When I did my TEFL course, all I could think about was how fun it would be to travel. Beyond short excursions to Mexico or Canada, I’d never really traveled outside of the States. The fact that I’d be able to get paid seemed almost too good to be true.
Talking to friends, I found out that not only would I be paid, but that I’d be paid fairly well. Every TEFL teacher that I spoke to before embarking on my own adventure shared stories of how good the work life balance was. I liked the fact that I’d have more free time and be earning enough money to enjoy where I’d be living.
All this isn’t really saying much about the teaching though, is it? That, oddly enough, came later. Read on to find out how I became a dedicated TEFL teacher. You’ll get to read a few comments from other teachers as well.
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Being a teacher in modern-day western society is not regarded highly unfortunately. If you study any prosperous society in the history of human civilization, those societies respected, worshiped great teachers, aspiring to one day become great teachers themselves. I wanted to learn the art of teaching. After reading a book and talking to current teachers in America, I decided teaching in Vietnam would give me the best experience of being a teacher. Yes, it did. Vietnamese students respect teachers, period. I love teaching because humanity only moves forward with great teachers. The most knowledgeable are those who can help others learn with simplicity. If one does not know how to teach, one is useless. All anyone essentially aims to be, is useful. Be indispensable, be a teacher.- Jimmy Tran
Why I Became a TEFL Teacher
During the course, I found the methodology of TEFL teaching fascinating. That said, it was hard for me to imagine what teaching would really be like. When I finally got my own classes, I’d say that was when I really became a teacher. When you are given a group of children or adults who are giving you their trust, time and money in exchange for your help, it’s hard not to take on the task with a certain amount of gravity.
I became a teacher because I wanted to travel the world, but continued to teach because it was rewarding, enlightening and entertaining (even when it was exhausting and bewildering).- Karen Henderson
If you succeed in your goal of teaching, you are essentially giving someone a gift and better enabling them to succeed at life. If you shrug off the responsibility, you are putting them at a disadvantage. It was therefore the trust of my students that motivated me to put increasingly more effort into my classes.
I’m not sure how it happened because I have pretty clear memories of rolling my eyes when one of my A-level teachers told us that in 10 years a bunch of us would be teachers (Yeah right!)… But hey ho – life is an unexpected thing, and way down the line, here I am. And I bloody love it! -Abi Scotchbrook
I was tormented when classes went badly and thrilled when I had a good class. In short, I cared. It is this care that I thinks makes a real teacher. The rest is experience and further study.
Why I Stayed a TEFL Teacher
Originally, I’d planned on teaching for six months. That was over ten years ago. Again, I was in it for the travel. I didn’t think that the job itself would be so rewarding.
One of the things I like about teaching is that you can see the effect of your work. In that respect, it’s a bit like farming. It’s especially nice with low level classes because the change in level is very easy to discern. I’ve never had another job in which I felt like I was making as much of an impact.
Warping the minds of tomorrow…today! This was my teaching motto in 1997, my first year to teach middle school ESL in Texas. I loved it.
My motto would be different now; I’ve been entrusted again and again to instruct students, to coordinate meals and services for them and their families, to advocate for their equal opportunity to access content, to give advice, write letters of recommendation, to buy them clothes and medical services, to transport them to sporting events and dances and graduations, to go to their weddings and sometimes funerals, to celebrate the births of their children (thanks Facebook) and to accept their shortcomings and professional successes. My students provide me with tangible evidence that I picked the right thing to do when I grew up. Teaching is one thing, but I’m so grateful to be a Teacher.- Tiffany Trujillo
Another thing that has kept me happily teaching for this long is the continual challenges. As a teacher, it’s important not to stagnate. One way to do that is to take on new types of classes: levels, ages, aims, etc. Also, by trying out new methodology in my existing classes and constantly experimenting, I am able to keep things fresh.
I became a teacher because I figured Vietnamese have a lot to teach us about their culture, and only through learning English they’d be able to convey that to the world. However now that I speak Vietnamese I’ve learned that the best way for us to learn about their culture isn’t for them to learn English – it’s for us to learn Vietnamese. There’s so much hidden meaning in a language that tells the story of a culture. -Wouter Sligter
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