Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter (at least, where I am currently, it might not be your case), it means only one thing: my third year as an English as Foreign Language is starting!
I am teaching a looooot of people this year, and they couldn’t be more different:
-First year students at a local college, who are preparing the French equivalent of an Associate’s degree in Business.
-MA (in Marketing) students at the same local college
-Employees of a petrochemistry company (which is really funny, because I know next to nothing to petrochemistry, and they teach me a lot about it)
-Seniors! Seniors everywhere!
In a previous post, I mentioned that teaching seniors was extremely interesting, but also tiring and intense. Nonetheless, it allows me to try different techniques and methods, like using literature within the class (with B1 students), Project-Based-Learning (with B2 students)… Yes, it takes a long time to prepare all the classes. Yes, it’s tiring because they are demanding a lot. But I am allowed to design my own classes, I can use what I want to use, they are determined and motivated, it’s flexible.
I am not doing a MA and a Delta just to stay an EFL teacher ad vitam aeternam, that would be a lie, as you probably already suspected. I’d like, at some point, to become a DoS, or a teacher trainer, and the Senior Language School (within a company- there are only retired people from this precise company, so I am technically an employee of that company as well) I am in charge of is the best first step I could dream of.
What is this Senior Language School anyway? Two “Elementary 1” classes of 90 minutes (Mondays and Wednesdays) which are basically A0/A1; one “Elementary 2” class of 90 minutes on Wednesdays which are A1/A2; four “Intermediate” classes (two are 45 minutes as it’s only a conversation class – one is quite traditional and the last one is called “Introduction to British culture”), which are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays , for B1 students and the last class is called “Advanced”, but should be called “Project class” (I literally call her the “PBL class” myself) on Wednesdays, for B1+/B2 students. I am designing all these classes, and I, of course, teach them.
So you know pretty much everything about my projects for this academic year. I hope everything will go as smoothly as possible, and I wish you the best for this new year 🙂