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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.

Charles. C

Charles. C

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