So this is what a CELTA weekend is like then: study, study and more study (and a very enjoyable 3-hour trip out to the Peak District to see friends – thank you!)
It’s been fun though. You know, I think I’m actually starting to get my head around English grammatical terms, after 30 years of being frightened of them (yep, right from birth). Did you know that a preposition is a word (or group of words) that is used to show the way in which other words are connected? I didn’t.
Spent a good few hours on my first assignment too – language analysis. I find it strangely interesting.
Today I’m creating my lesson plan for tomorrow afternoon, a 40-minute class teaching listening skills. My theme: “Mysteries of Everyday Life”. Looking forward to it. 🙂
Spent a while on the phone to my darling in Tokyo today. Crikey I think I’m rather in love with her. Anyway anyway, we’ve set aside a weekend soon after my arrival to make some life plans / family plans together. What we would like to achieve in life both individually and as a family, when we’d like to have children (being conceived in Paris so I’m told), that sort of thing. Once that’s done we’ll look at what we need in order to accomplish those goals, how we need to improve (or bring in outside help) to achieve them.
Of course we’ve both done this as individuals several times over the past couple of years, but this will be our first family plan as such. It’s very exciting!
Caw blimey, I’m going to be living with my cutey by a big pond ten mins from Shibuya in four weeks!
I love life.
It, sounds like you are really enjoying CELTA. I hope they’ll give you some leads on some good jobs in the Tokyo area.
The average starting wages for teachers here is usually 250,000yen a month (actually it’s the legal mininum wage for full time work). Of course there are some teaching jobs that pay over 300,000yen but they are harder to come by. With CELTA you will be in a better position to negotiate for more. And, you should (in my humble opinion).
Life is great! And, Japan is an exciting place to live.
You are a wise man for spending time studying the language, culture, and the world view of your wife. That to me is a far bigger investment than CELTA(although it’s good too) It seems only natural that one should do this, but then again there are so many who don’t and they suffer for not doing so.
By, the way your country looks like a fair tale it’s so picture perfect. You are going to miss nature in Shibuya, but don’t worry the rinkai line can take you from Shibuya into the country side in about an hour or so.
I’ll be back
Thanks for your comment. Yes, they do give us details of job-seeking resources, which is handy.
Yes, that’s the one thing I do miss when living in Tokyo – the British countryside. Wish I could take it with me!