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Teach me how to TEFL abroad I

You will have a lot of different feelings during your TEFL abroad: this city is amazing, I hate teaching, I’m so glad I’m here, I hate it here, etc. So, TEFL abroad is a bit of a roller coaster. But in the end, you will be happy you did it. The most important things to remember are that you enjoy yourself, stay positive, and try to be a good TEFL teacher!   Being good at what you do will increase your happiness 100 percent while living abroad. Remember, you are in a new place with different friends and different routines. Your life is certain to change (this isn’t a bad thing of course!). So, work hard, try new things, and focus on enjoying TEFL! Below are a few helpful hints to get you started with TEFL abroad.

  • Don’t be afraid! Teaching is new for most TEFL teachers, and you might shit your pants the first time you stand up in front of 20 strangers. I sure did. But after the initial shock, realize that nothing bad is going to happen if you freeze. If you have a bad lesson, so what? There is always room to improve, even for the best TEFL teachers. Just hang in there and try to get better.
  • Get enough sleep! Taking a TEFL abroad can be pretty grueling. You are absorbing a lot of information, you are preparing for lessons, and you are in a totally new environment! It’s a lot to take in. Make sure you are taking care of yourself and take time to relax.
  • Meet new people! Although it’s important to focus of your coursework during TEFL, you need to make time to meet some friends. Your TEFL class will have people in it just like you!
    This is just a basic list of things to remember. Being a good TEFL teacher isn’t just about knowing every grammatical rule in the English language (although it’s helpful), but it’s about taking care of yourself and being happy.