Many folks equate teaching English abroad with a free holiday and, while moving to a foreign country definitely gives you great travel benefits and unique experiences, it certainly doesn’t mean that you will not be expected to do the job that you were hired for. It is a real job, and it will be harder than you think. Here, some of the most common myths about teaching abroad are debunked, allowing you to check that attitude, rid yourself of counterproductive misconceptions, and get on the track to success.
The best way to make good money teaching English in Germany is to offer private one-to-one lessons on the side. Teaching at a language school will pay your living expenses, but you can make an extra 1000 to 2000 euro a month teaching English one-to-one. This article will give you some tips to help you prepare your classes.
-Get certified to teach English in Germany with an accredited TESOL certificate course–
For me, making the decision to teach ESL came off the heels of leaving a long term job I was no longer satisfied with. I was in need of a life change and I was uncertain of what steps to take next. My previous job involved training and motivating adults and it developed my desire to teach and to facilitate. Teaching was something I was seeking but I also thought I would breeze through the TESOL certificate course and jump into the skill naturally and with ease! Boy, was I wrong! Teaching English is definitely worth it but, like any other skill, it requires patience, effort and ongoing growth and development. Here are 5 things you need to be ready for when starting out.
There is no doubt that teaching English can be a challenging job. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can manage your classroom effectively and with ease. In this article I’m going to talk about three ways the 120-hour TESOL certificate course offered by OnTESOL prepared me really well for teaching English in Toronto.
My first experience teaching overseas was in the Andes of Ecuador in a small rural town. I had just completed my BA and I wanted to explore a part of the world that was new to me, considered to be “off the beaten path.” I arranged my trip with a volunteer abroad company that charged me a lot of money to complete a 6 month TEFL internship. I assumed I would pick up the skill of teaching English quite easily without any prior experience or TEFL certification! Boy, was I wrong!
Like all job interviews, TESOL interviews require some time and preparation to ensure you put your best self forward. Based on my experience as an ESL teacher in Ecuador and Toronto, I can speak first hand about what is required and what NOT to do before an interview for a TESOL job.
I took the 120-hour advanced TESOL course in need of a career change. I didn’t expect to do that well on the grammar and methodology modules. Yet, to excel on an assignment is one thing, teaching English in context is very much another. As a new teacher I am starting from scratch and a classroom is a new and foreign place. In taking the practicum, what once seemed like new and foreign territory, became a thrilling place to stand up, discover skills I never knew I had and to empower others on their learning journey.
The first day jitters were very real. I was mostly nervous about my ability to teach and explain grammar, as many new teachers are. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the practicum requires lengthy and in depth preparation, but this is what will make you a better teacher! I was also fearful because I had no idea what kind of support I would receive from my supervising teacher or from the school. My fears were dispelled as the practicum became an opportunity to receive a tremendous amount of guidance and support from real and experienced teachers who wanted to help me to do my best!
After many years traveling and teaching abroad, I decided to transition into a more settled life to teach English in my home town of Toronto, Ontario. When I lived abroad, I absolutely loved traveling from one country to the next every nine months. The benefits were abundant! I lived with the locals, I learned two languages and explored as many sites and as many mountaintops as I could! This being said, there came a point when being the foreigner began to lose its charm. Home was calling my name and I began to develop a deep curiosity and yearning for my own culture and to explore my own backyard. The first things I noticed were how sleeping in my own bed never felt so good and all the places there are to experience here in Ontario that I had never noticed before. Most importantly, the most amazing thing about teaching English in Toronto is that it offers you a little bit of everything, helping you to realize that you have everything you enjoyed abroad, right in your own backyard! Below is a list of experiences to appreciate about teaching English in Toronto:
-Clare completed the 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate with Practicum, recognized by TESL Canada.