Date: Jun 16, 2007 3:09 PM
Thank you so much for your response! You have no idea how relieved I am! Do you remember how long the grammar test was? Do they time you? I really hope I pass the grammar test at least on the 2nd try, if I don’t, I would feel horribly stupid. how long was the grammar test: i dont remember. i think it was timed, but nobody was cut off before they were finished. do NOT feel stupid for not passing the first time, or even the second. the test was no joke. and really, how many of us native english speakers actually remember grammar lessons we had when we were maybe in elementary school? i did pass the first time, but i struggled and passed by the skin of my teeth. i think the only reason i passed was b/c i was slightly better prepared than some, b/c i minored in english in college, and i studied spanish for many years (and with a foreign language, you get lots of grammar lessons).
When you do the mock teaching, do you do it in front of the other trainee’s? I can imagine how intimidating it would be.
yes, in front of each other. but it's intimidating for everybody, so you're not alone. :)
How long did it take you to prepare for class? I would imagine once you get used to it, you wouldn’t need much preparation? to prepare for class, i dont know how long it takes b/c i dont time, and it all depends on the lesson, but i would guess it takes less than one hour a day. im sure im the slowest among my colleagues.
i really want to thank you again for responding back to me. I would really appreciate it if you could give me any other advices or comments (i.e. any difficulties, what I should look out for, etc. etc.) on teaching at CDI. Thank you and I really look forward to your next message! no problem. im not so good with the general questions, but if you have specific ones, ask away.