ESL Teaching – Attitude matters more than skills
“Last month, I heard someone saying that to be successful in a job, you would need 98% attitude and 2% skills. In terms of ESL Teaching, I would change the percentage to 100% attitude and 0% skills. I say that for a reason – if you have the attitude to teach, you can always hone your skills in teaching to be qualified for one of the ESL Teaching jobs.
That said, the importance of you being a certified teacher to apply for ESL Teaching Jobs cannot be undermined. In fact, it is the sole criterion in most cases for you to qualify for being selected in ESL Teaching Jobs. Does that mean that you being certified in ESL Teaching will make you the best ESL Teacher in the world? Let’s find out.
ESL Certification gets you to a point of eligibility where you could apply for ESL Teaching Jobs. For example, English Jobs Japan would not consider you if you are not a certified and trained teacher in English. For the newcomers, English Teaching Jobs in Japan is the list of ESL Teaching jobs in Japan. Once you get the job, you can thank for you being certified. That’s where it almost comes to an end.
ESL Teaching jobs are more of challenges and how you adapt to the challenges. To be honest, you could be a well trained English Teacher teaching English as a First language. All that could come to a zero when you consider that the set of challenges posed to you in ESL Teaching Jobs is completely different. In ESL Teaching Jobs, you would be up against an audience that does not English quite well. You would have to put up with making them understand English. Worse still, your instructions cannot be comprehended by your students as English has never been their first language.
Additionally, you would also have to face the mindset of people. As said before, not everyone would be susceptible to the change management that you are planning to bring about. For example, in English Jobs Japan the toughest thing to teach students is the harsh sounding words. Historically, the Japanese are known to be the friendly people on earth. Teaching them the harder words would need you to optimize your skills. More importantly, after a point of time it will be your perseverance that will make the deal for you.
Last but not the least, patience bears fruit in ESL Teaching Jobs. Before you get down teaching, please note that you will be teaching people who are naïve to English. Hence, you would be required to be extremely patient and passionate to your job to get the best results.
With the above discussion, you can easily see that attitude is the most important facet to ESL Teaching Jobs. You could still do with the lack of skills that could be built by your attitude to learn. And it is this attitude that will help you succeed in ESL Teaching jobs.”