saturday.
The correct version of this sentence would be ‘Pedro arrived last Saturday’. This sentence incorrectly uses the present perfect tense and past simple tense.
(ii)She is living here since ten years.
The correct version of this sentence would be ‘She has been living here for ten years’. This present perfect continuous tense should have been used here.
(iii)Last year when I went on holiday, I lost my luggages.