I am leaving C-burg today and heading to Hamburg. I will be attending a training seminar in Hamburg for the next four weeks. At the end of the seminar, I will receive my CELTA certificate (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). I have been teaching English for 20 months now, but never received any formal training.
The certificate course is very "intense," and involves 8 hours of training everyday, including one hour of teaching a day. When I applied for the course, I was asked several times if I could handle the "pressure." As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, pressure is not a problem for me. All in all, I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn something new and to break any bad teaching habits I may have developed.
Also, I have put everything else pretty much on hold for the next month. No university, no teaching in C-burg, no new business contacts. It is almost a relief that for an entire month, I will only have to concentrate on one thing.
I am not sure what the blogging situation is going to be like over the next few weeks. I am renting a room, but I am not sure if I will have internet access. There are computers at the training center, but "lesson planning has priority." Isn't that always the way? I will scope out the situation and keep you up-to-date.
I have been to Hamburg a few times, but never spent that much time there. Any sight seeing tips? Better yet, any tips on where I can find a good hamburger and / or Mexican food? I am also looking for a good manicure place.
Seen around C-burg: My business's opening party was in Saturday's Muensterlaendische Tageszeitung. Unfortunately, the small article is not available on-line. But trust me, the New Yorker and I look great.