Published 3rd October 2018
Teaching isn’t the only thing you’ll become skilled at when you’re teaching English as a foreign language. You’ll also pick up other useful skills that you can use when you decide to side-step into another branch of TEFL work. Or, even if you decide to leave teaching and take up another career.
Teaching English Skills you’ll pick up
Organisational Skills and Planning
After some time, teaching classes and planning lessons you’ll soon pick up the art of planning and organising. You’ll need both these skills to ensure that your lessons run smoothly. It means you will learn how to structure your lessons to get the best out of your students and organise your teaching so that the topics and grammar points flow together. It’s precisely the skills you might need if you stop teaching English as a foreign language and choose to go into an administration post.
Speaking in front of an audience – communication skills
Many people get nervous about talking in front of an audience and sometimes they are held back by their fear of public speaking. You’ll be used to facing a classroom full of children and adults of different ages and levels. Teaching English as a foreign language will help you enormously if you want to go into a career which involves giving presentations. For example, jobs in the training sector, management or fund-raising.
Problem solving skills
While your teaching English as a foreign language you will have to come up with ways to engage and enthuse your students. That’s called problem solving and it’s a great asset outside the world of teaching. You could choose a career in healthcare, law or insurance.
Managing your Time
When you’re teaching English as a foreign language your classes will normally last just under an hour. This means you have to make sure you cover what needs to be done within that time. You can’t go too quickly or you’ll be left with too much spare time and you can’t work so slowly that you don’t complete the lesson. You’ll become an expert at managing your time so that your classes cover everything that needs to be done in the time allowed. This is useful if you want to work in an office or go into training or a managerial position.