Language Awareness – Interactive Task

As part of the application process, you have to complete a couple of written pre-interview tasks. In the past, some applicants have told us that this was a bit off-putting because they thought their knowledge of English grammar was quite minimal. But don’t worry. I, for one, only knew a little about grammar from my school days. And that mostly came from studying French.

So, the first thing to remember is that you are a fluent speaker and there is no reason in the world why you should know the grammar rules for your own first language. You have had no need to know these rules up to now. The point of speaking and writing is to convey meaning and if you can do that without understanding the rules that describe such things as the word order or choice of tenses, then all the better.

But we tend to learn a second language at a later stage in life and in a different way from our first language. And we tend to need at least some understanding of the rules in order to piece together the right words in the right order. Certainly our learners at Atlas expect to deepen their knowledge of the layers of grammar in order to improve their accuracy.

So, yes, while it’s absolutely not necessary or expected that you will know all the grammar before you start the TEFL course, an aim of the course is to start developing that knowledge quickly. A starting point is to get to grips with some grammar terminology, that is, the words you will need to teach language and grammar. Learners are taught this terminology from beginners, which allows them to understand and make sense of more complex grammar structures as the progress. For example, if a learner whose native language is Spanish asks you why saying “I have a car big” is wrong, what can you say? As a teacher you can explain that in English an adjective (big) must come before the noun (car) it describes.

On the course you will get to study and understand the grammar of the piece of language you are planning to teach. This is part of the lesson planning process. Over time, the more lessons you plan and teach, the more knowledge of grammar you acquire as a teacher. As a starting point, to help make sure everyone starts with the same basic understanding of grammar we send trainees a pre-course task upon acceptance on our course. You’ll soon be up to speed and feel more confident about grammar before you start.

But let’s concentrate on the interview task now…

The following questions are similar to the types of language questions we ask on the application and interview tasks. See how much you already know and perhaps get some tips for the tasks. Just select the answers you think are right and click on the button at the end. Type in your name and your email address and click on the ‘Finish quiz’ button. You will then be able to view the questions and your answers and get some explanations for the correct answers.

 

The following questions are similar to the types of language questions we ask on the application and interview tasks. See how much you already know and perhaps get some tips for the CELT tasks. Just select the answers you think are right, type in your email address and click on the button at the end. We will then send you your results and the explanations for the correct answers.