Friday, 9 February 2018

At The Precipice of Change

A quick update, since I'm in the middle of packing... and still pootling about in my PJs after midday. Scandalous! I'm off to Spain tomorrow for two weeks and a bit, catching up with my friends and having a social life again - HURRAAAAH! -  punctuated by boring things like closing my bank accounts and working.

I'll be staying with three different friends which, so I hope, will give my domestic Spanish a bit of a boost. Knowing a language well, I feel, is very much about competently navigating as many different registers as possible, and since I've never actually shared my day-to-day life and living space with any Spanish speakers, I still have some considerable gaps.

The other piece of news is that, a day and a half after I get back from Spain, I'll be starting my CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course. After an involved application process, I was accepted onto the course, and for me it will be the start of a new era.

Frankly, I'm anxious about how I'm going to manage it all, keeping up with my work commitments (I've got a brand new corporate client to please on top of servicing the existing ones) AND taking two days out of every week to attend the course, write lesson plans, complete assignments, do the reading and other prep work. But there's no point fretting... I've made the decision and now I've got to follow through. And as daunting as it seems right now, I'm actually very excited about learning new things, meeting new people and expanding my skills base.

But as for now... that suitcase won't fill itself, I fear...!


  1. Congratulations on getting accepted. Knock 'em dead.

    1. Thanks Ellen! Right now, it's more like them knocking me dead, haha. Update will follow.

  2. Well, Congrats! I'm sure you'll do fabulously. Enjoy your little Spanish escape.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we're not certified to teach anything.

  3. por fin leo las noticias!! exciting everything!! of COURSE I am so jealous that you're going to Spain. That will be so fun for you. I have researched a little bit about CELTAs as well. That is something that interests me for once I get to Spain. So I'll be anxious to hear all about it from you! You will be blogging about it yes? un abrazo!! y buen viaje! (y busco algo para practicar my espanol tambien...)

    1. Hi Toby! Sorry for the tardy reply... I've been just to stressed and too busy to even look at my blog! I will write an update on the course soon. Am half-way through now, and even though I'm enjoying it overall, it's very tough in other respects. I do think you should consider it an option once you move to Spain - you'll learn tons and English teachers are very much in demand!