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Cambridge CELTA Pre-Interview Task

Name ______________________________________________________________________

Complete this task carefully. It is an important factor in considering your application. CELTA is an intensive four-week course of study. Because of this, candidates need to be fully prepared for the demands of the course and show that they are able to research language structures, a skill required of ESL teachers. Keep in mind that we cover language analysis on the CELTA course, so we do not expect you to be an expert in grammar before the course starts.

• To help you please refer to a grammar book such as “Practical English Usage” by Michael Swan (Oxford University Press) or any other grammar reference book you might have at home or find in the library/book store. • The internet is also a great source of information. If you’re looking for a site, try: http://esl.about.com/od/englishgrammar/English

Please make sure you proof-read your work carefully as the CELTA course requires a high level of written English.

When you have finished, please send it to www.www.com. Retain a copy of this task for your interview.

Part one: Language awareness

A. Error correction

Each of the exchanges below contains a mistake. In each case: i) write the corrected version in the space provided
ii) clarify your correction in simple English to explain the mistake

Example
Mr. Smith: “Do you have much experience in the restaurant business?” Giorgio: “Yes, I’ve been working as a chef since 10 years.”

i) I’ve been working as a chef for ten years.
ii) We use ‘since’ before a point in time – for example, since Tuesday, since 1992, since 5 o’clock. We use for before a period of time - for example, for two weeks, for six years, for ten minutes. In this case ‘10 years’ is a period of time, so we need ‘for’.

1.
Maria:“I’d like some informations about your courses.” Receptionist: “Certainly, here’s our brochure.”

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2.
Jack: “How do you get to the CELTA center every day?” Pierre: “I’m walking and then taking the subway.”

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3.
John: “Did you see the movie on HBO last night?”
Helen: “Yes I did, it was so a good movie”
John: “Yeah, I think Tom Cruise is such a good actor.’ (Comment on the difference between so and such)

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4.
Carla: “Can you borrow me $10?”
William: “Sure. Here you are.”

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