Teaching English as a Second Language
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4 Gaining Experience
Some face-to-face courses include actual teaching practice (with real ESL learners). This is helpful because when you graduate you are not only qualified but experienced too. However, if your course doesn’t include real classroom teaching, don’t despair; there are plenty of opportunities to gain that all-important initial experience.
Perhaps your locality has volunteer programmes for learners of English. Such programmes are nearly always grateful for new volunteer teachers. If you live somewhere where there are a lot of ESL learners, advertise your services as a private teacher.
Alternatively, look for language exchange partners. this is an arrangement whereby you teach someone English in return for them teaching you their language. Not only will you get experience, but it can also be valuable to put yourself in the learner’s shoes. You can also make some good friends.
If you’re hoping to travel abroad, why not look for some penpals (or e-mail pals) in your intended location? If you’re hoping to travel abroad, why not look for some penpals (or e-mail pals) in your intended location? You can get some experience helping them with their English, as well as making some friends to show you around when you arrive.
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