I completed my TEFL course in May 2016, at Bay Language Institute in Port Elizabeth.
To learn how to teach English as a foreign language.
I am currently teaching in Treviso, Italy, at a language school called British Institutions.
I tutor individual students (school children, university students & workers) of different levels at their own specific as scheduled. On Wednesdays, I travel to a local school where I give a lesson to an A1 level class of 13 students.
I work with Oxford New English file textbooks, as well as the PET textbooks (both teachers' book and students' book) that are given to me by the institution.
An A1 student had trouble understanding me in English, so I had to use the simplest forms to explain the whole lesson to her.
Everyday there is something new to learn about myself and my teaching abilities and skills, as well as the English language. I find that I often have to teach myself aspects of the language that I, as an English-speaking person, never thought about.
Also learning more about the Italian culture through my students has become so interesting and makes it feel less like a job than an enjoyable hobby.
Try to learn the language of the country you will be going to, so it can make talking to your colleagues and your boss easier if they don't speak English. It will also be a benefit to those students that start to learn English at beginner level. It makes teaching them much easier.
I would like to teach privately at home, just to make extra money during my free time, so I am currently networking and trying to get some students interested. The demand is there so why not?