As the regular teaching year ends, I've been getting surprisingly sentimental about some of my students. You grow attached. For many people in Spain, the ability to speak English well is not just a hobby or a trick to bust out at parties (though pick-up lines and drinking games have definitely made their way into a lesson or two). Lots of my students need to maintain a certain level to keep their jobs, find a job or get promoted. My kiddies need to pass certain English exams to have the best chance at being accepted into their top university picks.
To see someone grow and learn new things under your care has been a rewarding and satisfying experience for me. It's also been an interesting way to learn about the people and culture of Spain.
OK, on to the TEFL/ESL lessons learned!
- It gets easier after the first 3 months of teaching.
"It" being namely the lesson planning. The trainers at our certification program, TtMadrid, said it would, and they were right. After the holiday break (our 3-month mark), David and I resumed classes with this newfound feeling of "I got this sh*t." Which - believe me - was so warmly welcomed after weeks of "wtf are we doing."
Tip: To acquire aforementioned "I got this sh*t" confidence, read on....
- Recycle, recycle, recycle. Recycle your lessons. You will save so much time, and you'll just get better and better at teaching that lesson.
Blank board game and dice that can be used for ANYthing