INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE CURUZÚ CUATIÁCareer: Profesorado de InglésTeacher: Matilde OriaSubject: C.A.L.L.Student: Sergio A. FernándezCourse: 4thYear: 2012 Final Self-Reflection EssayNow that the end is near, I can come to the conclusion this subject served me extremely well. Ihave encountered so many things which may be applied in ELT while at the same time they areboth engaging and motivating for students. It cannot be denied I am still on the way to keep onlearning how to implement technological tools and devices appropriately so as to make learningmemorable for the learners. It is also true I have come across some difficulties throughout thisperiod but I consider the major issue to deal with was the internet connection while working inclass. Basically, the following aspects will be taken into consideration in the present essay. Theyare Cognition, Skills, Judgement and Feelings.Concerning Cognition, in my own experience I reckon I have learned many interesting things thatit had not crossed my mind they existed. Managing different tools and programs, the fact of beingthe curator of a virtual magazine as it is Scoop.it. With respect to Dropbox, it was of great help forme since I am able to keep all my files in a secure place. The most fascinating way to learn wasabsolutely having the opportunity to work collaboratively through Google docs thus putting inpractice a new way of learning in order to reach my own autonomy. In terms of easiness, I am ofthe mind some things were easier to learn than others because I could manage smoothly whereasother topics required more ‘trial and error’ technique.As regards skills, this is more or less related to the above paragraph; that is, managing tools andprograms, solving my own problems and improving my performance by trial and error. I considerway I learned was by experiencing, making mistakes, and looking for alternative approaches andpossible solutions.Regarding judgement, I guess my personal development was enhanced with this subject in a waythat allows me to deal with stuff that is highly vital for my future profession and not purposelessas most of things related to technology are nowadays and that most people find them enjoyable.Considering my potentials as an EFL teacher, this learning experience helped me to be aware Ihave to be ready to constantly ‘update’ myself, especially with digital issues so as to providestudents with meaningful learning. I definitely daresay this learning experience was valuable forme since I was able to handle several things all by myself and that way learning is likely to beanchored in your mind.
Finally, about feelings, I consider myself having grown and made progress regarding computingand the like in comparison with two or three years ago. In fact, as I said before I had put a loteffort into learning a lot of things by myself that I hadn’t the slightest idea how to manage thembut once you experience ‘sacrifice’, it is really rewarding and pays off. In the learning experience alot of aspects are involved such as your dreams, sometimes it takes your time or you have toundergo uncertainty but in the end you only get satisfaction.