I’m sorry to say that EFL teaching is not going to make you a millionaire! Having said that, most of us do not do it (just) for the money but get huge satisfaction from helping our learners. It seems obvious, therefore, that these learners should be at the forefront of our minds when planning and delivering lessons. Indeed, on the CELTA course, one of the criteria for a Pass A is that the candidate has a very good awareness of their learners but what exactly do we need to know about them and why?Continue reading “In it for the learners!”
There may only be a small number of people who fail CELTA but don’t let yourself be one of the minority. Read on to find out some of the reasons for people failing the course so that you can avoid these pitfalls.
In our centre in Munich our fail rate is particularly low but, as with many centres, we do have our share of fail candidates. But why?Continue reading “Why do people fail CELTA?”
I often read or hear from trainees that their aim is to achieve a Pass A when doing CELTA. So what exactly is the best way to go about this?Continue reading “How to Achieve a Pass A on your CELTA Course”
There are four possible grades you can be awarded at the end of your CELTA Course,
- two “above standard” grades – Pass A & Pass B
- one “to standard” grade – Pass
- one “not to standard” grade – Fail
The fail grade is rarely awarded but that’s not because the course is easy, instead because the application process ensures candidates who are likely to struggle are not accepted on a course.
So what do the grades really mean? Continue reading “The CELTA Grading System Unravelled”
In my previous post I talked about a difficult trainee but I don’t want to harp on only about negatives because that’s not what I’m about. I have seen many genuinely lovely people walk through our doors who have gone out into the teaching world and done very well for themselves because they had at least some elements of my idea of a perfect trainee. I don’t want to single anyone out here so instead I would like to list some qualities of what I consider to be required to be a perfect trainee. Continue reading “The Perfect Trainee”