Last week I became a TEFL teacher and I have to thank Samui TEFL!
It was a tough 3 week course, though honestly I would not change one second of this experience. Most folks would say that I was crazy for spending my birthday in Thailand – teaching P4 students for my teacher practicums while sweating profusely and receiving a painfully honest critique afterwards.
Though if I had not seen this TEFL program through, I would not have received the knowledge needed to teach English as a a foreign/second language. I would not have learned more specifically what areas that I am lacking in as a teacher.
Not only do I have more tools at my disposal to be a more sound teacher, I now know what subjects I need improving in to become the best TEFL teacher that I can be to my future students!
Spending time on the beautiful and welcoming island of Koh Samui, Thailand was the icing on the cake 🙂
Again, thank you Samui TEFL for this amazing opportunity!
I promise to try my best to do you all proud. And to check in every few months or so to share my journey as a TEFL teacher in Mexico 🙂
I know that it’s been over a month since my last entry, but I have (somewhat) a good reason. These TEFL classes overseas are grueling!
The sights are at least nice, but that is not the main reason for my visit to Koh Samui, Thailand 🙂
I have mentioned several posts ago that I would love the opportunity to teach overseas and now I am learning how to teach – while overseas.
The class is normally a month long, but for this month we only have 3 weeks. And the first week….intense is an understatement!
I do like how active and hands on the course is though. It’s just so much information at once! It’s taking me some time to really process all that I am learning. And on top of being in a different country – that part hadn’t dawned on me until a few days ago!
I would love to stay in Thailand a bit longer. At least until the end of the year, but since I do not have a BA, my options of truly teaching overseas are limited. So now I’m thinking of giving Spain or Cambodia a try, or head back to the states and teach privately.
I also had a thought of volunteering once a week somewhere back home too. To gain some teaching experience and a demo portfolio for those interested in me privately tutoring them.
Also, I have been interviewing via Skype for online jobs too. I have one more interview this Monday (or technically Tuesday because of the time zone – lol).
First, I have to pass this TEFL course! It’s either a pass or fail system, with a chance to have a merit attached to your pass status.
So wish me luck everyone and I’ll see you soon!
(currently working on a few one shots to share with you all in the next few days)