CELTA Trainer-in-Training: Familiarization with CELTA documentation

This was the first of the pre-course tasks and involved a close reading and analysis of the handbook. The idea behind this task is to give you a good inside-out view of the course so that you’re prepared for the day-to-day happenings over the next four weeks. The task was divided into two parts:

A. Familiarization with the CELTA syllabus
B. Familiarization with the CELTA administration booklet and Candidate profile

A. Familiarization with the CELTA syllabus

Here are the questions you need to answer in this section:

  1. What are the total course hours?
  2. What are the entry requirements for a prospective CELTA candidate?
  3. How much assessed teaching practice has to be provided for each trainee?
  4. What else can you remember about the requirements for teaching practice?
  5. How much classroom observation has to be provided for each trainee?
  6. What is the focus of each of the five units in the syllabus?
  7. What are the two assessment components?
  8. How is each of these assessed?
  9. What grades may be awarded and what is the profile of a candidate at each level?
  10. How many written assignments are there and what is the word count for each assignment?
  11. What are the focus areas for the written assignments?
  12. What questions do you still have? Ask your supervisor.

B. Familiarization with the CELTA administration booklet and Candidate profiles

In this section, you have to go through the administration booklet and make detailed notes about the following:

  1. The role of the assessor and the procedure for the assessor’s visit
  2. grades, results and certificates
  3. Teaching practice classes
  4. Candidate files / portfolios
  5. Observations
  6. The complaints procedure

To make my life easier, I lifted whole chunks from the handbook and plugged them under the appropriate questions in this document first. Then I went through everything and rewrote bits in my own language. However, a lot of it was so official and admin-ny, in the interest of accuracy, it was best left alone. Neither the assessor nor the MCT raised any eyebrows at the way I’d done this task. My answers were comprehensive, and since they were copied from the handbook, accurate, which is all that mattered.

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