MASSIVE update…

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I cannot believe that I have posted anything since August 13th. I feel so bad! So many things have happened and changed! Since my situation had changed, I have attended a local Girl Guide camp and fell for Teaching in Malaysia.

Anyway; back to my MASSIVE update! Since all the problems with my current job (yes I am still working in a school), I am still planning on going abroad September/October 2016. I have AirMiles (okay, okay they are called Avios now!) that I can use! I have signed to collect more by doing surveys for Avios. It only takes up a little bit of time each day! I am aiming for the Thailand Internship. I feel that I will enjoy it better than China; I can always head over to China after the five months?!

However; I have decided to go and visit my “family” in America for a few weeks – I know that I will use some of my points but as it is getting closer to Christmas (I cannot believe that I just said the C-word!!) I am hoping the “Santa and family” will give my US Dollars or even buy my some Avios. I have volunteered myself for a camp while I am in the USA. It will be good to see the camp from the “working” side as the last two times I have attended the camp I was a participant. I am REALLY looking forward to seeing them all again! I am excited about using my American Sign Language at the SIGNS restaurant in Canada.

As well as my job stressing me out; I have been trying to keep myself relaxed by crafting a lot more. Handmade Crafts & Cards has been doing better than I expected. At work; I have been working with one of my students who is originally from Albania, who happens to be Deaf. In theory, she is Tri-lingual! British Sign Language, Albanian and English. Her English is the thing that is suffering as she does not use it enough. I have been using the English Banana Elementary course; which I love! However; last week I was pulled off timetable to support another student and now she is suffering. I am still giving her homework though; I just hope that all is okay with her.

I am currently undertaking the Advanced Grammar TEFL Certificate; the last module I can do with I-to-I TEFL. I have also been listening to The Budget Minded Traveler; Jackie is an amazing blogger and she also does a Podcast. I have been listening to it during my commute to work. I am a little behind as Jackie has been producing the Podcast since 2014. I am loving her tips and hints and I have been inspired to save my pennies much more than I am!

I have written my reviews of my Teaching in Italy and Teaching in Vietnam modules. I will be posting them soon.

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First ever Phone interview!!

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On Wednesday; last week, I had my first ever phone interview for a job in Poland as an ESL Intern with Speed School of English and I was terribly nervous about it. I have never had an interview over the phone before. I know that this will be how the schools or companies I apply for will conduct their interviews. However; we had some technical difficulties – using public WiFi is not a good idea (that is a thing to remember) but we ended up using my mobile number. It worked fine but it was a little noisy and I sat in my car. I am so glad that I was unable to be seen. I was interviewed by Andy.

The interview lasted for half an hour and I was surprised by the amount of questions he asked. I had the feeling that I did not do every well when it had finished. There were questions that I did not even think that he would ask about…for example – grammar! I was asked to give examples of Tenses – Past, Present and Future. I was asked to give an example – I could not believe it my mind went blank! It was horrid. This is where I think it all went down hill for me. However; Andy did ask my for the definitions of two words. The words were ‘Century’ and ‘Freedom’. Personally; I think that my answers were pretty lame,  but Andy seemed to like them. At the end of the half an hour, Andy said that he would pass my details etc. onto Natalie and she would call me again after the weekend to ask some more questions on Grammar. He would email me a “Pre-Arrival Study Pack” to read beforehand; which when it arrived I read front to back three times and highlighted the key points of Grammar.

It has been many months since I did my Grammar Awareness Course (and I feel that it is time that I refresh myself by doing the course again!) and I am very worried about the questions the Natalie would ask. Within the email; which to be honest I thought Andy was going to send by it was actually from Natalie, stated that I have a good personality for being a TEFL teacher and I would fit in with the rest of the team (paraphrasing a little). My jaw almost hit the floor when I read that part; I could not believe it. I must have been okay with the interview. I was a little relived. However; today was the second half of the interview. Again I feel that it did not go to plan. I was very nervous. I knew that she would ask me to give examples of all the tenses and what the parts of speech were. I focussed on these sections when I was waiting for Natalie to call me.

However; Natalie did say that she would contact my References by phone (I have had to change my Reference recently as one of them is no longer able to be contacted by the information I have for them) or by email (as one of my current References is Deaf) to discuss me and my ability to teach. At this time I became more nervous; as the Grammar questions she had asked I did not fully answer correctly. However; as an Intern you are being taught how to teach in theory so I would have to brush up pretty quickly! [Note to Self: write a post about Grammar].

 

She did ask me one thing…would I be able to start working with Speed School before the Summer 2015. “All I need to do is to give my current employers one months notice” was all I said; but I know that I would have to discuss the matter with my family.

So, what do you all think? Has she just said ‘maybe’ to me?

Zero To Hero – Day 24: Publish a Roundup

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Today’s challenge: publish a roundup post that links to posts on at least three other blogs, and tell us why we should read your recommendations.

A roundup? What is a roundup? I don’t actually know; as I have never done one! However; WordPress state that “Roundup posts are collections of links to things you love — shouldn’t be the basis of your blogging, but they can be great add-ons. They’re less stressful and time intensive than generating an original post. They open new avenues of conversation. They attract new readers, and are highly share-able.”

This is going to be a hard and lengthy post as there are so many blogs I am currently loving and need you all to read and follow them. Most the blog below are ‘Travel’ or ‘Teaching’ themed; I do apologise for that. As after all this blog is all about my TEFL adventures…

Firstly, I have selected:

Cornish Kylie – Teaching adventures in Thailand

Kylie’s blog was one of the first few blogs based on TEFLing that I started following. Kylie is currently in Thailand; which is one of the places I have been interested in Teaching in. One of the posts that Kylie has written that has stuck in my mind was published on September, 28 2013 – Five for Friday; myths about TEFL teaching. This post has made me think about TEFL teaching more. It was one of the many reasons why I have done the extra modules via i-to-t TEFL.

 Nerd in the Brain

 I have only recently started following Nerd in the Brain; it is a wonderful insight into home schooling. Fab resources and clever ideas for children. I know that I am going to use some of them when I am travelling – especially this idea about NEDs – wonderful for the students’ responsibilities.

 

Where’s My Backpack

This is another blog I have only recently started following; I love the weekly themes that Ailsa creates…it is good to see what is around the world with the themes! An excellent blog for Photographers to build their portfolio.

2014 has begun…

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Well, everyone…firstly, Happy New Year to you all! I hope that all of you had a nice festive period. It flew past too quickly for my liking. In a previous post I wrote that I had bought myself two more modules from i-to-i; currently I have 73 days left to complete them. *screams quietly*

Also I have decided to apply for the China Internship; after thinking about it a lot last night. I know that working with Deaf children is amazing; I love to see them achieve when they have learnt something new and exciting – I know that I will get the same feeling when I am teaching abroad.

I have gone through my old emails and found that august last year (as in 2013), I requested some information about the Internship in China – I printed it off, read it and made notes! On one email there was a link to this video:

It has been created by and I also read i-to-i’s blog post ; it is dated 2011, but I thought that it is still a good thing to read it. It has helped me a lot with making my decision. I am so going to send her postcards from China; if…no I should say WHEN I get to China.

I work with Julie; she is also TEFL qualified and she applied to work in Africa just over a year ago – she has also been helping me. She and I have used our TEFLing skills when it comes to doing group work with our Deaf children. It is funny how we can both make a lesson from just the topic. ‘Winging it’ is what we have been told that is…I called it using my TEFL knowledge and applying to my current job.

I have nothing to lose! My current job I can always come back to if need be; as Signers to help Deaf children in their schools are always needed. I have not home to worry about; nor family (as in my own – mum is retiring, it will save her some cash and my brother has a family of his own) to hold me back. I do volunteer with Girlguiding UK; but as mum is retiring (we both work in the same group) I have lost the excitement for it. I have been doing it since I was 18; with two and a bit years off when I was away at University; I could have grown out of it really…I may never know!

Doing more…

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Well, I have done it! Just bought the “Teaching in Japan” specialist module from i-to-i TEFL. It is only 5 hours; but I will be able to do it quickly, well I hope to!
Has anyone else done this module? What do you think of it?

I have already done the test; got 85% (go me!!) but the assignment is what is getting me down. I want to write more than the 150 words that the answers are requesting.

I will doing the “Teaching in China” module too and then compare the two modules. I know that I would be welcome and comfortable in Asia as I will become healthier and happier within myself.

My sister-in-law, Jo, was talking to me about what I am going to do when my mom retires from Guiding (Girl Scouts in the UK) in April next year. To be honest I don’t know, I don’t know if I could continue without her. I want to save my cash and sell all my crafts – Handmade Crafts & Cards @ Etsy – I have I get some cash together.