As I wrote in a post a few days ago I have started my online course for teaching English as a Second Language or as it is also called Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or TESOL. I am taking two courses for certification, both online, and if you think that such courses are a piece cake let me tell you what is required.
For one of my certifications, there are 3 textbooks and 4 e-books. I have 25 assignments to finish. Of those 25, twenty of them are general written assignments that have to be 2-3 pags long. The remaining 5 require that I write 5 lesson plans for teaching a 45 minute class for each. The final assignment is a thesis and anyone who has taken post-graduate work knows that a thesis is not finished in a week or two. It takes that long to come up with the subject. The second course is about the same but only has two textbooks and I don’t think a thesis is required. That and two lectures per week makes this one of the hardest subjects I have ever attempted. When I looked at the course material and requirements I just let out a gasp and my wife giggled because she knows I love doing schoolwork. But in the end, after watching this video on TESOL you will understand it is all worth it!