I would be honored to start this essay by quotingone of “the Voices of The American Teachers” Robert John Meehan ” We are not “just teachers” , we are the managers ofthe greatest world’s resource: Children” Through years English language has exploded acrossthe planet. You have differentopportunities once you are part of this language. Starting from volunteering toteach abroad, finding jobs in other countries or even teach English as a secondlanguage in your home country.
You can teachlarge classes, small groups, or have one on one time with students. You canchoose to teach more formal classes in public and private schools includinglittle kids, business professionals, teenagers or even adults. As an English teacher I always takegreat satisfaction in the fact that I am being successful in helping even theweakest students to speak English and dramatically improve the level of many ofthose I teach. I always try to teach my classesentirely in English without exception, even with absolute beginners. This helpsmy students tremendously as they are “forced” to communicate in English, eventhough many traditional academics teach through the mother tongue of thelearner which makes the target language more artificial.
Grammar is always explained by useof examples in such a way that it didn’t feel like grammar and something hardto be understood.One of my favorite jobs as anEnglish teacher is learning through “games” which means taking away the regularform of teaching with blackboards and copybooks into dances, puzzles, boardgames, different activities, competitions etc. The teacher joins in on games,sits down with particular groups, and gives students different tasks. This wayyou make all the students participate in your class simply because it’s morefun. I always try to encourage mystudents as much as I can, and congratulate them on their efforts, no matterhow small the achievement. Corrections are made in a way that they wouldremember, but without embarrassing them. The most important thing I learnedby being an English teacher, is that learning indeed can be fun, and not allabout grammar, vocabulary and feeling stupid in front of the others by onelittle mistake I may have made.
Teaching English is certainly a joy to me and givesme special satisfaction both on personal and professional level.