After Graduating I realised that there was a significant difference between my lifestyle at home in comparison to my lifestyle at uni. I know, tequila shots for breakfast, women all around me and me throwing up… my student Loan to impress them. But what I truly was lacking, and you’ll laugh at this a little, was something I was doing everyday subconsciously and complained whenever it was conscious… Studying.
Being an Arts student, your lecturer will always find ways to make your daily routines questionable – if you don’t believe me, I once got to the point where I was listening to frequency changes in sea waves. It wasn’t more than a couple minutes. To be honest, anything over 30 seconds is probably sufficient reason to seek medical help.
I digress, the point Im making is, all of the projects we did, homework, study material, any wok outside lectures and seminars had the potential to be as wild as you could imagine. E.G. Once I made a song about a Tea Bag, i’ve made songs that only have 2 notes. These are things that Im don’t really shout about, but they show the extent of madness I reached. – I’m lying, Im proud of them like they were my own children!
I’ve decided to fill that missing void, and to do so in a very strange way. Initially I wanted to go back to my geeky routes and start doing projects again (working with the Kinect, Puredata, the weird and wonderful side of new media creation). However, my day-to-day job doesn’t leave much time for me to dedicate enough time. I can get started on many projects, but just not have the time to complete them. So, I’ve gone down a much more interesting path. I’ve decided to get a shiny new qualification. This being TEFL.
Random, as always. However, let’s add up the factors that have aided us to arrive at this decision.
- I’ve previously taught before as a Music Technology teacher and you can ask the school, after I graduated, was ready to go back. This was the year before I went to Uni.
- I think quite a lot about how actions affect people. More so than I’d like to admit at times. This falls in fairly neatly because I felt like I made a large difference when getting feedback from students.
- I have a bunch of Spanish friends who ask “How do you say _____ in English?” and 80% of the time, I can tell them the answer but not why. A basic example: What’s the difference between, “Can you do it?” and “You can do it!” – That small change native speakers do without thought. However, I had not realised that the two were not interchangeable. You’re not able to say “You can do it?”.
- I’ve wanted to go out and live in Spain for a long time now. Pretty much since my first few Spanish lessons (It’s the tapas lifestyle, it’ll get you and get you good). With the Crisis that’s currently going on, It’s not wise to just take the ‘travelling’ approach and just book a flight. So, why not add in a qualification and see how things go from there.
So now, things should be a little more clearer. I guess this is also me announcing that I’m on the path to moving country for a little bit. Heh – tadahh?
I’ve signed up to do the 150hr TEFL course which, by my calculations, seems to be:
One working week per month for 4 months in hours. 37.5hrs every month. That might be too ambitious or too little but I need to get my head round what 150 hours is and that seems like a fair division. I’ve started the basic intro modules this week and really can’t report a lot on it. However, as I found reading other people’s blogs helpful, those that have done the course, I will aim to write about it often.
To finish, I wanted to share a quote from one of the intro modules that I thought was really quite fitting. I guess it’s a bit of a goal for me on top of completing the course:
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”
~ Albert Einstein