By In Sil Her, Korean
I really had a great experience taking TESOL at Pacesetters Institute.
At first time, I just wanted to learn English because it is hard to study English. But my friend, Changwoo Chae encouraged me to take TESOL instead. So, I enrolled primarily because TESOL is famous in Korea. However, I was worried for TESOL is a training to teach English as a second language to foreign students using the English language that I find hard to understand.
One day, my mind was changed from being doubtful to being hopeful when I met Teacher Jan Medina in our school. It was what she said that encouraged me. She told me my success is her success! Immediately after she said that, any traces of doubts left my mind. I knew I could do it under her mentorship.
Pacesetters Training center is miles away from Antipolo. It was not easy travelling every Saturday, but my learnings were worth it! I learned so many things in the training not only teaching English, but I also learned how to communicate with other people using the English language. Through this class, I developed confidence to speak in front other people.
I believe I still need to study some more, but now I know how to master the English language at the same time how to teach it effectively, so I can be the best teacher my students will ever have!
In addition, our classmates are all positive people. They make me happy during our training on Saturdays.
Overall, I have learned many things during this TESOL training from our mentor and from my classmates. It was really hard at first, but I did it because God gives wisdom, and my classmates encouraged me with smiles and their prayers.
Now, when I have the privilege to teach in the future, I will never give up, and I will also teach English with a heart just like Teacher Jan Medina.
Korean Translation Testimony:
처음 제가 TESOL과정을 시작하게 된 이유는 단순히 영어를 더 자세히 배우고 싶었기 때문이였습니다. 그러던 와중 지인의 소개로 TESOL 을 알게되었고 한국에서도 잘 알려져 있기때문에 관심을 갖게 되었습니다. TESOL은 영어가 모국어가 아닌사람에게 영어를 가르치는 것인데 과연 내가 할수있을까라는 고민이 많았습니다.
고민을 하던중 JAN선생님을 소개받아 만나뵙게 되었는데 선생님을 만난후 저는 해낼 수 있을거라는 희망을 가지게 되었습니다. 선생님은 저에게 '너의 성공은 나의 성공이다!' 라는 말씀을 계속해주셨습니다. 그말은 고민하던 저에게 어렵고 힘들지라도 끝까지 함께 도와주신다는 믿음과 용기를 주셨기 때문에 JAN선생님과 함께라면 해낼 수 있을 것 같다는 생각을 갖게 해주었습니다.
제가 수강했던 PACESETTERS 은 제가 거주하고 있던 안티폴로와는 약간은 먼 곳에 있었습니다. 그래서인지 매주 토요일마다 그곳에 가는것은 쉽지만은 않았지만 그곳에서 얻는 배움이 더 컸기 때문에 포기하지않고 끝까지 해낼 수 있었습니다.
저는 그곳에서 단순히 영어를 가르치는것 뿐만 아니라 다른 사람들과 영어로 의사소통을 하고 서로의 생각을 공유하는 등 많은 것들을 배울 수 있었습니다. 그리고 이 수업을 통해서 많은 사람들 앞에서 자신감 있게 말을 할 수 있게 되었습니다.
물론 공부를 더 해야겠지만 어떻게 해야 효과적으로 공부하고 가르칠 수 있는지를 알기 때문에 미래의 저의 학생들에게 더 효율적으로 영어를 가르칠 수 있게 될거라고 생각합니다.
제가 성공적으로 마무리 할 수 있었던데에는 저와 같은 반이였던 수강생과 선생님의 도움이컸습니다. 처음에는 많이 어려웠지만 하나님께서 주신 지혜와 함께 했던 분들의 기도와 끊임없는 지지와 이해심 덕분에 해낼 수 있었습니다.
미래에 제가 선생님이 된다면 절대 학생을 포기하지 않고 진심을 다해서 마음으로 참된가르침을 주시는 JAN 선생님과 같은 선생님이 되고싶습니다.
By Denise Zamora
Good afternoon every one! I'm Denise. I graduated with a Bachelor in Elementary Education at USEP, but after taking my Licensure Examination for Teacher, I worked at a BPO Company in Tagum.
Looking back, as a child, I was so passionate at becoming a teacher, but due to our college trainings and field studies, I became tired and pressured at becoming a teacher. I felt like being a teacher is not really for me. So, I was content at being a Customer Service Representative/ Supervisor. Never did I imagined myself pursuing my career in teaching.
However, one day, my brother who is working in Japan, encouraged me to take TESOL because a better life awaits me there. So, I searched online, and I found Pacesetters Institute.
During my first week in TESOL Training, all of the lessons from college got refreshed in my mind. My schema was monitored by familiar and new input I was getting in class. Consequently, my passion at teaching children is rekindled! It was highlighted during the actual teaching practicum at Sekolah Indonesia Davao.
Although it was my first time to teach foreign students, I was so amazed at how good they were in Bahasa and Bisaya, but was quite disappointed that they're not taught English well. Unlike in public/ private Philippine school, we were exposed to English everyday. I felt the need to help them learn the English language. Good thing, through TESOL at Pacesetters Institute, I learned many techniques and methods that I used in teaching English to very attentive and eager to learn children. The methods and techniques were useful because they really had fun, and I saw how grateful they were! They were driven to learn English that made me all the more eager to teach them. They even tried their best to converse in English, and I was there to push and encourage them to really speak in English. I am fulfilled knowing that somehow, even is a short period of time, I have taught something, and they learned some good English.
What's good with teaching foreign students is that they also taught me Bahasa. I tried my best to learn some words in Bahasa so they'll feel connected with me. I tried greeting them in Bahasa, and they smiled and greeted me back.
Because we surprised our students with medals, ribbons and prices during our culmination activity, they were thankful of the little graduation ceremony we had. Their eyes sparkled with thankfulness. In fact, they escorted us up to the gate with medals and ribbons on. What sweet return for our little effort. I believe that they didn't expect the surprise, but I'm glad that it made them feel great and smart. I know that, somehow, I motivated them to be better students and to study hard.
I will forever be thankful to Pacesetters Institute for my TESOL training. It's been a great experience. I will forever cherish it, and my experience will be my motivation in teaching and changing lives.
One of the many great input I've learned during my TESOL training is this: lessons must be student-centered. With this in mind, I can be the best teacher my students will ever have. I'll make sure to make a difference in their lives.
At a pageant, I was asked "how can you be an effective teacher", and I answered "being a teacher is not an easy task. A teacher plays a big role in a society. They mold, they guide, they build great foundations and feed children with knowledge. That's why I want to become an effective teacher because I want to produce better and successful students."
Now, my pedagogical take-away in the TESOL Training is: I will make sure that what I know, my students will know. What I feel, my students will feel. And what I do, I want my students to do. I will make sure to teach the TESOL way.
Thank you Teacher Jan for making a difference in my life. Thanks for tapping my shoulder and for waking up the "teacher" inside me. 😊
After TESOL, I am now Teacher Denise — the passionate and driven teacher who'll be teaching in Japan soon.
By Teacher Abigail See, Singaporean
Although I look like a Filipina, I am actually from Singapore. I came to Davao to accompany my husband who is working here. I have been here for slightly more than half a year, and will be here 'till October. Before coming here, I worked in the civil service in Singapore in a communications-related job role.
Before taking this TESOL course, I was a "housewife" in Davao, cooking meals and cleaning the house. These things are new to me as I only got married last year, and I hardly had the time to do these things back home in Singapore.
I first heard about TESOL a few years ago, when my friend told me that she was attending TESOL classes after work. Since then I had always wanted to take it up, but with work being quite busy in Singapore it was close to impossible to find the time to go for it.
A few years ago, I was in Myanmar for a volunteer trip, and that was when I tried my hand at teaching English for the very first time. I found the process incredibly difficult, and I had no idea where to start. It was a challenge to teach effectively.
While I am able to use the English language, the whole idea of teaching was an entirely different ballgame. I’m so glad to have been able to attend TESOL at Pacesetters Institute during my time here in Davao.
To be honest, the past three weeks have completely exhausted me out. While the course has been intensive, I have learnt so much. We’ve learnt about the various teaching methods and how to find out about our students’ needs. We’ve even learnt how to create a syllabus that’s tailored to your students, and to incorporate our students’ strengths in our lesson plans.
We have also learnt the seven laws of a teacher - something very useful for me as I do not have a background in Education or any experience in teaching.
Of all these things though, I think the most important one is that we are encouraged to know our students, and to connect with them. For example, if they are musically inclined, we can make use of music in our lessons to help them learn better. This way, they get to have fun too! This certainly proved useful during our teaching practicum at Sekolah Indonesia Davao. Those two days spent at the Indonesian School was a great way for us to put our theory and head knowledge into practice.
It was also during those two days that, I felt, I truly understood everything Ms. Jan had drilled into us over the past three weeks. It all made absolutely perfect sense - “We must have a sense of plausibility!” “The teacher is in control!” - these are some of the lines that rang true in my head during the teaching practicum.
As teachers, we must really have a sense of plausibility. While we did have a demo teaching before going into the practicum, the experiences were vastly different. My students did not seem to be able to answer all the questions for my lesson on Listening Skills. My instructions also did not seem to be clear enough. So, I had to come up with more detailed instructions for the students. I also had to read aloud certain parts of the audio clip for them to listen to, so that they could write down the correct answer. The students also enjoyed the song that I had prepared for the class.
One thing that stood out for me is the emotional connection between teacher and student. Although it was just a short two day practicum at Sekolah Indonesia Davao, the students were so endearing and grateful. They seemed to have really enjoyed what little we had done for them.
I will still be in Davao for about another three months or so, and in my remaining time here, I am intending to teach English on a volunteer basis. I want to apply all the knowledge I’ve gained in the past three weeks and put them into practice. I also wish to hone my skills as a teacher - the world of teaching is entirely new to me! In the longer term though, I'm not too sure what the future holds - my husband's job may take us to other parts of the world. But no matter where it may be, I fully intend to put the skills I've gained to good use.
By Teacher Raul Labuan
I am Teacher Rao. I am a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) Major in English.
Indeed, Pacesetters Institute honed me to become a well rounded teacher. Not just Physically, Mentally but Emotionally and Spiritually. It's a life changing experience with a life long return.
Way back in college, I had fears in dealing with students, and it was really hard to assess the needs of my students especially when I didn't know how and what to assess them with. But now, with the help of my TESOL training at Pacesetters Institute, assessing students is made easy. In addition, during practicum, I was able to apply all the methodologies and principles in my English classes. It's good to be back at Sekolah Indonesia because I feel like I awe them a good teaching even when they gave me 99% during my OJT last January - March this year.
Moreover, Lesson Planning, Demo Teaching, Preparing Instructional Materials and Practicum are always part of a teaching career. I am blessed because we were taught how to create them through the TESOL Training. We were taught specifically to create student centered materials.
My heartfelt gratitude goes to our mentor-teacher Jan Medina for bringing out the best in me and for believing in me, that I can make difference in the life of my students in Japan. For that Ma'am Jan, I salute you. You are the best teacher I ever had.
Above all, to our Lord Jesus Christ who is my inspiration to do everything in life, Thank You God!
Today, I am equipped and ready to conquer my dream - teaching English in Japan. I am more than ready to face different challenges that may come along the way. My journey has just begun...
I am Raul Sato Labuan. Today, I am proud of Pacesetters Institute; Tomorrow Pacesetters Institute will be proud of me. Long Live!
By Teacher Noems Flores, TESOL Davao
Have you ever had an instance in your life when you suddenly stopped from whatever you’re doing and asked yourself: What am I doing? Can I live like this for the rest of my life? I did. I was working as a quality control supervisor in a restaurant, when I suddenly had a total crazy moment in front of the gate of my workplace staring at nothing and was feeling miserable while the rest of the workers were staring at me as if I had gone mad. At that moment, I knew in my heart that I didn't belong there. Or it’s probably the millennial in me.
Without so much thinking, I quit my job as a supervisor and enrolled myself in a basic Nihongo course. Months later, I went to apply in an English school for Japanese and Korean students. My experience in teaching was fulfilling, and I never looked back or thought about going back to my former job.
So there I was enjoying teaching. Although I impressed my students in teaching, I felt like I didn’t really help them at all. And so, I decided to enrol for a Master’s degree. Even though my education in my masters was very useful, I think I got more confused because it wasn’t really tailored for teaching students of different levels. And to make matters worst, probably because of my background in science, I always pushed my students to study concepts and theories. There I was confused, and I was hoping for a bright light to come my way. I'm glad a ray of hope came one day.
I think I would be forever confused had I not taken TESOL at Pacesetters Institute. Through this training, it was made clear to me how teaching could be fun and easy. At first, I couldn't imagine we could take up strategies and methods in five (5) days only. I was like, "This is so unfair! I took this for two years!
Another great learning that I got from my TESOL training at Pacesetters Institute would be the “7 Laws of the Teacher,” which made me understand the very essence of being a teacher. I believe that it is the missing point why I felt like I was never enough as a teacher. Now I understand, that as a teacher, I need to make my students know what I know, feel what I feel, and do what I do! This paradigm shift of mindset changed my teaching style and the lives of my students particularly during the practicum, where two of my Indonesian students cried because they were touched with the values integration added in our lesson. Our practicum was such an amazing experience - something that I have never experienced before.
To be a teacher, I am given a very powerful role in the lives of my students. This huge responsibility only means that I need to be equipped with the appropriate tools and values; and that is where TESOL, specifically, at Pacesetters Institute teaches it effectively for their trainees where I am a fulfilled recipient.
Now, I can confidently say that I am the best teacher my students will ever have. Thank you Pacesetters Institute and to our coach, Ma’am Jan Medina.
I would end this speech by saying this excerpt from a speech in TEDTalk: "Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be." And I believe, with our TESOL training experience at Pacesetters Institute, we can be the champions for our students.