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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