Teaching New Things
Sarah: So John, you're an English teacher now. Is that right?
John: Yes. I've been an English teacher for six years now.
Sarah: Do you always want to be an English teacher?
John: Well actually, recently, I've been thinking about changing my job.
John: Yes. I have been studying math and science.
John: I'm learning a lot more about math these days. I hope in the future I can be a math teacher.
Sarah: That sounds interesting.
John: Yes, I think so. I think math is important because if we can understand math, we learn new ways to think about problems.
Sarah: What age student do you want to teach math to?
John: I think I would enjoy teaching junior high school students.
Sarah: So you said you're studying math now.
John: That's right.
Sarah: How do you do it? Do you study online?
John: That's exactly right. I study online from various websites and these websites connect you to free online courses from real universities around the world.
Sarah: Oh wow.
John: Yeah. So I signed up for a free algebra class from a university in the United States.
Sarah: Will you get a degree when you finish?John: Well you can. For every course you finish you can get a certificate that says you passed this course. And if you sign up for a series of courses, you can get a certification in a field like math or science.
Sarah: Oh really? And it's all online?
John: Yeah. And it's not only math or science, you can choose any field you want. I've been thinking of studying Spanish language there and you can study computer programming or history or law.
Sarah: Oh, interesting. Maybe I'll try it.
John: You should. They have different types of classes. You can study by yourself by watching videos or you can even have an interactive class with a real teacher and you can meet through video chat.
Sarah: Wow. Hey, thank you.
John: Yeah, you should try this opportunity.
Sarah: I will.
I've been thinking about
I've been thinking about changing my job.
This is a useful phrase to show you are considering something. Notice the following:
- I have been thinking about getting a dog.
- She's been thinking about going back to school.
That's exactly right.
We use this phrase to confirm something. Notice the following:
- So, I do not need to take the test.
- That's exactly right.
I signed up for a free algebra class.
When you sign up for something, you register to do it. Notice the following:
- Have you signed up for the tour yet?
- What have you signed up for?
For every course you finish you can get a certificate.
A course is a collection of lessons or a class that teaches a set of lessons about a topic or subject. Notice the following:
- How many courses do you have this semester?
- His class was a difficult course to take.
you can get a certificate
A certificate is a document that shows completion or mastery of a subject or course. Notice the following:
- Do you have a teaching certificate?
- She hung her certificate on the wall.
You can get a certification in a field like math.
A field refers to a subject or area of study in the working world. Notice the following:
- He works in the field of engineering.
- What field do you work in?