Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree in Geography, I had hoped to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Unfortunately, however, before I could begin the PGCE I underwent surgery leading me to take a year out. Whilst recovering from my operation I wanted to further my education and learning, and explored avenues in which I could do this. A close friend shared with me his positive experience completing the TEFL and teaching English, and so, upon further research I was enthralled by the course and the different modules available.
This course completely captivated me and furthered my motivation to become a teacher, albeit, now my main motivation is to teach English as a foreign language in South Korea. I would love the opportunity to teach EFL, as I truly believe my personality, traits and skillset as a person and a professional are inherently aligned with those of an outstanding EFL teacher.
Foremost, I have always been thoroughly interested in Asian culture. Developed through summers spent in Hong Kong, which is discussed in more detail below. South Korea appealed to me, as I have never been to the country before, thus, I am excited about the potential prospects and new challenges that come with a different lifestyle. The geography of South Korea also appealed to me, having many metropolitan cities as well as high relief throughout the country meaning ample opportunities for hikes and walks.
I believe the classroom is a living community and that everyone, from the principal, to the students, to the parents, must contribute in order to maintain a positive atmosphere. Everyone in the classroom contributes as a student, teacher, and a thinker. I learn from students as much as they learn from me. All students are individual and everyone learns in their own unique way.
Over the past number of years through tertiary education, I have developed excellent communication. For example, I have bolstered my ICT skills that will help to help explain material in the curriculum, in a variety of ways, to cater for the diverse learning needs of students. For example, when planning lessons I will make a conscious effort to ensure I am not just catering for visual learners like myself, but try to see lessons through other learners’ eyes. Therefore, I will implement and incorporate material to allow all learners within the classroom environment an equal opportunity when it comes to learning and absorbing knowledge.
I will implement self and peer assessment in everyday lessons, providing clear criteria and objectives for students to assess against, encouraging them to take more responsibility for their own learning. I believe providing continual feedback is of utmost importance as students attempt to meet their learning targets.