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A Day In the Life of an ITA TEFL Student Toulouse, France
Written by: Lynda Galea
Last Updated: January 21, 2021
International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Toulouse TEFL course at our partner TEFL school’s headquarters located in the heart of Toulouse, France right by the beautiful Jardin Des Plantes Park. 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.
Tuesday Week 3
7:45am – The alarm goes off, and it’s time get showered and make coffee. I forgot to get bread yesterday, but since the bakery is just one step away from my apartment, I pop out and treat myself to a pastry. I think that subconsciously I may have done it deliberately as my bakery sells the most incredible croissants and tartes aux framboises that I have ever had! I still have time for breakfast. No rush, I’m only a 15 minute walk away from the TEFL centre.
9:15am – I arrive at the TEFL centre, and have another coffee and a quick chat with my fellow trainees.
9:30am - Morning input starts. We start with a lesson on how to exploit textbook and authentic material. I really enjoyed that session as it showed me that nearly anything can be used to teach English, no need to stick to academic books. Second part of the morning was about teaching students phrasal verbs. Definitely trickier than expected, glad to learn about it before I have to teach it on my own!
1pm – Lunch break. I don’t feel like eating in, and I haven’t brought anything. Today I feel like Vietnamese, so myself and two others head to the Vietnamese food stand, order a take away and eat in the park opposite the centre. Good time to relax in the sun, and share our thoughts about the morning session. Time also to make plans for Saturday. We’ll have a car and we still can’t decide whether to drive to the Mediterranean Sea, or for a hike in the mountains, both are only 1.5 hours away! I head back a bit earlier than them as I still want to go over the lesson I’m delivering this afternoon.
2:30 – I’m pretty happy about my lesson plan for the intermediate group I’m teaching at 4pm, but I’m still unsure about my final activity. I want to make sure my students get really excited and talk a lot, and I’m sure I can make it more fun and lively. Judith, one of the two experienced teachers here this afternoon, is here to help me out. I figure out that if I make my activity a bit more competitive they’ll get super motivated. All set now!
4pm – Here I am, I’m teaching! I’m a bit stressed but it’s the third lesson I’m teaching so I’m already more confident. I’m making sure that I’m giving very good instructions for activities this time, as it was one of my weaknesses. Things are going quite smoothly and students seem to enjoy the topic.
5:10pm – Teaching done. I feel pretty good about it and I’m definitely more relaxed now. I’m sitting and watching another trainee delivering a lesson. I have to listen with care as I have to give feedback after the lesson. I really like the way he’s introduced the topic with a cheesy video!
6:10pm – Debrief time. We all sit down and Judith gives us feedback. In turns we are invited to give our opinion on our own lesson and on the lesson we’ve observed.
7:00pm – The day is over! Well, not exactly. A few people of my group are heading to the bar for a quick drink on their way home, but I’m starving and I need want to work on planning my one to one lesson on Thursday. I don’t want to have to rush into writing the learner profile essay, and I certainly don’t want to have too much to do on my last weekend in Toulouse. From what I’ve seen so far it’s a wonderful city and I don’t want to miss out. I’m heading home and start cooking dinner. Nice to get some French cuisine advice from my host, she’s showing me how to make baked camembert!
8:45pm – Let’s get to work! I have no idea what I’m going to teach my private student. I have a quick browse on the internet, and decide to do a lesson on real estate. She told me she was thinking about buying a Bed and Breakfast in Ireland when she retires so it would be very useful to her. It’s going to be mostly about vocabulary, but I can also teach him some set phrases to buy or rent accommodation.
12am – Yes! I’m really happy about my lesson. I’ve not finished, but the topic is good and I only have to add bits, and print the cut-outs. Time for a well-deserved sleep!
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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