I’m here today to talk about something I’ve been thinking it may be an issue once I get my CELTA certificate.
First of all, as I might have mentioned in my first post, I want to teach English abroad. Of course, I need experience teaching in my own country in order to be better qualified to teach somewhere else.
The thing is: some countries only accept and hire native speakers, and if you are not one they have other requirements for you to be accepted. For example, you need a four-year college degree (which I don’t have), plus a certificate which can be a CELTA or TEFL, some of them won’t hire you because you have an accent.
What I know is that some other countries (the minority) don’t even ask you for these things. If you are willing to teach and know how they will hire you.
I had a talk with my previous English teacher from California some time ago and together we talked about the countries which would be easier for me to teach. Among them are Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico and China. I mean, for a starter I don’t really mind about the first place I’m going to. I just want to have a place to start.
Well, saying all this, I won’t know how hard it is to get a job abroad until I face this challenge.
Some updates I have about the CELTA course is that I’ve passed my second assignment (YES!!!), and have taught half of the classes I’m supposed to. We even had a class to fill the documents in our portfolio and have them checked by our tutors. (I always say WE because we are seven in the class).
Now, I have done my third assignment and will send it on Thursday. I need to teach four more classes to an intermediate group (argh!) and that is it.
I feel anxious about teaching this group, but I guess everything will be ok.
This is it for today. I’m very proud of myself and the reality is that I will miss these classes once they are over.
I will not talk about the subject I was supposed to.
Today I want to talk about my first assignment, why I got a ‘resubmission’ and how anxious and nervous I am about this.
The CELTA course demands a lot from you. Besides the teaching practice, which are eight, the input classes, lots of reading we have to do, peers we have to observe… we have to write four assignments. Tutors set a deadline and after analysing our work, they send us back with a Pass or Resubmission.
A resubmission means you missed some information you were supposed to write in there, or you made a mistake in terms of grammar or something.
I made a few preposition mistakes, and had to adapt an exercise that was not appropriate.
I made all the changes I had to, but now I am too nervous to send it. My deadline is in two days and today I have just sent my second assignment, which I have read more than a thousand times, to make sure I will get a Pass.
Well, I took this course for granted, I admitted it. It is hard work.
Next post I will talk about the teaching abroad and non-native speakers.
I was absent for almost two months, and the reason I haven’t posted anything is because things got crazy with the beginning of the course.
I am really enjoying taking these classes and I’m very excited about the future and about becoming an English teacher.
I’ve taught two classes so far, and they were both satisfatory. Of course I had negative points which need to be improved, but as the tutors are very attentive and give us feedback about our teaching practice, we are more than able to work on our development needs.
The CELTA course is very demanding, but is being amazing to learn so many things I didn’t know before.
I want my next topic to be about the non-native English Teachers in the whole world. How difficult is it to get a job once you are not a native speaker? I have someone who is helping me in this matter. She is an English Teacher, and she as well, took the CELTA course.
I got a little worried about this, because most of the countries only give the job to native speakers.
Well, this will not let me down. I know I have chances and I will work very hard to get a job abroad.
‘Till next time 🙂
When I first went to the United States,almost three years ago, my goal was to learn English, so I could come back to Brazil and work speaking the language.
Before leaving, I met an English teacher from Boston. I wanted to keep having classes with a native after coming back. While talking with her she asked me what kind of job I would like to have in Brazil, and I told her I had no idea, I just wanted to work in a place where I could use what I had learned.
It was then when she asked me about the idea of teaching. She said she knew I could do it. And it didn’t actually sound like something I would never do. I am patient, I like explaining things and teaching would help me practicing as well.
She told me she took the Celta classes and went to China and South Africa to teach kids, and by the time she finished speaking, I felt I really could do that. She explained to me the whole Celta process. Once in Brazil we started building together my future as a teacher. I no longer have classes with her, but she showed herself to be very helpful and kind.
I believe is very rewarding to be a teacher, once you get to experience different things, you get to know different people, and why not, learn with them every class. You grow as a person.
I’ll be back next Friday, talking about my first class 🙂
I’ve created this blog to register my evolution as an English teacher. I want this blog to be my diary, so in the near future I can recognize my flaws and be proud to see I have improved my skills.
I’m not a teacher yet. My first step will be taking the CELTA course. These classes will lead me to earn a certificate, which allows me to teach English whatever I want, in the whole world. The course will last four months and I will be taking the classes twice a week: every Tuesday and Thursday, for about four hours each day. On Tuesdays I will have input classes, and on Thursdays I will have practical classes, teaching voluntaries or even teachers (Jeez!!!)
I am very excited about this. I can’t wait to start this course,but mostly, I can’t wait to finish it. I know it sounds awkward, I really believe I’ll have fun throughout the whole course, but I just want my journey as an English teacher to really begin.
I’m aware my English skills are far to be great, and far to be as good as if I were a teacher, but hold on, because I’m trying. I got this.
My course will start on February 21st, and I will compromise to write on this blog every Friday, and register every little thing about the classes. I want to write about my teachers, whether I like them or not, about the lessons and assingments I’ll have to do, and about the challenges I may face on the way.
I want to be as close as I can to the language and for this matter I will write everything in English.
My name is Graciele, I am 30 years old and I’m seeking for a new and remarkable adventure in life.
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