a Pre-Selection Task

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Pharos University in Alexandria
Cambridge CELTA Pre-Selection Task
Instructions:
1. You must write down your full name on this task
2. You must write down which round you are applying for
3. You must insert a passport photo
4. There are three PARTS in this task- You must answer all before submitting
5. Your application can not be processed unless you have filled in the google
form and answered this pre selection task
6. Send this task to [email protected]
Name:______________________________________________________________________
Which CELTA round are you interested in? _________________________
Insert your
photo here
Part One:
If your first language is not English, please indicate your level of proficiency in both spoken and
written English.
Please provide details of any other languages you speak and indicate your level of proficiency.
Please provide details of any experience you have of Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages and of any qualifications you hold.
Please note that previous experience is not a requirement for CELTA courses
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Please provide details of any other relevant teaching / training experience you have.
How did you hear about the CELTA course at Pharos University?
Please provide details of any medical disability that might affect your ability to complete the
course
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Cambridge CELTA Pre-Selection Task
Part Two and Three
There are two parts to this task, which should be completed at home and which we use as part
of the selection process. They will also provide you with an idea of what to expect from CELTA.
In Part 2 you will do an extended writing task and Part 3 is related to language
awareness/analysis and to basic classroom techniques.
PART 2 - PERSONAL STATEMENT
Please write here why you want to do the course and why you feel you would be a
successful teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. (APPROX. 200 WORDS)
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PART 3 – LANGUAGE ANALYSIS AND AWARENESS
Please complete the following task carefully and note that you are actively encouraged to refer
to a grammar book and a dictionary in preparing your answers. Bear in mind that your analysis
and responses should reflect what you might say in a classroom to students and so should not
be over-complicated.
A. For each of the following sentences:
1. Correct the error, which is highlighted. Write the corrected sentence as done in the
example.
2. Explain, as simply as possible, why the corrected version is more appropriate.
Example:
Incorrect sentence
Why is this incorrect?
Corrected sentence
Why is the sentence correct?
Incorrect sentence
Why is this incorrect?
Corrected sentence
Why is the sentence correct?
Incorrect sentence
Why is this incorrect?
Corrected sentence
Why is the sentence correct?
I read a book at the moment.
Because the present simple does not refer to what you are
doing at the moment of speaking but, for example, to
habits. “I read a book every month” would be correct.
I’m reading a book at the moment.
We use the present continuous to express the idea of an
action taking place at or around the moment of speaking.
I’m going to the cinema at least once a week.
I’ve seen her two years ago.
B. In the following 5 boxes, please say which answers are possible and which
are not. To give you a clue, two are incorrect for this context, one is
preferable and the other two could be seen as possible.
Answers
I have lunch with Mary.
I’m having lunch with Mary.
I’m going to have lunch with Mary.
I will have lunch with Mary.
I’ll be having lunch with Mary.
Correct or not and why
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C. How would you explain to a learner of English the difference in meaning between the
following pairs / sets of sentences?
(to an intermediate level student):
1. If he comes with us, he’ll learn some Spanish.
2. If he came with us, he'd learn some Spanish.
3. If he'd come with us, he'd have learnt some Spanish.
(to an elementary level student):
1. She likes ice-cream.
2. She’d like an ice-cream.
D. Vocabulary: How would you convey to a learner of English the difference in
meaning between the following pairs / sets of words?
(to an intermediate level student):
1. Economy.
2. Economical.
3. Economics.
(to a pre-intermediate level student – and please indicate the part of speech for these items):
1. Embarrassed.
2. Introvert.
E. Pronunciation - divide the words below into four groups depending on the number of
syllables and the syllable, which is stressed.
Recollect
recover
issue
tomorrow
frankly
exact
Enrol
dungarees
allude
starting
starvation
unemployed
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
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Pharos University in Alexandria
Cambridge CELTA Pre-Selection Task
Terms and Conditions
If both the application and pre selection task are up to the required standard, you will
be asked to sit for a timed writing task for 30 minutes in the English Language Centre.
If your writing meets the required standard, you will be informed of the date of the
Skype interview by the main course tutor.
Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of 3000 LE is required within one week in
order to secure your place on the CELTA course. Payment should be done in CIB bank
account number: 100023109117.
You can pay the remaining balance in two non-refundable instalments.
Note that
 Applications are considered on a first come first served basis.
 There are a limited number of places for this course and registering for the
course will be closed once spaces have been filled.
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