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Teaching around the world

Video of teachers talking about where they teach
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What was your first job? My first job was in a private language school in London. And you? Well I worked in a private language school as well but in Munich. OK. Nice! What kind of learners did you teach? Well I taught, really, a selection of learners in that first job. I taught mostly adults but some were business English learners so they were studying English because they wanted it for their jobs. Some were just general English, learning it to go on holiday or whatever. I actually also ran courses in English for tourism but later on when I moved job and went to work in a college of further education, there I taught learners who were immigrants.
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They’d come to the UK to learn English because they were intending to live here so that was a slightly different kind of learner, an ESOL learner. Hong Kong was a really good fun place to be, it’s a good wage as well. So you know I had a very good quality of life while I was there. We work hard but you know there’s also lots of time to do things you enjoy doing as well. It’s very easy to travel to mainland China and it’s a good place to start off, I think. So I started teaching in Brazil, which is where I am from originally.
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I had a year at a small private school on the outskirts of Seville with much younger children. Previously it was young adults or, you know, fully grown people and then for a year I was teaching pre-teens and teens, so it was a very different experience. I did that for a year and had a lovely time.

The expression ‘the world is your oyster’ applies to English language teaching more than any other profession. You can choose to teach in your own country, or you can travel to another country to teach. You might find yourself teaching a large class of primary school learners in Vietnam, or a small group of business people in a company, or maybe a group of mixed-nationality teenagers as part of a summer school.

Watch Monica, Marie Therese and other teachers talking about the country and the type of school they’ve taught in. Did any of them teach in a place that you’d like to work in?

Task

While you listen, make a list, or complete a table like this one about where they taught and who they taught. You can write the answers down in a word document, or on paper. Using the chart and your own ideas, think about where you would like to teach. What age group do you think you’d enjoy working with? Would you prefer to work in a school or in a business environment, for example? And which part of the world interests you? Tell us where you would like to teach by completing this short survey. Find out where other people would like to teach by looking at the survey results here.

The responses to this survey are anonymous and the survey is managed by Cambridge Assessment English.

Task

What did you think about this survey activity? Teachers sometimes use surveys with their learners. Do you think it’s a good idea? What would you use surveys for with your learners? Let us know your ideas in the comments. Read other participants’ comments and ‘like’ the ideas you find interesting.

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