**HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

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**HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Unread postby absolutely » 02 Feb 2014, 20:44

Hi all,


I would like to achieve a "Pass A" grade for the CELTA course.

For those who have done, or who have teached it, just what would it take to achieve a "Pass A"?

What exact skills (and level of skills) are required to reach it?

And, what books are the best for succeeding in this course?

If you could reccomend other threads [or websites], that would be wonderful.

My thanks to all :D :)


Regards,
P
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Re: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Unread postby Josef » 03 Feb 2014, 09:47

To start with you could look at The Ultimate Guide to CELTA Webinar at:
http://youtu.be/reJE1B-5ifY :)
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Re: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Unread postby Briona » 03 Feb 2014, 11:41

Hi there,

I got a Pass A when I did my CELTA, which I put down to a couple of factors. First, I had previously taken an online TEFL course, which meant that the basic principles of lesson-planning were not new to me. I was also familiar with a lot of the terminology.

Secondly, I worked incredibly hard, and listened carefully to the advice of my tutors. I made sure to address any issues raised in my next lesson. Finally, I put a lot of effort into managing the workload. Doing the five-week course meant that we finished early on Fridays, and while my fellow trainees went to the pub, I used my free-time to plan ahead and do some research for the written assignments.

The CELTA is every bit as stressful as people say. And I did a five-week course! I honestly have no idea how people cope with the four-week one! I guess what I'm saying is that rather than thinking about your preferred grade, you should focus on learning how to teach and getting through the course. In the end, having the CELTA is what matters. The higher grade is only really useful for getting your first job. After that, you'll be trading on your experience.

Briona

PS: FYI, the past participle of 'teach' is NOT 'teached'!
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Re: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Unread postby absolutely » 03 Feb 2014, 16:45

Brilliant! Thanks Briona...

Well, i've done a law degree at MA level, so i can definately relate to some of the things you have mentioned. I should be able to get a good grade if i implement some (or all) of the things I did at MA level.

Can you reccomend any good books or websites that you found extremely helpful for achieving your Pass A grade?

Thanks :)

...

& ThX for the link Josef. cheers
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Re: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Unread postby Briona » 03 Feb 2014, 22:48

Hi again,

Once you have been accepted onto a CELTA course, your provider will give you a list of recommended reading. To be honest, while I bought some of the books, without context I couldn't really relate to what I was reading.

I definitely don't think the little pre-course reading I did had any bearing on my final grade. As I said in my previous post, there were three things that I felt helped me, the most important of which was taking all criticism on board and making a concerted effort to address it in my next observed lesson.

Of course this is just my opinion - others will undoubtedly have different advice/thoughts. If you have Facebook, I would recommend joining the CELTA group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/3925889087/) and chatting to people there.

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Re: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Unread postby absolutely » 05 Feb 2014, 16:55

Fantastic.

Your responses are very insightful.

All the best,

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