Quite simply, if I hadn’t worked as a teacher with English Summer camps in Spain during my university days, I wouldn’t be in the fantastic career that I‘ve found now. The unforgettable experiences I had under the Froggy banner have led me on an unexpected, yet amazing journey.
After my first term in Poblet as a languages student, nearly six years ago, I would never have expected to now be teaching 3 to 9-year olds immersion English at a local Chinese school in Hong Kong. The confidence you gain and the classroom management and lesson preparation skills you learn at English Summer are invaluable wherever the TEFL adventure takes you.
Standing in front of 40 restless Cantonese 5-year olds dressed as a Giant Panda can be, needless to say, a bit daunting on your first day at school. Once you’ve taken a deep breath and remembered how great the first class at English Summer was, there’s no going back. Who knew teaching the alphabet in an animal costume would be so successful!
As well as confidence, English Summer also taught me how to keep a class engaged through classroom management. It can be as simple as getting the students to work in pairs, swap partners or compete in teams. Whether the students’ first language is Catalan, Castilian or Chinese, the results are still as effective. Completing a TEFL qualification does help with the theory behind this, but there’s nothing like doing it first hand in a red shirt.
I found the freedom given to think outside the box and practice preparing for lessons at English Summer more than helpful, not only in Kowloon, but also when taking the Trinity TESOL Certificate. Teaching staff are always on hand to help with planning and sharing ideas at the camps and there are still some popular lessons I’m looking forward to trying out 6,000 miles away from Tamarit.
With 2013 already here, I can’t wait to get back to the camps this summer for more classes and “fiestuki” with everyone.