Motivation Letter

Leyla Omar
CELTA Course
Assignment 4


Teaching Strengths
Growing up, I fanatically studied the words and actions of Mother Teresa. She once said, “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask “How many good things have done in your life?” rather he will ask “How much love did you put into what you did?” Mother Teresa`s many quotes and great deed introduced me to the beauty of blind faith and love. It`s her teachings, my life experience, my travels around the world, and my desire to teach English in underdeveloped countries, mainly in villages, came about. It provided me the necessary motivation to take a CELTA course.   When I started my CELTA course, I had no idea what to expect, I have never taught a language in my life, I was terrified, but I hung in there. My first class observation was by a Korean teacher, she taught us basic Korean within 45 minutes, she has done an amazing job, it inspired me. During my first teaching lesson, I taught systems-grammar, I remember, I was so nervous and afraid of the board, so I avoided writing on it as much as I could. I felt that I was about to pass out, but somehow, all of this fear was only in my head. It wasn't transmitting to my students, my classmates, and my teacher. In my first TP feedback, my teacher,   Jayne Kyte, had said to me “You have a nice classroom presence, and your board work was good” I was completely overthrown by that, it was then I realised that, it`s just all in my head. Although, she stated I had areas to work on, my priority, was to learn to have confidence in myself in front of the classroom. During our break time, I practiced in front of my classmates, in order to be better in the next lesson. I started to slowly feel comfortable, standing in front of my students.   At my second lesson, which was reading skills, I had tried using several new techniques, elicitation, and error correction,...