It could very well be September 15 where you are, however.
Yeah, I’m here in America, and have been for more than 2 years now. My teaching days ended in the spring of 2013.
I’m willing to be that for some of you, your ESL teaching career has just begun.
Let’s not call it a career – let’s call it a journey.
It’s been a journey so far.
- Perhaps you’re way over in the Middle Kingdom like I was. China is an interesting place, and can take some time to get used to.
- Maybe you’re in Russia, just beginning to feel the pinch of winter…for I’m not sure if there’s an autumn in that country.
- It could be you’re sweating something fierce down there in Thailand, hitting the beaches up in the evenings and on the weekends, drink in hand.
- I bet you might be in Korea, the South of course, and having quite a blast in those advanced metropolises…or small hamlets.
- The UK is a fine place, and I bet some of you hail from there. Yep, ESL is taught in English-speaking countries.
- France has a sizable ESL-teacher-contingent, for there’s plenty of migration from the former colonies of Africa.
- I bet you could even be south of the border, down there in Mexico.
I know that you’re in one of those places most likely. I know this because I can track my site’s analytics.
Yeah, you’ll get bummed out quite a bit your first year of teaching.
It could be the culture shock or just the sheer difficulty of teaching English to students that often aren’t the best behaved.
Hey – you’re out there in the world, you’re doing it!
Most people are afraid to leave their country. You’ve already done what so many couldn’t.
I bet you’ll continue to impress yourself as the year continues. Hang in there – you can do it!