– How did you get into teaching English as a foreign language?
I was looking for something to do with my degree for a couple of years to earn enough money to go back and do my Masters in Archaeology (!!). I didn’t expect it to like it nearly as much as I did!
– Where in the world have you most enjoyed teaching?
I absolutely love teaching in Prague and the Czech Republic; it’s a beautiful city and I made some great friends there too.
– What’s the worst tense to teach?
There isn’t one that I hate teaching, but some can be trickier to get across than others. The Present Perfect is a good example, because it’s not a structure that’s found in a lot of other languages, so students can have a hard time figuring it out.
– How did it feel to stand up in front of a class for the first time?
Utterly nerve-wracking, but rather exhilarating too!
– What’s your favourite food?
Cheese. Lots of cheese…
– What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you abroad?
I accidentally bumped into an old school friend of mineon Wenceslas Square in Prague. She had no idea I lived there, and I had no clue she was visiting; a wonderful coincidence and we had a great time catching up for an afternoon!
– What is your best TEFL experience?
Realising that it was something I really enjoyed and could keep doing for the foreseeable future. I love the feeling that I can make a difference.
– What is your worst TEFL experience?
Having to get up at 5.30 in the mornings to get early to classes. Czech business people like to have English lessons very early in the morning (7am is completely normal!) and I loathe mornings!
– Do you have any good advice for anyone who is about to head out abroad to teach English?
Check and double check the paperwork you need – nothing worse than getting there and realising you don’t have a crucial document (voice of experience here!). Other than that, take it as it comes and try to make the most of your new culture and experiences.