From Trinity CertTESOL Graduate to Teaching in Malta!

This English Teacher Training College alum had a wonderful time having sing-offs and dance offs with her fellow Student Teachers in the evening. After graduating with her TEFL certificate she was offered a job with the College. This opportunity evolved into an exciting career of teaching in English in exotic locations!

Did you find employment after completing your course at the English Teacher Training College of Austria? How long did it take for you to find employment in TEFL?

After my course I was offered a position at the ETTC – I started out as Assistant Operations Manager, but this evolved into Assistant Director of Studies. This was a hugely exciting job and I loved being able to train new TEFL teachers and help shape and direct the courses. I also had the opportunity to teach at the same time. After this I was in Malta with another TEFL provider and taught students from all over the globe for just over a month.

What’s your name?

Joanna Bingham.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Northern Ireland, but I have lived in many different countries. I am currently living and working in the United States.

How old are you?

28.

Did you complete the Beginner or Intermediate TEFL course at the English Teacher Training College?

I completed the Beginner TEFL course with ETTC which included the Trinity College London CertTESOL course.

When did you complete this course?

I completed my teacher training course at the English Teacher Training College between September and December of 2014.

How did you enjoy living in Austria?

I have lived in eight different countries now, and Austria is my favourite. I loved the people, students, culture, food, architecture and the incredible landscape! So many mountains and lakes! I have so many fun memories of my time there.

Share a fun story from your time as a Student Teacher at the college.

Choosing one fun story… Hmmm… We had an amazing group of Student Teachers when I was there. I remember having sing-offs and dance-offs at night with the songs we taught in the schools. We had so much fun and it was a fantastic way to learn and get comfortable with the songs and really put our own stamp on them. We also regularly used the activities on long car journeys. One of the sweetest moments I had was on my birthday, I was teaching in a very small school in a rural area and the students found out it was my birthday. When I came back from break they had made a collection of all their pocket money to give me as a birthday gift and they sang Happy Birthday for me. Of course I didn’t accept the gift, but I did have tears!

What did you find most challenging about the course?

During our course we were teaching a lot of hours and at the same we were completing our CertTESOL course. It was a lot to take on and learn simultaneously, but it really gave us a taste of teaching. I had previously completed my PGCE at Cambridge, so I understood the pressures of teaching and lesson planning but this was still very challenging.

What was the most valuable thing, professional or personal, that you learned during your time as a trainee?

Confidence – the course really gave me confidence in the classroom and out of the classroom too. Before travelling to Austria, if you had told me I would be standing in front of hundreds of people singing and dancing, I would not have believed you, but I did, so many times, and now I miss it!

Did you find employment after completing your course at the English Teacher Training College of Austria? How long did it take for you to find employment in TEFL?

After my course I was offered a position at the ETTC – I started out as Assistant Operations Manager, but this evolved into Assistant Director of Studies. This was a hugely exciting job and I loved being able to train new TEFL teachers and help shape and direct the courses. I also had the opportunity to teach at the same time. After this I was in Malta with another TEFL provider and taught students from all over the globe for just over a month.

What are you currently doing for employment?

I am currently working in something other than teaching, which is not my ideal scenario. I am working as Proposal Support Coordinator for a Geospatial Company. The plan is to get back to teaching though! It’s the dream!

How have you applied the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you acquired at the English Teacher Training College?

I saw the importance and value of the communicative approach in teaching – something I have implemented a lot since Austria and will certainly use in my future teaching career. It is vital that our students not only have the theoretical knowledge of language but they need to have the opportunities to use it in a practical way and we were able to provide those opportunities every day.

What is one piece of advice you would give future Student Teachers at the English Teacher Training College?

Work hard! Make the most of teaching AND living in Austria. Trains are such a simple, fun way of seeing the country and there are great deals available. You have a group of Student Teachers around you, so make the most of that, too. You can learn and bounce teaching ideas off each other. They are also a great source of support, as every Student Teacher has difficult days and difficult students

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