What TEFL Employers are REALLY Looking For
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This is going to be one of the most important videos. it’s going
This comes from your reference book How to Teach English Overseas. We’ll take a look at what employers are really looking for at language schools, probably where you’ll find your first job as an English instructor.
These language schools
Competition is just down the street – just right out the front door and down the street – so schools need to attend to enrollment to keep their business open. Lose the business and no one, including you, keeps their job. As a result of these demands on the success of the business language, schools look for teachers that can keep students coming back to their classrooms again and again. That’s the bottom line.
Language schools want teachers that can keep students coming back to their classrooms again and again. So… start to think back to your favorite teachers when you were in school why were your favorites. Were they friendly? Possibly even charming in their own way? knowledgeable about their subject? You probably answered yes to these questions. So, yes, your school would like their next teacher (hopefully you) to be friendly, engaging, helpful, positive, AND they want you to encourage their students.
When a school interviews you, they are looking for someone who gives their students a positive experience and they also want someone who will be physically present on the job (not absent!) It’s just that simple.
Of course, the school would like you to know something about English and how to teach it, but you already have a huge built-in knowledge of the English language -often much more than your boss. You have an excellent idea about what is right or wrong usage. Are people using grammar correctly? Sometimes you don’t know how to explain what’s wrong, even though you know what’s wrong when you hear it. Or what’s correct. But to explain it to somebody who doesn’t have good English skills is difficult.
Teaching good pronunciation also takes some skill. Non-native speakers of English often don’t know what pronunciation is understandable or not. Thai students will say buh-na-NUHH because they stress the
The video then gives other pronunciation examples.
Know also that research indicates that about 80% of people fired from their jobs are fired because of personal issues – attendance and punctuality, not following through, and other similar issues. So if you are not a perfect teach at first, make sure you follow through with
You do still have a lot to learn about teaching English, but you now know the biggest issue is just being able to get along and being a decent person to be around.