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This #CELTAchat topic came from Christian Tiplady @xiantiplady who is delivering a session on the future of CELTA in the 21st century at the 3rd CETA Symposium in September in Sheffield.
Many thanks to Darren Bell@bellinguist for volunteering to write the summary:
What is the future of CELTA in the 21st
There was some brief discussion at the beginning about
whether we need to be 21st century teachers in order to be 21st
century trainers - Who is a 21st century Teacher?
@Cathyofnusle asked whether methodology on future CELTA courses
may reflect current trends, referring specifically to DOGME or reactive
teaching. @bellinguist stated that on his current course the MCT had decided to
stick to a text-based presentation
format, fearing that other approaches such as TTT or TBL confuse trainees.
@Marisa_C said that mastering the basic skills was still an issue for many
trainees, even in their final lessons and the skill set for DOGME was not in
place for many. @Cathyofnusle said that trainees generally coped better when
they had researched the language focus of their lessons and found it more
difficult to deal with adhoc questions.
In terms of online/blended delivery of CELTA courses, the
following opinions were given:
@bellinguist – concerned about trainees not having loop
@Cathyofnusle – online courses are useful for trainees post
CELTA to “top-up” their knowledge and upskill
@Marisa_C – her centre is now offering the blended CELTA
course but is not sure whether it will take off. It is not possible for the
trainer to use their own material with the blended course (it has to be IH
Some other suggestions were made about future course
@GioLic1976 - Using more self-designed activities in place
of coursebook reading and listening tasks and incorporating a more research
driven/active learning approach, with less formal planning at the latter stages
of the course.
@angleos_bollas would also like to see less formal planning
on the second half of the course. @ChrisCattaneo tried less formal planning as
an option on course, but the trainees opted to carry on with full lesson plans.