I am a Native English speaker from America currently enrolled in the Winter Course of the English Teacher Training College at the Austrian Bilingual Classroom Initiative, where I am studying to obtain the Trinity College London Cert-TESOL and Cambridge University CELT-P certifications. During this six-month course, I have been teaching full-time at different primary, middle, and secondary schools throughout Austria each week, and have thus far gathered over 150 hours of teaching experience in the classroom. By the end of the course in February 2018, I will have earned both certifications and gained over 300 hours of real classroom teaching experience with students ranging from ages 6-22 and English levels A1-B2. I will also have planned, executed, and reflected upon my own lesson plans with qualified English teachers.
I have had various experiences working with children at volunteer programs, summer camps and academic programs, and fully understand the importance of rapport-building and patience when working with young people. Furthermore, I have just completed a Masters of Science in clinical psychology, and am especially qualified when it comes to working with learners who have intellectual or learning disabilities. Both my previous experiences and background in psychology have equipped me with outstanding traits necessary in the classroom, such as understanding, adaptability, and resilience. I am a firm believer that environment plays a pivotal role in student development, and possess the qualities needed to construct a learning environment which will maximize student potential. I have exceptional organizational skills, welcome constructive criticism, and am always receptive to feedback.
Lastly, I am an avid traveler, always welcoming any opportunity to experience new culture. Having lived in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Austria, I am highly adaptive to different settings and anticipate no problems settling into a new environment. This particular position is especially exciting for me because I grew up in an Asian (Cantonese-speaking) household but have never been to Asia.
I am confident that I can offer you the skills needed to be an EFL teacher that strives to bring out the best in students, both academically and developmentally.