Day: 6th June 2012
Several days later, I got a reply with which were attached instructions and the application forms. Briefly, I looked at them.
The closing date for the competition was the end of July and the winner will do the course between October 2012 and March 2013.
I read the terms and conditions and skimmed through the tasks. Apart from having to write an essay of no more than 1,000 words explaining how I believe being awarded a free place on IH training course will change my life, there were a few “pre-selection” tasks.
Task A dealt with language awareness. I had to choose the odd one out and justify my choice.
The first one was a list of four words: sip, gulp, slurp and drink.
Then, some modals were thrown in:
- You can’t smoke in here.
- You don’t have to wear a suit.
- You mustn’t be late.
- You aren’t allowed to buy alcohol.
The last one dealt with past tenses:
- I lived in Miami for 6 years.
- I used to live in London.
- I was born in Edinburgh.
- I’ve lived here for 3 years.
Task B was titled “Anticipating learner difficulties”. I had to identify and explain the general problem that learners might have with each of the following groups of words/phrases:
- may well go, might possibly go, probably won’t go, is likely to go and will definitely go. (I personally thought this is tricky, even for natives, so it’d be hardly worth the time analysing the subtle differences, if any exists, between may well go, might possibly go and is likely to go)
- 3 idioms: out of the blue, down in the dumps and from the horse’s mouth
- four tricky words: import, perfect, record and permit (pronunciation differences between noun and verb forms)
Task C dealt with helping learners with meaning. I had to say, first, what the differences were and then elaborate how I would explain these to students.
- When I got there the party started / When I got there the party had started.
- interfere / intervene
Well, I read the tasks and started thinking about the essay…probably losing a few nights’ sleep along the way…