I want to share with you an unexpected development: I accepted the offer to teach at Yale University this summer! The English Language Institute program is for foreign high school juniors and seniors who wish to prepare for college admission requirements, including essay writing, interviewing, SAT, and TOEFL exams. A lot of work and driving is in store for me but I look forward to the lesson-planning for the course syllabus!
Of all the formats for lesson-planning, I favor your structure most. Thank you for that.
For ESL classes I teach, the ALL-STAR series has also served me better than STAND-OUT series, so I thank you for asking me to analyze the ALL-STAR.
Have a great summer!
- Celia B.
The TESOL course has helped me grow professionally and personally. I took the four-week, intensive 120-hour program in New York. This course is designed for both people who already have teaching experience and want to upgrade their knowledge and for people with little or no experience with English language teaching who want to switch their career path and turn to teaching. It is a demanding course, but it is really worth it.
The staff at the Institute is fully committed and works hard towards helping their students (future teachers) with their daily assignments and lesson plans, observation of their classes and professional advice on where to focus their attention as well as how to handle the classroom by acquiring classroom management knowledge that the teacher needs to have before he/she enters the classroom. They focus on helping their students in learning how to teach communication skills and how to evaluate their students continuously.
One of the most helpful things that you can bring to TESOL is the ability to take on board what you have learned. You will be given a lot of information. If you can put all that knowledge into practice, you will become an excellent teacher.
This is not everything. The trainers are committed to helping their trainee teachers to build their teaching career by giving directions which include help with writing their CV, job interview preparation as well as with actual school leads. I was lucky to be one of their students. This experience and their constant support encouraged me to apply for jobs abroad and to experience something different, something outside the box. So starting this year, I will be teaching in Turkey. After they learned that I have TESOL certification, they offered me a teaching position immediately. I eventually chose Turkey; however, with the type of TESOL program I completed (with teaching practice), I got job offers from Paris, Spain and Morocco. Thank you TESOL!!!
- Katerina Mihajloska.
Everything started in August 2012 when I decided to go to New York and attend the International TEFL Training course. Around this time, my confidence and self-esteem about becoming a successful English teacher was relatively low because I am a non-native speaker of English.
The program itself, however, along with the encouraging words of my trainer, was the key to dispel my fears and unlock my career perspectives and experiences around the world. Starting from China right after the end of the course, where I spent one year teaching, I continued working in international schools in Stockholm, Sweden, and volunteering in teaching English in Nairobi, Kenya. The course gave me a comprehensive methodological knowledge of how to work on proper lesson planning, how to deliver interesting lessons getting all students actively involved, how to establish discipline in the class and, most importantly, it gave me the possibility to put all this theory into practice by delivering actual ESL lessons to adults at the same time.
The support and guidance I received from my trainer was precise and valuable, driving me to “decide what I want, to believe I can have it, to believe I deserve it and it’s possible for me”.
Quotes from the movie “The Secret” (2006)
- Elpida Avgeri
It's been many months since I was enrolled in your course, and I just wanted to say a big thank you and give you an update! Three months ago, I moved to Taiwan. Within a few days, I secured a role teaching English to elementary school children at an after-school education program. In teaching, I think I found a joy that I did not experience in my prior corporate positions. The work is demanding but so rewarding because my students' progress is just amazing to watch.
Watching them grow makes me want to push harder to deliver a top-notch lesson plan and/or try to reach them in new ways. I'm enjoying teaching so much, that I have shared this passion with an old teacher of mine, and he is helping me to explore potential roles at my old school!