Most English students have a clear purpose for their second language studies. Whether it is for educational, professional or other purposes, they pretty much have a clear image of how and when they will use their new skill.
Some students might even consider learning the English language so they may one day teach it. Whether these students are simply inspired by their own teachers or have a passion for languages and teaching in general is anybody’s guess, however, one thing is clear; there are many things they should take from their learning experience to their teaching position.
Learning And Teaching Are Connected
Learning the English language from scratch can give a future teacher a fresh and highly unique perspective on students and their learning material. The challenges students face during the learning process can mark the way they use the language. It may even cause a good student to be reticent in using his newly acquired skills out of lack of confidence or fear of criticism. Some other challenges can be seriously eased by a teacher who truly understands the learning process.
This is why becoming an English teacher is actually an amazing opportunity for current students. Some students can even make a high paying and stable career from teaching the English language in their own countries. Others can tweak and change the traditional learning process to adapt it to the struggles they faced when they were students. It is key, however, that a student mark down his impressions, challenges and even his serious issues with the current learning system so that he may use it when and if the time comes.
Follow Your Passion Or Simply Get A Good Job
Becoming an English teacher can be a highly rewarding activity in a world that is becoming more and more interconnected. Whether it is a way to work with children, the underprivileged or a good way to offer a simple service, the potential to have fun, follow your passion and make money is great.
There are numerous steps and tests a student must pass in order to become an English teacher. Some countries may ask different standards and different diplomas in order to allow you to teach, however, once all the bureaucratic aspects are done with, the real challenge begins.
Some future teachers can join an English teaching school or business while others may want to open their own business where they can implement their own techniques, materials and experience. Regardless of which one of these choices future teachers make, their past experience will easily allow them to help students out.
Knowing how to coach difficult students or students who learn at a different or slower pace than others out of their rut is an essential approach that a former student can easily understand and apply. Knowing when to suggest a different approach or how to reassure students who are not seeing the result they expected is another key aspect that a teacher who comes from this background can master.
The key to this approach is to write down or remember the challenges you faced as a student and find a way to professionally and efficiently use them on your students once you get the chance to teach.