Alumni Spotlight: Eva Renata Medina Arriaga


Why did you choose this program?

I chose it because it was the most professional, reliable, and complete program I found; also, my intuition. I wanted to broaden my EFL experience and use my agile learning and business knowledge for the greatest benefit of EFL students. Also, I like traveling and knowing people, their desires and most inner selves. I like the world and the experiences it brings me.
And every expectation was exceeded!

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

ITTT course is an opportunity that enabled me to receive an ongoing career support and teacher development, even after I had finished the course. Also, ITTT provided me with real video lessons on how to teach, giving me a good example and a role model. They gave me every lesson, task and test; immediate support and advice; numerous teacher resources, and kind response. Thank you ITTT!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Try to practice giving classes, before or during your program training. I was already an online business teacher and the classes with my students, really helped a lot because I realized, I was not offering a proper teaching methodology, until I studied the units on the methods of communicating knowledge accordingly to the student's needs.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Daily: Morning coffee, reading, making notes, clarifying doubts, doing the assigned task sheet, and answering the exam. Study any subject that was out of your knowledge. Keep a record or register your findings! You will find that a great deal of time goes to homework after class, reviewing, preparing the lesson, grading, etc...

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was being below students' expectations. I learned to know my students and their interests to motivate them, so my vision changed a lot and gave me a sense of managing the class, not because of tight control, but because of sincere motivation. I've learned that I have more expectations of myself than my students. Get into it!