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