My first ESL teaching job: Guayaquil, Ecuador (online)

Good news, everyone! I just landed my first ESL teaching job. I’ll be teaching online from my home in Mexico for International House in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (International House is the same organization that trained me.)

My first class will be an four-week Elementary class for about five young adults, Tuesday through Friday for two hours a day, starting July 21. There’s a good chance that it will go beyond the four weeks if everyone is happy with the class, but with all the COVID-19 stuff we’re not planning too far ahead.

Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to it! Of course I’m a little nervous too, but the director of the school assures me I have nothing to worry about. I’ve been well trained, and my tutor in Mexico gave me a glowing recommendation. Plus, the director says, if I truly connect with the students, everything else will take care of itself. In our last meeting, he shared some words of wisdom from a colleague of his: “You can train a nice person to be a good teacher, but you can’t train a mean person to not be an asshole.” I think I qualify. 🙂

5 Replies to “My first ESL teaching job: Guayaquil, Ecuador (online)”

  1. I am happy that you are teaching! I think you will be riveted to and/or by your lesson planning and execution for awhile. We know that teaching is a wonderful endeavour, and you are already a good teacher, and a devoted one. Your class is fortunate and I know that you will be happily helpful. I have had many good teachers over the years and you are one of them!

  2. Thank you, everyone, for all of your kind words. The first week went great! And yes, Barb, I’m hewing very close to my lesson plan. 🙂

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