Back in the summer, I did the Teaching Knowledge Test course.

Back in the summer, I did the Teaching Knowledge Test course.  Even though the TKT is theory only, it was very useful for me, as it helped me:

- get to know the college where I planned to do the CELTA

- refresh my (creaking!) memory of basic ELT and language terms

- get to grips with the phonemic symbols again

- start thinking about what happens in the ELT classroom.

As with the CELTA course, I learnt a great deal from my fellow students.  There were 10 of us in total, and English was the mother tongue for just three of us. Consequently, we three benefited a lot from hearing about the English language learning preferences of the others.

For example, I squirmed when we watched a video of a teacher energetically drilling and orchestrating a class.  To me, it seemed too teacher-centred and overly controlling.  But several of my fellow participants disagreed vigorously, and said they really liked that approach ... well, within reason!

Penny

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