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Re: Failing the CELTA

Posted By: Martin McMorrow <>
Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018, at 1:42 a.m.

In Response To: Failing the CELTA (Drew)

Hi Drew,

Without knowing you and or having access to your work during the course, I don't think anyone can explain why you didn't pass or whether you should do another training course.

It may be worth reviewing your tutorial records in the CELTA 5 (blue booklet). The programme includes two tutorials, based on the assessment criteria (see pages 13 - 18 of the attached CELTA syllabus). In each tutorial, teachers and trainers tick the criteria which have or have not been achieved up to that point, and then there is a summary and list of action points for the next part of the course. Teachers who are at risk have an additional tutorial and are given a letter explaining where they stand and what they need to do to pass the course.

It's not unusual that teachers in training - or even experienced teachers - do not complete all the activities in their plan. But it is important that teachers can show that they can plan and deliver lessons in which students achieve relevant learning aims during the time available. That's a key objective of the course - and what employers tend to look for. If that doesn't happen, the trainee teacher is unlikely to be able to meet a number of criteria (e.g. 4a, 4g, 4h 2g, 5d, 5i) related to planning and classroom management which are required to pass the course.

I'm sure you've already been reflecting on your experience of the course. I would suggest that you do some more reading, observe some teaching (by arranging to visit schools and / or on line etc) and, if possible, do some voluntary ESOL teaching before investing in another course - whether that's CELTA, Trinity, SIT or whatever. And during that experience / observation, focus on those areas which you did not achieve during the course. If you feel you are becoming clearer and more assured, then it might be worth having another go at a certified training course. But that also depends on your plans, motivation, resources etc.

Anyway, best of luck with your plans.

Martin McMorrow (PhD, MA in ELT, Cambridge Dip & Cert TEFLA), Tertiary Learning Consultant, Massey University, New Zealand.

CELTA syllabus and assessment criteria

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Failing the CELTA
Drew -- Wednesday, 19 September 2018, at 1:42 a.m.
Re: Failing the CELTA
Martin McMorrow -- Wednesday, 19 September 2018, at 1:42 a.m.
Re: Failing the CELTA
spiral78 -- Wednesday, 19 September 2018, at 1:42 a.m.

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