Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ESL Training

Wow, today was my second day of teacher training and it is INTENSE! Thankfully, it's intense in a good way - in an interesting, action-packed, hands-on, start-teaching-on-your-very-first-day, flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-and-surprisingly-enjoying it kind of way :)

To practise teaching, we have a lovely group of older Korean ladies coming in every day. They get these lessons for free, and also get to socialize and have an amusing time.

I love taking a closer look at different cultures, and learning about other languages and points of view is always so eye-opening!

The less fun but still somewhat fascinating aspect of the program is learning lots and lots of grammar...yay (?)! I must confess, I've always been a bit of a grammar geek and actually enjoy doing grammar exercises. I think it must be because I did have to learn English as a second language myself when I was younger...or maybe it's just one of those quirks :)

And now it's time for some porcini mushroom chicken stew with sweet potato mash :) There's nothing like a delicious, warming dinner after a hard day's work :)

Oh, and I'm thinking of switching to this font because it's a bit easier to read...this can be a test run :)



  1. Glad to hear you are enjoying the training so far! I totally hear ya on the grammar geek bit...haha. For some reason writing/English always came really naturally to me, so I enjoy those seemingly basic things a lot! Just don't ask me anything about math :S

    Sounds like a yummy dinner!!!

  2. Isn't it great when you can take your natural skills and apply them towards a fulfilling career? I think if everyone had the opportunity to do this, the world would be a much happier, less money-crazy place :)

    Hooray for grammar! You might like the book 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves' by Lynne Truss: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_&_Leaves

  3. haha, that book sounds awesome! I should include some excerpts when I start teaching first year university courses... :s