The year's just about done and dusted and the new one is fast approaching. It's time for some reflection. In May I posted some thoughts called Back-Up Plan inspired by Alex Case over at TEFLtastic.
Now, I'm not the most original of thinkers. This post is inspired by something that Jason Renshaw said in a comment about Back Up Plan (Thank you). Jason pointed out that whilst back up plans are one thing, using what you know and creating new directions are another.
So the new year is looming and I think it's time for just that!.In my search for continuous development and improvement. I've narrowed down my attempt to create some new directions for 2011 to just three.
1) MA Time - Inspired by people in my PLN such as Dave Dodgson with his helpful MA reflections . I've all but decided that it's time to take the plunge and do my MA. Originally I wanted to do an MA focused on Young Learners at York University but it's too expensive.
The reality of in ELTing around the world means that even after doing my MA , I won't be earning much more money afterwards so, it has to be affordable. Luckily the Dip gives you 60 credits with many universities so, I've saved some money already (using what I have and what I know) Yippee... just have to save about 5,000 euros and I'll make it!
2) Cambridge Examiner - My next plan to make more cash (which I'll need to pay for the MA) and to spread my wings and learn something new, is to become an examiner for Cambridge. This would be both really interesting and a great personal challenge. The problem is that it's proving very difficult. There seems to be a bit of a monopoly by existing examiners around my neck of the woods. I'm thinking of offering my services free of charge just to get some experience. Does anyone know anything about becoming an examiner for Cambridge?
3) CLIL Specialist - Finally I've decided that in Spain, CLIL is gaining in popularity and is worth investing time and money in. So, I'm on the lookout for CLIL courses online to help me get closer to my goal. Anyone know of anything good out there?
The list is short, and my hopes are high! Lets see what happens in 2011.
If you don't try you'll never know. Anyone else trying new directions for 2011?