If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I have been working on an official certification for teaching German as a Foreign Language. I started at the end of 2015 and got really behind so I ended up spending much of last summer sitting at my computer, working through all the information. It was a tough slog.
Sechs Module - Six Modules
The course has 6 different modules and each module was the equivalent of a 120-page book plus exercises. The exercises ranged from simple reflection to mind maps to in-depth matching exercises. At the end of each module I had to design and execute a project that used one of the techniques in the book or something closely related to the material in the book. My clients were incredibly helpful and were happy to take part in the projects and give me feedback on the projects and worksheets I designed.
One project we did will actually become a little project for you, so when you see a challenge or a special Sprechseminar on vocabulary, you'll know where that project came from! :)
Die Endphase - The End Phase
The end phase of the course was completely different, though. I turned in three of my six projects for grading and then took a test on ALL of the materials in ALL the books. To get this overwith as soon as possible, I got up really early on my birthday and took the test at 8 am. Good news: I did well!
And then I had to write a 10-15 page paper in German. I'd never written a paper in German before and I hadn't even written a paper since I was in college. It was tough. Good news: I did well!
While I learned a lot, and I'm glad that I learned as much as I did, the grading of the projects concluded with me receiving the worst grade I've ever received in my entire life. From that I'm taking away one powerful reminder.