One part of what I want to be in life is being an English teacher. As some of you may have known, I was spending some time applying to get on a course that would give me the necessary qualifications and now I have my answer. I didn’t get in because my English isn’t good enough. Yep, you heard that right. My English sucks. This is the first time anyone has ever told me that.
This was decided upon seeing my IELTS score of 7.5 out of 9. IELTS stands for International English Language Qualification. It’s a type of exam that was required of me to get into higher education. Four years ago, I needed to score 7 and I did that. I never had any problems with the Linguistics strand of my course and I believe I have a quite good understanding of the intricacies of English and know that not everything in grammar is clear cut. Alas, the CELTA course requires a score of 9. After four years I have serious doubts my English skills haven’t improved. So I’m quite confident in getting that score or at least 8.5 (you never know what someone else will judge as “good” English). Yet to take this exam again, I will need money.
This wouldn’t be so frustrating if it wasn’t for being told totally different things every time I went to that school. When I came in the first time, they told me I don’t even need to show my IELTS score since I’ve been through higher education. When I came in for an interview, I was asked what my score was and I said “about 8, I think”. I was told that was enough and to bring in the papers. When I brought the papers, I was told I need 9 to get on the course. Yeah... it just seems like the requirements change from week to week, annoyingly enough.
So now when I think of facing the anthropomorphic representation of that school, I am reminded of Zohan’s words:
“I will destroy you.”