I found out a couple of days ago that I'll be teaching a Masters level, credit course about how to teach English this upcoming semester. I was initially kind of excited about it since I can put all the stuff I learned when doing the Celta and the Delta to good use. Except, upon further conversation with the admin and the previous teacher who taught the course my initial excitement has waned.
"It's about how to teach English, except the students aren't good at English and you can help them improve their English."
So, what exactly is it? Is it a basic 4-skills English class, disguised as a masters level teaching methodology course?
Is it actually a teaching methodology course, just dumbed down because the MASTERS level students don't actually speak English that well? Is it somehow supposed to be a combination of the two?
Now, I'm no hater of teaching content courses and I actually really truly believe that content courses, delivered in English are fabulous because students get information/skills/knowledge about the topic plus they can improve their English. But, this situation makes me feel annoyed.
If it's a 4-skills course, I can deal with that. If it's a teaching methodology course, I can deal with that. If it's SUPPOSED to be a teaching methodology course but is actually a basic English course in disguise...well, that's not really a good situation for me to be in. Students will have all these expectations of what it can and should be and because the objectives are so vague and varied, it will be almost impossible for me to deliver what they actually want. It's like the admin is just setting me up for failure is what it feels like at this point.
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