Earlier this month, I was at TEDxPenn2015 (http://www.tedxpenn.com/2015), and I thought to share my reactions to it. Overall, I had enjoyed myself there, and have since been sharing some of the bits picked up there.
I was thinking to myself just earlier, "I know I care to update my ESL blog today, but what'll be the 'topic'?", and the weather today was just weird enough that it took "center stage". It was hot and cold, windy and still, wet and dry, all within the space of a few blocks and over the course of a few hours.
I knew that I wanted this post to be on this topic, as "up-credentialing" has become a repeatedly observed trend in the job market. Here are the top hits for it just now when I'd searched via Google, all from recent years:
You would think chocolate and a mug or a small gift, 10 minutes out of your schedule, and back to work... Teachers day in Oman was much more celebrated. Many students gave flowers and gifts; everyone had a smile on their face and polite words. Our morning assembly lasted for almost an hour as each teacher was called.
So, given that my last post was off-schedule, I'm glad to be back to the bi-weekly schedule with this post.
I'm also glad to turn the focus back to ESL students with this post, as I had decided to try and see what a Google search for the title of this post, "What issues matter most to ESL students?", would generate for a post here.
Teaching English is the perfect way to travel, learn about other cultures, and to serve other people. However, the age-old dilemma for all future English teachers is: do you pay for an expensive CELTA certification or go for a usually-less-expensive TESL or TEFL course? The answer really depends on your specific situation.