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TEFL Summer job

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by pzlucas, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. In my uncertainty of whether there would be any music teaching jobs in September (I have just completed my PGCE year), I decided to sign up for some TEFL teaching in the summer. Luckily, I have managed to secure a job at an Outstanding school with a Performing Arts specialism which I'm really happy about.

    I thought that teaching over the summer would be good experience and a positive environment as pupils from abroad would 'want to learn'. However, I have only been teaching for 3 days and one of my classes contains some 'charming' pupils who are consistently late for lessons, yawn in front of me, talk in French about me (I understand them so find it quite hurtful), check their phones throughout the lesson. I know I should be professional and not let their rudeness bother me as essentially this may be my experience in my NQT year, but I am close to 'giving up' as I would like to enjoy my summer and at present, I am feeling a bit stressed out about the amount of planning I'm doing when I should really be preparing for my big, important job in September.

    In addition, in their feedback after teaching them for 2 days, one of these pupils put that the lessons were 'poor' - I realise that I cannot please everyone as there are other pupils who put 'very good', but its not given me the greatest self-esteem going into my new school in September.
     
  2. In my uncertainty of whether there would be any music teaching jobs in September (I have just completed my PGCE year), I decided to sign up for some TEFL teaching in the summer. Luckily, I have managed to secure a job at an Outstanding school with a Performing Arts specialism which I'm really happy about.

    I thought that teaching over the summer would be good experience and a positive environment as pupils from abroad would 'want to learn'. However, I have only been teaching for 3 days and one of my classes contains some 'charming' pupils who are consistently late for lessons, yawn in front of me, talk in French about me (I understand them so find it quite hurtful), check their phones throughout the lesson. I know I should be professional and not let their rudeness bother me as essentially this may be my experience in my NQT year, but I am close to 'giving up' as I would like to enjoy my summer and at present, I am feeling a bit stressed out about the amount of planning I'm doing when I should really be preparing for my big, important job in September.

    In addition, in their feedback after teaching them for 2 days, one of these pupils put that the lessons were 'poor' - I realise that I cannot please everyone as there are other pupils who put 'very good', but its not given me the greatest self-esteem going into my new school in September.
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Think of it as an opportunity to get your standards & behaviour management clear in your own mind for September. Its a trial run and means you'll be even better and less likely to make mistakes in your new post. Are they choosing to go or is it like school? If the latter you need to get some behaviour management strategies in place. Good luck, you CAN do this. xx
    (Did you have to do a TEFL course for that post? I don't have a post for Sept so am looking at options... Thanks)
     
  4. valeriejayne

    valeriejayne New commenter

    I shouldn't worry too much about it: many students at TEFL summer schools are notoriously unmotivated. Many resent being sent away from their families and friends and are only there for the social aspect. Often they take advantage of the more laid back aspects compared to their normal school experience as they are on holiday.
    Let them know that you can understand what they say and they should be polite or there will be consequences. Make sure you know what the consequences will be (go through this with your Senior Teacher or Director of Studies). Appeal to their better natures where possible and draw up a class contract about phones, timekeeping etc. Bribe them with sweets when they keep to the rules! Remember, it's not at all like normal teaching where you have to be really tough all the time.
    Finally, don't give up. Often teachers think TEFL is an easy option but it brings its own difficulties. Use the social activities as a way to bond with them and be friendly and professional whenever possible. It will be totally different in September, this is something you should try to enjoy separate from normal teaching!
     

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