When you choose to become a TEFL teacher, your students wouldn't just be a group of teenagers preparing for their college or adults improving their language skills in search of better jobs, but at times could include young kids right out of their diapers and precocious turnips hiding chalk and making rockets out of paper.
TEFL Madrid BLOG
You've moved to a great place and got a dream job as a TEFL teacher, yet you feel lonely and just don't fit in. Well you're not alone. Almost everybody who moves to a foreign country soon finds out living away from your home amidst a community where you're a stranger and barely speak the language is a very lonely road. You may struggle to fit in with the local people or find it difficult to understand an alien culture.
Everyone knows that TEFL simmers with testing, which shouldn't be much of a surprise given the high standards of the course and the need for all round skill development of students. However, with so many information on different tests flying around, it can be quite difficult to understand what's what and key differences between them. In fact you may even know about certain tests without being aware of their label or what purpose they serve. So to start off with, let's take a look at different tests that are relevant to a class of foreign learners.
The Three "P"'s
You apply for a TEFL job. The TEFL job requires you to have teaching experience. You can't get experience without getting the job. If there ever was a catch-22, this is it and it aptly describes the conundrum most TEFL graduates face as soon as they finish their course.
A common mistake most TEFL teachers do while in the classroom is taking lessons and talking about topics that have no relevance or connection with the students. They follow a set curriculum, often prepared by someone else in some other country, which although beneficial and enriching in theory does not resonate with the students. And when you've got students who have no purpose or engagement in the class except for learning the language, you'd find very few who'd strive for excellence.
In this video our Director of studies Brooks take us for a tour around Madrid. As he explains trending places to hang out in Madrid. The city of Madrid is renowned for its bustling nightlife and it's rightly called as the most lively city in the continent. Whether it's the clubs, pubs, restaurants or sporting event, Madrid has something for everybody and you'd be hard-pressed to stay still for even a single day; there's just something to do all the time.
A war is coming! What can you do?
Remember world war 1? It took just a small assassination of a prince from an insignificant country to change history. Now we got massive egos of so called strong men such as Donald Trump, Vladamir Putin, Kim Jong In, Chinese Communist party et al indulging in a show of masculinity.
Then there's the never ending saga of Islamic State and it's rabid militants on their perpetual quest of killing infidels, beheading modernity and destroying everything that stands in contrast to their warped ideology.
So you've moved to the bustling city of Madrid to follow your TEFL certificate and have enrolled into a reputed institute, or maybe even got a good enough job to support yourself; can there be better news? but wait a minute out there. Surely you can't keep shelling out a fortune for hotels and couch surfing doesn't sound so appealing after 8 days straight on the sofa.
Alright, so you've set your eyes on the beautiful Spanish coast and decided to spend the rest of your life frolicking in the beaches and working as a TEFL teacher to earn your living. But hold your horses just a minute though.