I passed the CELTA with a grade A. There’s my certificate…
There are already some good posts around on how to get a Pass A – see CELTA Helper for an example. However, I’ve been contacted a lot since I mentioned my Pass A grade in a previous post. People genuinely want to know how I achieved it and how they can do the same.
Here’s the first of a few posts with my take on things. Feel free to comment if you have any questions – I’ll respond to everyone. However, if you want expert advice rather than my opinion, talk to a CELTA course tutor!
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The path towards a Pass A…
Just as CELTA Helper says, read the CELTA assessment criteria carefully. The criteria for a Pass A is basically that you can…
- analyse target language thoroughly
- plan effectively with minimal guidance
- select appropriate resources for skills development
- deliver effective lessons using a wide range of effective techniques
- show very good awareness of learners and respond to them
- reflect on strengths and weaknesses – use those reflections to help develop your skills
Overall: show excellent understanding of English teaching and learning processes.
Sounds easy, right?! If you can achieve all of that within the one-month intensive course then you’re a far better trainee than me! Preparation was the key to my success… (more…)