My Journey to TEFL

Teacher Christelle uncovers her journey into the TEFL industry and reveals how, ultimately, TEFL has been her calling from early on.

Teacher Christelle in Action

TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language 

How did I get to be an English teacher at the UCT English Language Centre here in Cape Town? It’s a very convoluted journey …with a happy ending! 

At the age of 21, my soul knew what I wanted to do – Teach English anywhere in the world.  After university, I did a TEFL course and off I went on my travels…..but then this and that happened…and I got distracted.  Next thing I know, I’m 35 and working in an insurance company.  HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? At this point, I’d completely forgotten what my younger self knew so categorically!

So I looked back at my career and asked myself three questions: 
What DO I love about my job?
What do I regret NOT doing?
And who do I ADMIRE most in my life? 

And I realised that these are the situations / skills / values / people that I wanted in my life:  Training, coaching, mentoring, working with language (both written and verbal), figuring things out (language is a BIG puzzle), building relationships, people from all over the world, and explaining that in clear language to other people.

After much soul-searching, my brain reminded me that I originally wanted to teach English, and guess what, TEFL fulfills ALL the above criteria.

So I retrained and completed my TEFL course and started working in London gaining experience.   Various travels bring me to Cape Town, where I furthered my teaching resume and now work at the UCT English Language Centre.   

Aren’t I a lucky woman?  I work for a top university, UCT, in the best city in the world (officially!), Cape Town,  with the best people (teachers and students), in the best job in the world! 

If you would like to teach TEFL, check out our website.  Next course runs 13th June!

Happy Teacher Christelle
Happy Teacher Christelle

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