Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Five: Feelings Every* EFL Teacher Has Had

Feelings: aside from psychopaths and robots, we all have them. As an EFL teacher, I find myself in loads of awkward, hilarious, annoying, and high-five-worthy situations every day - so for today's Friday Five, I thought I'd share some of the feelings I commonly experience on the job. Sure, I could have written in detail about it all, but sometimes you just have to let Jim Carey and friends do the talking(/miming).

5. The overwhelming urge to giggle when reading a student's carefully written work.

This is my favourite thing any student of mine has ever written.
This is the same expression I made when they showed it to me. I want to be somebody's favourite face, too.
4. The sense of loss when, five minutes before your first class:
"Annabelle, all your classes are cancelled today"

3. The panic when, five minutes before the first class of the day:
"Annabelle, you have five extra classes today. Starting now."

2. The indignity when a non-native speaker corrects your English.

Turns out if you respond like this once, nobody ever corrects you again.
1. The combined happiness/surprise when students laugh at your lame jokes.

Being an EFL teacher is a lot more like being Miss Chanandler Bong than you'd think.
*By every, I mean some. Every sounds better. Don't freak out about it.

Have you had any experiences like these, or did I miss a typical one off the list? I have loads more of these I want to share, so let me know in the comments below!

- Annabelle


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I've been a high school English language teacher on the JET Programme since August 2013. Read about my experiences, advice on being accepted into the JET Programme, and travel tips around Japan on my blog:


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