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1 THE BRITISH SCHOOL IN THE NETHERLANDS LANGUAGE CENTRE CELTA: Pre-Interview Task Name: Date: Dates of CELTA Course applied for: This is a language awareness & analysis task. Please complete the task at home, make a PDF and upload the document to your application form. The purposes of the task is to form part of the selection process, and to give you as an applicant an idea of the nature of some aspects of the CELTA course. You may need to refer to grammar or usage books; some suggestions are: Parrott: Grammar For English Language Teachers (Cambridge) Murphy: English Grammar In Use (Cambridge) Swan: Practical English Usage; How English Works (OUP) Eastwood: Oxford Guide to English Grammar (OUP) Alternatively, the following websites (among others) may also be of use: May 2016

2 Pre-interview Task : Language Awareness & Analysis Please write or type your answers in the spaces provided. If you use a reference book/website to help you answer any part of the task, please state the author and title. 1 Verb forms Write a short example sentence for each of the following verb forms. Underline the tense. e.g. present simple She starts work at a. present continuous/progressive b. present perfect c. present perfect continuous/progressive d. past simple e. past continuous/progressive f. past perfect g. past perfect continuous/progressive h. future perfect Reference used (if any): 2 Different future forms List five different forms that can be used to express a future idea, and then write a short example sentence. e.g. will, used for predictions Tomorrow will be warm and sunny in the south... a. b. c. d. e. Reference used (if any):

3 3 Other verb forms and constructions a List five examples of modal verbs: b. Rewrite this sentence so that the verb form is passive: They are building a new bridge across the Thames. c. Rewrite this sentence in reported (indirect) speech: Let s go to Venice for our honeymoon, Marion said to Charles. e. Explain what the terms real and hypothetical refer to in connection with conditional sentences, and write an example of each. Real: Hypothetical: 4 Nouns, adjectives etc a. Give four examples of countable nouns, and four examples of uncountable nouns Countable: Uncountable: b. Write the comparative and superlative forms of these adjectives: comparative Big superlative Expensive Lovely Bad c. How would you explain the difference in meaning between these pairs of sentences to a student? i) He s in hospital. / He s at the hospital. ii) I don t like some vegetables. / I don t like any vegetables.

4 iii) She s got a few friends. / She s got few friends. iv) The students, who were lazy, failed the exam. / The students who were lazy failed the exam. Reference used (if any): 5 Functions Identify the function of the following sentences: e.g. Would you like a cup of coffee? an offer a. If you touch that wire, you ll get a shock. b. If you say that again, I ll hit you! c. How about going to Greece this year for a change? d. Could you close the door please? e. Waiter, this meat isn t cooked properly. 6 Review Complete the following sentences: a. Continuous/progressive forms are constructed using: the auxiliary verb and the participle b. Perfect forms are constructed using: the auxiliary verb and the participle c. Passive forms are constructed using: the auxiliary verb and the participle 7 Pronunciation a. Say these words and then underline where the main stress falls: e.g. November hotel Japanese application photographer develop apply American photograph developmental career enter regret impressive probability Japan

5 b. Now match the words with the same underlined vowel sounds: pan here saw wide hit look luck heat table about path weight matter trouble put laugh fill weird taught cheese eye butter 8 Vocabulary An intermediate learner asks you to explain the difference in meaning between the following pairs of words. What would you say to her or him? a. lend / borrow b. thin / skinny c. win / beat

6 d. tasteful / tasty I certify that the completed task is my own work: Date and Signature

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