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A Day In the Life of a Student in the Guadalajara, Mexico TEFL Class
Written by: Lynda Galea
Last Updated: December 14, 2017
International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Guadalajara, Mexico TEFL course located in the heart of this historic city. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course. To help you prepare for this course, we've put together a typical day in the life schedule to outline the daily grind and commitment required.
Wednesday – Week 2
This is not a hyperbolic lesson plan. The workload here is very realistic given the requirements of the course.
7:00 am: Wake up; you’re staying at a local Hostel or Home-stay in Guadalajara. This gives you time to get washed up, check your lessons for the day, and head to the class to be on time for your morning input session.
9:00 am – 11:00am: Arrive at class; The morning input session begins with you analyzing the teaching practice feedback from the class taught the day before. Today you present your Micro teaching “Reported Speech” to your classmates; which you prepared last night; You need to organize your board with a detailed teaching objective and be ready to begin promptly at 9:15. the first half of the input session covers the topics of, Basic concepts used for Reading; and Purposes of Reading.
11:00am – 11:15am: Break-time, during these 15 minutes you can take advantage of the wonderful fresh fruit, and delicious Mexican pastries offered by neighboring establishments. They go perfectly with the free coffee and tea provided.
11:15am to 1:00pm: During the second half of the input session you will cover potential barriers to Reading, and Assessing the Importance of Reading. During this time you also meet with the Course Director for a second one to one Job Guidance Session; you will bring your CV, Job Guidance Book and portfolio with you to this meeting.
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch! Guadalajara offers an amazing variety of foods, everything from traditional Mexican cuisine to Vegetarian buffets. You can take advantage of this time to relax and build lasting friendships with your classmates.
2:00pm – 3:15pm: Guided Lesson Planning; during this time you can work with your trainer to prepare your teaching lesson plan. Here you are being prepared to lesson plan and teach in any situation, by using a textbook or not. During this time you practice writing on the white board and teaching your class material with other trainees.
3:15- 4:05: Observed Teaching practice - Beginner EFL class. This afternoon you have fifteen students and your teaching them “Vocabulary – Body Parts.” You've applied the feedback from your trainer, and feel that the class went well! (your Teaching practices will cover many different language levels and topics. )
4:15 – 7:00: You do not have a class to teach tomorrow, so you begin to work on your Grammar task. You also ask about the free extra Certificates offered to trainees.
7:15pm – 11:00pm: Return to the Hostel or Home-stay; take a dinner break. After every EFL class you should review the notes you have from your feedback and look over the materials for the next observed teaching practice. You will be expected to continue working on your out of class assignments during this time. You try and get a good nights sleep, so you are ready for the next day in your adventure to becoming an excellent EFL Teacher.
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An accomplished traveler (she's visited 40 countries!), Lynda hails from Melbourne, Australia. Since she joined ITA in 2017, Lynda has become a primary expert on the field of teaching English online. Not only has she published numerous articles on the topic herself, but she has worked with International TEFL Academy alumni around the world to produce an entire library of information and content about teaching English online. Lynda also serves as a primary organizer of ITA's ground-breaking Teach Abroad Film Festival.
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