Evening people! This blog is primarily dedicated to uploading some lesson materials that I make for my students but it's also an opportunity to write about my experiences as a English Language Teacher. I feel a little obliged to inform those of you who use the materials or read what I'm doing with a little update about what's going on.
I've taken a position with Inlingua Malta and started on the 25th of July. Thus, let me tell you a little about what's like working there. First of all, the boss, David, is a rarity in the language school world due to the fact he's professional, supportive and is someone I enjoy working for. My previous teaching experience in Italy lead me to some woeful bosses; manipulative, unprofessional and squeezing every penny possible. Thankfully not the same here in Malta. My schedule is given to me every Thursday and I have a set B2 General English class and set CAE exam preparation class, which allows me to stay on top of my planning and those of you who teach know this is a blessing. I've been handed the Inlingua course book to work with but I prefer to (as you may guess) adapt homemade materials which are student centred and a little more amusing than some of the materials I've come across in the book… so far I've received a lot of praise from my students regarding this and the extra effort is 100 % worth it. Talking of the students, the wonderful part about teaching here at Inlingua Malta is the students are from all over. My current class consists of French, Swiss, Brazilian, Libyan so the pleasure of students having no little choice but to communicate in English makes the experience a little mor enriching and I've taught some wonderful people. The school is not tech savvy so it's back to pen, whiteboard and printed sheets which is not a problem but I sensed a little more excitement, engagement from students during the celta course when I presented my lessons combining the interactive whiteboard and the classic one. Still, the lessons are pleasant and the interactive whiteboard should just be an addition, not a lifeline when it comes to teaching. It's also conveniently located in the heart of Sliema, surrounded by shops and edging near the docks which makes a pleasant walk with a picturesque capital, Valletta, engulfing the view in the early mornings prior to starting.
To sum up my time here so far, it has been progressive in terms of my teaching thanks to time I have and the organisation of the school. Definitely recommend working here at one point if you're considering a summer option. I'm yet to talk about the island of Malta and will do in another post. Let me know your thoughts and where you're working.