Teaching ESL

New member here!!
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Author:  benny1380 [ Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:56 am ]
Post subject:  New member here!!

Hi all

Newbie here, just joined the forum after endless searching on the net to find a forum and somewhere I can ask questions!

I have been browsing around and searching to see if any of my questions have already been answered but it doesn't seem they have so I will crack on and start a new post soon!

I'm a former engineer, moved away from the UK to teach in a private school in Slovakia, mainly for a change of pace and to be with my girlfriend out here. I have been teaching here now for 1.5 years and have mixed feelings about it! ;)

I teach a mixture of students ranging from huge companies to individual lessons and groups of young kids. I guess the attraction of me being a native speaker helps a bit.

I look forward to finding my answers and maybe helping out some others!

Author:  mesmark [ Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New member here!!

Benny - Sounds exciting! I followed my wife to Japan and have been here 15 years now. Teaching can be difficult but also very rewarding. I'm sure that if you are attracting a lot of work that it probably has to do with your ability to teach, not just that you are a native speaker.

What have you found the most interesting about living there in Slovakia?

Author:  benny1380 [ Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New member here!!

Well, I have been with my girlfriend for around 7 years so I knew about the food and basic culture. But living here was a completely different experience!

I guess the biggest thing I realised was how family orientated most people are. The working day starts early but most people are finished at 3 or 4pm ish to go home and spend time with their families. Which can only be a good thing!

Getting my Slovak ID card and permission to work and stay etc. was very hard, everything is paper based and I had to fill out 11 pages for my ID card! And that's the same in the banks. But the basic culture isn't a huge difference for me, I can imagine living in Asia is a huge difference!

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