Why Being an ESL Teacher is Awesome!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written, but since it is (Chinese) New Year, I thought I should write a brand new post!

I’ve been really lucky to be an ESL (English as a second language) teacher for the past three years, and I have to say, I love my job! There’s always challenges with any job, but as an ESL teacher, you get a lot of cool experiences and 99.9 of the students are so hard-working, lovely and awesome to teach.

Here’s my top reasons why I love being an ESL teacher:

  1. Learning a new language is hard! Especially as we get older, we’re more inclined to be on the shy side and less willing to take risks. Making students feel safe and supported so they can take those risks and further their learning is always super rewarding.

 

2 .  Sometimes, as we get to be adults, it can be easy to become tired out and not enjoy learning new things anymore. As an ESL teacher, I’m always learning. I love learning more about my students and their day-to-day lives. I’ve had some students for so long, I’ve been able to see them graduate, progress through multiple levels, grow their families, and take on new academic and career challenges. Plus their always so willing to teach me about where they live (usually China) and their culture, so I feel like I get to travel on a regular basis without leaving my city.

3. Honestly, my favourite thing about teaching is getting to talk with my regular students! I tend to teach conversation skills, so even though we’re having a lesson, it feels like a regular chat. It’s always so exciting when I can help a student through a challenge they’ve been having and I’m always so proud of their growth!

To everyone celebrating, Happy Lunar New Year (and to my fabulous student, W / Albee, hope yours is the happiest–send me a comment yet!!)!

 

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