There are many things that come to your mind when it comes to teaching English abroad or in your country. One of them is the fear and self-doubt that you may not be a good teacher. Although nothing can change your personality and make you a good teacher, here are the most frequent fears that teachers have before their first English lesson and tips how to deal with them.

Lack of Respect

What if my students won’t listen to me? What if they refuse to do what they’re told? Well, most importantly, you should never show your students insecurity or a lack of confidence. From the very first moment you enter the classroom and stand in front of your students, you should put a smile on your face and show as much positivity as you can. And even if you are not completely confident at first, don’t show it. Your students want to see a cheerful and motivating teacher, not a bundle of nerves.

You can boost your confidence by a detailed preparation for the class. This way you will find it easier to have a control over a situation. However, make sure your lessons are natural and you are able to improvise to some extent. Students can always have some tricky questions for you and you should not panic just because you didn’t expect to be asked such questions.

  • What if I don’t know the answer to the tricky questions?

Do not worry about admitting it. You can always say that it would be better if you planned a proper lesson on it. Your students will not think any less of you if you admit that you don’t want to confuse them and thus you’d prefer to give them a precise and elaborate answer in one of your next lessons.

Will I be a good teacher?

TEFL courses aim to create teachers that are inspiring, helpful and encouraging. You will learn teaching techniques to make your students interested and eager to find out more. You should try to connect with your students rather than someone who explains grammar and meanings of idioms in a robotic way. Show some enthusiasm and dedication to what you’re doing. You can have many certificates proving your qualification but this means nothing if you don’t know how to get your students’ attention or how to make English lessons interesting and fun.

What do I do if I make a mistake?

Everybody makes mistakes. Always make admit a mistake if you’re caught by your students and if you realize that you have given your students wrong explanations or information, get back to it and present information that will be more accurate. Do not be a hypocrite and do not try to save your face. Instead of that, show that you are just a human being!