I received some really interesting responses to my post on good working conditions in ELT – thanks for all the comments on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
One of the many comments that are worth exploring in a bit more depth was a tweet from paulw. He asked me three questions:
- What is it that enables me as a white European person to have “good working conditions in ELT” in Thailand?
- Is it the case that Thai people can expect such conditions if they go to the UK? (Answer: No.)
- How many Thai ELT teachers do you have?
I start my PGCEi next month. I’m really looking forward to having an extra reason to reflect on my classroom practice, overall approach, etc, and delving into research about how children learn and develop.
I’m focusing on primary level learners during the course. I have experience teaching ‘upper’ primary age groups (aged 9-11), but I’d love to learn more about teaching younger primary learners. I felt a bit out of my comfort zone teaching younger learners during the CELTA YL extension course a few years ago. With this in mind, the PGCEi is a perfect opportunity to gain more experience and understanding of YL teaching and child development. (more…)