Searching for adventure, a cultural experience and excitement, with a high salary to match? Then forget TEFL as a profession. Despite the hype and notwithstanding the alluring promises, there exist few sun drenched beaches, adventure, or earnings reflecting a pot of gold at the bottom of the proverbial TEFL rainbow, or conversely, anything remotely exotic or glamorous about working 9-to-5.
Is modal verb near Bangkok?
As the era of, 'have white face can travel' declines, tales of one year backpackers bumming their way through life, with their alcoholic and drug addicted partying stablemates is over. Moreover, in a continuing international recession, it's now rare to discover a genuine backpacker anywhere in Asia, as immigration departments clamp down on those whom they politely refer to as, 'undesirables.'
Consequently, here's the harsh truth; teaching isn't meant to provide a break from the monotony of unemployment, or an alternative to working in McDonald's. Likewise, performing an oil change doesn't make one an engineer, in the same way that speaking English isn't a teaching qualification.
Not being prepared remains a major contributing factor to beginner teacher burn-out with pressure and stress, therefore and with tongue in cheek, let's collectively dip our proverbial toes into the enticing newbie paddling pool of TEFL.
Stand and deliver: The TEFL life jacket
Having discovered there's more to TEFL than identifying what strength of suntan lotion you'll need to bring, let's delve into why the majority wanted to come in the first place and that's teach. Aside from man-management and public speaking, which combine the necessary learned skills; the biggest challenge requires the ability to construct lesson plans.
Among the plethora of available free ones often designed by the backpacking blog fraternity, the objective should always concentrate on developing a syllabus which provides an in-depth course. The advantage of a syllabus provides practice by design, including the necessary structure needed for lesson planning and you'll be doing plenty of that, even if a school offers a workbook.
Ordinarily, a syllabus provides a guide to what students can expect, yet additionally, your personal signpost to construct lesson plans based on a predetermined objective, just as in that workbook.
When holding up flash cards just ain't enough
Nearing the end of my TEFL career, or should that read ‘existence' (he said with a smile as the other serfs nodded in agreement), in a condensed series of forthcoming articles I'll lead the beginner through the necessary basic steps with the information needed to hold the head above water and achieve that competitive edge. Resume construction, lesson planning, class management, public speaking in the sink or swim waters of TEFL.
Let's begin by offering a free cultural syllabus, which you can adapt to your own requirements.
Build on the included lesson plan; substituting your own preference topics, as within lie the entire curriculum workbook based topics you'll need to do a lesson plan on. Despite the hype, no one in real life expects, nor is it necessary to explain advanced English grammar to those learning the basics of English. Stay concise, remain interesting and maintain professionalism.
The link to ‘free cultural syllabus'