Celta Pre Interview Task Essay example

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Cambridge CELTA Pre-Interview Task

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Complete this task carefully. It is an important factor in considering your application. CELTA is an intensive four-week course of study. Because of this, candidates need to be fully prepared for the demands of the course and show that they are able to research language structures, a skill required of ESL teachers. Keep in mind that we cover language analysis on the CELTA course, so we do not expect you to be an expert in grammar before the course starts.

• To help you please refer to a grammar book such as “Practical English Usage” by Michael Swan (Oxford University Press) or any other grammar reference book you
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Differences in meaning

Comment on the difference in meaning between the following pairs of sentences, and outline how you might teach these differences in meaning.

Example:
a) Claire is working late again; she’s so passionate about her work!
b) Jane is working late again; she’s so obsessed with her work!

In the first sentence, the word ‘passionate’ suggests that Claire’s reason for working late is that she is driven by a love for her job and a healthy desire to succeed. In the second sentence, the word ‘obsessed’ suggests that Claire’s reason for working late is that she lacks a healthy balance in her life. She is so fixated on her work that perhaps she doesn’t do anything else, or perhaps other areas of her life are negatively affected.

To teach it, I would draw two pictures (or bring in two photographs). The first would be of a person working at her desk in an office. I would show the time with a clock on the wall (showing 9:30 pm). She would have a smile on her face to show that she was happy (and passionate about her work!)
For the second sentence, I would have a

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