I am new here and am looking for some honest advice from TEFL teachers and I thought this might be a good place to ask.
I have been considering taking a CELTA course for some time now but have always been quite apprehensive about getting up in front of a class. Last month, I decided to attend a TEFL taster weekend to give myself an idea of what the CELTA course would be like. I thoroughly enjoyed all the theory & learning about grammar and different types of lessons, but when it came to doing a 10 minute teaching practice in front of the other students on the course, I was a nervous wreck! Although I got through my lessons (unlike a few others on the course) I felt sick with nerves all the way through. My throat was dry, my voice wasn't loud enough, my hands were shaking, my blackboard writing was all wobbly and my knees were trembling so much that I was rooted to the one spot, holding onto the board all the way through. Everyone said that I appeared calm but I certainly didn't feel it. I noticed that other students seemed very natural and relaxed when they were doing their practice - almost like they had a talent to teach people.
I am not a naturally confident person. I really am quite introverted and shy and I wondered if perhaps this means that I would not make a good teacher. Obviously talking in front of a class is the main part of being a TEFL teacher so its important to be comfortable and confident doing so. Does this confidence come with practice to people, like me, who are shy, or should you already have it before you begin a course? I know I would be fine teaching people one-to-one, but I get so nervous at the thought of standing in front of a class...especially throughout the CELTA course where you are also being observed.
I know that I would enjoy the lesson preparations and the creativity involved and certainly being able to help people learn another language, but I don't know if I can get over the nerves I have about taking a class. Can anyone offer me some advice? Has anyone felt similar and managed to overcome their nerves, or do you think that it takes an already confident person to succeed in this field?
Sorry this post is so long! I have not been sure where to get some honest advice about this so thank you for any help that you are able to give me.
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