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    Good afternoon, I have applied for the CELTA course at my local college in Ireland. I have an interview on Friday morning and I have to complete a pre-interview task and bring it with me.

    I was wondering if someone could correct my answers and give me some feedback. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Write a sentence giving an example of each of the following tenses.

    a) Present Simple: I like sunny days.
    b) Present Continuous: He's learning Japanese.
    c) Present Perfect Simple: I've been to Australia.
    d) Present Perfect Continuous: He's been waiting for over two hours.
    e) Past Simple: He went to Paris last week.
    f) Past Perfect Simple: I'd just finished work.
    g) Past Perfect Continuous: He'd been waiting for over two hours when he finally arrived.
    h) Future Simple: I'll meet you at the train station tomorrow.
    i) Future Continuous: I'll be cooking dinner when you arrive.
    j) Future Perfect Simple: I will have finished by 10pm.
    k) Past Simple Passive: The window was broken.
    L) Present Perfect Simple Passive: She has recently been given money.

    2. What would you say to a student who asked you the difference in meaning between these pairs of sentences? Identify the verb form and explain the difference in meaning.

    a) He's always combing his hair (Present Continuous)
    He always combs his hair. (Present Simple)

    The Difference in meaning is that the first sentence implies that he's currently combing his hair at that time and has not finished. The second sentence is a general statement based on past observations.

    b) She speaks Spanish. (Present Simple)
    She's speaking Spanish (Present Continuous)

    The difference in meaning is that the first sentence is a general statement providing information; the second sentence implies that the person is currently speaking Spanish at that time and has not finished.

    c) I had breakfast this morning. (Past Perfect)
    I've had breakfast this morning. (Present Perfect)
    ???

    d) She stopped to listen to the music.
    She stopped listening to the music.
    ???


    3. Look at the following words and decide which syllable carries the main stress. Mark the words accordingly.

    a) Photographer Photographer
    b) Photographic Photographic
    c) Politics Politics
    d) Advertisement Advertisement
    e) Objective Objective
    f) Advise Advise
    g) Practical Practical
    h) Investment Investment
    i) Intoxication Intoxication


    4. The Following Modal verbs perform a specific language function (e.g. giving advice, making complaints, asking for permission etc.) state the use of the modal verbs underlined in the following sentences.

    a) You must stay at home. Necessity
    You must have left it at home. Advice
    You really must come round for a drink sometime. Strong recommendation

    b) I'll (I will) help you with the washing up. Voluntary Action
    I'll (I will) see you tomorrow. Prediction
    I won't tell anyone. Promise

    c) He should be on the train by now. Expectation
    You should take an aspirin. Advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peroxwhygen View Post
    Good afternoon, I have applied for the CELTA course at my local college in Ireland. I have an interview on Friday morning and I have to complete a pre-interview task and bring it with me.

    I was wondering if someone could correct my answers and give me some feedback. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Write a sentence giving an example of each of the following tenses.

    a) Present Simple: I like sunny days.
    b) Present Continuous: He's learning Japanese.
    c) Present Perfect Simple: I've been to Australia.
    d) Present Perfect Continuous: He's been waiting for over two hours.
    e) Past Simple: He went to Paris last week.
    f) Past Perfect Simple: I'd just finished work.
    g) Past Perfect Continuous: He'd been waiting for over two hours when he finally arrived.
    h) Future Simple: I'll meet you at the train station tomorrow.
    i) Future Continuous: I'll be cooking dinner when you arrive.
    j) Future Perfect Simple: I will have finished by 10pm.
    k) Past Simple Passive: the window was broken.
    L) Present Perfect Simple Passive: she has rcently been given money.

    2. What would you say to a student who asked you the difference in meaning between these pairs of sentences? Identify the verb form and explain the difference in meaning.

    a) He's always combing his hair
    He always combs his hair.
    In the first sentence, the verb form is present continuous. In the second sentence, the verb form is past simple. The Difference in meaning is that the first sentence implies that he's currently combing his hair at that time and has not finished. The second sentence is a general statement based on past observations.

    b) She speaks Spanish.
    She's speaking Spanish
    In the first sentence, the verb form is present simple. In the second sentence, the verb form is present continuous. The difference in meaning is that the first sentence is a general statement providing information; the second sentence implies that the person is currently speaking Spanish at that time and has not finished.

    c) I had breakfast this morning.
    I've had breakfast this morning.
    In the first sentence the verb form is past simple. In the second sentence the verb form is past perfect. I'm not sure what the difference is?

    d) She stopped to listen to the music.
    She stopped listening to the music.
    I'm not sure about this one either, I know the difference, but explaining it is a problem.


    3. Look at the following words and decide which syllable carries the main stress. Mark the words accordingly.

    a) Photographer Photographer
    b) Photographic Photographic
    c) Politics Politics
    d) Advertisement Advertisement
    e) Objective Objective
    f) Advise Advise
    g) Practical Practical
    h) Investment Investment
    i) Intoxication Intoxication


    4. The Following Modal verbs perform a specific language function (e.g. giving advice, making complaints, asking for permission etc.) state the use of the modal verbs underlined in the following sentences.

    a) You must stay at home. Giving an order
    You must have left it at home. Giving advice
    You really must come round for a drink sometime. Making a suggestion

    b) I'll (I will) help you with the washing up. Offering assistance
    I'll (I will) see you tomorrow. prediction
    I won't tell anyone. Making a promise

    c) He should be on the train by now. Giving information
    You should take an aspirin. Giving advice

    have a nice day
    hope will be good

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    Thank you for helping me with the questions I could not answer, very much appreciated.

    I appreciate it is a rather large post but if a teacher could read and correct the post I would be very grateful.

    Kind regards.

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