Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsSo Monica, you've brought in this object. Can you tell me something about it, like where did you buy it? I bought it in the charity shop in Cambridge. I saw it in the window. OK, and what do you do with it? I have it in my living room. OK, did it cost a lot of money? It cost me 5 pounds, just under 5 pounds. Wow, that's a bargain. And why did you bring it today? I brought it today because it's a person thinking. Oh. And we've gotten to the stage of the course where people are thinking about what they've learned on the course and about what they're going to do next.
Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsAnd so I thought this would be something to get us started on that idea of reflection. And I think John Miranda and Panagiota were having a conversation about reflection and how just that it's quite hard to criticise yourself and think, actually, I could do this better. That's true. We don't to kind of feel we're not doing a good job. So learning how to reflect. So it's just learning how to reflect if you're already teaching. But also thinking about next steps if you want to become a teacher. Decisions to make and so on. Yeah, because people have been saying that they're thinking maybe they should do this or maybe they should-- CELTA It's also actually going back to resources.
Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsIt's a really nice idea to bring an object from your house and talk about why you like it, where you got it, how long you've had it, who gave it to you. For the students it's fantastic, a rich speaking activity. Because we-- Practicing question forms Just bring anything in, find something outside. Yeah, fantastic. Great. And also this week we'll do a little roundup of the week before saying bye by as usual. But we asked people to put on Padlet recommendations, tips about-- because every week we've had the thing that we sent round about China and Italy, about advice from places around the world That's right. And we asked people to do that themselves.
Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsAnd we've had quite a lot of really interesting things. And lots of places I really fancy going. Where's you fancy going? Well, I think I quite fancy Nigeria, because it's hot, and I like places that are hot. And the guy that put it up there said that the government is going to do things about improving the education systems in Nigeria. And so I'd like to be part of that, certainly. What about you? I liked Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan. I'm probably pronouncing it wrongly. It sounded very exciting. It sound like beautiful scenery, lovely people, friendly, welcoming, and different culture, different customs. Nice, yeah. I thought, If I'm young again, I'd probably go to Kyrgyzstan. Young, yeah. Me too.
Skip to 2 minutes and 33 secondsOK, and then we had-- the next week was about the qualities of a teacher. And we had some really nice stories, didn't we, from people. I had the stories from Maria, who said she had a really fantastic music teacher. And the reason she liked him was because he was a skilled musician and he had passion. And he knew how of pass on that passion to the students. Did you have one? Well, actually, there were lots of people who said that, actually, there was a subject they didn't like at all. Wilba I think mentioned physics. He didn't like physics. And Yihee mentioned that he wasant interested in English at all.
Skip to 3 minutes and 8 secondsAnd then Yihee said, Sir Richard, his teacher, came along when they were 7 years old, and he got her interested in English. Fantastic. And there's so many stories like that. Yeah, absolutely. Liking something because of a teacher. Yeah, yeah. Because I have Susan who said that she had a maths teacher, and she was hopeless at maths, and she was a D. But her grade went from D to A because the teacher made her enjoy the subject. Yeah. Even though it was difficult and frustrating, she enjoyed that challenge. I think it's a hard thing to be a teacher like that. Lots of people said that, and it was because of the teacher.
Skip to 3 minutes and 44 secondsBut some people actually gave some specific things that teachers did that motivated them. And Natalia said, for example, that her teacher, he was interested in them and he knew their interests, so if he knew that you were interested in tennis, for example, he would say, well, how did Roger Federer do in Wimbledon this year? He'd give you a sentence that related to the topic. Yeah. And also contextualising things in things that personalise-- But personalised. Yeah. The personalization, that's the word, yeah. Very nice. And I guess then, also, we should go onto the questions because this is the last Q&a, isn't it? We had a question stack and we had a few questions.
Skip to 4 minutes and 20 secondsSo we've gone with the ones that were the most liked. And the first one was a question asking, what are the key questions that you should ask before you sign a contract? Well, I think you need to ask questions you would ask for any job, really. You've got to be very clear about the hours that you have to work, especially find out if the day,
Skip to 4 minutes and 42 secondsif it's an eight-hour day, is that eight hours from 9:00
Skip to 4 minutes and 45 secondsin the morning till 5:00, or is it-- Yes, she was talking about split shift-- Yeah
Skip to 4 minutes and 49 secondsOr is it 2:00 till 10:00 at night? Or is in the morning and then back in the evening? Is it tramping across the city to teach in one place in the morning and one in the evening? So find out the terms and conditions. And obviously, find out what your pay is going to be. Find out things like sick pay, because you can fall ill at any time. What holiday you're going to get. I know somebody who wanted to do a job where it was 30 hours teaching a week with 10 days holiday a year. And I said, no, don't want it, because it was somebody I liked. So all those things, I think, think about very, very carefully.
Skip to 5 minutes and 24 secondsAnd obviously, the age of the students that you're expected to teach. The age of the students, exactly. When I taught-- Suddenly they might slip in that you have to teach young learners and you don't like kids, or-- Very often, I had to teach teenagers on Wednesday afternoon. Ooh! I bet you were really good at it. I thought I was teaching adults. So lots of things like that, just asking questions and talking to people you've worked with before as well. That's a good idea. That's a good idea.
Skip to 5 minutes and 48 secondsAsk for them to recommend-- some poeple you can talk too Perhaps also the notice conditions, that if you really-- let's say, for example, you're really unhappy, but maybe the organisation paid your fare, are you going to get that reimbursed or do you have to work the complete year? Because sometimes they're strings attached.. And it is important, I think, as well, that if you work for an organisation that you're not happy in, just work out your time. Don't leave them in the lurch. No. Because you never know in life how things will pan out, whether you'll need that person again. Do out your time. If you have to give two weeks notice, teach your two weeks and then go.
Skip to 6 minutes and 21 secondsdon't just leave And don't bellyache all the time you're there, and don't tell people how to do their job. They don't want to know. Just do your time and go. I think at any job, you have to think of an exit strategy, don't you I agree. You want to know-- Yeah. And then we also had a question kind of related. This was about --red flags, wasn't it? Red flags look after. Don't go there. What red flags are there-- I mean, I think the internet nowadays is a great source, it's a great help. Because if you put in the name of the school that you're looking to work in, you will get to reviews.
Skip to 6 minutes and 53 secondsAnd if people have worked there and have not been happy, they will have written that on the internet somewhere. So look at that. Make sure the place has a website. Make sure it looks like it has a building. And again, your idea of getting recommendations from previous teachers, asking them if they can recommend someone you can talk to. And if they can't recommend anybody, then maybe that is a red flag. Yes. I wouldn't go for a one-off there. Because it's like when you go on TripAdvisor, some people say the hotel was noisy. Some people say it was wonderful. so you need to balance -- Absolutely. You will see. Also, we've got, what other qualifications are beneficial apart from CELTA.
Skip to 7 minutes and 31 secondsSo you've got your CELTA. What other qualifications are beneficial to get the job. I think, actually, what can be useful is a qualification in something like a coaching qualification, so coaching in football, or a music qualification. I think sometimes, especially language schools, want to do extracurricular activities. And if you can give something extra, I think-- Yeah. And I think you don't have to have the qualification, do you? You could just know how to do it. So for example, Tariq plays the guitar, but he probably doesn't have a qualification. But that would be an asset, wouldn't it, to a school where maybe they want to have a party and they want to have some music in the party.
Skip to 8 minutes and 6 secondsExactly, but something like a first aid certification. That's useful. Oh, IT skills. If you've got IT skills, or if you're good at animation or video, I think that-- technical skills, actually, a technical qualification. And actually, if you work for a school, the school might decide to offer it as a sort of elective or an extra subject that the kids can come to do in their free time, perhaps. Yeah, great. I think that goes on to our last question, isn't it, about how you can sell yourself, especially if the only teaching practise you've got is on your CELTA course, six hours. How do you get someone to employ you when you've only taught for six hours?
Skip to 8 minutes and 40 secondsI think that-- on the CELTA course you've taught for six hours, but actually you've attended 60-- six zero-- hours of teaching practise, because you were in teaching practise every day for the whole course. And so you taught for six hours, but you observed how many ever other people were in your group. It could be five other people teaching six hours as well. And included in teaching practise component of the course, you got feedback on your lessons. So all of that, you say to people, well, the course involved 60 hours of teaching practise, and we also-- we got feedback from a professional, qualified trainer on our lessons every time we taught.
Skip to 9 minutes and 24 secondsWe were taught to evaluate and to develop our reflective skills. We had to give feedback to other people. We also observed experienced teachers. Talk about the range of course books that you used, because you will have used course books in the teaching practise. I think there's a lot that you can sell. Maybe during the CELTA course, you did a one to one. Maybe you did a focus on the learning assignment and you had to do some one to one work with a learner. Talk about that. Yeah, and also, you get a certificate, don't you, from your CELTA course? Yeah, absolutely. You get a review of your performance. Yeah, from the centre itself.
Skip to 9 minutes and 58 secondsSo they'll-- say what your strengths and weaknesses are. You'll have something that you can show-- Absolutely. I think now we have to think about answering the question people said, what do you do next? Well, there's lots you can do next. So-- In terms of courses, I mean. OK, so there's the ground course. And remember, I put that-- I think it's on week four or the step on there. So there's that. But there are also some future learning courses which we're going to talk about, because you and I were involved somehow or other in those. And there's the volunteering refugees course. So you taught that.
Skip to 10 minutes and 32 secondsThere's volunteer with refugees, which is for people who are supporting refugees, either in a teaching or non-teaching capacity. And there's a course going on right now. It's finished, but you can still join. You can register and you can join in And then you'll have six weeks. You'll have six weeks to do it. The other course which is coming soon is teaching your subject in English. November time, towards the end of the year. you can register your interest in that one. It's not live to register yet. And then finally, there's a course that you're involved in, Marie Therese.. Starting next week, yeah. And that is? Teaching English online.
Skip to 11 minutes and 3 secondsAnd actually, I noticed, Monica, that lots of people that are on this course have registered. So I'm going to see you guys again next week. Gosh, right. Absolutely and it's a future learn course. It starts on Monday. And it's called Teaching English Online. And you're doing that with Lindsay. I'm doing that with Lindsay We'll miss you, though, Monica. We'll miss you. Well, I'll miss you too, Marie Therese. And then finally, our quote of the week. Our end of course week. So my quote is from Carola who kind of said thank you and bye bye to everybody. And she-- to her teaching colleagues, which we have involved us in that.
Skip to 11 minutes and 35 secondsShe says, let's learn, let's teach, prosper, and have fun while teaching. That sounds like a really good not to end on. And I just would like to end, actually, by saying that-- we mentioned before how much people have commented, how much you've contributed to the course. And Martha was a participant who had to kind of stop participating for a little while because she had an eye operation. But then she came back and said, the most important part of the course, one of the most beneficial parts of the course was the contact with other learners on the course. She says, that was the icing on the cake for the course. Yeah, it's been great, really. Yeah, so it's been really fantastic.
Skip to 12 minutes and 9 secondsThanks so much, everyone. Bye bye. Thank you and good luck.
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