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Hello all,

I am applying to take a CELTA course and they gave me an application task to do before I can enter the program. I am having some difficulty with some parts and was wondering if some one would be willing to help me. I use msn messanger under Email Removed">Email Removed feel free to add me and then we can go over the questions. I'm going to try posting some of the questions here.

1. Which is the ‘odd one out’ in each group, and why?



e.g.


a.


I had my hair cut last night.




b.


I had seen the film before.




c.


I had my car repaired at the garage.






Sentence b, because sentences a and c refer to actions that someone else did for the speaker. They are in the past tense. Sentence b refers to an action which the speaker did himself/herself and is in the past perfect tense.




A:


i.


The baby’s bottle.




ii.


The nation’s struggle.




iii.


The teacher’s ill.




iv.


The nurse’s pay.




v.


The government’s defeat.




Sentence ____





B:


i.


The woman was robbed by a stranger.




ii.


The actor was interviewed by a journalist.




iii.


The tree was hit by lightning.




iv.


The trains passed by a river.




Sentence ____

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C:


i.


She must have lost the address.




ii.


Alan must have been here too.




iii.


That must have been awful.




iv.


The thieves must have gone in through the window.




v.


I must have something to drink.




Sentence ____





D:


i.


I’m not used to the noise yet.




ii.


They used to work in a circus.




iii.


Didn’t there use to be a shop there?




iv.


I never used to smoke.




v.


It didn’t use to be so dirty.




Sentence ___



2. Can you think of any exceptions to the following ‘rules’?





‘Rule’


Exception


e.g.


‘will’ is used to express predictions without evidence.


“That’ll be John at the door.” This isn’t a prediction without evidence. The statement is based on the fact that John always arrives at this time/he is expected.


A:


‘the’ is not used with the names of people.





B:


The past simple form of the verb is used to describe finished events or states.




C:


‘some’ is used in statements; ‘any’ in negatives and questions.




D:


‘can’ (modal verb) is used to express ability.





3. Identify any incorrect sentences in this list, supply the corrected version and explain the error.





Sentence


Correction


Explanation


e.g.


What did you say was your name?


What did you say your name was?


The problem is one of word order. One question is embedded in another and the mistake is in giving them both the word order of a question. The second part “your name was” isn’t actually a direct question.


A:


I’ve been to China last year.






B:


He doesn’t work as hard as she does.






C:


I would of liked to have seen that.






D:


If you’ll wash up, I’ll do the ironing.






E:


I regret to have damaged your book.






F:


How long are you knowing Nathan?




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Hi [email protected],

My understanding is this test is to help you be accepted on a course to be trained as a teacher. If that's the case, I wonder if perhaps you should complete the test by yourself, to the best of your ability. The course people want to see what you can do, and it seems to me that it is in your best interests to show them. If you are accepted and find you can't do the work, it wil make problems for you as well as for the people who run the course.

I hope my understanding of what you want to do is correct, and that you don't mind my mentioning my concern about this. I'm trying to think about what is best for you.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hello [email protected]!

How did you get on with the CELTA application, were you accepted? If so, how was the course itself? I'm now at the stage you were nearly two and a half years ago!

Have you been teaching? I have the very same application task and ended up here when I Googled 'help with celta application' is the course verydifficult? It's a lot of money for the course and so I'm interested to know how it is and peoples experiences of their first ever teaching job. I'd really appreciate some help/tips with the application task. I think once I'm back into learning mode it will be better as it's a long while since I've been in a classroom Emotion: tongue tied
Question B: answer iv (The verb in that sentence is not in passive voice form)

Question C: answer v (in first four sentences we have the structure "must have" describing certainty about the pas whereas the last sentence describes - necessity and refres to the present)

Question D: answer i (as it refers to the present habit - the other ones refer to the past)