To Give Back to Your Community
One of the reasons for becoming a teacher is to contribute to your community in a meaningful way. Teaching is one of the most direct ways to make an impact, and if you are driven by the desire to help those around you, being a teacher is an invaluable contribution.
An outlet for your creativity
The need to engage all students in learning calls upon a teacher to be creative in adapting and developing learning activities, and new technologies allow teachers to bring the world – even the universe – into their classrooms. The opportunities for trying new and exciting approaches are endless!
An environment that is never dull
Teachers will tell you that no two days are ever alike. The variety of people you come in contact with, the changing challenges, the daily discoveries all combine to make teaching an interesting and engaging adventure.
A job that keeps you young
Being surrounded by young people in the energetic environment of a school is a great way to keep your outlook youthful and to retain a sense of playfulness and possibility.
The chance to change the future
As the author Henry B. Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” Or, as teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe put it, “I touch the future: I teach.”
Everything is new
It does not matter if your class of beginners is made up of adults or kids, there will be a world of new material that you will be sharing with them. From moving their mouths around strange sounds to learning how to say “hello,” beginning students are often like sponges, and the new language you are teaching them will become a great point of interest.
Progress is more easily seen
Further along in language study, student frustration can arise because they cannot readily see their progress. This is not the case with beginning students! From the first day, when they learn to greet one another in their new language, through the weeks that follow, each class will offer them a milestone that they can easily mark and see.
Motivation is high
Think about how excited you were when you took your first language class. You were probably excited to meet new people who shared the same goals as you, that is, learning to communicate in a new language.
For adults, the motivation may come from their desire to start feeling more secure when traveling or finally getting that promotion the second language offers them. Younger students will be motivated to take part mainly because, in general, kids love to learn new things.