|CELTA-008| The Pre-Course Task

Hello Exam Seekers,

If you are still questioning yourself about taking or not taking the CELTA, I brought a subject today to aid you to decide.

As we mentioned before, the CELTA is a very demanding course. Either the part-time or the full-time, it expects that you take long hours of your day/week/semester to work on its assignments and lessons. Therefore there are a few steps prior to entering the CELTA.


1. The Interview

It requires that you have a C1 (CEFR) level of English to take the CELTA, but it does not mean that you need to have the certification. It would be helpful if you did because it shows that you have the required level, however, you can show that you know English enough by answering the questions at the interview.

This interview has two purposes:

a) to show the tutors that you have language enough to take the course;

As I said before, it is a very demanding course, and that’s why they expect that you have a C1 level of English, otherwise you won’t be able to attend the pre-requisites of the assignments. Moreover, you will be teaching English, to advanced volunteer students, so you need to know more than they do.

b) to make the course clear for you.

Since it is very demanding, some people tend to drop out in the middle of the course. Some other people tend to blame the center when they get a bad mark at something by saying they didn’t have time to prepare things. For these and other reasons, the tutors invite their future students for an interview, so that they can explain in detail what the CELTA is all about.

They explain how demanding it is and the number of things that you should be delivered along the course. It is basically like they would be explaining to you the Syllabus.

Depending on the center, they make some possible changes in the syllabus, so they need to explain how it is going to work if you take the full or part-time course. There are many topics that they will be covering during this interview: which assignments you will be expected to deliver, what kind of marks you can get, the lesson preparation and the amount of time you will spend doing it, etc.

This is a very important step of the course, and it is the one time you will be facing your future tutor before starting the course, so if you have questions about it, take the time to clear your doubts.


2. The Pre-Course Task

The Pre-Course Task is actually a file with 50 tasks over 32 pages. You can find the pre-course task at this link!

It is given by the tutors for you to read and to get familiar with some of the areas covered on the CELTA. It’s long, but by doing the tasks, you have the opportunity to get prepared for the course.

You are required to send it once you are done, however, they are not grading you at all or taking it into part of your actual course, so don’t worry! It is advisable that you do in the order it’s given, however, you don’t really need to do it all in one sitting, you can do it slowly at your pace. So if you have decided to start the CELTA only next semester, you can start doing your Pre-Course Task now.

There are five sections to the task:

  • Unit 1 – Section 1 Learners and teachers, and the learning and teaching context
  • Unit 2 – Section 2 Language analysis and awareness
  • Unit 3 – Section 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Unit 4 – Section 4 Planning and resources
  • Unit 5 – Section 5 Developing teaching skills and professionalism

Some tasks are grammar related, others make you think about your teaching. Some examples of tasks you may find are:


  1. In what context will you be doing the CELTA course?
  2. Do you know what context you will be teaching in after you finish the course?

Underline the /ə/ in the following words:

mother forget announce tonight notable mention patrol indicative

Make a list of reasons why you think speaking fluency practice could help learners’ language development.


3. Get prepared

The last step is for you to get prepared. The tutors ask that you buy a binder/file folder like the one above. This is because you are going to receive lots of paper and you have to keep yourself organized!!!

Also, there are some books that you may need, here I put only the ones that I bought that are essential:

  • Jeremy Harmer: 2007 The Practice of English Language Teaching, Fourth edition, Pearson
  • Martin Parrot: Grammar for Enlglish Lanuage Teachers, Second edition, Cambridge

Take a look at the full list at the link above with the task.

I hope that this helps you to get a better grip of the CELTA before taking it!

Have a great weekend,

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