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My name is Paul Hyland and I am twenty two years old. I live in Galway in the west of Ireland. I'm the middle child in a family of seven. I have three brothers and a sister. Both of my parents have thought at primary school level. My father is now retired and my mother is currently working as an administrative principal.
All my life my parents told me that teaching was a great job and they always encouraged my to pursue a career in it. I had been considering starting a teaching course for a long time, however I really wanted to see more of the world while I was young. This is why when I heard about the TEFL course I was really excited, and saw it as a perfect fit for me.
Since I left secondary school I have been working, I am currently working in the Galway Education Centre(GEC). The GEC is a centre which offers I.T. courses and new methods of teaching to primary and post primary teachers. I really enjoy my work, it gives me the chance to interact with people on a daily basis and gain insights into teaching practices. My duties include typing, setting up classroooms for courses, booking people in for courses, answering phones, dealing with people's queries and I.T. work for example I was put incharge of setting up social networking sites for the GEC.
In my spare time I am an avid lover sport and almost all outdoor activities. I am a member of the Salthill Knocknacarra Hurling and Football club in my community. I have supported Manchester United my whole life and am hoping to see them play live this year. I really enjoy hillwalking and mountain biking and do both activities whenever the chance arises. Last November I climbed Mweelrea with a group of friends, which is the highest mountain in my province and the highest mountain I have climbed to date. I also really enjoy going cinema and have a great interest in history.
I am really enjoying the TEFL course so far. When I come from work rather then be tired I find myself energised at the prospect of learning new skills on the online course. With regards to where I would like to teach once I have a finished the course I have kept an open mind. No matter where I go I know I will be able learn from the cultures I encounter and hopefully I will be able to give something back to whatever community I enter and offer a high level of english tutition to my students.
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