If you’ve ever thought about teaching English abroad, read about Heather’s unexpected day as a primary teacher in Spain:
As part of my semester here in UVic, I have elected to take a module in Education. As I enjoyed the opportunity of teaching in my French lycée so much in Normandy, I thought the idea of trying out teaching in a Spanish school only made sense. What is even better is that here in UVic, because it is a course run by the university, I get credits for the work I will do. There will be a few pieces of coursework to hand in, and lesson plans to submit, but I will be guided throughout the semester, and be working with teachers.
What I wasn’t prepared for was being a “supply teacher” here as well. One of my friends has found a non-uni related job, teaching English to kids in a local language school. When one of the regular teachers at this place fell ill, there was a frantic search around Vic for English speakers with teaching experience. A few quick Whatsapp messages later, and I find myself in front of a class of 12 year-olds, with about ten minutes of preparation time.
The phrase “thrown in at the deep end” hasn’t ever had as much significance for me.