Many schools in Germany do not ask for TESOL or TEFL certification. I got the job, yes, but without having gone through a proper teacher training course, my hours were scarce and I was very unprepared when my first student came by.
My First TESOL Job in Germany
My first student was a difficult one. He was a private student who wanted to learn English in two weeks, so he booked ten days’ worth of eight-hour lessons in hopes that he could become an excellent speaker, just like that.
This being my first time working with someone, I was nervous. I had no idea what to do. I did research and stayed up all night trying to figure out lesson plans and how to go about doing my job.
At the same time, I had it in the back of my head that without this job I had nothing, which really can add a lot of stress on a teacher.
Luckily I am a pretty smart guy and figured out how to organize the class. My only problem was delivery. I was having trouble talking to my student and having the confidence to tell him what to do.
I was a 20-year-old kid and he was a 56-year-old business executive with years of leadership under his belt. I started to let him tell me what he needed and that sort of went to him directing the class.
I knew what he needed yet I was too nervous to go against what he wanted. After the two weeks were over he complained and said that I lacked the experience necessary to teach him.
I agreed and promised my boss that I would work even harder and that I would not let the company down.
Teaching English in Germany with TESOL Certification
I enrolled in OnTESOL’s TESOL Certificate course and things started getting better somehow. I gained the confidence I needed to direct my students and train them. I discovered different ways of getting what I wanted from them.
I learned the techniques that I use now and will continue to use in the future. OnTESOL’s course is great for anyone who has little experience in teaching.
The course made me feel as if I was on a fast track to becoming a professional teacher.
It takes dedication and communication on your part, but with the help of your tutor, you can make it all happen! I am now living a perfect life, teaching, traveling, and just enjoying my experience in this new and beautiful country.