We’re getting ever closer to the end of the endless CELTA Trainer-in-Training tasks :D. Now you know why I canceled my two-week holiday to Hong Kong before the start of my training in August last year.
The Written Assignment task was the eighth in the series of tasks I had to do before and during the intensive CELTA on which I did my training. And the one I almost didn’t do. There were two parts to this task:
TASK 1: Shadow marking of written assignments
Before you begin shadow marking, look again at the criteria for the assessment of written work in the CELTA Syllabus. Include the copies of these assignments and your comments in your portfolio.
TASK 2: Designing written assignments
In the latter stages of the course, design two written assignments which you think could be used on future courses. Attach these to your portfolio.
I avoided marking the assignments because I hadn’t done the Pre-course task related to this, and therefore felt under-prepared to dive into the assignments during the course. Essentially, I had to do the pre-course task and familiarize myself with the written assignment assessment criteria before I could mark the assignments.
I created separate assignment feedback forms for each assignment with the assessment criteria inserted into them so I could refer to them easily while writing my comments. You can download the forms for each assignment here:
I didn’t do the second part of this task. The main course tutor said my portfolio was very comprehensive even without it and it wasn’t essential to do this one. If you do do this task, I would appreciate if you could share them with me!