A week after I finished my CELTA, I was employed at the school were I had done the training to provide some cover work. I was given half a time table, so as not to enduce a nervous breakdown by Tuesday lunchtime. I had three classes, a speaking class, a reading/writing/listening class and a general English class.
The first week, fresh from my CELTA course, I spent hours planning the lessons. I am pleased to say, however, that, by the second week, I had greatly reduced my planning to a few post-it notes and some ticking of the book!
I had a large number of Korean students in my general English class, who were very quiet and often reluctant to speak. A very shy French boy, and a very domineering Italian man. Getting the balance right with talking time and monitoring was somewhat of a challenge but by the end of my time there, I think I had done pretty well.
In my reading/writing/ listening class, I had a very moody Swiss boy who was into heavy metal and rifles! I was a bit nervous at having a potential serial killer in my class room, so I mainly just left him to it! You should have seen how animated he was though when I got them to right about there favourite sport! He wrote a whole essay on shooting and wanted to share it with the whole class! I don’t think I ever saw him that sociable the whole time I was there!
It’s like they say about driving…. Once you pass your test, is when you really learn how to drive.
The following posts will be a few ideas which I used when I didn’t want to rely on the text book too much… Let me know what you think.