TEFL Certification Course Diary: Jack’s last week
Jack’s TEFL certification course is all wrapped up now. Not only did he pass the course, he did so while exemplifying the traits we hope to see in every TEFL course trainee: dedication, a can-do attitude, professionalism and humor.
Let’s see how Jack feels about the course now that it’s finished and he can relax a bit.
(If you missed Weeks 1, 2 and 3, you can start here.)
You’ve been at your accommodation now for two weeks. Are you still happy with your choice to stay at Sakul House?
I am very glad I chose to stay at Sakul House–the landlord is such a legend. He will help you with anything and is just always happy which I should really try to be. The room is clean, and the beds are so comfortable. The location is perfect with so many restaurants in the area. Also, the other people living in the rooms were very friendly.
What did you get up to last weekend of the TEFL course?
I studied, and binge watched the entire series of ‘Castlevania’ on Netflix.
You took the grammar/phonetics mock exam on Tuesday; how did it go? Did it help prepare you for the real exam?
I ended up with a much better understanding of what to expect in the exam. I also had a better understanding of what my weaknesses were and the best way in which to tackle revision before the big day.
Were you happy with your final teaching practice session?
Yes, there were still a few hiccups but still a massive improvement on my first lesson.
You might need to do a demonstration lesson in order to land a good job. Do you think the course prepared you to successfully deliver a demo lesson?
Definitely, this course has turned me from a person that would struggle to get a single word out in my first lesson, to a confident teacher cracking jokes with the students.
Trainees tend to get stressed out about the final exam. Was it as difficult as you thought it would be?
No, the mock gave me a real idea of how to best prepare for the exam so when I took it; I did fairly well.
How did you and your fellow trainees celebrate the completion of your course?
We all went home and cried together. No, we did our own thing. Some met with partners that came to visit them, some went and drank themselves stupid. I went home and being the complete loser that I am played Red Dead Redemption 2 on my PS4.
How does it feel to be a newly TESOL certified teacher?
I feel like a new man. Now I can lead an army of students that will do my bidding. No, it honestly feels great. I just have to think about what I will do from now.
Are you happy with your decision to take a TEFL course?
Yes, this was a great decision. The trainers run a fantastic course and prepare you to be the best teacher that you can be. One of the reasons that initially put me off about doing a TEFL course was that my dyslexia would impact my ability to succeed. However, the trainers were very supportive and understanding about the difficulties I have sometimes and helped me in whatever way they could.
Now that you’ve been in Phuket Town for a while, how do you rate it as a location in relation to the rest of Phuket?
If I am honest, I didn’t travel around Phuket during my course as I spent a lot of time studying. However, from what I have seen Phuket is a beautiful place with many kind and humble people.
What was the toughest part of adjusting to life in Thailand?
No zebra crossings (crosswalks). When I first came to Phuket it felt as though crossing the road could be what determines whether I live or die.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have studied less. I feel that I over studied during the course. The course resource packs if read and memorized set us up for success. 30 minutes to an hour a day reviewing them is more than enough time to prepare you for each day of the course.
Are you looking forward to getting out into the real TEFL world and find a job?
I cannot wait to take the lessons and use them in the real world. Also, I love kids, so I cannot wait to have my own students.
Would you say that TEFL Campus lived up to your expectations—be honest.
It more than lived up to my expectations. I would recommend any of my friends and family to take this course if they were interested in becoming an English teacher.
That wraps up Jack’s TEFL Certificate Course Diary. Thanks for reading.