Student: Marcela from the Czech Republic
School: Languages International Auckland
Q. Where are you from Marcela? And what do you do in your country?
A. I am from Jihlava city which is a centre of Vysocina Region in the Czech Republic. I work as a teacher of English at the secondary school.
Q. Congratulations on your successful completion of the TESOL course. What was it like being a student here?
A. I can tell you I had no confidence at the very beginning – I was very shy to speak in front of the audience. Besides, the teaching methods here are so different from what we have at home. TESOL at Languages International is more “student-focused”, is very interactive and involves a lot of teacher-student interaction. Another great thing about this course is that our trainers Sam and Jonathan have been so supportive and helpful. I have learned an enormous amount and become a lot more confident about my classroom skills. The feedback was immediate; and the class dynamic was great.
Q. How will your new experience and your TESOL certificate help you when you return home?
A. First of all, I am very keen on trying all these new techniques and methods I have learned once I’m back in Jihlava. I also think that TESOL will help me with my future career development. A teacher with better qualifications and broader experience is highly valued by the employers. In fact, the Czech Ministry of Education has been looking for ways to certify the English teachers in the country and TKT is already gaining a reputation as being a “must do” exam, especially for those working in the state sector.
Q. What was the main reason for you to come to New Zealand and Languages International to do TESOL and TKT?
A. Actually, the only accredited TKT centre in my country is the one in Prague. The school I work for was happy to give me some time off so I could attend one TESOL class per week – however, this would mean I would have to travel to Prague and back every week, which was not ideal. So I thought I’d rather take an extended leave and focus on doing a training course in an English-speaking country. My agent suggested New Zealand and recommended this school. So here I am!
Q. Do you have a favourite place in Auckland?
A. There are lots of special places here – and Albert Park is just one of them. I also like the atmosphere of Mission Bay where I go for a cup of coffee. My host family is in Glendowie so I love having a walk through the native birds’ reserve nearby.