Our previous Teacher Tuesday posts have focused on ways to support English as a second language (ESL) students in the classroom. Today we want to focus on the teacher.
Have you ever thought about teaching the English language in another country? CaMLA assessment specialist Sharon Pearce tells us what piqued her desire to teach ESL in Argentina.
I was a Spanish major in undergrad and toward the end of my program had this really awesome professor for one of my advanced conversation classes. He was from Venezuela and super passionate about teaching his native language—his class was not at all structured; he pushed us to talk about everything and anything, and our vocab lists came from times in the conversation when one of us couldn’t think of the right word or used the wrong word.
We also were always asked to do these impromptu speeches and debates—of course, always 100 percent in Spanish. It was very engaging and also kind of scary, because he was intense! But it was probably one of the best classes I ever took.
Anyway, I was really inspired by him and thought it would be really cool to be in his shoes—in another country, teaching my native language. So that’s how I ended up going back to school to do my master’s degree in linguistics and start teaching ESL.
My degree has given me the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings and with a diverse student population, both in the United States and in Argentina.
- Do you want to travel?
- Do you think you’d like teaching the English language?
- Have any teachers inspired you the way Sharon’s inspired her?
Education is fulfilling, meaningful work, and teaching English can open up the world for you.