Dave's intensity on English grammar has been remarked upon before and there is no doubt that TEFLINT graduates areacolytes,yes indeed. In fact the whioleoperation is to be commended in a big way, From bottom to top I can only say that satisfaction has been enjoyed by many.Originally Posted by kiwiling
Three of my friends have been through the BP course and they all said that Dave Hopkins was a total twat (self-rightious, unforgiving control freak) but a good teacher in the classroom.
Aw shucks ... it's friday ... 2 o'clock ... the last day of class ... I graduated from TEFL International today here in Ban Phe.
Dave is a total professional ... controls the classroom ... THANK God ... I didn't pay $1600 bucks to listen to students try to debate with Dave about TESOL... or anything else.
Opinions are like arseholes...everybody has one (first time for 3 weeks Ken).Originally Posted by crew
I paid money to do a course, I was very happy with what I got for my money. Dave was good value in the classroom and didn't mix with us on the booze so I can't say what he was like outside...it didn't matter.
No worries although your 'American telly is shallow' one means you're still not 100% good in my good books!!!Originally Posted by kiwiling
Riddle me this brother can you handle it
Your style to my style you can't hold a candle to it
Equinox symmetry and the balance is right
Smokin' and drinkin' on a Tuesday night
It's not how you play the game it's how you win it
I cheat and steal and sin and I'm a cynic
Dunno what you talk about?
I thought Dave had left. He said he had - confusing?Originally Posted by Storekeeper
heard the same...
Are you telling porkies?
Everything you need to know is on the Internet.Originally Posted by TillieMiller
What does that mean ? Is it the same as talking smack ? I did just finish friday and I'm still here in BP ... kinda like the place.Originally Posted by Loaded
IRT to the topic and Dave ... I came here to do the course and not to booze it up. I was often up until after 10:00 PM preparing for my TP ... and even the class star student was often up even later than that talking herself through the steps.
Maybe I just found the grammar part easy ... I'm not sure, but I didn't find it to be as tough as some make it out to be, nor do I think Dave came across as particularly "intense" with grammar. If he was intense about anything IMO it was in his critique of student TP. And even then it's not personal ... it's a guy with years of experience trying to help you improve your classroom technique and be a better teacher.
IMO Dave approaches his job as a professional and is trying to turn out competent entry level TEFLers. And Jitapa does a darn good job as well and is very patient even with the thick skull students.
...and she is quite a pleasant sight while one is concentrating intently on her quiet voice.Originally Posted by Storekeeper
Copy that - it's a short, fast-moving course with a lot of concepts and info to cover. Dave handles the classroom masterfully.Originally Posted by Storekeeper
Wouldn't be the first time!Originally Posted by Loaded
Not sure where to post this, but one of the posters on TEFL watch asked why it was ok to mention people and institutions names on this thread. I took a look, read the forum rules and agreed that the posters are within the rules of the forum.
This was posted on TEFLwatch. I took a look at it and thought it should also be posted here so you could comment on it.
"The thread is posted in a "room" whose rules specifically allow the practice of naming and shaming as long as everything is kept cool...no flamewars, no overt advertising, etc. Check out the rules of the room. To be honest, I was surprised. Also, these rules ONLY apply to TEFL course providers, not schools, language centers, etc. apparently as these others were not mentioned in the rules of the "room".
Now this COULD be considered a way to carefully moderate threads about potentially high priced advertisers. Personally, I don't understand the difference from an educational institute that promises employment in some cases from a language center or school that promises employment under certain conditions."
One poster commented that TI had found him a good job and he is his own man and enjoys his job. To me, this would suggest that other posters should be allowed to express opinions also, both positive and negative. And, since TI is now a job provider, that would put them in the same category as a school, where naming and shaming seems to still be prohibited.
I'm sure there is a hazy line there somewhere between job providers, but it does seem that when one poster is allowed to talk positively about the job TI got for them, other posters should be allowed to post their opinions of their employment experience with jobs provided by TI.