Posted 11/15/2016 in Alumni Q&A

Non-native English Speaker Q&A With Stephanie

Non-native English Speaker Q&A With Stephanie

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

What is your citizenship? Costa Rican

What city and state are you from? Heredia

What is your first language? Spanish

How old are you? 21

What is your education level and background? Currently studying at university

Have you traveled or lived abroad in the past? I have traveled, but never lived abroad.

If you have, where have you been? Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia

When and how did you learn English? I started learning when I was 12 years old, but I keep learning everyday. I went to a couple English courses.

What sparked your interest in being an ESL teacher? I enjoyed learning English and had really good teachers around me, so I wanted to keep going with the language.

What were some of your concerns before taking the TESOL course? Being around native speakers, who would definitely have some advantage when looking for a job.

What did your friends and family think about you taking the TESOL course?

They supported me a lot, and were really proud of me.


TEFL CLASS INFORMATION

Why did you decide to get TEFL certified and choose International TEFL Academy? Because I already had a lot of good references.

Which TEFL certification course did you take? Costa Rica August 2015

How did you like the course? I enjoyed it a lot. I got to meet really nice people and the classes were fun and helpful.


ADVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE NON-NATIVE ESL TEACHERS 

What advice would you give a non-native English speaker who is considering the TESOL course? Don't be afraid of taking the course.  It's an experience that will stay with you your whole life.  Enjoy it as much as you can, and take advantage of every single class.  There's a lot you can learn from the people around you.  The course is definitely something that will help you in your life and career.  Don't miss it!

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