Friday, March 30, 2007

Day 3 of Class


Stephanie and I are moving onto our third evening of class tonight at Global TESOL College. Though we have been told from a number of differnt sources that you don't "need" to get certified through an organization like this before you go, we decided that it would be worth our while. So far, it has been very much worth our while. We are lucky to have such a small class size (9 people - usually, they have 15-20) which means that we get to do a bit more.
The foundation course covers utilizes two gargantuan work books and manuals and Stephanie and I have signed-up for two additional corresponence courses which we will work on over the next couple of months. These specialization courses focus on certain teaching targets ie: teaching ESL for tourism, business, children, adults etc. I have decided to go for the children and adults courses - just to brush-up :)
As I mentioned, so far we are both finding the course very useful. It runs for 35 in-class hours as well as 25 additonal out of class hours and so far, we are totally engaged for the whole time we're there. Our instructor, Raphaelle, is very nice and very informed so I'm not drinking as much coffee as I thought I might be. It also helps that Raphaelle has had a couple of years of teaching experience in Korea (our destination of choice) so we can ask lots of pertinent questions after class.
Our classmates are all very cool too. I'll try to post some photos of them later on, but for now, above is a photo of "Refelective Raphaelle" - our fearless leader. We all had to choose names by adding a desciptive adjective that starts with the same first letter. Dan O. already took "Dynamic". Damn him!
Here's one of myself, "Dastardly Dave" and "Hyper Hy" (pronounced "hee")

And one photo of "Surprising Stephanie" making a point, emphasizing it with her apple core...

Being in class now and having made the choice to take our week days off work, Stephanie and I are relaxed and enjoying our homework - how odd! We must be excited to leave. This weekend will see each student present a lesson to the class in another language. Sound difficult? You bet! But that's what this afternoon is for.
Back to the books. I'll try to send-out another entry when our course is finished.

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