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    • #1620
      Manuel Flores Lasarte
      Moderator
          @manuel

          In this task, we want you to say something about yourself: who you are, what teaching experience you have, why you are studying on this course and what you think it will involve. Please also comment on at least one other post finding something you share with the poster. 

          Remember the previous task we asked you to do? Please post your question under one of your tutor’s forum posts.

        • #48459
          Gajinder Kaur
          Participant
              @gk

              HELLO EVERYONE!

              Greetings from India!

              I’m an online teacher, I teach English and Critical Thinking Skills Through Art.

              I have over two years of experience in teaching across proficiency levels and age groups.

              It’s been almost 3 years since I passed my CELTA and so I thought it was a good time to grow again and I’m here.

              I want to empower and equip myself to become a better educator. I also want to become better qualified to get a good teaching position internationally.

              I hope this course helps me to do just that.

              I also want to have the privilege of meeting my peers from across the world and interacting with them.

              Thank You!

               

               

              • #48776
                Nicholas Northall
                Moderator
                    @nick-northall

                    Hi Gajinder,

                    Great to meet you! I’ve never been to India – which part are you from?

                    The Delta will certainly help you grow! And starting it at least two years post-CELTA gives you a wealth of experience to draw on as you work through the course (and ultimately the exam!).

                    The Delta is also widely known, and does open several doors that perhaps weren’t open to you before.

                    Yes, there are course participants from a variety of countries on this course, who you will interact with a lot over the next few months.

                    Best wishes,

                    Nick

                • #48734
                  Robert Dailey
                  Participant
                      @robertd

                      Hola a tod@s!

                      I am from the UK but have lived in Madrid for well more than a decade. I studied history at undergrad and postgrad level and I am still very much interested in the presentation and academic analysis of the past. Current affairs also interest me a lot, as does travel and watching football. A sports-related fact that normally surprises my students is that I have a black belt in kickboxing.

                      My teaching experience is ten years plus of working with adults in-company. In the past, I would sometimes spent about five hours a day travelling from company-to-company, which is far from ideal. But I’m not doing this now and I’ve always found it very gratifying to, for example, prepare students for international meetings. I have taught online, especially of course during COVID, but for me face-to-face is much preferable.

                      There are lots of reasons I’m doing the DELTA course and I like what Gajinder says about empowering and equipping oneself to become a better educator. If I had to try to focus in on the most important reason, I would say that I have started DELTA because I want to move forward, to advance. By moving forward I will be better equipped to help my students, I will challenge myself and I will also, I think, develop career opportunities. Writing course materials interests me, and in this regard I’m sure that the DELTA course will help me to advance.

                      In terms of what the course will involve, we have of course a good idea of content from the timetable we have received. I think that effective communication and interaction are going to be crucial for success and, like Gajinder, I’m really excited about working with and sharing ideas with you – the other candidates.

                       

                       

                       

                       

                      • #48777
                        Nicholas Northall
                        Moderator
                            @nick-northall

                            Hola Robert – I’ll let Manuel add more Spanish…

                            Great to read your post. I also studied History (only at undergraduate level and a long while ago) but really enjoyed it. In face I still love reading about history now. You seem to have a range of interests. Do you still practise kickboxing?

                            Although spending most of your day travelling from company to company is far from ideal, I’m sure working in a range of different settings helped you to develop as a teacher and gave you a range of different teaching challenges.

                            You make a great point about completing the Delta ultimately benefiting your students, which is ultimately one of the main reasons for developing as teachers/educators.  I’m also glad you’ve looked at the timetable so you know what to expect.

                            It’s also great that like Gajinder, you’re looking forward to working with others on the course.

                            Cheers,

                            Nick

                          • #49395
                            Robert Dailey
                            Participant
                                @robertd

                                Hello again Nick,

                                I don´t do kickboxing at the moment (or boxing, which I loved), but we bought a static bike during COVID and I use that fairly often. Can I ask what area of history you studied? Like you, I still love reading about history and on my trip to the UK last week I found myself buying more books than I had intended!

                                 

                              • #49437
                                Nicholas Northall
                                Moderator
                                    @nick-northall

                                    Hi Robert,

                                    That’s a shame with the boxing, but at least you’re getting some exercise in:). I mainly focused on the Italian Renaissance, but also delved into Medieval history, Foundation of the US and more modern stuff. What about you?

                                    Cheers,

                                    Nick

                                  • #49526
                                    Robert Dailey
                                    Participant
                                        @robertd

                                        Hi again Nick,

                                        I studied the history of the Middle East for my BA and THIR (the theory and history of international relations) for my master´s. I was drawn to history via an interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict but have recently enjoyed some of the work of Richard J Evans on Nazi Germany. My interests in history are very much 20th century!

                                      • #49595
                                        Nicholas Northall
                                        Moderator
                                            @nick-northall

                                            Yes, I’ve read a lot about the Arab-Israeli conflict and WW2 – I’m currently reading a page-turner about SAS great escapes!

                                        • #48736
                                          Robert Dailey
                                          Participant
                                              @robertd

                                              Hello Manuel. In your post about yourself you mentioned that doing DELTA made you made confident as a teacher and I thought that was really interesting. In making our students feel more confident with their language skills, what would you say is most important? Thanks!

                                              • #48899
                                                Manuel Flores Lasarte
                                                Moderator
                                                    @manuel

                                                    Hola Robert, thanks for your question! I would say that learners need to understand what they are doing, have the tools to do it well and see the relevance of their class learning into real life. This is where I think DELTA helps you with your teaching and confidence. For example, Paper 1, task 3* and Paper 2, task 2** help you to  better understand the best way of staging your activities and confidently provide your learners with the tools they need for the task. In addition, paper 1, task 4***prepares you to assess the level of your students so that you can confidently focus on what they need to learn rather than having a generic lesson that could be used with any learner. This deep understanding of language and skills needs + materials, together with the understanding of methodology and approaches, was really helpful in building my confidence as a tutor. It is also extremely useful when designing ELT materials. That’s why I think DELTA is a great qualification to have if you want to further your career and boost your teaching confidence.

                                                    By the way, you’ve been over a decade in Madrid and I’ve been over a decade in Sheffield! It feels like an exchange! :). I hope you’re enjoying living in Madrid! I’m quite happy in Sheffield but love going back to Madrid when I can!

                                                    Seguimos hablando, (Let’s keep the conversation going),

                                                    Manuel

                                                    *Paper 1, task 3:  here you need to identify 3 language features a learner would need to know in order to do the task well

                                                    **Paper 2, task 2: identity purpose of activities and stages in the material presented.

                                                    ***Paper 1, task 4: identify strengths and weaknesses of a learner’s writing or speaking extract.

                                                  • #49396
                                                    Robert Dailey
                                                    Participant
                                                        @robertd

                                                        Hi Manuel,

                                                        Thanks a lot for your answer – it´s very helpful. There is definitely much food for thought there and I´m sure that I´ll improve in the areas that you mention during the course.

                                                        Yes, Madrid is a fantastic city – with a few football teams that are quite good!

                                                    • #48737
                                                      Iroda Saydazimova
                                                      Participant
                                                          @iroda

                                                          Hi everyone!

                                                          I am Iroda, and I am from Uzbekistan, Central Asia. I am a lecturer at an international university located in Tashkent. I mainly teach Academic English and Writing modules. My current passion is conducting classroom research. I am not good enough at it yet but trying to learn from my colleagues and mentors.

                                                          I think I am a very lucky person because I make a living by doing my hobby; I love teaching, and I enjoy working with kids, especially teenagers. Similar to Robert, I also prefer face-to-face teaching since I can read a lot from the eyes of my kiddos in the classroom – whether they are interested, understand or bored.

                                                          The reason I am  here is that it has been a while since I did my CELTA course and MA studies, and I feel that I want some refreshment in all areas of TESOL – from key terminology to teaching methods, and assessment principles to curriculum design. Also, the teachers from our university often volunteer to provide some refreshment professional development sessions for teachers in the schools located in remote areas of my country, and so do I.  Thus, to be confident about the quality of my input, I want to “empower and equip” myself as Gajinder mentions in her post. Eventually, teaching is a lifelong learning process, so I look forward to this professional development opportunity.

                                                           

                                                          • #48778
                                                            Nicholas Northall
                                                            Moderator
                                                                @nick-northall

                                                                Hi Iroda,

                                                                Thanks for posting. I’ve never been to Tashkent, but almost did last month as a conference for Cambridge Teacher Trainers took place there. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend :-( .

                                                                I completely agree about being lucky – I also really enjoy teaching and training and feel very lucky (or perhaps empowered?) to be paid for what I enjoy doing B-) . And I agree with you about teaching in-person for the reasons you state. And also because I believe that for building rapport (you know, when we chit chat with learners before and after a class) can’t really be matched online… Saying this, Manuel and I will try our hardest to develop a great working relationship with you all over this course!

                                                                You give some solid reasons for doing this course. Feeling confident in what you do, I believe, comes across when we deliver workshops to other teachers. I hope completing this course not only gives you ideas and suggestions to use in your own teaching and learning, but also strengthens your own beliefs about what you do.

                                                                Cheers,

                                                                Nick

                                                                 

                                                              • #48990
                                                                Aytaj Suleymanova
                                                                Participant
                                                                    @aytajs93

                                                                    Hi Iroda :)

                                                                    I’m from Azerbaijan, nice to see someone from the Central Asia region. Good luck to you on this course.

                                                                  • #49397
                                                                    Robert Dailey
                                                                    Participant
                                                                        @robertd

                                                                        Hi Iroda, my wife and I went on holiday to Uzbekistan in the summer and it was incredible. When we saw Samarkand – wow! And the metro stations you have in Tashkent are works of art. I look forward to working with you on the course.

                                                                    • #48747
                                                                      Iroda Saydazimova
                                                                      Participant
                                                                          @iroda

                                                                          Hi Nicholas.

                                                                          You say that you have worked as a trainer in CELTA, DELTA and MA TESOL.

                                                                          If you could compare, which of these courses is most challenging for trainees?

                                                                          • #48779
                                                                            Nicholas Northall
                                                                            Moderator
                                                                                @nick-northall

                                                                                Hi Irona,

                                                                                Yes, I work on all three courses (although less CELTA at the moment). In terms of your question:

                                                                                CELTA is tricky for trainee teachers as it is completely new for them – or it should be as CELTA is aimed at those with none or very little teaching experience. This means that the course can be overwhelming as new ideas and suggestions are coming their way. It can also be very demanding – especially if they are doing an intensive 4/5 week course. We expect trainees to take on board content which is more or less equivalent to the first year of an Undergraduate degree over a short time. But, saying this, CELTA is very achievable and if trainee teachers manage their time appropriately, they generally do well.

                                                                                Delta is different in that teachers taking this course have (or should have) a lot of experience to draw on – which is very important. However, they are developing their practice, perhaps considering new ways of doing things, looking at things in much more depth and reflecting a lot more on what they do. It is after all a Level 7 (Master’s level) qualification. There is a lot more expected of teachers taking Delta and they are certainly pushed much harder. They are also expected to take more responsibility for their learning: i.e. courses (such as this) expect teachers to study in their own time, rather than having a lot of contact (in terms of workshops and lesson planning) with a tutor. Teachers also need to consider that there isn’t just one way of doing things and that learning context can determine approaches used.

                                                                                In terms of the MA, this is a little trickier, as there are a range of MA programmes out there: some for inexperienced teachers and some for very experienced teachers specialising in a specific area (such as EAP. The MA programme I have worked on over the last 5 years is aimed at new and inexperienced teachers and includes teaching practice (TP) – not all MA programmes include this. It is challenging because candidates don’t usually have teaching experience, but they are expected to study learning and teaching at an advanced level – i.e. they are expected to write assignments appropriate to studying for a Level 7 qualification. MA programmes, although taking place usually over a year in the UK, do demand a lot from candidates who are expected to not only complete several modules but also carry out research and produce a dissertation.

                                                                                I hope this answers your question!

                                                                                Cheers,

                                                                                Nick

                                                                                 

                                                                                 

                                                                              • #48989
                                                                                Aytaj Suleymanova
                                                                                Participant
                                                                                    @aytajs93

                                                                                    Hi Nick!

                                                                                    My question for you is about DELTA and a Master’s Degree. Which one in your opinion is more sought for by the employers? And which one do you think allows for more expertise on TESOL?

                                                                                     

                                                                                    Thanks in advance :)

                                                                                  • #49341
                                                                                    Nicholas Northall
                                                                                    Moderator
                                                                                        @nick-northall

                                                                                        Dear Aytaj,

                                                                                        Thanks for your email. I think this very much depends on what jobs you are looking for and where you are looking. Often universities require you to have an MA, but at the same time they require you to have a teflq level qualification (i.e. delta), which many MAs don’t include. On the other hand if you are looking to work at a language school and progress your career there (perhaps via the British Council or International House), then the Delta is definitely the way to go.

                                                                                        This blog might give you some further ideas.

                                                                                        I hope this helps.

                                                                                        Cheers,

                                                                                        Nick

                                                                                    • #48809
                                                                                      Erica
                                                                                      Participant
                                                                                          @erica

                                                                                          Hi everybody

                                                                                          My name is Erica. I’m from Italy but I’m based in the UK, where I’ve lived for about 10 years.

                                                                                          This is my 3rd year of teaching post-Celta; in those years I taught young learners, teenagers and adults in different teaching settings, such as EFL (General English and Cambridge exam prep) and ESOL, which is what I’ve been teaching lately. I still haven’t had the chance to teach EAP, so I can’t really comment on it, but what I enjoy teaching the most is exam preparation. It’s probably due to my love for grammar and all those exercises that help students notice patterns and collocations.

                                                                                          I decided to embark on this DELTA adventure because (like Robert) I’m interested in course material writing and (like Gajinder and Iroda) I’d like to become a better educator or even a CELTA trainer.

                                                                                          As a result of this course, I expect to be able to comment and reflect on different assessment procedures, lesson planning and curriculum design.

                                                                                          I can’t wait to start working with you all!

                                                                                          Best,

                                                                                          Erica

                                                                                          • #48903
                                                                                            Nicholas Northall
                                                                                            Moderator
                                                                                                @nick-northall

                                                                                                Hi Erica,

                                                                                                Thanks for posting. Whereabouts in the UK do you live?

                                                                                                It seems that you have taught/are teaching a range of different classes and learners! This is really good as it gives you a lot of experience to draw on – not only for studying and passing Delta, but also for you own personal development. I also love teaching exam classes – I also love teaching grammar, but I also find that students on such courses have very, very similar aims (although often very different needs) so courses usually engage all the learners. Although I often find some students on such courses simply want to take practice exam after practice not understanding that in order to improve their scores, they also need to develop their levels of English. So in a similar manner, we give you a lot of exam practice on this course, but we also want you to develop your understanding of learning and teaching.

                                                                                                Looking forward to working with you too!

                                                                                                Best wishes,

                                                                                                Nick

                                                                                              • #49350
                                                                                                Erica
                                                                                                Participant
                                                                                                    @erica

                                                                                                    I live in London, but I did my PGCE in Newcastle where I stayed a year!

                                                                                                    I couldn’t agree more. The downside of teaching exams is that students only care about the result (= pass the exam, and possibly do it well) rather than the process (= understanding what they need to improve and give themselves time to do so). Also, more often than not, those types of courses are intense and/or short so students may come to the wrong conclusion that pass an English exam is an easy fix.

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                • #48817
                                                                                                  Peter Wilson
                                                                                                  Participant
                                                                                                      @peterw

                                                                                                      Hi everyone, I’m Peter and I currently work as an ESOL teacher in Manchester, UK. I did a CELTA in 2006 and taught EFL in Japan, Australia and Germany before moving back to the UK and changing to ESOL. I decided to do DELTA as a way of working on my professional development and exploring possible future career paths. I think the course will give me lots of opportunity to reflect on what makes good teaching and learning. I look forward to meeting everyone on Thursday.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      • #48908
                                                                                                        Nicholas Northall
                                                                                                        Moderator
                                                                                                            @nick-northall

                                                                                                            Hi Peter,

                                                                                                            Thanks for introducing yourself.

                                                                                                            You appeared to have worked in a range of countries and continents – what are your impressions of them? Having been to all three you mention (although I haven’t taught in any of them), I can expect that you had a lot of very varied and interesting experiences (not only in the classroom). How do you now find teaching ESOL? I think that you will find the Delta is a great way to support your CPD and as I mentioned in the DM1 webinar, completing this qualification will open several doors for you.

                                                                                                            I look forward to meeting you again on Thursday.

                                                                                                            Cheers,

                                                                                                            Nick

                                                                                                          • #49201
                                                                                                            Andrew Burke
                                                                                                            Participant
                                                                                                                @andrew

                                                                                                                Hi Peter, I did ESOL for 10 years in London, not always the easiest of jobs. Andrew

                                                                                                            • #48987
                                                                                                              Aytaj Suleymanova
                                                                                                              Participant
                                                                                                                  @aytajs93

                                                                                                                  Hello everyone. I’m Aytaj and I’m from Azerbaijan. I currently teach in my home country. My teaching experience is mainly primary students but my preference is changing and it feels like I need a new challenge. I did CELTA this summer and realized that I miss learning so much. So doing DELTA is my way of refreshing all the knowledge I attained during my university days but primarily discovering all the unknown areas of TESOL.

                                                                                                                  Very happy to be in this community of ESL teachers :)

                                                                                                                  • #49343
                                                                                                                    Nicholas Northall
                                                                                                                    Moderator
                                                                                                                        @nick-northall

                                                                                                                        Hi again Aytaj,

                                                                                                                        It’s great to hear that you see Delta as a way of refreshing your knowledge – I’m sure you’ll find that it will certainly do that and hopefully add to that knowledge!  You will also find that Delta is definitely challenging!

                                                                                                                        Looking forward to working with you.

                                                                                                                        Best wishes,

                                                                                                                        Nick

                                                                                                                    • #49199
                                                                                                                      Andrew Burke
                                                                                                                      Participant
                                                                                                                          @andrew

                                                                                                                          Hi everyone,

                                                                                                                          My name’s Andrew Burke and I work at the ELTC, Sheffield University. I’ve been teaching since 2002 and have been at my current job for 5 years. I have my CELTA and an MA in TESOL but now want to complete my studies with the DELTA. I’m considering being a teacher trainer here and the DELTA is a necessity but, as being a teacher is a constant learning process, I also hope the DELTA will help me improve my own teaching and remind me of what effective teaching is. In addition, I hope this course will help me consider why I do certain activities and  how these benefit the students. Finally, I hope it will help me to better choose and adapt given materials.  I look forward to meeting you all. Sadly, work commitments mean I can’t attend the first session, but I’ll hopefully see you in the next.

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                                                                                                                          • #49347
                                                                                                                            Nicholas Northall
                                                                                                                            Moderator
                                                                                                                                @nick-northall

                                                                                                                                Hi Andrew,

                                                                                                                                Thanks for posting. You are right about the Delta helping you to become a teacher trainer, especially if you want to become a CELTA trainer. And I also agree about teaching as a constant learning process. I do hope that as you work through this course you reflect on your own practice, consider what others do and possibly look at other ways of doing what you already do – ultimately, as you say, all to the benefit of your learners.

                                                                                                                                I’m sure we’ll catch up in another live session.

                                                                                                                                Cheers,

                                                                                                                                Nick

                                                                                                                            • #49691
                                                                                                                              Vasiliki Zinonos
                                                                                                                              Participant
                                                                                                                                  @vasiliki

                                                                                                                                  Hello everyone,

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  My name is Vasiliki Zinonos. I come from lovely, sunny Cyprus. I currently teach at the ELTC  and also serve as a Dissertation Supervisor in MA TESOL for the School of English, at the University of Sheffield. Nice to meet all of you and it is nice to have such a diverse team on this course from all around world. Sadly, I was unable to attend the first live session, but hope to meet you all virtually soon.

                                                                                                                                  I look forward to working with you all.

                                                                                                                                  Best wishes,

                                                                                                                                  Vasiliki

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  • #49732
                                                                                                                                    Nicholas Northall
                                                                                                                                    Moderator
                                                                                                                                        @nick-northall

                                                                                                                                        Hi Vasiliki,

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for posting. And no worries about missing the live session. Have you managed to listen to the recordings? I hope the schedule for the next four sessions works:)
                                                                                                                                        From sunny Cyprus to rainy Sheffield:) I hope the abysmal rain isn’t making you want to go to a sunny island in the Med! It’s making me want to!

                                                                                                                                        Cheers,

                                                                                                                                        Nick

                                                                                                                                    • #49840
                                                                                                                                      Nicholas Northall
                                                                                                                                      Moderator
                                                                                                                                          @nick-northall

                                                                                                                                          Dear All,
                                                                                                                                          Thanks to those of you who have contributed to this forum task. It has been great to learn more about your experiences, motivations for taking the course and expectations.

                                                                                                                                          It looks like there are lots of similarities within the group from living in different countries and teaching in a variety of contexts to impressive existing qualifications (and not all teaching related!!) and hoping to learn from and support each other over the coming weeks and months.

                                                                                                                                          You are all expecting Delta Module One to be challenging, yet rewarding, and see it as a way to reflect on your current practice, develop both your theoretical knowledge and practical teaching skills as well as potentially opening the door to further career opportunities.

                                                                                                                                          I am sure as the course progresses, you will find that you have lots more in common (as well as lots of differences too!).

                                                                                                                                          If you haven’t yet posted in this forum, please feel free to do so. You can also comment on each other’s posts too.

                                                                                                                                          Cheers,
                                                                                                                                          Nick

                                                                                                                                        • #50115
                                                                                                                                          Amira Madkour
                                                                                                                                          Participant
                                                                                                                                              @amy-madkr

                                                                                                                                              Hello, May name is Amira, I am Egyptian, I am currently living in Manchester. I work am an online trainer working with teachers in the Middle East. I believe in lifelong learning and that’s why I decided to take this course.

                                                                                                                                              • #50206
                                                                                                                                                Nicholas Northall
                                                                                                                                                Moderator
                                                                                                                                                    @nick-northall

                                                                                                                                                    Hi Amira,

                                                                                                                                                    Welcome to the course and thanks for sharing.

                                                                                                                                                    As a life-long learner, I’m sure you’ll get a lot from the course:)

                                                                                                                                                    Cheers,

                                                                                                                                                    Nick

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