Posted on November 27, 2018 | By Isabelle Sudron
21st Nov 2018
Landing your first TEFL job is pretty exciting! But now you’ve signed the contract and booked your flight, it’s perfectly normal to feel a few fears. After all, you’re about to do a brand new job in a country you may never have even visited before. And you’re doing it all by yourself. Scary (and thrilling) stuff!
To help get your new life off to a flying start, we’ve pulled together our top 10 tips for new TEFL teachers.
#1 Research the school and local area before you go
The more you know, the more prepared (and excited) you’ll feel.
#2 Be TEFL ready
Pull together some brilliant materials in advance and those first few TEFL lessons will feel a whole lot less scary.
#3 Organise your arrival
Long plane journeys, jet lag and culture shock can be funny things, even if you’re normally a super confident traveller. Organise the basics before you go and make your landing as smooth as possible.
#4 Be ready for your first TEFL lesson
Double check everything in advance of your first TEFL lesson to avoid a last-minute panic on the day!
#5 Create a brilliant first lesson plan
Your structured TEFL lesson plan is your “avoid panic” guide – your crucial notes and list of activities that you can refer to if your mind goes blank.
#6 Get your TEFL lesson off to a strong start
Start your first TEFL lesson strongly and students will forgive an occasional wobble later on.
#7 Get your classroom TEFL ready
Lay out your classroom well and you’re already on the way to a great TEFL lesson.
#8 Get to know your students
Don’t be tempted to hide behind a desk nervously. Getting to know your students is a brilliant part of the TEFL experience.
#9 Keep learning
#10 Take time out
It’s not all about work! You’re in a fascinating new country full of amazing people. Take time to explore it.