My name is Robert and once upon a time, I was an English teacher in a foreign land. Yep, it is what you would refer to as an ESL teacher. I have since retired, but I still think back on this time of my life as one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had and I really mean this. Teaching is a rewarding profession. But to go to a country that you have never been to before, like I did, and meet individuals who are eager to learn English and you are eager to teach them, it is a once in a lifetime experience.
But don’t be fooled by just the notion of going to another country as being some sort of exotic trip. Let me tell you from the frontline, teaching English as a foreign language is no easy task. You have to realize that the people you are teaching typically speak absolutely NO English, not even one word. And if you are like me, you didn’t speak their native language. So besides the normal challenges of teaching, you have a language barrier.
However, I am here to tell you that it can be done with some ingenuity, perseverance, and hard work. If you are considering a career as an ESL teacher, then this blog is for you.