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Teaching – Feelin’ good on a Wednesday.

Firstly – has anyone seen the South Park episode with the song about Lorde? My boyfriend finds it absolutely hysterical and as he repeats it every few minutes, it’s been stuck in my head for absolutely days. Especially now that it’s Wednesday.

Ya ya ya, I am Lorde (Youtube link here)

Anyway, now that I’ve got that out of my system I thought I’d update you guys once again.

still haven’t heard back from any of my interviews and it’s driving me absolutely insane! I’m going out of my mind not knowing their decisions and can only hope for the best. Of course, I don’t want to leave my boyfriend behind, but at the same time I am so desperate for a change of scenery, a bit of excitement, some adventure.

Today I took on an extra options class at work, which was focused on ‘reading’ at an Upper Intermediate level. Jeez, these guys were good! I love reading, as you may have guessed, but it’s not exactly an easy skill to teach – is it? Thankfully they were a great class and hopefully they got something out of the lesson.

I am absolutely shattered. My brain is shutting down but with some smashed avo on toast and a cup of tea, I’m powering on. I’ve taken on an extra three hours of work tomorrow so I absolutely cannot let the students or my colleague down.

I asked my Intermediate class to write a poem for their homework, after teaching them about onomatopoeia, alliteration and rhyme today. I’m curious as to how they’ll turn out (stay tuned…)

I’d better catch some zzzs. It’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday.

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I’m a teacher (week 3!)

Wow-o-wow! Where on earth has the past two weeks gone?
Today marks the third Monday that I have been a teacher and I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it!

My lessons today were hilarious – my intermediate class had me speaking Chinese and were asking about my plans after working at BEET. I always find it quite lovely when students talk to you like a normal person, rather than as a teacher whom you shouldn’t talk to.

Once again my elementary class decided they wanted to play teacher, sing karaoke and tell me about their relationship issues (not sure about this one?!) and it was just so good to see them laughing and enjoying the lesson. Don’t worry, we did LOADS of work. Grammar work. and be+verb+ing – they were not impressed, but after blood, sweat and tears, we got there together! I can only hope they remember it tomorrow.

My bus didn’t show up, so I sat in the cold for 45 minutes which turned me into a moody, grumpy old bat and the minute I eventually stepped through my front door I had a message to say my interview time needed changing (for tomorrow morning). I ended up having an hours interview this evening. Boy. I want that job. I wanted it the minute I saw the advert. The second I had my pre-interview. And after that interview, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life. I want that job.  I won’t say anything yet, as I’d rather not jynx my chances of an offer, but I will keep you updated.

It’s past midnight now and I’ve been lesson-planning since 9. My head is so full of interviews and job-related things that I can hardly focus. But I’m determined not to let my lovely students down and therefore I must plan. 

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I’m a teacher! (Day 2)

WELL. After yesterday going so well, I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised that my first lesson wasn’t a total success.

Trying to explain auxiliary verbs at intermediate level just didn’t work for me. I don’t know why, I just COULD NOT EXPLAIN THEM. Argh! It must have been so painful to watch. A total disaster. Most of the students in that group are lovely though, but they don’t talk much, so it’s hard to really get an idea of their personalities. 

Hopefully tomorrow or Thursday they’ll come out of their shell a little, and I’ll have gained a little more confidence too. (Fingers crossed!)

My second lesson is with the elementary students and they are such a great bunch – they make such an effort and never stop talking, I love it! Our topic for the day was jobs & work – which was an interesting one but by no means easy! Still, I feel like I am genuinely able to teach efficiently and make a difference to elementary level students. Is that a cop-out? 

My final lesson was an ‘options’ – which is a 45 minute skills lesson, of which mine was A2 Speaking – I chose Retail Therapy! (Who doesn’t love shopping?!) so that went down a storm and we ended with a gap-full/role play on trying on clothes + buying them. 

I loved my last two lessons and can only hope I come to enjoy the intermediate classes just as much.

I have spent 4 hours planning for tomorrow, so I’m hoping it pays off!

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CELTA WEEK 4

Apologies for the late update, as we finished our course on Friday afternoon! My provisional grade is a Pass – and fingers crossed it stays that way.

The last week was an odd one. Until Wednesday we were all panicking about re-subs and whether or not we had done enough to pass. Completing final lesson plans and organising our portfolios ready for submission!

Whilst it was a reasonably calm week compared to the previous three, I was antsy. I was losing my patience with people constantly shouting and talking over the teachers, people getting petty over swapping seats and such… it felt like we were actually back in school.

Once 4pm rolled around on Friday I was sad to say goodbye to our lovely Pre-Intermediate students, who were an absolute delight to teach. But also, my group. Three people who I now consider friends, who have supported me over the past 4 weeks and made my time on the course more enjoyable than expected. I will miss spending the week with them, and hope we end us meeting again!

I almost didn’t sign up for the course, and I nearly backed out after I’d been accepted, because I didn’t think I could do it. I was wrong. I did it, and I’m so glad I did. It has been a fantastic experience, albeit extremely intense and a tough one to manage!

Doing the CELTA course is worth every minute if it’s a path you want to take, and I can’t say enough positive words about ITTC, the course and the brilliant people that work there.

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CELTA STUDENT 101

Hey guys!

I apologise for not nearly rounding off my travels on here, but I arrived home on Monday evening and started classes at 8:30am on Tuesday!

Since the job situation wasn’t promising, and the time was right more than ever, my dad agreed to loan me the money for the CELTA course, which I am taking here in Bournemouth at the ITTC college!


The week started off with thoughts of ‘wow these people are awesome!‘ And ‘oh my god I can’t do this!‘ And ‘okay this is tough but I can totally do this!!‘ 

Demanding, testing, exciting, fun, enjoyable, challenge, character building – all words that describe how I feel about this course now that WEEK ONE IS OVER!

I’m in a group with three lovely people – we teach together and observe each other – and I’m in a general class with some fascinating, intelligent, wonderful people. I can’t complain about a single thing and I’m ready for week two!