Meryl Davidson completed her TEFL course with the English portfolio at the SU Language Centre and then went on to teach English in South Korea for two years. Meryl’s TEFL qualification allows her to teach English as a foreign language locally and abroad. We asked Meryl a few questions about this enriching experience of travelling and working overseas.
What made you decide to do TEFL?
I decided to do TEFL when I was at a place in my life where I wasn’t finding permanent work in South Africa, I was getting older and needed to sustain myself. I also had a very deep desire to travel, so I thought this was the perfect option for me.
Which doors did your TEFL qualification open for you?
I spent two years teaching English in South Korea. I also travelled the whole Southeast Asia in those two years – something not many people get to say.
I came to see the world from a whole new perspective and it was indeed a life-changing experience. I would not have been able to do this without my TEFL qualification.”
I’m incredibly passionate about travel and surrounding myself with different cultures and traditions. I built lasting friendships and bonds, and I am still in contact with most of the people I met during my time abroad. I also thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in Asian culture and doing things the way they do. For example, when I came back to South Africa, it was very hard for me NOT to remove my shoes before entering my or anyone else’s home!
In what ways did your TEFL course prepare you for your job?
The TEFL course I did with the SU Language Centre was an incredibly intensive programme that stretched over four weeks. In those four weeks we were prepared for any and every possible classroom scenario that may occur in an English foreign language classroom. Nothing can truly prepare you for life abroad until you experience it for yourself, however, the TEFL course certainly prepared me for what to expect in the classroom in many ways.
Could you share three reasons why you think doing the TEFL course and working abroad is something that one should consider?
- There is no feeling more liberating than deciding for something more or different when that is what you truly desire.
- It changes you in a way that you cannot begin to imagine. Your thinking, your perspective and your worldview changes. Everything you think you know, disappears.
- Your independence is your greatest asset. There is no better way to become independent than by entering the unknown by yourself. Stop letting the world out there be one you only hear of. Go see it for yourself!
Would you like to do a TEFL course?
You’re in luck: our next full-time course starts on 20 November and our next part-time TEFL course starts on 22 January next year, and we still have a place for you. But you’ll have to apply by 10 November for the full-time course, and 20 December for the part-time course. We also have more offerings next year.
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