ESL Life: Living the EF life

ESL life is fun. You soon find you learn a lot. One thing you learn fast is not all institutions are equal. Check out our four part series on our experience at EF.

If you are going to do something, do it well. Anything short of that and you are wasting your time and your life. This is a hard lesson my mother taught me from a young age. She could taste the love even in my tea, or at least she said so. By love I don’t mean for her, I mean love for what I was doing. This is a lesson I have tried to hold with everything I do.

Nowhere is this love for what I am doing more visible than in my writing and  teaching. Ok, well I hope so, I have never had any complaints. Except for triangle (actual name), but he knows what he did.

I didn’t know it, but I was about to embark on three years of personal development like I had never before.

After 2 years teaching at UWC (University of the Western Cape) and then 5 years in Korea doing ESL, I found myself on the mysterious shores of China. I didn’t know it, but I was about to embark on three years of personal development like I had never experienced before. This development was not only a realignment of my personal life and goals, but also development of my teaching and professional acumen as a whole.

This time was spent teaching at English First. English First is one of, if not the most, successful English training school franchise in China. The company is 50 years old and has its roots in Sweden, where it goes under name Education First. It has a range of products one of which is ESL education. Hence why it is called English First. You can find English First in China, Russia and Indonesia. In China you find both franchise and owned schools. Ok now that you have an idea about EF, lets look at my time there.

I had spent 5 years repeating the same thing over and over again, and called it 5 years of experience.

Coming to EF, I was an experienced teacher, but I was a very average teacher. I had spent 5 years repeating the same thing over and over again, and called it 5 years of experience. To be honest I had, had 1 years experience 5 times, something that happens in some ESL countries. EF showed me a whole new world in teaching.

Coming to EF, I was an experienced teacher, but I was a very average teacher.

He loved them so much

Was not ready for the up, down and development I would go through over the next few years. Be on the look out for the next part of our journey. This journey would lead me from being an ok teacher, to a slightly better teacher, then senior teacher. My centre offered regular training and observation sessions, allowing for growth and development. Personal growth and development are exceptionally important for me. One of the reasons I stayed so long was because of the personal growth and development.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t always sunshine, rainbows and unicorn farts. A job is not a job if you don’t sometimes feel like stabbing someone in the eye. So soul leeching moments, happened but everyone tried their best to help soothe those moments. Something else which was great the community. I am a devout misanthrope but I have to say I enjoyed most of my colleagues, except…(You know who you are)

Anyway next time I will tell you a little more about teaching at EF.

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May 23, 2019

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