Doing it For the Kids

By: Kelly Martin

When you sign up to do ITA's online TEFL course, you’re combining a few different large and very separate concepts: working with kids [or students of any age] and traveling abroad. I’m not going to lie, I was in it for the travel. I wanted to get paid to live outside of my own country and becoming an ESL teacher was a sure way to do it. So I knew I had to give this working with kids and teens thing a shot, and maybe I’d find a career in travel along the way.

10 Lessons I Learned from My Students While Teaching English in Korea

By Megan Tighe
 

The funny thing about being a teacher is, you are schooled just as much as your students. As I approach my one year anniversary as an English teacher in South Korea, I can’t help but reflect on all of the lessons I myself have learned. Coming from a business background I was, quite frankly, clueless about what to expect in my new career.


While I gained confidence through my teaching practicum for the International TEFL Academy’s Online TEFL class, I had never set foot in a traditional classroom as a teacher before. I was worried my students wouldn’t learn, open up to me, or even understand me! Thankfully, none of those initial fears came to fruition. And while my students (hopefully) remember the lessons I’ve taught them about letters, numbers, and colors, here are some of the lessons they’ve taught me.