Published 22nd September 2015
There are many falsified tales which circulate the internet and student bars about what it’s really like being an English teacher. Here we can bust of few of those to try and give you an accurate and lucid idea of what being a TEFL teacher is really like.
English teachers are all young nomads ….
Simply not true. Whilst many of the young post-graduate generation do opt to teach English after graduation, they are by no means the only people who choose to do so. You’ll meet a variety of individuals from diverse and eclectic backgrounds, some who are straight of university, and others who have had professional jobs before embarking upon a career change. Age, and experience in other industries, is no barrier as a TEFL teacher, in fact many schools with value the knowledge of older teachers.
Being an English teacher is a walk in the park ….
Being an English teacher abroad is endless fun, full of adventure, but also hard work. There are many who think that you can waltz into school with no lesson plan, fudge your way through a class and consistently get away with it. Teachers often have to go through probation and pass an observation, and it will show if you haven’t done your preparation. If you try and bluff your way through it, you’ll also limit the possibilities for your own development. Take it seriously, you’ll have much more fun and get the most out off this incredible opportunity.
3. Students in other countries and much better behaved and want to learn …
The world over, children are children. Some will be good, some will be bad, and this is the nature of being a teacher. Classroom management techniques that you will learn on a TEFL course, and develop yourself over time, can assist you in controlling a class. This isn’t to say that these more lively students are bad students, or that it will make your experience any less enjoyable, quite the contrary. Just don’t expect that kids in other countries are any different to the ones at home, and knowing what to expect and how to handle such situations is invaluable as a teacher.