Thanks everyone for your comments! You all did very well on the phrase finding and Clara from Roumania guessed correctly where my wife is from! Keep sharing your tips for learning with each other!
Welcome on board! You were missing in action for a while there but you finally made it! I think you made the right decision to entertain your friends rather than blogging. I would have done the same thing myself.
I promise I’ll try my best to help you with your writing. One of the ways I can help you is to focus on some of your errors. Sometimes I will do this by “reformulation”. This is a term you will learn about when you do your teaching course in Ireland. Sometimes a student will say something wrong in class like “Yesterday I go to the cinema.” and the teacher will reply by saying “Oh, you went to the cinema yesterday, what did you see?” . This is a very useful teaching technique as it allows the teacher to keep the conversation going and demonstrate correct usage. So when you see a word or phrase in bold, in this blog entry, this will be me reformulating something you wrote wrongly in your blog. Perhaps you can then check what you wrote and then note down the correct version in a special notebook. It’s up to you how you do it. Looking at your first blog entry, I can see that you have already achieved an amazingly high level of English!! So I wouldn’t say that your written English is your weak area at all. However, we could focus on your use of lexis if you like (lexis, maybe you know, is another important term in language teaching, it means words and phrases). This is perhaps something that we can polish up a bit. But it is really just a question of a few finishing touches for you! Another way you can help yourself is to study what I write and look for phrases you can use yourself as we have all been doing already here in Blogland haven’t we guys?!
Maybe I should start by introducing myself and how I got to where I am today. You know, it seems we have a lot in common. We’re both teachers. Also, when I was at school, I was one of the worst students too! I wasn’t a bad student though, just a naughty one probably because I’ve never really liked being told what to do. Maybe that’s why I became a teacher – so I can tell everyone else what to do!!! In order to become a teacher, I had to do a four week CELT course too! I did mine in England (I’m English)in a town called Solihull. At first, when I was leaving university, I wanted to work in publishing as an editor. This was very difficult in those days as you had to have contacts in the sector to get a foot in the door (it’s not what you know but who you know!). I sent off my CV to loads of different publishing companies and magazines, eventually, I got one interview but I wasn’t offered the job. The main barrier to finding a job for me was that I didn’t have any specialized knowledge beyond my university degree in English literature. I knew that it would be possible to work for a publisher producing ELT texts if I could get some experience as a teacher so in the end I decided to take the CELTA course. I also decided I wanted to work here in Turkey as I had a very good Turkish friend living here and I had had a great time on different holidays here as a teenager. So I took the course and came to Istanbul and that is also how (13 years later) I ended up here as a teacher blogger for the BBC. In my first year of working as a teacher in Istanbul, I worked with a lovely lady called Katherine, years later she got a job with the BBC Learning English team and put them in touch with me and I applied to be their teacher blogger for this month and hopefully next! I started here teaching adults but now I work in a primary school teaching little children that are around 8-9 years old which is great fun!
I wish you the best of luck for your CELT course Marvin and hope that the certificate has as wonderful an effect on your life as it has on mine!!! It is truly a great decision that you have made and will undoubtedly change your life!
Well that’s all from me for now. I hope that your ar now safely ensconsed back in your own home and the funfair has finally moved on! Perhaps I can tell you about my time working in Baden Wutemburg as a Harbour Master on Lake Constance one day!
PS. “long time unemployment” should be “long term unemployment”
Today’ tasks for everyone:
Why did I become a teacher?
How long have I been living and working in Istanbul?
Have I had any other jobs apart from being a teacher?
Why did I use the phrase “I would have done the same thing myself”
What does “reformulation” mean? Can you break this word into smaller parts to find the meaning?
What useful phrases can you find that are used when talking about getting a job?
What other useful phrases can you find?
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