a story about bad grammar and non-existent punctuation and my TEFL adventures
So the time finally came when I packed my bags and left Asia behind. Leaving was hard but necessary, as I came to a point where I realised if I didn’t leave I would end up being one of those old expats wandering around Thailand with leathery skin, faded tattoos and multiple inappropriate piercings.
My brother was living in the UK at the time and this prompted me to pack my bags (and buy a few jerseys) and head to the Big Smoke: London.
Teaching in the UK in comparison to Asia is a whole ‘nother ballgame:
* First of, your TEFL qualification means very little here. To get a job you will need a CELTA or a TEFL with loads of experience.
* Unless you are a qualified mainstream teacher, you can’t work in a school, which means that your best option is a language school.
* Interviews for jobs are no walk in the park here. While in Asia you may be expected to teach a demo class and your interview would be short and sweet and incomprehensible, in the UK you are more likely to be asked serious questions during the interview and given a written test.
* It being the UK, TEFL teachers are a bit more clued up than your regular backpacker teacher. If you haven’t had a chance to teach exam classes, if you don’t know what IELTS is, or if you can’t tell your FCE from your CPE, then you’ll probably be thrown in the deep end a little and will need to do some figuring out.
* Teacher development is the reason the UK gets a massive high-five from me. The UK is kinda like the home of TEFL and there are so many opportunities available to teachers – even just through their schools – that not developing as a teacher is hard to do.
* Hourly rates can vary anywhere from 11 – 20 pounds an hour; hours can range from 3 – 7 hours a day.
And finally, another huge positive: no more morning exercises in the snow 😉