Argh I think I’ve been gone from blogging so long I’ve forgotten how to write:O haha
Hmm I sorted took an unofficial accidental hiatus,I say that because I had intended to post during my course but I was busier than I had anticipated:O and thus no post to say I was on a hiatus.
So those of you who follow my twitter or facebook will know I was on a CELTA course for a month.
CELTA is a qualification for teaching English to adults (it stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)it was an intensive 4 week course 9.15-6 for 5 days a week with 6 hours of teaching practice(at 3 different levels) and 4 written assignments…….phew anywho I finished the course(nearly a month ago) and got a pass:D!!.So now I’m CELTA qualified.
It feels like a lifetime ago that I did it when in reality it finished about 2/3 weeks ago:O It was an amazing experience ..heres a summary of some of the things I can remember off the top of my head….
- it was very hard,harder then I had anticipated even though i knew it was going to be hard:S
- I hadn’t realised how much work went into teaching before,I knew they did alot but I never realised how much other things they had to think about.
- I met some amazing wonderful people and I don’t think I’ve laughed that much in a long time(and i usually laugh alot) It felt like a little family,everyone offering support and getting along.
- My tutors were beyond fabulous!!I don’t talk about it often but basically on my degree course all those years ago, my uni tutors were unprofessional and set unachievable goals and standards.Being under that kind of pressure and stress made my course utterly awful,I’d struggle to make my work better only to be told it was rubbish,no constructive criticism.They’d make bitchy snide remarks,in hindsight i should have put in a complaint but I just didn’t think about it then.There was a whole heap of other things but I don’t want to dampen a positive post. –The jist I was getting at was ,that my CELTA tutors where amazing,all their criticisms were constructive and they always had positive things to say.Being in that kind of environment makes you so positive that even when you get down you think “its ok i can improve…I’m here to learn:D” as opposed to ..”whats the point?i’ve worked this hard and gained nothing:(“!
- A main aspect of the course was assessing yourself,after every lesson we taught we had to fill in a self reflection sheet talking about what we liked,disliked about our lesson or what we could improve on or what went well.Which was really helpful in developing.
- I came to enjoy having a routine,up at 6am catch train at 7am school at 9.15 lessons all day till 3.45 then teaching practice till 6pm and home at 7.30/8pm.One of the downsides though was that once i got home I had to do lesson plans and written assignments:(.It was tiring and a little irritating at times to live so far away from the school but it was nice to have a set routine.
- Teaching practise was nerve wrecking but really fun(providing my lesson plan was done properly) There were some really funny moments.
- My dyslexia really sucks!!I’d kinda forgotten about it tbh,it only usually causes me issue with writing essays,being organised and occasionally reading things wrong but my dyslexias pretty mild.With this course being so intensive it really pushed my Dyslexia to its limit and with me being a kinesthetic learner I found it difficult to learn as quickly as most of my course mates.Sure I can learn a little via listening and seeing but for me I learn best by actually doing things.
So all in all,even though I had moments where I thought “why am i doing this course?TOT I’m rubbish at it “and nearly crying/actual crying moments :O I’m so glad i stuck at it and took it in the first place.It was awesome and in the moments where I felt like quitting i didn’t because I realised I really enjoy teaching.
I could write a whole lot more about the course but I thought i’d summerise:)
So right now,I’m looking for summer school job so I can get some experience,the plan was to go to Japan to teach but well that something i have to keep an eye on at the moment.In the mean time I’ve got my old job back and I’ve taken on a 2nd job…how bright of an idea that is, remains to be seen:S So in the next couple of weeks I think I’m working ehh something like 15-20 days minimum in a row …..O_O*thinking of the money and not the lack of sleep*