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    Celta Interview Question

    Hi,

    I've recently applied for a CELTA course. The school is very happy with my application/task-sheet and have asked me to attend an interview which will involve an "oral test".

    Can anyone tell me what I might be expected to do? I'm not 100% sure and I'm a little curious.

    Any advice would be great.

    Cheers.

    Paul.

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    Re: Celta Interview Question

    Just curious myself. Does the school know you are a native English speaker?

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    Re: Celta Interview Question

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    Just curious myself. Does the school know you are a native English speaker?
    Yes, I think so. I'm fairly sure I provided that info in the application form.

    Also, I spoke to the interviewer over the phone and I have a very standard southern english accent.

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    Re: Celta Interview Question

    I see. Maybe this might help:
    The pre-course assessment procedures for each new student consist of a written and an oral test. These assessments also allow us to determine the existing level of knowledge of each and every individual, but also to establish the individual's course objectives. From this information we can define the exact course requirements of each student and develop appropriate course materials, specific to their needs

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    Re: Celta Interview Question

    Here are some things to ponder:

    Are you a competent user of English?

    Do you have a reasonable understanding of the way that the English language works? (Or could you learn about this reasonably quickly?)

    Do you want a practical teaching qualification, rather than an academic one?

    Are you able to relate well to other people?

    Are you capable of giving clear instructions, explaining effectively and helping people when they don't understand?

    Are you able to reflect on what you do and be self-evaluating, noticing strengths, weaknesses and possible strategies for improving work in the future?

    Are you able to listen to supportive (but maybe critical) feedback on lessons you have taught and to take on board other people's opinions?

    Are you prepared to undertake a potentially stressful course, where you and your teaching will be "in the spotlight" for many hours. Are you prepared to have your teaching talked about by other people?

    Are you keen to try a course that is hard work, but immensely challenging and rewarding?

    Source - The Cambridge CELTA at IH Budapest

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    Re: Celta Interview Question

    Thanks Soup.

    Yes, I feel that I'm a fairly competent user of english (aside from the odd mistake) and I've been studying grammar to gain a better perspective on english language use.

    I want a practical teaching qualification, one that will allow me to travel.

    I can relate well to people and communicate clearly.

    I'm prepared to go through the rigorous learning process of becoming a qualified teacher. I'm going to dedicate myself to the task - the ups and downs, the stress, everything.

    I think the one thing that bothers me is that when I feel nervous, I lose the ability to stay calm and I rush things (either in thought or speech) - and I make (or fear that I'm going to make) silly mistakes. When I gave presentations at university I'd speak too fast. I couldnt gather myself and stay relaxed. Generally, I'm reasonably confident, however when I know people are taking note of what I'm saying and judging it, the pressure can cause me to underperform. It's annoying; but I guess it's something I'll have to overcome.

    Thanks again. The interview is actually in a couple of hours so I'll have to wait and see how I get on.

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