14 maio 2015 You know you’re an EFL teacher when …
1 You listen to songs, mainly paying attention to the lyrics for examples of language use you can practise in class.
2 You have a huge bank of useful but interesting general knowledge, entirely gleaned from coursebooks.
3 You gesticulate wildly all the time when speaking to people, something you learnt when trying to explain concepts such as ‘put off’ or ‘defeated’.
4 Your favourite type of YouTube clip is anything under three minutes which you can use in class.
5 You have never been without blu-tack since the start of your career.
6 You feel bad about what you put your teachers through in the past.
7 You’re no stranger to unpaid work, or as your boss likes to call it, ‘Good for you professional development’.
8 The words ‘teenage social programme’ strike fear into your very soul.
9 You have been asked at least once in your career when you plan to get a ‘proper job’.
10 When you say ‘PPP’ it’s not because you really need the loo.
11 You’ve pulled weird faces and made ludicrous sounds in front of rooms full of people, all in the name of ‘teaching pronunciation’.
12 You take your work (but not yourself) very seriously.
Do you have anything to add to this list? If so, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.