How I started teaching English.

On October 13, 2010, in English Language Club, by Colin

Following on from what I was saying (here) about how the English Language Club started this is how I started teaching English.

I am originally from the UK but my father is from Paraguay in South America. I visited Paraguay between October 2008 and February 2009 to visit family and improve my Spanish (still a long way to go!). I was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with my life and career in England and wanted a change so during my 3 month visit I decided to come back a bit more long term. But what was I going to do? Well teaching English seemed like a good option. So I went to see someone who worked in an English Language Institute to see if they would give me a job. They said that if I got myself a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults) then they would happily give me a job. So although I never really intended to teach English it became the best option for me. So in February 2009 I went back to England, enrolled on a CELTA which ran for 4 weeks in April and bought a ticket back to Paraguay for June.

After being here for a few months I realised that not only was I one of the only teachers at the institute with a qualification of it’s kind, I was also one of the only native speaking teachers. I also found that I really liked teaching and that I was good at it. The students enjoy my classes and it is satisfying to see them progress.

In the next post I will explain the problem with learning English just in a classroom setting and how I hope to help people overcome this.

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Hi I’m Colin and this is the blog for my new business, ‘The English Language Club‘. I am about to launch the first branch of  ‘The English Language Club‘ but it has existed in some form since the beginning of 2010 and I have many plans to develop it over the next few years as an English learning organisation and an international network of English Language social groups via social networking sites.

In the next post I will tell you about how I started teaching English.

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