1. Plan Great Lessons
Planning great lessons is crucial to surviving as a TEFL teacher. Show up at the school an hour a half to plan your lessons because great lessons takes time to create. Make sure your lessons are fun and are geared towards your student’s interests. Be sure to play a game each class that gets students up and out of their seats. Learning is not meant to be boring.
2. Be Friendly To Students/Staff
While teaching at the school, smile when you are around your students and staff. This will create a friendly environment and will make everyone feel comfortable. Attitude can be more important than being a perfect teacher.
3. Start And Finish Lessons On Time
Start and finish lessons on time because schools have a tight schedule. Also students attend many schools and will need to leave at the end of the class.
4. Stick To The Curriculum
Following the curriculum is very important when you are teaching. You are welcome to add your own creativity to your lessons but you should always stick to the topic from the textbook.
5. Don’t Miss Classes
Once a school hires you, you will be the only teacher at the school. It will be hard for you to miss classes because the school won’t have a teacher to replace you.