After having been made Director of Studies halfway through a summer school term and having taken over successfully, somebody in Head Office suggested that I do the diploma course, and somehow I ended up registering with SGI’s distance course. I never thought I would be taken on the course but I was and when the first workbook came out, I thought that I would never make it. But with perseverance and great support from Naz, I worked through each workbook, gained more insight into all aspects of teaching, learned more about phonology, and really enjoyed finishing each workbook. The course opened a lot of doors in my mind and also in the outside world.

The practical block and written exam were hard and stress levels went to maximum but with the support from the tutors and staff at SGI, we all got through the course and with the result at the end I am proud that I did persevere and finished. I would recommend SGI at any time as they are very friendly, welcoming and extremely supportive which you need during the practical block especially.

Since finishing the course I have had two more short term jobs as Director of Studies and I am possibly going to be involved in teacher training in the not too distant future.