For the past few days, I have been spending a few miserable days being cooped up at this place called English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) to complete a week's course on the teaching of English for Academic Purposes.
There are a few reasons why I felt miserable being here:
- my assumption of what EAP is turns out to be wrong - the trainers insisted that EAP is teaching English for general academic purposes, not for college/university purposes;
- I had to miss a whole day of training so I could go to Putrajaya to present a research proposal, and I felt that one of the trainers is not too happy about it;
- I was chastised by a trainer after turning in a lesson plan that I made - turns out that she wanted a lesson, not a worksheet;
- stayed up the whole night to come up with 10 lessons with complete materials - this is insane!
The whole day just felt horrible, until I received an email from New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Guess what - I got the scholarship!
The other course mates were ecstatic when they heard about it. Now I have to buy them dinner (of course I am more than happy to!).
Well, at least there's a horribly happy ending to a horrible day.