I finished the first part of my TESL course and passed my practicum! I know I did really well. I'm very proud of myself. The next part of the course is online. I have to complete a grammar component before I receive my full certificate. I've finished the first topic (out of sixteen) and I have an idea of what to expect. One thing is for certain, grammar is something we take for granted.
How long does this second part take? Anywhere from one month to three months. It depends on how often I put in time to work on it. Of course I'll attempt to do it sooner rather than later but I'm guessing it will still take me about a month. It's not so bad, the first part took about a month. All things considered, I did go to university for four years. A two month or so course really isn't that bad. Especially when I take into account the course material. I'm going to be teaching people English as a second language, that's a pretty big deal. Whatever they learn will affect them for the rest of their lives, perhaps some more than others but it will be there.
There are also a whole bunch of other things I need before I can leave. For instance, a reference letter from my university (wtf?) and a criminal record check. I actually had a check in 2010 but I'm not sure if that's still valid. They'll probably want another. If you're wondering why I had one before, I volunteered with an NGO that helped people who went through the court system - it was actually located in the court house. Anyway, that's another story.
There's a long checklist of things I need but I guess this is just the beginning.
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