I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 11!
To be a primary school teacher.
I teach English at an exclusive residential business school in Brecon, Wales.
I heard about TEFL when I was at college and liked the idea of being able to teach and travel.
I’ve been teaching for 13 years, mainly in Europe.
Generally look forward to work. In my current school we have a maximum of 12 students and so we have almost all new students every Monday!
Teaching 1:1 classes with one student in the morning and a different student in the afternoon. Because they are 1:1 classes the lessons are based around the wants and needs of the students.
Meeting a wide variety of students and teachers.
The poor treatment and low pay in many countries, including the UK.
You must want to be a teacher
You need to have a good knowledge of English
You need to be able to appear confident
Either running my own school or working in an international school in Spain.
It has become more professional, there are few places in the world where you can just turn up and teach because you are English as students expect more from their teachers than just conversation practice.
Do your research into training, make sure that the course you do is one that includes plenty of teaching practice. Avoid online courses as they are often not recognised by good schools. The Cert TESOL and CELTA courses are the benchmark and accepted worldwide. For teachers looking to progress in their careers the DELTA course is key.
Research the country and school where you want to work, if it’s a good school they should let you speak to current teachers so that you can ask them about the work; visit the school’s website, a professional school will have a professional website, and check the details of the contract you’re expected to sign before you make your final commitment.
I have mentored several teachers in the schools I have worked at in my job as Director of Studies.
Helping teachers to write effective lesson plans and understand how to use material to create interesting lessons. Helping teachers to create a good rapport with their students.
A good mentor has to be a good listener, knowledgeable, always willing to help and sympathetic.
I’ve enjoyed mentoring and hope to do it again in the future.
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