For one, I have gained a greater respect for the complexity of the english language. I use english every day, but until I studied language in another country, I never really thought about how difficult it would be to study. This former thought was blown out of the water by this course. To teach english, I, in effect, had to learn english again during the course of this certification work
. I know how to use english, but until now, I never thought this deeply about how the language is really constructed or how pivotal a few mistakes can be. I never thought about what exactly a teacher would need to know.
curriculum has done a really good job
of thinking of just about everything. I have gained a greater respect for the profession of teaching, and I will forever be grateful to the teachers that I had for helping me learn more about the world.
I am planning to teach english in china
, and although some of these activities will not work in some of the really large classes, I have learned about the versatility of activities and how they can be used in the classroom. I have also learned about some 'contingency plans' if something in class does not work.
More than anything else, I have learned just how much a teacher has to know and has to keep in mind while teaching. When I was in school, a teacher was just someone who stood up in front of the class and talked for a while and assigned us homework, but now I have a much different view. From doing lesson plans to deciding on course materials
to planning activities to being a role model and a mentor, teachers have a lot more on their mind than I thought they did when I was in high school.