How to get busy
Life after the TEFL course has definitely been busy. Immediately after the course I interviewed with Threshold and accepted the job. I was told of another language school. I called and asked about applying and they begged me to come in for an interview immediately. I told them during the phone call that I didn’t have anything prepared and they were fine with it as they didn’t have many other available times later in the week. I walked into this interview with no demo lesson, no resume, no copy of my TEFL certificate and was still so charming that they offered me the job 🙂 At the start of the working year I was worried about getting enough hours and September was initially slow. I accepted everything I could even though I didn’t want to teach children. The classes kept gradually coming in, however. After a few weeks I had a full work load and even took more classes than I should. I have around 26 teaching hours now, and many are spread out all over Prague in different places that take some time to go to.
I hate to admit it but my favorite classes are my individual lessons with 10-15 year olds. I was against teaching kids originally, but their levels have surprised me. It is very easy to communicate with them. It’s easy to build a nice rapport and become their cool ‘American’ friend. They often tell me funny things that I should probably not tell their parents… The past few months have definitely been hectic and stressful, but I knew it would be, regardless. It is very rewarding and there are at least two or three 12 year olds that I am taking back to America with me.
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