The most remarkable aspects of the process of becoming an English Teacher are the Elab experience and the relationship with my classmates and colleagues.
Last year I improve my English skills a lot and I strongly believe that this is because of the Integration between the Language course and the Elab. We had the chance to shared our experiences and made a connection with the theory, specially with the first unit in which we realized many Special needs that are apparently” invisible “. I was specially interested in Asperger Syndrome and its implications because of one of my students. At University I learnt from the theory and authors and at School I learnt form the praxis. For me this situation it is located in my best remembers as a significant learning process, because I was part of the reality of many teachers around the world that have to deal with students with special needs to learn , to communicate or to express. The theory provides you the necessary tools to face a reality . Such as kids with Down Syndrome, Autism, Hyperactivity disorders, etc . Furthermore We learnt a sophisticated and technical vocabulary .
Besides, the second unit enhanced my knowledge about language construction. At the beginning it was hard and texts were complicated and with a lot of technical features, something that I never studied before or at least with that special type of vocabulary. But I carry on studying on that useful and challenging unit and frankly it helped me to be aware of the importance of the structure of English Language a lot. We covered Morphology, Syntax, Information Packaging, Phonetics and Phonology. Everyone ,consciously or unconsciously, is communicating something and trying to convey a certain message, but Language is more than just a complex form of communication. Language involves a huge range of areas and subdivisions that We, as future English Teachers, should handle and parse in detail.
On the other hand, I want to emphasize on the the relationship with my classmates and colleagues that has been crucial in terms of my learning process . We have created a space of tolerance and respect between us, not only in the classroom. When we have the space of “team work” I take the most advantages that I can in order to improve my strengths and work away my weaknesses. I support the idea of collaborative learning because it works on the welfare of us, as wells as in our students.