In this episode I was lucky enough to chat with the wonderful Daria Storozhilova from http://stordar.com. I asked her what advice she would give to new teachers of English. Here are some of the tips that we discussed in this special podcast:
Advice for new EFL teachers
- Listen to advice from more experienced teachers. Don't assume you know it all after a CELTA or Cert. TESOL course!
- Collaborate with your colleagues; learn from them; observe them; team teach. Don't be an island!
- Use a wide range of materials - and no materials!
- Don't just present the course book - this leads to a downward spiral.
- Brush up on your grammar; learn something before you teach it.
- Take students on trips to build relationships and your confidence; go the extra mile.
- Enjoy what you do. If you don't enjoy teaching day-in day-out, you should consider another profession.
- Check the wage - what will it get you? What accommodation? What will be your costs. Be aware that language school teachers may want what is best for them, not for you!
- We don't become teachers to become rich and famous! Or for the holidays! It's a labour of love.
- Get further qualifications. CPD - continuous professional development will keep your teaching fresh.
- Go to training courses and conferences; get connected - use Twitter and social networks; get up to speed; keep reading and learning; learn by doing, e.g. by creating your own material.
- Teaching is about building relationships with people, not just imparting knowledge.
Daria Storozhilova is an English teacher who specialises in communication and student confidence. She currently teaches online and develops online courses. You can find our more about her courses here: https://stordar.teachable.com/ Don't forget to follow Daria on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/stordarlearn