There's no need to sugarcoat it: some teachers are brilliant, and some are downright awful.
We've all come across one or the other in during our academic life. And there are many redeeming qualities in all our favourite teachers. An ESL teacher abroad however, experiences a whole other set of challenges to overcome and navigate all while remaining a skilled and competent English coach to their students.
We recognise that extra mile all ESL teachers abroad make.
In this entry, we will cover the 10 qualities you can find in a great ESL teacher.
ESL teachers will not only need to be patient with their students, but also with their surroundings. They will undoubtedly encounter something that unsettles them. And whether it is a direct result of cultural shock or a clear misunderstanding, in order to keep their workplace and environment a positive place, ESL teachers would need to exercise patience wherever they go.
Don't fret! It's not all doom and gloom. Once settled, and ESL teacher would only really need to exercise patience with their students - as would any other teacher around the world. Reflect on what makes you impatient and work on it!
Learning a new language or studying a subject in a second language can be both difficult and uninteresting. Losing the interest of your student is only a downwards hill from there. A teacher that can keep a classroom engaged is a skilled one! A great ESL teacher would know how to use their creative streak and mould it into something their students can enjoy and, most importantly, understand too.
A teacher with a flexible nature is unbreakable! Entering the field, you are usually made aware of the unexpected surprises that may arise. You never know when you are needed - extra marking to be done, covering a sick co-worker, or any other emergency. ESL teachers are required to be flexible, as would any other teacher would, and be constantly vigilant. Train yourself and always be prepared to change your pre-set plans!
Being a good planner is almost a given - teachers are expected to plan their classes in most cases. Sometimes, to help ESL teachers along, schools set class plans beforehand. However, you are expected to still come prepared. Have a plan for your classroom and for your day. Work out everything that can go wrong and plan for that too! ESL teachers are constantly prepared for the unexpected!
As an ESL teacher abroad, you are expected to be aware and ready to face a few culture shocks. The best way to deal with this? Research! Your classrooms and your students will respond differently to you wherever you go, and be constantly aware of the fundamental differences between you and your students. Know how to shape your lessons around them and your experience wherever you are!
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