First SkimaTalk Lesson

I was very pleasantly surprised with my first SkimaTalk lesson tonight. My student was an older gentleman from Japan. We started out with some technical difficulties on my end which were quickly resolved.

After making our introductions, we jumped right into conversation! My student noticed on my profile that I studied art history, so we talked about Surrealism – including Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Gustave Moreau (an artist I wasn’t familiar with). We moved onto to movies and television and discussed The Lord of the Rings, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and Once Upon a Time.

It was a really fun way to spend my first lesson and I hope this student books with me again!

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SkimaTalk?

Has anyone had any experience with SkimaTalk? I noticed that I can sign up through my TEFL program (i-to-i) to teach with SkimaTalk and supplement my income.

It looks like teachers can make $15/hour and must be available a minimum of 10 hours/week. Potentially, I could make $600/month doing this which would be awesome, like woah.

If anyone has done this before, please let me know about your experience! Or, if you know of any other similar programs, I would appreciate that, too!

Back to School

Working on my TEFL certificate is like being back in college¬†again, except without the all-nighters, the bad cafeteria food, or being able to seek refuge at the radio station 24/7. (WSOU represent!) Also, to be honest, I only took one online class when I was an undergraduate and I hated it. There’s just something really impersonal about the virtual “classroom.” But I went for the online training with the two in-classroom days because it was literally half the price of other programs that were entirely in-class.

*sigh*

Anyway. The phonemic alphabet is killing me. I have never used this in my life. Except when I see phonetics next to like, Wikipedia words. And even then I overlook them because I’m all “what is this nonsense.”

phonet

I’m also having flashbacks to my third grade class and all the different verb tenses and participles. My teacher back then, Miss Grouleff, was a stickler about grammar. She must have done something right because I’m not doing as horribly as I thought I would be.

Coffee would be really good right now.