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Q: What is i-to-i Chalkboard? A: It's the online community of TEFL specialists
|pack82 1 post||
Im new here today, ive just returned to my home town in brighton after spending a total of 3 years in NZ and Aussie.
Im basically looking to do the 140 hour course (including the 20 hours in brighton on the 23/24 of july) and live somewhere in the EU! Anywhere with a beach and out of england right? :)
120 hours seems a lot to me, im up for doing it though. Im just interested in peoples views on studying online. How challenging has it been for you? Im aware we have 3 months to do the course, did you find that enough? im 28 years old and finished my ALevels when i was 20, so i havent been in education for 8 years, so its going to be tough? has anyone failed?
Any advice would be wonderful, feel free to add me as a friend if your in the same boat as me!
|laura_mc 20 posts||
Welcome to Chalkboard! That's great you're interested in teaching abroad (a beach and out of England sounds like a good criteria!).
On average the 120 hour course takes about 6 weeks to complete, but that just depends on how much time you've got to spend completing the course. I'm currently working my way through the online course. English wasn't my strongest point at school, but I haven't had any problems with the course so far. You get lots of support on the course from your tutor, we have a helpdesk and a group on Chalkboard so there are plenty of people to turn to if you are struggling with anything. Basically the course is divided into modules, for each module you have reading to do, then you have a mini assignment at the end of it. You get three attempts to pass the checkpoint, and if you do happen to fail this you get feedback from your tutor. It is not very common for people to fail, so i'm sure you wouldn't!
Hope this helps you. If you have any more questions feel free to ask me :-)
|Ruthieemma 1 post||
Just joined chalkboard today. Not entirely sure how it works or how you make friends....just having a poke about really. I have also not studied for a long time and I'm actually really enjoying the course. I was dreading it as I get bored very quickly but I'm doing okay so far. I passed the practical (the weekend course) and a few of the modules with flying colours, surprisingly. But then its something i really want to do plus i can do it at my own pace which i love.....
The grammar on the other hand is quite tricky but everyone i'v talked to said that most people struggle with it. It just takes time to sink in.....
So when are you looking to go??
|wachters23 1 post||
I'm pretty new here myself, but so far I'm enjoying the course! I finished the basic 60 hour course a lot faster than I thought I would, so I'm still optimistic about the other modules I'm doing. :D
It's hard sometimes as I also work full time, but the fact that you can do things at your own pace and if you just leave it be for a few days if things get really crazy, it's not a problem. As long as you get back into it after that!