How did TESL@TFLI prepare you for teaching in Japan?
The course at TFLI was the perfect first step in my journey to become an ESL and EFL teacher. It introduced me to the fundamentals of teaching and opened my eyes to methods and techniques I had never used before. Though I have since gone on to complete my MA in teaching ESL, I still call upon what I learned in the TESL course and will forever be grateful for my decision to pursue it.
What advice do you have for students who want to teach abroad?
Talk to someone who has done it! This is the perfect way to find out more about the country you are considering and to get a better feel for the situation before diving in head first.
What is your best experience so far teaching abroad?
My co-teacher and I piloted a class for moms and babies. It has been an amazing journey watching these little ones (two years and under!) soak up English like sponges. Now they sing along to the songs and read the stories along with us.
Tell us an interesting classroom story.
On my birthday this year I had to go to the local daycare and teach a roomful of kids – for the first time. In addition to being terrified, I was thinking how unlucky I was to be doing something like on my birthday, of all days, but it turned out to be one of the most precious memories that I will no doubt remember until the day I die . . . I can’t imagine anything sweeter than the sound of thirty three-year-olds belting out “Happy Birthday” with all their heart and soul.