Hope everyone is doing well, given the strange circumstances we’re all living in with the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that many people are getting hit hard, and if you are, my and Patricia’s love and prayers go out to you. We’ve been reaching out to those around us (following all the preventive protocols of course) to give what help we can. As I said in my last post, let us all be angels for each other.
Fortunately, we are doing okay ourselves. We are hunkered down at home, working online and binging on Netflix like so many others. Thank goodness our financial situation is okay. That being said, it could be better, and so I’m glad to be embarking on an exciting new venture: On Monday, I’ll begin a training course for a credential to teach English as a second language here in Mexico.
I had already decided to do this before the whole coronavirus situation erupted. I’m still working with Patricia as a kind of research assistant and advisor for her work on immigration issues, but I wanted to also find some engaging work of my own that would bring more money into our little household. As long as I’ve been here people have been asking me for help with their English, so I thought: Given my teaching experience and love of the language, why not provide that help for lots of people and bring in some extra income at the same time?
So, I contacted our good friend Janet Wilson, who lives here in Xalapa and spent many years teaching English at the local university language center. She pointed me to the organization that trained her: a University of Cambridge-affiliated organization called International House. Among their offerings is a course for attaining a highly regarded teaching credential called CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). Long story short: I applied for this course, got accepted, and now I’m ready to begin.
Originally this was going to be an intensive live class for a month in Mexico City. But of course with the pandemic everyone is scrambling to move as much as possible online, so now I’ll be doing an online version of the course from April to June. And on top of the CELTA credential, they are offering an additional thirty hours of training to obtain a new credential called the Certificate in Teaching English Online. This is a nice little bonus. The field of online teaching was growing even before the coronavirus hit, but now it may be the wave of the future. And I certainly like the idea of teaching classes from my home office in Xalapa.
This is a new beginning of sorts for me, a new direction that I hadn’t anticipated. But I’m excited about it. I have a feeling that I’ll be good at teaching English, that I’ll enjoy it, and that I’ll be providing a valuable service to the many people here in Mexico who would like to open the doors that knowing English can open. Wish me luck! 🙂 And everyone please keep safe and healthy in these strange times. God bless you all!