So Gavin Dudeney seems to be arguing in this recent piece of his in the Guardian:
I just can’t see how more technology in the CELTA could be practical or useful. It’s difficult enough to learn the stuff on the course as it is, and it seems impossible to choose which technology should be introduced when all schools they later teach in will have different stuff and most schools will have none. Probably the main candidate would be the interactive whiteboard, and I shudder to think of a generation of TEFL teachers who have been taught to rely on an IWB from day one, even in the unlikely case they move straight on to schools equipped with them.
As things stand, if a trainee wants to use a digital voice recorder or video camera in their practice classes and can think of a good way of doing so, I would imagine a trainer would let them, just like they let me do one of my CELTA classes 15 years ago with a stack of magazines. I’m also fairly sure that trainers wouldn’t ban ideas using technology when talking about how to teach particular language points. That shows exactly the right attitude to technology in class – you work out what you want to do and then you use technology if it is the best way to do so. Other times I have found that the best thing to use was a beachball or some paper cups, and they didn’t show me how to use them on the CELTA either.
It might also be argued that some people who pass the CELTA could still do with some help with their more traditional forms of literacy…