My impressions on ELT before and after taking the Methodology course
Before taking this course I had already had experience on teaching English in different places. I worked at:
– Policia Metropolitana (teaching police officers)
– Liceo Metropolitano
– Maria Auxiliadora school
– Nuestra señora del Carmen school
– CVA downtown
– Loscher Institute
I have to be sincere but I was really empiric when it came to be about doing my job and it was not until I started at “CVA” and later on “Loscher Institute” when I got a formal training on teaching English — I have to say that both trainings and approaches were widely different–. However I had not got and handled such a huge array of information regarding ELT until I took this course at the ped.
I have learned so much and something which is more important: I have reflected on my teaching performance — especially on my weaknesses– and now I am trying to do my utmost in the current place I am working.
Before taking this course I was one the guys thinking that teaching English was a piece of cake as long as you handle a nice pronunciation, fluency, intonation and a wide vocabulary…
All in all, I can say that nowadays I have realized this is not so true. Teaching English is a demmanding job –as long as you take it for real– so you have to study, train and even research about the way you are intended to perform your teaching activity; and this course have come in handy to improve my performance.
I also would like to thank our teacher for guiding us in this complicated thing which is applying the use of new technologies for our teaching activity.
I have worked with my students using the new technologies and though it has been a little bit messy, most of them have shown a great interest on continuing doing it like this… –next term I am creating a group similar to the one the teacher created to work on their assigments.