Meet The International TEFL Academy Instructors

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Sam Bandy

Online TEFL Class Professor

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What class do you teach at International TEFL Academy & when did you start?

I have taught the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course since August 2011.  I also worked on the International TEFL Academy curriculum and textbook in 2013.


What is your educational background?

Northern Illinois University - B.A. 2011 - Spanish Translation and Business (International Business)

University of Southern Mississippi - M.A. 2004 - Teaching Languages, TESOL

Northern Illinois University - M.A. 20014 - Spanish Literature

Where have you taught abroad AND IN THE U.S.?

New York City Area, USA: ESL, Spanish, Social Studies, and Math: 2007-2008
Chicagoland, USA: ESL and Spanish: 2002-2004, 2008-Present

Ecuador: TEFL/Language Arts: 2002-2006
China: TESOL Workshop Facilitator: 2017-2018

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What countries have you visited?

China, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and Turkey

What's your favorite travel memory?

Walking on the Great Wall in China for the first time.

What Advice Do You Have for ITA Students Who Want to Teach English Abroad? 

Teaching is one of the best jobs in the world, and teaching and living abroad is a truly unique and special experience. Be ready to go with the flow, trust that things will work out, and have a plan B just in case things go differently than you thought they would. Stick with teaching at the same school and in the same country for one year if possible. If you can stay for a second year, do it. Once you get through the first year, things get so much better. Avoid negative people and hanging out only with people who are from your country and/or speak English. Make friends with locals and get out and do things. Treat each experience abroad as if it were the last time you will be able to visit/live in that place.

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