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In the summer I went to the supplementary Chinese course in the university but this was less than a challenge. I was getting bored so I went to a so-called “Language Institute” and took a diploma course in teaching ESL.
The class was made of US retirees English teachers and so on there was only one other young person( a Californian girl). The grammar/theory lessons were a bore, I can’t stand all the meta-language.
Just an example of the supercilious nonsense these folks were up to, for the exam of theory we had to write a paper in a “collegiate manner” about the meaning of language. I wrote a length treatise about how language is only mere verbal interpretations of electric impulses leaping across synapses in the brain.
After all that theory baloney we had 21 hrs of class teaching in different settings from primary to high school we also taught adults in groups and one-on-one in the Language school. These classes were observed by the other trainees and evaluated by the teacher as well, this all affected the grades. For me it wasn't a problem as I’d taught before, I scored especially high with teaching children.
The course was somewhat interesting but not really necessary as I didn’t learn anything new. The "language institute" was a regular racket, the teachers seemed to be in a contest overawe each other and the pupils (who were shelling out copius amounts of cash) with their bloated lexis.