CVN: So, Nobs, what’s the story? How did you get started in TEFL?
NX: I finished my degree and I wanted to study something, so I applied and I got into a PGCE course at Rhodes for a year. I taught for a year nd then I moved and went to Johannesburg. I was involved in a programme called the Job Creation Trust Programme (JTC), which taught English, French and Tourism. And sometimes I got a bit bored in the afternoons, so I asked the English teacher if I could help out.
CVN: And who were they teaching?
They were teaching South Africans, teaching English to second-language speakers, and they ran Saturday courses. So I got involved in that, and eventually I started working there. One of the conditions for me to help and to teach was that I would have to do a TEFL course. And that’s how things just sort of fell into place.
And since then I’ve been teaching English to South Africans and English to foreigners. I moved to Stellenbosch after I got married and was teaching at the University there, and then I moved here to Cape Town a few months ago and started working at ELC.
CVN: So, essentially, you were bored so you went and helped the English teacher?
NX: (Laughing) Well, I enjoyed language – I studied linguistics at university – and I enjoy teaching, so it just made sense.
CVN: But that’s often how it is, you know, I like teaching, what can I teach? That’s what kind of happened to me too…
So, what do you love most about your job?
NX: Well, one of the aspects is that I haven’t had the opportunity to travel, but with the students I go everywhere!
CVN: The world comes to us!
NX: Exactly! I depend on them to take me to the different countries.
CVN: That is such a beautiful perspective…