My first lone English Teaching experience

It’s actually been quite a while since I wrote anything about English Teaching or EFL, but I’ve just kind of been knuckling down with my job here in London at the moment. But, this all changed last month, as I have been given the opportunity to teach English as part of the IRMO in South London.

The Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO) is a charity which focuses on helping refugees and migrants from South America and supporting them in their new life London. This involves everything from jobs and housing to language and integration, and I am very excited to be part of their amazing work.


IRMO has been working with Indoamerican communities in London for 30 years. (Picture from IRMO)

Now, when I say “lone English Teaching experience”, I don’t mean that I’m actually alone alone. No, I mean that this is my first teaching position outside of the CELTA course which was incredibly nerve wracking for me even though I was excited to get stuck in.

“What if I don’t prepare enough?” “What if I don’t have the answer?” “What if I do something wrong?”

All these questions were swimming around in my head last week before my first class, and do you know what? They were all completely unnecessary; I was absolutely fine! The students (all of varying ages and nationalities) were all so friendly and really keen to learn; they were also pleased to meet me as well!


Families from IRMO’s Latin American Family Project participating in the Horniman Museum’s carnival, September 2015. (Photo from IRMO)

It was a two hour lesson, and the longest I’d ever taught for, but I settled very quickly into the classroom environment. As for not preparing enough, I actually prepared too much and instead let the students lead me through their own discussion and opinions which they were very open and relaxed in talking about. We even had a couple of laughs!

It was, in all, so rewarding, and it has definitely fired my passion for teaching. If you are also a new English teacher, I would recommend some volunteer to help you ease into the working world without too much of the pressure. It really is highly rewarding and I’ve already met some amazing people. I can’t wait to see how I develop as a teacher and what the rest of the term brings!


All of the above images are from the IRMO website where you can also find more information about the charity, their work and how to get involved as well.

7 thoughts on “My first lone English Teaching experience

  1. Michael says:

    I remember the first time I had to teach in a real classroom. Despite the air conditioning I was sweating. Thankfully the students couldn’t really understand me because I was stuttering from the nerves.

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  2. verilesr says:

    That’s so interesting to read and nice to see I’m not alone! I’m an English teacher as well, only just starting to really teach in classrooms and so nervous every time! But as you said, in the end you realise the nervousness is just wasted energy as most of the time everything goes well anyway! πŸ™‚ Excited to hear more!

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