Thursday, July 22, 2010

ACE teaching

From January until July 2010 I was teaching at the Australian College of English (ACE). After I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Hons) I did a Graduate Certificate in Second Language Teaching. This is much higher qualification than those 4 week CELTA or TESOL courses that you often hear about. I started teaching English immediately after finishing university but then moved to Sydney in 2006 to start studying at Moore Theological College.

Teaching at ACE was a fantastic experience. I adored my students so much and as much as I taught them, they in turn taught me. I felt enriched to know such wonderful people and help them to understand the world around them in Australia as well as better equip them for working and living in an English speaking country. I had students from Asia, Europe and South America. I mainly taught the one class bringing them from Intermediate (12 weeks) and then three-quarters of the way into Upper-Intermediate (9 weeks). It was thrilling to see them develop and increase in knowledge and confidence in their English skills.

I never really thought that English teaching was for me. I'd always hoped and dreamed to work with languages but more with things like Bible translation. But I think this time has opened me up to the possibility of working with English students all over the world to teach and be taught as well as share my life with them as fellow learners and travellers.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hello World :D

I've been posting for a little while over at TheCraftyApple but decided to make the change to this new blog called Rubicon. You can see that I've imported all of my old posts from the other blog to create a sense of continuation. In a way I will continue the old blog's content since it's all a reflection of my life so far: craft, study, travel and my faith in Jesus Christ.

2010, however, has been a year of huge change. After finishing our Bachelor of Divinity at Moore Theological College in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, we took jobs in our respective fields. I worked at the Australian College of English teaching English to overseas students. Nathan taught theology at Moore's night classes as well as at the Wesley Institute of Music. To actually earn money, however, Nathan was a programming consultant for Griffith University. All of this was part of our larger plan to work with the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in building up and encouraging Christians around the world in the areas of theological education and Bible translation.

We applied to CMS and through a long and arduous process were accepted in April 2010. This meant that we had to finish up our jobs in July 2010 so that we could move from Sydney to Melbourne, Victoria, for 5 months of training. On the 18th July we moved to Melbourne and have now had three days of training.

This training is largely made up of cross-cultural awareness, language learning techniques as well as a greater understanding of the people and culture of the respective countries we will be moving to next year. As of yet we do not know for certain where we will go but are firm in the fields that we want to work in.

So, that's a short summary of where we are at. It's been an incredible last 6 months of moving all over Sydney (from Parramatta to Drummoyne to Hornsby), working full-time (and more!) to moving interstate yet again.

It's been a blessing from God to be able to move here and to be involved in this journey. We are learning, growing and being challenged each day. It's so exciting to be finally understanding and seeing how our dreams are being fulfilled little by little. :D

Sunday, July 4, 2010

I'm back.

I've decided to come back and write again on my blog. But I've been concerned for a while over the name as there's a business with a very similar name. So I'll probably change the name and address. Once I've sorted it all out I'll post with an update. :)