tbknown wrote:Your curt response and lack of addressing the substance of what was laid out in my post is a perfect example of the incompetence and superficiality of the CELTA assessment process. If that is what you 'took' from what was posted, you are arrogantly missing the point.
The only thing your post was a perfect example of was how bitter a person who failed the CELTA can be. I didn’t address the so-called ‘substance’ because it was nothing more than a one-sided rant. I’m sorry that you felt that the course was not worthwhile, and that it didn’t teach you anything, but that is not the experience of most people. It certainly wasn’t my experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my course and I learned a lot from it. I certainly would not have wanted to step into a classroom without having first done the CELTA.
tbknown wrote: The course doesn't give you the skills needed to develop a lesson plan and teach English without a textbook. The course teaches how to use a textbook and understand how to organize lesson plans for different parts of the textbook (Productive Skills: speaking, writing, and Receptive Skills: reading, listening).
CELTA is a gimmick driven teaching method using cheesy classroom exercises and games to 'engage' the students. Small children might respond well to this parlor trick teaching style, but the 14+ year old student's eyes glaze over as they watch CELTA trainees perform for the tutors that grade the trainee by an arbitrary lesson plan format in the corner of the room.
Didn’t you realise that the CELTA is simply a crash course? Were you really daft enough to believe that at the end of a four-week course you would be a model teacher; that you would never need to use your initiative or be selective about the materials and activities you use? There is no one-size-fits-all lesson plan or teaching method. It is up to you as the teacher to use your common sense to design and adapt plans accordingly and to use materials selectively.
tbknown wrote:CELTA promotes a European notion of English having many different pronunciations and this results in poor quality control of graduates that represent the CELTA brand, as a lot of inconsistency in word meaning and pronunciation makes its way into the world classroom.
Your complaint about the “European notion of English having many different pronunciations” is utterly ridiculous. In native English-speaking countries, such as the UK or the USA, different regions pronounce things differently. That said, English does not belong to the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, etc – it’s a global language and as such is spoken by people all over the world. This in turn leads to an even greater variation in pronunciation. If you have a problem with that I respectfully suggest that TEFL was never going to be a great career for you.
tbknown wrote:There are non-native speaking CELTA graduates that graduate not being able to pronounce crucial phonemes in the English language.
I suspect that you aren’t aware of the fact that there are certain sounds that are almost impossible for some learners to make. In some cases they can’t distinguish between two similar sounds, or they simply can’t hear the sounds. In other cases they cannot get their tongues in position to form them. This is the case for me when it comes to learning Polish – there are some sounds that, with the best will in the world, I will simply never be able to make. A good teacher would recognise and understand this, regardless of whether he/she is dealing with a student or a colleague.
Contrary to popular opinion, TEFL isn't for everyone. Thankfully, the CELTA separates the wheat from the chaff.