My First Day Teaching English in Germany
My first day teaching English in Germany – a day I will never forget. It was at a company with about eight students. I was so nervous. The “big boss” from one of the language schools that I contract with came with me to introduce the course. He gave his speech in German and I only understood about three or four words – one of them was “Arbeitslos” which means unemployed. I came to realize later that he was only making a joke and actually gave me a great introduction, but at the time this only made me MORE NERVOUS!
So after his introduction, he said something like: “Okay. Have fun!” and then left. Then all of the students went silent and looked at me. This was quite scary. I felt like I was standing center in the stage of a large audience and had forgotten all my lines. I remember thinking to myself I have to do something and something fast. So I stood up, smiled, and introduced myself. I talked about my experiences, where I’m from, and how excited I am to be here teaching English. I then shifted and focused on the book and began my first lesson. In the end, I connected quite well to the class and even friended a few of the students on Facebook.
But, starting out it was quite scary. When I meet new English trainers/teachers they often ask: “How do you prepare for your first lesson?” I suggest that they get a feeling for the lesson material (usually involves a book or two), try to prepare for potential questions, and most importantly – relax! The two key things that I have learned from teaching English is that you need to be both prepared (mentally and physically) and flexible.
I have a question for all of the other English trainers and teachers.
What was your first day like? Do you have a TEFL Job in Germany (or TEFL-related job)?