Be content by teaching English
If you are interested in becoming an ESL teacher, you want to find out how to succeed, make money and love your job by teaching English as a foreign language, then I invite you to read my first ever blog! I plan on writing more, and with future entries, I hope to explore, expand and explain the benefits of being a British native speaker teaching abroad!
What is ESL and how do I make money?
We go by many names: native speaker, lektors, English teachers, conversational coaches, British native speakers… to name a few. To say I was nervous in my first lesson is an understatement. Setting myself up on a local advertising site for Polish people looking for British native speakers and making a profile led to the first few emails from prospective students.
The first lesson
Above all, being a conversational native speaker is a challenge to get your head around. Well, it was for me. There are times when questions about grammar or pronunciation don’t surface during an English lesson with me. If you were a fly on a wall in some of my lessons, it would probably come across as very ordinary. Other days, I’m meticulously finding references and looking up lesson plans on the more technical side of English. Whatever it is that you’re doing, I think it’s important to create a stress-free environment.
There are many reasons a person will seek out a native speaker. For instance, one might need help with grammar and pronunciation. Others wish to elevate from basic understanding to a more advanced level of conversation. Sometimes, students will use my services because their exposure to English is minimal and they need to have an opportunity to practice.
Set clear goals.
Be clear on how you can help
Overall, I have completed over 3120 hours of individual or group lessons since beginning this adventure, met different people, discussed a plethora of subjects, all the while helping people become more confident when using English. Long may it (hopefully) continue!