ITI – May 2020

I had taken the first two weeks of May off to recuperate. As much as I welcomed the break, I was bored out of my mind. I’m one of those people who get bored easily, and when I’m bored, I sometimes get mischievous.

My return to teaching was mostly non-eventful because I set my teacher settings only to accept lessons from current students, and I also reduced my teaching hours. However, I got bored one day and decided to accept bookings from new students because I had very little lessons booked—big mistake. I received a booking from a Spanish lady who told me that she’s a beginner, though her placement test scores showed as pre-intermediate for grammar and vocabulary. I was dreading this class because I didn’t know how well it was going to go and I was in a bad mood that day.

In my trial lessons, I ask them a few questions so I can observe their listening and conversation skills as well as get to know them. I asked this lady multiple questions, and she kept asking me to repeat what I said. I did and used as simple language as I could. She still didn’t understand what I said and commented on my accent. I explained my conversation lessons are opportunities for students to gain exposure and experience of listening to a native speaker with an accent and told her that there are many different kinds of accents and not everyone talks like the Queen. We were approaching the end of the lesson I talked about our class and how to proceed. I decided that she needs full lessons with a professional teacher. She paused and said I was right. I thanked her for her time and ended the Skype call. I was hoping she wouldn’t complete the lesson, but she replied to a message I sent her on italki (I was asking her to confirm her Skype ID, and she wasn’t responding). She then completed the lesson and left me feedback in Spanish saying “He is not the teacher that I need, but he is very kind.” I was shocked. She referred to me as he. I’m a woman! – That’s the only clue you’re getting about who SET is by the way 😉. The cheeky cow also made my star rating dropped. I was on 5 stars, but it had dropped to 4.9. Me being a petty bitch, I decided to leave feedback saying she needs more than conversation practice and then blocked her on both ITI and Skype so she couldn’t say anything.

After this, I decided not to accept new students so I can prolong the hassle of having awkward students. Not sure how long I’ll do this for because I’m bored as hell and I’ve not earned as much this month compared to before. Most of my regular students have disappeared, and I have no idea where they are. They had either had lessons elsewhere due to my low availability or if it was because of coronavirus. It has affected many countries around the world, and it was impacting the global economy, so it’s likely students are cutting back on their spending.

One of my regular students was an English teacher but now works as a manager in a language school and she said bookings have slowed down recently so it’s going to be like this for a while, especially now that summer is on the way because everyone will be on holiday.

With this in mind, I will start accepting new students next month so I can try and make a bit of money to tide me over for a while. I have another job, and I’m still getting paid for it, it’s just nice to have that little bit extra money in case I need it for emergencies.

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