Hi Alex. Thanks for the response.
Are you a native or non-native speaker of English?
I am a native speaker, although kind of shocked at how little I know about grammar!!! Although I must be at some sort of 'level' to get on the course.
Once you're on the course, there will also be a pre-course task that will more than prepare you for day one if you do it by referring to that same grammar book.
Halfway through it at the moment, some of it is straight forward to me, some of it (e.g. phonology) is a bit difficult, which I suppose will change as time goes on.
...learning the phonemic script, for example, is just as useful as learning extra grammar. Ditto for reading up on some basic teaching techniques, learning some TEFL jargon, or studying a language in a class or self-study to experience it from the learner's point of view
I posted my question on another TEFL board and I got a similar response regarding learning the IPA chart. I am currently going through Harmer's 'How to Teach English' and have three years part time teaching of evening classes. It is the retention of the terminology which I seem to be struggling with. All the basic grammatical terminology from, for example, the University of Cambridge TKT glossary (http://courses.britishcouncil.org/pub/tkt/mod/glossary/view.php?id=368&mode=cat&hook=17
) is understandable when I read it, but ask me what something is and I can only give a very basic definition of it. Currently finished a year (one night a week) doing Japanese (my chosen destination) which I found incredibly useful being 'on the other side'.
I suppose like most study, the more I study, the more retention 'sticks' (I hope), but I just felt unsure regarding what areas to concentrate on. I feared that I had to turn up to my CELTA (four weeks from now) with a memory recall of dozens of grammatical terms and sentence structures! I suppose (correct me if I'm wrong) my understanding will increase as I put what I know into practice.
Here's an article on the matter I prepared earlier:
Thanks for the link. I had already read this several weeks ago when I Googled a query about the CELTA course. Came near the top of my search results. Your article may be becoming required pre-course CELTA reading!
Thanks again for your time Alex.