A couple of weeks ago I was watching various YouTube videos on English learning in the name of research. Always good to know what everyone else is doing, right? There are a lot of great videos out there but there are also a lot of (in my humble opinion) terrible ones.
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
I have been self-employed as an English tutor since July 2014, and have been almost exclusively teaching private students (as opposed to freelancing for other companies) since January 2015. Being self-employed, although incredibly rewarding and liberating, is one of the hardest things I have ever done.
Today I finally did something I have been promising myself I would do for a long time and started a formal language class.
A year ago I was just venturing into the world of blogging and YouTube videos. I had just been accepted onto a ten month teaching course to begin in August 2015 and I was filled with optimism about what it is possible for one person to achieve.
Recently I discovered that a colleague in Scotland had also spent a couple of years living and teaching in South Korea and our chats about our (very similar) experiences there reminded me how much I enjoyed it and reinforced my belief that it is an underrated tourist destination.
As a teacher, as a freelancer, as a student, as someone who is self-employed there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I can and do wish for. And it’s not only about getting through tasks as quickly as I can in order to reach the next one, I always need a little more time to think things through, to check my thoughts, to learn. As do many of my students.
I make my living from teaching English through Skype but today Skype went down and I had no back-up plan.
In September 2014 I undertook a CELTA qualification at International House in Wroclaw, Poland.