Anarchic Lesson Planning (Part I)

Is the CELTA too Prescriptive?

One of the most common complaints I receive from CELTA candidates is that the course is too prescriptive. Like most complaints on the course (and most complaints in life too, for that matter), the main function of these is, most often, to give excuses for one’s own shortcomings.

Exceptional Practice

These complaints often come from candidates with many years of experience who are convinced that if they were allowed to teach as they had before coming onto the course—disregarding frameworks, fixed lesson aims, task staging and the like—we would immediately see just what excellent teachers they really are. More often than not, these are teachers who had been mediocre at best before coming onto the course, but who took their students’ (relative) satisfaction with their lessons for signs that the