Are you thinking of becoming a language teacher but aren't sure of what the job is actually like?
The job has a lot of perks and benefits. But it also has some quirks that could drive you crazy! It's important to know what you're getting into.
These three upsides and three downsides can help you paint a picture of what your life as a language teacher would be like.
If you're the kind of person who likes taking a different approach to work every day, this is a huge upside!
Imagine you want to teach students how to order food at a restaurant. Here are just a few activities you could run in class:
It's up to you what seems most engaging!
Teaching a language can be a great way to see the world and get paid to do it. If you speak English, you can move to almost any continent on Earth and start teaching.
Many international schools are extremely flexible in terms of required experience and education. Sometimes simply being a native speaker is enough.
Here are some countries that badly want English teachers:
If you stay in your own country, you'll have people from all over going to you to learn your language. And you'll learn as much from students as they do from you!
A language classroom is one of the best places on Earth to learn about different cultures.
Working as a language teacher, you're guaranteed to learn about:
Cool foreign TV shows
What are the minimum requirements for being a language teacher? Select all that apply:
1. Low Pay
Many language teachers complain about being underpaid.
Pay will vary depending on where you teach.
The average salary for an English language teacher in Toronto, Canada for example is $49,307 a year. Keep in mind that Toronto is an expensive city, and usually schools in English speaking countries require a lot of education and experience.
Don't go into this field if money is a priority!
Depending on the country you're working in and the age of the students, you might find yourself working some pretty weird hours.
Your Monday schedule might look like this:
8:00am - 11:00am
12:00pm - 1:00pm
9:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday's schedule could be completely different.
Many schools hire language teachers just to fill gaps in scheduling left by other teachers. Or, your schedule might be based around students' work hours.
3. Social Energy Drainage
As a language teacher, you're going to be talking to people all day every day.
Depending on your personality type, this may actually be an upside!
But if you're the kind of person who just wants to get to work and do work, you might struggle with the amount of small talk you end up making as a language teacher.
Picture your day as a language teacher.
You meet a bunch of interesting people.
You plan out some fun activities.
You adjust to your changing schedule each day.
If this picture looks good to you...