To ensure that you are well prepared for the course, it is advisable to gain access to, and read, one of the following methodology texts.  You also need to purchase at least one grammar book.  It is also advisable to have access to a good learner’s dictionary.

How to Teach English, Jeremy Harmer, Pearson ESL, 2007, ISBN: 978-1405853095

Learning Teaching (3rd  Edition), Jim Scrivener, MacMillan, 2011, ISBN: 978-0230729841

The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th Edition), Jeremy Harmer, Pearson Longman ELT,
ISBN: 978-1405853118

The CELTA Course, Scott Thornbury and Peter Watkins, CUP, 2007, ISBN: 9780521692069

Grammar for English Language Teachers, Martin Parrott, CUP, 2010, ISBN:  978-0521712040

Practical English Usage, Michael Swan, OUP, 2005 ISBN: 978-0194420969

An A – Z of English Grammar and Usage, Geoffrey Leech, Benita Cruickshank and Roz Ivanič,
Longman, 2006, ISBN: 978-0582405745

Concepts and Timelines, Graham Workman, Gem Publishing, 2008, ISBN: 978-0955946103

Teaching Tenses, Rosemary Aitken, Elb Publishing, 2002, ISBN: 987-0952280866

How to Teach Pronunciation, Gerald Kelly, Pearson ELT, ISBN: 978-0582429758

Teaching English Pronunciation, Joanne Kenworthy, Longman, 1987, ISBN: 978-0582746213
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary, Heinle ELT, ISBN: 978-0007210138

Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, OUP, ISBN: 978-0194799003


Language Awareness Exercise

Some applicants are concerned about their language awareness. This exercise shows how language is analysed and described for adult English language teaching purposes in texts used during the course. Do not be concerned if some of this is unfamiliar. During the course some methodology sessions are devoted to developing language awareness. A similar exercise forms part of the selection interview. 

1. Name the parts of speech underlined in the passage below.

Language teaching is very different from other types of teaching, and (a) success in other teaching endeavours does not (b) necessarily imply that you will enjoy the challenge of this (c) particular field.  The success of an English language teacher (d) depends not only on a warm,  encouraging, sensitive and adult manner (e) but also on a good level of language awareness and (f) the ability to set up activities in such (g) a way that the learners (rather than the teacher) use English as much as possible.  Imagination is also important as you (h) must be able to contextualise new language and also predict the difficulties students might have so as (i) to take measures to pre-empt  them.  A conscientious approach and initiative (j) in the selection of relevant and appropriate materials are also crucial, as is commitment to the students' learning.  You also need to be a good listener, attentive to students' mistakes and able to deal with (k) them effectively.  Finally, it is helpful if you (l) have had experience of dealing with foreigners, since this will assist you in understanding the difficulties that (m) they experience in learning English.

a. __________   b. __________   c. __________   d. __________   e. __________  f. __________

g. __________  h. __________    i. ___________  j. __________    k. __________  l. __________

m. __________

 2. Mark the stress on the following words.

Examples:   America                syllable                 regret

 oxygen  Japanese  determination  Japan      vegetable
 interest  allergic  photograph  allergy   photographic

3. Match a sentence on the left with one on the right according to their verb structures.  Choose a term from the box below to label each pair.  Follow the example in italics.

 1. I'd often seen her there. a. He comes from India.
 2. You arrived late. b. They’ve already seen it.
 3. She speaks Greek. c. She missed the bus.
 4. They’ve just signed it. d. We’re going to crash!
 5. It’s going to rain. e. I’m leaving in ten minutes.
 6. She’s having a baby soon. f. We'd already finished.

Past Perfect / Present Perfect / Present Continuous / Present Simple /Past Simple / be going to + verb

Answer Key

Question 1
a.  noun,  b. adverb,  c. adjective,  d. verb(Present Simple),  e. conjunction,  f. definite article,
g. indefinite article,  h. modal auxiliary verb,  i. verb (full infinitive), j. preposition,
k. object pronoun,  l. auxiliary verb,  m. subject pronoun

Question 2
The stress is always on the vowel sound in the stressed syllable.  Consult your dictionary.
oxygen            Japanese           determination             Japan                vegetable
interest            allergic                photograph              allergy                photographic

Question 3
1. = f = Past Perfect         2. = c = Past Simple                  3. = a  = Present Simple 
4. = b = Present Perfect   5. = d = be going to + verb        6. = e = Present Continuous/Progressive