Teaching a bunch of kids English, how hard can it be?
That was the main thought in my mind every time I discussed the idea of a TEFL career when I was back in Wales. However, that pre-imagined reality soon vanished when I was stood in front of a class of 30 children, all staring at me as if I was some foreign alien (which I was)………
As I nervously led my class through my first lesson, I couldn’t help but think how the term ‘thrown in at the deep end’ couldn’t be better suited than right now. None of the online teaching theory you learn prior helps very much. But, looking back, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It doesn’t take you long to get in a routine, judge what works and what doesn’t, and of course work out which students are the best behaved and which are.. not so. And you’re supposed to teach them English? A near impossible task.
Any ESL teacher reading this blog will relate when I say that teaching English as a foreign language can be amazing. The comments and work some of the children produce is absolutely outstanding (for the comedy value, if not the correct English). Anyone who disagrees, approach a 7-year-old Thai kid and ask them to say ‘fox’.
Every day in Thailand is different, every class you teach is different, every motor taxi ride to school is different, every weekend is different and every day something out of the ordinary and funny happens. This is how I like to live my life. Bamboo, Euro, Theatre, Nurse, Focus, PP, Troy, Book – These are not just random words, these are the names of a few of my students.
Being a language teacher also gave me a sense of purpose that I never had with any other job. Helping and bettering people makes you feel like a better person yourself.
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Reblogged this on Lemon in Cambodia and commented:
This reminds me of when I started out as a ESL teacher 6 years ago. “Fox” made me laugh only this morning!
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great experience! 🙂 do you mind to share your email? Tq 🙂
no problem. email@example.com
Who were your most ‘menaceful’ students? 🙂
Bamboo was one at the time! haha
Hello Liam, I just came across your post and wanted to say how much I agree with you: teaching fills me with a great sense of purpose too- it’s great to know that what you do every day REALLY makes a difference for someone else. I have met many business people (I have worked mostly with adult students) and have found that very few of them can say they feel filled with purpose for what they do and that is pretty sad! Great reading about you.