Sunday, July 28, 2013

What's up

A long hiatus in terms of blogging, but definitely not in terms of teaching...

BRAZ-TESOL, the Brazilian Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language, published my first blog post as an article in their latest newsletter. =) Really, really happy.

Also, I am about to finish an intensive CELTA, and boy, is that intense! :) On the other hand, the tutors were very supportive and my CELTA trainee team was truly a Team with capital T, so this has made the course a little easier to cope with. I'm certainly one who gets "by with a little help from my friends."  (So thank you, Sharon, Filipe, Sara, and Alini!) 

In fact, it wasn't as hard as I expected it to be, but only because I thought it'd be nearly impossible. ;-) It still meant sleep deprivation and no days off, though. And I have been in teaching for a while. I can't imagine what the intensive CELTA is like for inexperienced teachers, who Cambridge says is the CELTA's target audience! 0.o

I don't know what my score will be yet, but I've already got something much more important. Learning, of course. New friends, without a shadow of a doubt. Plus, a lot of heartfelt thank yous. For example, after I finished my last lesson, in which I worked with the song "Que Sera, Sera", students simply wouldn't leave the room. One of the students who lingered, a smiley 72-year-old, hugged me and said, "your lesson made me happy." 

Now, what in the world could top that? :D

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