Seb, Beverley, and Asa talk about their teaching career so far and how to develop further as teachers.
If you have been teaching for a few years, you may have some of the following experience and qualifications:
- You have a TEFLI certificate in ELT/TESOL
- You have taught a variety of learners, levels and materials
- You have general experience of the EFL environment
- You may have taught overseas as well as in the UK.
You are beginning the process of dealing with the issues that arise in mid- and later career: of sustaining your own development and responding to changes in your context and profession. You may have some of these needs and goals:
- Starting a TEFL-Q course
- Developing teaching skills further
- Continuing to do a job you find satisfying and enjoyable
- Expanding teaching experience into different areas
- Increasing specialisation in ELT – young learners, business or another area.
You may also need to develop in some of these areas:
- Plan regular involvement in CPD
- Ability to reflect and self-analyse
- Organisation skills
- Resource development
- Time management
- Relationship/people management.
Your main way of developing at this stage is to start a TEFL-Q course. It is also possible that some TEFL Masters courses are relevant at this stage. Here are some other ideas for how to develop further:
- Extra training in specific areas
- Develop your knowledge and skills of English
- Participate in more events and networks with other teachers
- Get to know more resources for teaching English
- Experiment with new teaching ideas, methods and resources
- Observe TEFL-Q qualified teachers
- Learn about and develop your own strengths and interests
- Develop a specialisation in an area of ELT.