I’m spending June in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, doing an intensive certification course in Teaching English as a Second Language.
After spending a week in Saltillo with Carlos and his family (more on that later), I arrived at Cancun International Airport around 9:15 last night. Someone from the school picked me up and took me straight to the school residence, where I have my own room (and bathroom!) for the next month. I basically went straight to bed.
This morning I had to be at the school at 8:45, and at about 8:15 I realized I had no idea where it was, and it was pouring rain and I had no umbrella. To make matters worse, the electricity went off and I had to finish getting ready in the dark. After asking two Mexican ladies for directions, I set off jogging in the direction of the school, with a scarf wrapped around my head to keep my hair somewhat dry. Luckily, their directions were pretty good and it was only 5 minutes away, but I was still soaked when I got there. The chilaquiles verdes I had for breakfast at school made everything better, though.
The electricity was out there too, for about 3 hours. We started class regardless, and I have 6 other classmates. 4 of us are American, 2 British, and one from Haiti. We split into 2 groups, which we’ll be in for the remainder of the course. After some admin. work, our students arrived! For the next 4 weeks, we’re going to practice teaching on the same group of English language learners from 10:30-12:30 every day. This was their first day of class, too. My group started with the Intermediate class, and after 2 weeks, we’ll switch with the other group to the Beginners. Today our teacher taught the students and we observed, but starting TOMORROW, we are teaching.
After a break, we had a 2 hour class on teaching skills. Then we had a long lunch break. After I ate fajitas at school (again, delicious and homemade), I set off to find Wal-Mart because the rain had almost let up. I bought an umbrella, flip-flops I don’t care if I ruin, laundry soap, and groceries. By the time I got back to my room and put my things away, it was time to go back to school for Lesson Planning time! I left school at 7:00 with most everything done for tomorrow when I teach at 10:30, for 20 minutes. I just have to print a few things in the morning and make 2 posters 😀 Our teacher thankfully gave us a lot of guidance for what we are gonna do tomorrow, but I’m still nervous. I guess the best way to learn is by doing, right?
This evening has been relaxing. I ate dinner here in my room, washed some clothes, worked out, and watched a little bit of Mexican TV. I’m trying to relax while I can! I can’t wait to see the beach.
Here are some pics. I didn’t take too many today because it was raining!