Summarize what you have personally gained from this course, and how you plan to put into action what you have learned:
Taking this course has done a lot more for me than I thought it would do. Aside from learning necessary teaching skills, I have learned that I do indeed have the ability to study outside of the classroom; this was due the motivation that I had from friends and family, and also thanks to the want and need for adventure and new experiences. Before taking this course, I had always had problems studying outside the classroom, because I never developed proper study skills when I was a child. What I have learned in this course will help me a long in my future job as I travel over to Turkey. Since taking this course, I have also found that when and if I return to the United States or an English speaking country, I would like to pursue a degree in either ESL or linguistics and teach children.
Those are the dates of my recently signed contract with a teaching agency in Istanbul. I’ll actually start with training 1 September, so I plan on going to Turkey a few days earlier so that my body can adjust. It still hasn’t sunk in that I will be teaching a little over a month; that probably will not happen until I am actually in the classroom a few weeks in. Since I have not had any experience, I will more than likely be placed with kindergartners which is actually what I would prefer. It may take more patience, but it will that much more rewarding in the end. So, here’s to a good year and my first actual job that will hopefully turn into a career.
I’m learning that lesson plans are hard and time consuming. They become slightly easier with the more of them that you come up with, but in a way they also become a bit harder; you don’t want to constantly repeat activities and have the class do the same things over and over again because then things become boring.
Only five more units to go!
I’m 75% done!
Also, I need to finish before July 11 because my tutor is going on vacation from July 11th – 29th! Kicking my butt into high gear. The only problem that I have is my current job and the fact that I’ve constantly been on the schedule. Going to pay the extra $50 as well so that I can get the certificate in 2-3 days after I complete the course instead of 2-3 weeks. I need to find a job as soon as possible, especially since I have a feeling that getting my work visa is going to be a headache and a half…
Now that finals and graduation are out of the way, I have been able to make some headway on my TEFL units. I have just finished Unit 7 and I am waiting on Unit 8 to arrive, which means that I am 35% done since there are 20 units altogether. It may not seem like much, but on days that I am not working at my new waitressing job in town, I can sometimes power through these lessons. The company only allows two units per day, but they do this so the student can let the lessons sink in. I would have to say that having studied a variety of languages in the past is actually helping me through some of these units. Because I have had a few years of different language courses, it is easy for me to pick up and learn the tenses since I have heard and worked with these terms so many times before. The same goes with lesson planning; I know what activities work for me and which ones do not. The tutor who goes over my units has been giving me very nice remarks on the work that I have done. Well, now I must wait for the next units to arrive. Perhaps I should study some Turkish in the meantime since it’s been awhile.
I am dead set on teaching English abroad, Turkey being the top contender at the moment. This summer I will receive my TEFL certificate, but before that I must register for the 120 hour course plus the additional 50 hour Business English course or Teaching English to Young Learners course. I would personally prefer the Young Learners course, but I know that the Business English will be much more advantageous in trying to secure a job in another country. I will have my Bachelor’s soon enough, and I can start on this.