I'm in my second week of CELTA and I failed 2 TPs. Is it over?

I'm in my second week of CELTA and I failed 2 TPs. Is it over?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How many are you allowed to fail? I can't remember. How do you even fail the TPs?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not sure but my assessor says 2 or 3.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I thought it was just one but maybe I'm thinking of writing assignments

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I passed everything in CELTA but I'm shit at the job and my boss seems to think so too. She never has anything positive to say. I really just don't like teaching kids. I don't like the classroom management, the behavior and attention issues, I don't like having to worry about things being fun, I just have no idea what to do with them. All I want is just to deliver a nice, chill, clean, dry, academic lesson to grown adults who are paying their own money to be here because they want to learn.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      in which country are you teaching?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Vietnam

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      move schools.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I can't find any jobs with adults at all. I'm at a big chain language center currently. What kind of place do you think I might do better at? If you have helpful experience then please, I'm all ears.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Would you not be able to suffice with 16-18 year olds doing who are trying to get their IELTS for their university placement, there are no shortage of those?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Not sure, I haven't taught that age yet. At my current job, I find the younger the better. The kindy kids and lower primaries still like to make adults happy. The ones from like 10-14 (the oldest I have) are little bastards, but I reckon they chill out again by 16. I know I did.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Yeah I'd agree in that. I teach grade 1-3 and IELTs / Pre-IELTS and flat out refuse to teach anything in between at this point. Teaching grade 6-7-8 feels like a completely different job and I have no idea why so many new teachers are striving to be placed in those classes so much.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/pyTUYLN.png

      I'm in my second week of CELTA and I failed 2 TPs. Is it over?

      As someone who can't stand doing presentations in the workplace, how does this change being in a classroom? I'm scared I'm going to be way too anxious to do anything especially after working from home for 3 years.

      I wouldn’t know. I finished my TEFL course, and then when I came back to get my portfolio, I slipped in and out of the office and avoided eye contact with my teachers who regularly interacted with me for 120 days. I ignored all their follow up emails about a job

      Instead of making good on my $1200 dollar investment, I blew the rest of my savings, meant to get myself situated in a job, on drowning in alcohol and fricking hookers. Once the money nearly ran out, a few months later, I bought a plane ticket back to my parents house, tucked my tail between my legs, and quietly took a taxi to the Bangkok airport without telling anyone.

      The practice classes at the end of the course were so fricking unbearably awkward and I felt like I was going to dissolve into a puddle of sweat. I barely got through them. There’s no way I could endure that feeling for even a few weeks. I would never “get the hang of it,” I’d just be awkward and uncomfortable and torture myself

      120 days? isn't it 120 hours? I feel like this might be me.

      https://i.imgur.com/sT2uElW.jpg

      I’m an overnight security guard who’s been working 60 hours a week for what will be 2.5 years straight by the end of pic related countdown. Once the countdown is reached, I’m flying to my parents house, getting a visa, and then going to Thailand.

      I’ve been doing nothing but “waiting to go back to Thailand” since March 6th 2022. This won’t be the last time I’m in this situation either. In America I have absolutely no life. I work as much as I can and on my two days off I start drinking, cook myself something, and then get into bed and drink until I fall asleep.

      TTT, this cycle of saving $10k and then blowing $10k for 60-90 days of "fun" is not sustainable.

      If it makes you feel any better at least half of those people you interacted with likely couldn't hack it after the first year and ended up leaving a few months into their contract. One girl in particular I remember in our group had a teaching/English degree alongside a few years experience teaching in English public schools and not only did she storm out of one of this in-house observations crying, she also stormed out of one of her classes after fighting with a TA then booked a flight back home a week later.

      Which country was this?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >As someone who can't stand doing presentations in the workplace, how does this change being in a classroom? I'm scared I'm going to be way too anxious to do anything especially after working from home for 3 years.
        I've been a teacher for over 15 years. The first three weeks were excruciating. Your mind adapts when you keep it in that state. I know a teacher who has been teaching as long as me and can't maintain eye contact and will hold a whole conversation while not taking his eyes off his laptop. Also mumbles the whole conversation. He's adapted in the classroom though. You just have to put yourself through that stress for 3 weeks and you'll get past the hump

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Appreciate it, I've heard something very similar from a teacher friend I have in that you kinda have your teacher persona which you fall into.

          >As someone who can't stand doing presentations in the workplace, how does this change being in a classroom? I'm scared I'm going to be way too anxious to do anything especially after working from home for 3 years.
          It's much less stressful imo. I was a corporate manager for years before having my midlife crisis and making this shift and I still never got comfortable with that bullshit and would avoid it the best I could, but I find teaching is different, at least with smallish classes. I might get stage fright trying to give a history lecture in front of 100 students, but my biggest class is like 16 and they're too young to be nervous about. Besides, if you're doing your job right, you're talking as little as possible and making THEM talk.

          What age were you during your midlife crisis? do you regret doing teaching? was it a huge stepdown in salary?

          I'm 30, SWE and have about $450k and debating giving up my job and just doing teaching for a year or two because I'm losing my mind living in a room.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >As someone who can't stand doing presentations in the workplace, how does this change being in a classroom? I'm scared I'm going to be way too anxious to do anything especially after working from home for 3 years.
        It's much less stressful imo. I was a corporate manager for years before having my midlife crisis and making this shift and I still never got comfortable with that bullshit and would avoid it the best I could, but I find teaching is different, at least with smallish classes. I might get stage fright trying to give a history lecture in front of 100 students, but my biggest class is like 16 and they're too young to be nervous about. Besides, if you're doing your job right, you're talking as little as possible and making THEM talk.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn’t know. I finished my TEFL course, and then when I came back to get my portfolio, I slipped in and out of the office and avoided eye contact with my teachers who regularly interacted with me for 120 days. I ignored all their follow up emails about a job

    Instead of making good on my $1200 dollar investment, I blew the rest of my savings, meant to get myself situated in a job, on drowning in alcohol and fricking hookers. Once the money nearly ran out, a few months later, I bought a plane ticket back to my parents house, tucked my tail between my legs, and quietly took a taxi to the Bangkok airport without telling anyone.

    The practice classes at the end of the course were so fricking unbearably awkward and I felt like I was going to dissolve into a puddle of sweat. I barely got through them. There’s no way I could endure that feeling for even a few weeks. I would never “get the hang of it,” I’d just be awkward and uncomfortable and torture myself

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm almost positive I've seen you post before. I hope whatever you're doing now instead is working out better for you bro.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I’m an overnight security guard who’s been working 60 hours a week for what will be 2.5 years straight by the end of pic related countdown. Once the countdown is reached, I’m flying to my parents house, getting a visa, and then going to Thailand.

        I’ve been doing nothing but “waiting to go back to Thailand” since March 6th 2022. This won’t be the last time I’m in this situation either. In America I have absolutely no life. I work as much as I can and on my two days off I start drinking, cook myself something, and then get into bed and drink until I fall asleep.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >get into bed and drink
          In that order?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yea at the tail end of the drinking in anticipation of me passing out yes

            How long do you think you'll be in Thailand for?

            At least 6 months, but a year is the sweet spot imo. At a years mark you start to question yourself and want to to do something productive again

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          How long do you think you'll be in Thailand for?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Why are you settling for such a shitty existence? You might fail and end up with a shitty life but not trying to claw your way out to happiness at all? A big vacation and years of drinking alone in bed and working 60 hours. Man, do something. Anything. Fight to improve your life, it will give you meaning, direction and momentum and lift your spirit and wellbeing even if you don't get too far. Your life hurts to read brother. Cone on man.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Not him but I find fighting and failing hurts even more than stagnation.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >Not him but I find fighting and failing hurts even more than stagnation
              You shouldn't be failing so much then. Set smaller, accomplishable challenges so that you can succeed in them and feel strength and confidence from them. Building your way up

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I fail at everything. I can't seem to learn anymore, like my brain has crystalized. It's shit.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >I can't seem to learn anymore, like my brain has crystalized
                If that's true, you should see a doctor. Or Otherwise, you're just the same as everyone else, getting less cognitively competentas you age. You can still learn.
                You could also take 5g og psilocybin mushrooms, it makes new synaptic pathways to other parts of the brain. Might also fix what may just be ennui

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          you unironically are a good candidate for the military

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >implying anybody should join the military

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Chill dude. They dropped don't ask, don't tell. Your good

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                That's pretty cute anon but I don't think not wanting to follow some brown homie's orders and lose body parts fighting for the military industrial complex is an exclusively gay thing.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That's pretty cute anon but I don't think not wanting to follow some brown homie's orders and lose body parts fighting for the military industrial complex is an exclusively gay thing.

            little better than rotting away at a 10 buck an hour job right? there's a lot to be said about seeing the world for free, GI Bill, Tricare, permanent vet hiring preference, VA Home Loan, etc.
            >inb4 zogbot shill
            honestly, what else would you recommend OP do? he sounds like a defeatist loser with a million excuses and no work ethic

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If it makes you feel any better at least half of those people you interacted with likely couldn't hack it after the first year and ended up leaving a few months into their contract. One girl in particular I remember in our group had a teaching/English degree alongside a few years experience teaching in English public schools and not only did she storm out of one of this in-house observations crying, she also stormed out of one of her classes after fighting with a TA then booked a flight back home a week later.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Starting a CELTA course in april, what should I expect?

      >so fricking unbearably awkward
      Why?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Why?
        I have urinary incontinence. Even if I have dark colored pants or wear a sanitary pad (I don't wear diapers) you can tell I've pissed a little The idea of being Mr Pissy Pants all over again just fills me with dread

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Seriously though

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I think this all depends on your social skills. If you are comfortable meeting new people, personable and comfortable presenting in front of them then you'll be totally fine.

        I'm okay with the first two but presenting is going to be a huge issue so I'm planning on tackling this before the course.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I'm guessing you either learn quickly and it becomes a non-issue after the first few times, or it's overwhelming and you quit

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Have a TEFL question, gonna use this thread for it since the general died, I guess - any recommendations for doing TEFL abroad? I'd rather do it somewhere exotic and cheap than in my home country. Preferrably Philippines or Malaysia

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is this even worth doing if I don't have a degree?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Not really. I had a TEFL before I got a degree. Worked in Cambodia, China and Ethiopia but things have probably been tightened up since.
      You can scrape around a few places still I'm sure

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      A degree in what?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >A degree in what?
        Don't do a TEFL with those reading comprehension skills anon

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Sorry, I meant what field of study are you asking about... A degree in Education, English, Psychology, Business?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Oh yeah. Good question

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Well idk what it's in since I don't have one.

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