Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello everybody. Hello everyone. Marie Therese and I are here this week to reflect on and review Week 1 with you. And what we love about the MOOC is that we're here in Cambridge, but we're connecting with you all over the world. There are people from so many different countries. And if you look at the ZMap, you'll be able to see this huge range of people on the course and also people who are starting out in English language teaching, people who want to change career. Sylvia mentioned that she wanted to recycle herself - I love that concept, Sylvia. And other people who are teaching already, for example, Siram said, he's on the course.
Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsHe's got experience already, but he's here to learn or maybe to unlearn, which is an interesting idea, to unlearn things which maybe he shouldn't be doing. And I think somebody else called Wenhui said that even though he's a teacher and has been teaching for some years, still every day on the job is full of challenges and discoveries. So it's really nice that there are so many of you on the course. Yeah, lots of people with no experience as well, remember, that we have lots of people who are saying that they're thinking oh, should I do a CELT course? Should I be an English language teacher? We have older people who are wanting, thinking about changing career. Quite a few people.
Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsSome people who already live overseas are thinking that maybe that's a way of supplementing their pensions and that sort of thing. And also young people are coming out of university wondering what should I do with my life? So yes, it's for everyone, isn't it? It is. Right. And one thing we ask you to do this week, especially important for people new to teaching, was to learn a phrase from one of the languages that we posted on the course. So I'm going to start with my phrase. I'm cheating a bit, because I did live in Czechoslovakia for a year, but - this is cheating - part of this phrase is new. I didn't know it already.
Skip to 1 minute and 47 secondsAnd also the person who posted it is Monica. Ahoj ja jsem Monica, Te�� mi! Which is my name is Monica. Nice to meet you. Te�� mi! Is that how I speak it? That right. Well done, Marie Therese. And your phrase? Mine is Namaste. Namaste mero nam Marie Therese ho. Very good! And that means hello, my name is Marie Therese. And shall we talk a little about that exercise? Catarina for example said, hearing different languages is absolutely amazing. I love this task. And I did too. I thought it was really great. Lots of people recorded on Vocaroo The quality of Vocaroo varied a bit, but it doesn't matter really. And I tried to learn two or three languages.
Skip to 2 minutes and 35 secondsI was kind of a bit - in the end, I went for the Nepalese, because it was the one I could hear the clearest I think that was Sangita that recorded that, and it was very clear. But the reason that we did that activity really is to give you an idea of what it's like to not to be able to say anything in a language, how hard it is actually learn a foreign language. And I think lots and lots of people in the comments box said exactly that. It's so difficult to learn this. I mean, I've been saying this all afternoon and I still have to read it off the piece of paper.
Skip to 3 minutes and 8 secondsAnd so I think really it's an opportunity for us to get you to empathise a little bit with the learners. Also to realise, those of you who couldn't record on Vocaroo and you just wrote your language, how difficult it was to actually learn it from the written word because you need to hear it. And also as Marie Therese said, we're getting older. Maybe we need to repeat things more than young people, but you do need to repeat again and again before you actually can use the language. Yeah, it's interesting because with Sangita, she had a reply to her message from I think from Bruna saying, so it's mero nam Marie Therese ho. And she said, do you pronounce the 'h'?
Skip to 3 minutes and 47 secondsWhich apparently you do, because Sangita replied. So that's the difference in the written and the spoken. Marie Therese there were still quite a few questions about terminology, people confused about things. What does IELTS mean and CELTA? Could you explain a bit more? That was the acronym activity. So we asked people to write down acronyms that they didn't know, that they'd heard, and they didn't know what they meant. So I won't spend a great deal of time on this, but I think the easiest way is to separate it out so that we talk about the exams that students take when they're learning English and then the qualifications for teachers.
Skip to 4 minutes and 23 secondsSo exams that students take are IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC, all of which were mentioned in the acronyms task. IELTS for entering university, for immigration to Australia, America, Canada, the UK. And TOEFL is the other big - it's an American test - and it's used mostly in the United States, Canada, for entrance in to university as well. Although, IELTS is a growing market I think in the United States. The other qualifications are the teacher-training qualifications. So these are not for students. These are for people that want to become teachers or who are already teachers. And with that we have CELTA, which is the initial qualification. It stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.
Skip to 5 minutes and 12 secondsAlthough, it is also marketed for speakers of other languages. And that's an initial qualification, the first qualification for people who already have experience and want a piece of paper or for people who are entering the profession new. Then there's DELTA, which is the higher level Cambridge qualification for people who are already an experienced teacher or already have initial qualification, and that's an MA level qualification. And then there's TKT, which is a test. Again a Cambridge test, which is a written test, multiple choice, and so on for people who are already teachers probably or have done a course and just want a qualification. And then, there's ICELT, which Rosalia talked about when we had the Q&A earlier in the week.
Skip to 5 minutes and 58 secondsAnd that's also for in-service teachers, teachers who were already teaching. Very popular in Mexico for teachers teaching in secondary and primary level. And so that's it.
Skip to 6 minutes and 8 secondsTeacher qualifications: CELTA, DELTA, TKT, and ICELT. Thanks Marie Therese. Quite a few of you as well were asking about academic qualifications that you already have, MA's in linguistics or PhD's, and whether these would get you a job. Well in a university, possibly they would be interested in you having an MA or PhD, but for jobs where you're doing day-to-day teaching, people will be asking for a practical teaching qualification. Some questions too about the status of this course and what it will allow you to do, it is a short course. It's only 12 hours. It is a springboard to further qualifications. It's not a qualification in itself. Somebody asked if there's a register of course attendance.
Skip to 6 minutes and 46 secondsWell, your participation in the course is tracked. And in order to get the certificate of achievement, you need to have participated for 90% of the course. So that means you need to remember to click, don't you? Mark as complete. That's that button on the right. Pink. it's pink isn't it? That pink box on the right hand corner mark as complete every time you do an activity, because that's the thing that's tells us yes, you've done that course. And if you're not sure whether you've done that or how far you've progressed through the course, then you can click on progress, the word progress, in the top bar.
Skip to 7 minutes and 17 secondsAnd that will give you a percentage of how much you've achieved on the course. Quite a few of you mentioned previous experience with learners or made comments about learners. Lots of interesting questions about learners, actually, and learner motivation and that sort of thing. That's right. And that is something that we touched on this week, but we will be doing in much more depth next week. One comment I really liked was from Tatiana who said that learning was an adventure and you need to spark off learning in people. I like those two words. I like the word adventure. And I like the spark, the idea of igniting learning.
Skip to 7 minutes and 50 secondsThat's the kind of thing you want to do at the beginning of the lesson as well, isn't it? And we actually had a question in the Q&A that we never got around to answering from somebody whose name I won't be able to remember. But about how to begin a lesson. And that's this business of the spark and trying to engage learners and get them doing something active, like at the beginning. And Anna Luisa said that she thinks that we learn from learners too. And that's so true, isn't it? It's kind of a two way process of teaching and learning and teachers learning from the learners and learners learning from their teachers. So Marie Therese, what's happening next week?
Skip to 8 minutes and 27 secondsSo next week we have a whole bunch of stuff on learner motivation and how to motivate learners. And we talk a bit about differentiation, how to deal with large classes, how to deal with mixed ability classes and that sort of thing. And we also talk about classroom management and techniques that teachers use in English Language teaching. You'll remember, we had a question earlier on the Q&A about how do you teach people whose language you do not speak? And that will come out a little bit I think next week when we talk about classroom management. Also next week in response to the survey that we did this week, you remember, we did where would you like to teach?
Skip to 9 minutes and 10 secondsAnd we had a whole bunch of people clicking the survey. And coming out number one in the survey is guess where? I'm going to tell you. It's Spain. Oh, surprise, surprise. Yes, Spain came out number one. And Olga knows the reason why, because Olga says, a lot of people would like to teach in Spain. I'm among that lot, and I blame the sea and the paella. So that's why everybody wants to go and work in Spain. Second, incidentally was the UK. So what we've decided to do is because we had so many questions about different places, you know, what's it like to teach in Spain? How can I work in Germany? How can I work in Japan?
Skip to 9 minutes and 51 secondsWhat do I have to do to work in the United Kingdom and that sort of thing? We had so many questions. What we've decided to do is every week starting next week, we're going to profile one country. So we've sent, we've sent a bit of a questionnaire out to teachers who work in all these countries and said can you send us back this information? So how easy is it? How easy is it to get a job? What are the work conditions like? Do I need a Visa? Do you need a degree? All of that kind of stuff. Each week we're going to profile one country. Which country is it next week? I'm not going to tell you.
Skip to 10 minutes and 25 secondsYou'll have to wait until next week to find out. And so that's about it, isn't it? Yeah. I just like to end every week by referring again back to comments that people have made on the course. We've had so many wonderful comments, and we can't mention everybody. And by the way, apologies if we pronounce your name wrongly, because there are lots of unfamiliar names on the course. But quite a few people mentioned the idea of the course being a journey. You're traveling through the course. I think someone called Anethum mentioned that and Jane and Susan talked about going on a journey and travelling through. So we hope that you'll continue on the journey.
Skip to 10 minutes and 59 secondsWe look forward to seeing you next week on the course, to learning with you on the course next week. And it's not only Marie Therese and myself. We've also got mentors and hosts and moderators on the course who'll chip in and comment. But you're learning so much from each other, we're almost superfluous. Absolutely. Keep commenting on, replying to each other's comments, because it's really interesting. And 'liking' comments on people who make a comment, because they go to the top. So that means you can find out the most liked comments, and read perhaps one's that you've missed. But if you have an opinion or an idea or you can answer some of these questions, please go ahead and do that. Yeah.
Skip to 11 minutes and 31 secondsAnd there's lots of sharing of links as well. There are some really exciting links of people who know about resources, online resources, that you can share too. So do click those links, because they could come in very handy in the future when you're in the real world, in a real job for those of you who are starting out. So we'll see you next week. So that's all from us for now. Bye-bye. Bye-bye.
Video review of Week 1
In this video, the educators look back at some of the main talking points of this week made by you from all around the world. The video will appear here on Friday 11th November at around 4pm (UK time).
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