Not a lot of blogging lately, hmm?
And you may or may not have noticed that I’m taking a break from serials right now, having allowed both Heroes Inc and A Matter of Honour to run to completion without immediately starting another.
Also, April is shaping up to be the lowest monthly word count since the pandemic started because I’ve pretty much only done editing this month, plus just a little blogging.
The reason for all of these is the same: I’ve been nose to the grindstone, pedal to the metal, shoulder to the wheel working on getting my teaching ESL course done, or as done as possible before my first university classes start on the 10th of May, which is coming up fast.
A lot of the biggest section of the course has involved me figuring out new things and thinking in new ways. This is a good thing for a variety of reasons but has certainly brought me a lot of moments of frustration along the way. This has been the middle module, the biggest of the three (by far, in my opinion): Methodology. As in learning methods of how to teach ESL. Not just learning methods of teaching, but specifically teaching ESL and whatever anyone might think, just because you can speak English doesn’t mean you can teach it. If I’d harboured that notion, I would have been disabused of it by the time I was half-way through the Grammar module. The Methodology module cemented that rather firmly.
I think I’ve talked before about the stupidity of the axiom that, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” If you can’t do it, meaning if you don’t understand it, you can’t teach it. Speaking English is not the same thing as understanding how it works.
I still have Phonology (the study of sounds, pronunciation going along with it) to go but while that’s a lot of information, it’s not assignment based, so I expect to get through it fairly quickly. I won’t say how quickly, because that will set up expectations and I’ve already put those pretty heavily on myself. After that, there are a couple of small add-on courses I’ve signed up for, but those are only supposed to take about 20 hours each.
But I think I might be on the verge of rethinking the rest of this year’s plan, and maybe a little beyond that. Academics are going to be a huge part of my life for the next 4-5 years. Other parts of my life will have to adapt, and how I approach writing is almost certainly one of those parts.
I won’t ever stop writing, though. And serials will return soon. Blogging will probably keep being spotty for a while, though.
Stay safe and be well, everyone.by