CELTA Method


Learning new words and remembering them is hard right? No problem, I have a technique to help you, it’s known as MPF: Meaning, Pronunciation & Form (MPF). So how does it work? Ok let’s say you wanted to learn the word “Lucky”. Firstly I’d try to see if you could recall the word with prompting. Once we have the word I’d then make sure you understood it e.g. “If I won the lottery would I be lucky?”, “If you fell off your bike is that lucky?”, “If you won a free holiday is that lucky?”. If you answered yes, no & yes we then rehearse saying the word out loud to focus on pronunciation. For example, repeat the sentence, “Lucky me, today I won a holiday to Rome”. Then finally we write down the word lucky and identify its form as an adjective. Job done, finished!


I am trained to use a range of hand and facial gestures to speed up your learning known as total physical response (TPR). TPR is very useful when you're learning via Skype: it makes conversation much easier, the student knows when it’s their turn to listen or speak. .


Presentation, practice and production (PPP) is the teaching format I use to help you learn grammar. For example if my goal was to to teach you countable (Banana / Bananas) and uncountable nouns (Rice) I’d tell you a story e.g. “I’ve just started the Atkins Diet which is bad news, I really like rice and bananas". I’ll then ask you to recall what you just heard and we begin to fit banana and rice into sentences e.g. “I eat a bowl of rice every day”, “I ate two bananas for lunch yesterday”. The final stage of PPP is role play, you might be a customer in a grocery store asking for countable and uncountable food types e.g. “Please may I have 4 apples and a packet of rice”. And that's all there is to it.


The Test Teach Test (TTT) approach is another tool I use to speed up your learning. Let’s see how TTT would work with prepositions: at, on and in. The first step would be for me to talk about when I start work, what I do at the weekend and when I was born. Then a gap fill exercise: I start work ____ 8AM. (At) What do you do ____ Sundays. (On) I was born _____ 1985 (In) I check your work then teach you a deeper understanding of prepositions. Finally you get to practice the prepositions more freely and review progress. And we are done!



Presentation, practice and production.


Test teach test.


Meaning, pronunciation and form.


Total physical response.


Key to CELTA training is planning known as “Lesson Shapes” this means all lessons will have a plan. For example if we are doing a speaking exercise on the topic, “Asking someone out on a date”, we would flow through 6 steps: lead in, preparing to speak, useful language, organisation of ideas, speaking task and finally feedback. The point is whatever we decide to learn a specific CELTA approved lesson plan forms the backbone of the lesson.