Signing Off/Thank You

Friends, since I’ve basically detailed everything I know about the program, I’m not sure I’ll be posting anything else to this blog. I’ve submitted my testimonial to the program coordinator and my degree is finally recognized. I’d like to thank everyone for reading it and posting questions/comments. I started this blog because there wasn’t really any info out there and I’d hoped to help a few people make decisions and accomplish the mountain of tasks it takes to actually begin, never mind finish, this master’s program.

As of today, the blog has received 3,092 hits from about 900 individual visitors in 25 countries, including some country called the “European Union.”

I will be keeping the blog active and will respond to any question that may come up in the years to come. I wish next year’s crop success and, as always, if you’ve got any questions, just let me know. Signing off…

-Brandon Gatlin, Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education

4 thoughts on “Signing Off/Thank You

  1. Hi Brandon!
    I’ve got a few questions about the program and how your WES credentials were received by your school district (can you become ESL certified with this degree + state testing?). How good was your Spanish when you began the program? I’m low intermediate but will be studying like crazy this summer. How was your work/life/school balance? It will be my first time living in Spain and I’m worried I won’t have a ton of time to explore while I’m in school. Sorry for all the questions! Jill

    • Hi Jill. I didn’t get the esl cert so I can’t go be you much advice there. However, to teach esl in the U.S. I think you normally need a masters in that specifically.
      My Spanish was at or near intermediate high but you’ll do fine with a roommate that has some Spanish too. Another option is moving in with someone who already has all the confusing lease/bills stuff going. Get at least one Spanish roommate because you’ll be teaching English all day and you’ll need someone to practice with. Which brings me to the work schedule…

      My roommate and I worked for about 3 hours everyday after school prepping lessons. Only in the spring, when the year was winding down and our thesis were done did we finally get some spare time. It’s grad school after all..

      Any other questions just ask..
      -Brandon

  2. Hello Brandon,

    I learned of the program last week and am interested. I have thus begun to research it, including through your blog. I think my remaining questions/concerns are:

    1. Workload: As I have come to understand through your blog, the degree coursework is doable and manageable in the end. Did I understand correctly? Would you say that? You also repeat a few times that you didn’t have time for private classes and some other things. Is that because of the coursework or the lesson planning in the school internship component?

    2. Spanish Level: I would say my Spanish is at an intermediate level, especially my writing ability. However, my listening and speaking skills could use some improvement, which is one of my motivating factors for interest in the program. I worry about the program classes in Spanish though. I continue to take classes to practice/improve my Spanish. I think I could get by in daily life. Did you or others struggle in the program because your Spanish wasn’t as advanced yet?

    Sorry for the length of my inquiry and if you already answered similar questions for others!

    Thank you very much,
    Nic

    • Nic,

      1) Workload – the workload was immense for me and my roommate, as well as most other students. Some of us had prior experience teaching English, so those students had a leg up as far as lessons and activities. That being said, we all did it in the end. It’s doable, but tough, as is practically every other master’s program. I think most of my time went towards prepping lessons and activities, and I caught up on master’s work on Sundays to distract myself from making more English activities. I didn’t have any time for private classes, but most people did make time for them. In the city proper there’s no shortage of opportunities to locate students.

      2) In the bilingual ed program, only one class was taught in Spanish (cinema) but it was manageable for someone like me whose level was also probably intermediate high. My roommate, who really only knew Italian, got by just fine too, even though most of his classes were in Spanish. In short, you should be fine in the end. Intermediate high was the level of Spanish recommended if I remember correctly.

      -Brandon

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