Keep at It!
It’s good to see that you are going to live by the maxim of “picking yourself up and dusting yourself down” (I got that from a Peter Tosh song actually!)It really is quite normal for you to feel like this as this is a course that works on the principle of “trial and error”. The key to success in the practical component of this course will be the degree to which you are able to reflect on and adjust your planning and practice accordingly. Trust your own self evaluation and the feedback you get from your tutor and fellow students and bare these in mind when you plan your next session. Also be sure to consider and implement the practical ideas you get from your tutors during your input sessions or the lessons that you observe! Tutors like to see that you have been listening to their advice!!! It will also help to discuss your ideas (for your observed lessons and the essays) with your tutor and fellow students if that is at all possible. Most importantly of all: remember, there are no mistakes only learning opportunities in the classroom!!
I can see from your previous blog that you are very interested in what you are learning and your idea for the lesson about describing things is great (both fun and authentic!). Authenticity is, I would say another key concept for good language teaching. Bare this in mind too when planning your written and practical assignments.
Now, regarding definitions of “syllabus and curriculum”. I think confusions arise because of differences between American English and British English usage. British people use the word syllabus to refer to what is taught within an individual subject (say Mathematics). We use the word curriculum to talk about everything that is taught in a whole school or educational system. So the government in Britain talks about the National Curriculum because it is talking about everything that must be taught by all schools. However in America people use the word syllabus to mean the same as curriculum in the British sense of the word. Hope that helps!
Keep at it Marvin! There’s no gain without pain!
Oh, I forgot. Marvin, I have some very important homework for you: Arrange some time out from your studies and go to an Irish pub and drink some of that black stuff! Cheers!
Thanks to everyone for their comments and effort in completing the homework. Please check out Leila from Finland’s comment for her excellent corrections (though you don’t need to add off to Marvin’s correct use of far from.)By the way Leila, I noticed that you were previously a student blogger here and I read a couple of your blogs and guess what – I’m actually from Stratford On Avon! It’s my original hometown (like the Bard)!
Apologies to Fariba from Iran for our continuing with the topic of teaching!!! However it is at the forefront of Marvin and mine’s minds at the moment…
Bia it’s very difficult to give you tips as I don’t really know much about those exams but I do know that “practice makes perfect!”
Monica, thanks for sharing our similarities and no – we don’t get enough dough (teachers never will, perhaps it’s because we have ethics and they know we will remain teachers anyway!!!. I can’t believe there is a lack of English blokes over there – you’re not looking hard enough!
Vladimir – perhaps I will tell you about my time as a harbour master, perhaps I just will sir…
Ana Paula – don’t work too hard and don’t ever let it destroy your soul!
Take care everyone!
Your homework tonight is…
Discover from my blog what type of music it is that I like and then listen to some and dance with your friends or loved ones!
Some more pics! First one is the view from my window near the computer!
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