Something where I can travel, speak lots of languages and get to meet loads of interesting people.
Teaching English in Lausanne, Switzerland.
I wanted to travel around Europe but I didn’t want to live and work in UK. Russia seemed really interesting for me but didn’t know any Russian so I it wouldn’t have been possible for me to stay there and really experience the culture...then I went to a seminar in Melbourne about TESOL. Did the course a year or two later and then flew out a few months later.
About 4 years now.
Happy that I don’t have to get up early!
Going to school, planning, teaching, going to another school and planning, teaching and then going in to a company and teaching.
Meeting people, helping people and learning new things.
At the moment it’s spending a lot of time travelling from place to place but it varies really.
You need to be very personable I think. If you’re likeable generally you’ll have great students and great classes where you can have a lot of fun. A good sense of humour is definitely not essential but I think it helps break up the monotony of study and keeps students motivated and retains a great classroom atmosphere for everyone. You also need to be creative. If you come to class and do things the same way every time, all the time, you’ll get bored and so will your students, and this is not a productive environment.
Working with some amazing people, having travelled to a lot of new places and being a lot more knowledgeable.
There have been some great books which have been released over the years to help learners and teachers. But the biggest thing for me I think is the new interactive whiteboards which are revolutionary. Going further back before I started teaching I guess all forms of technology have changed things a huge amount.
Sure, think about what you hated in teachers at school and do the opposite. Don’t forget to be friendly, patient and smile a lot!
Unfortunately no, not that I can think off-hand.
They should have similar qualities to a teacher I suppose. Patience and the ability to see greatness in others.
Sure why not?
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