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I think I would like to be an English teacher.

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I am fourty-two years old with grown children. I have found myself at a point in life where I would like a change of pace. Recently I visited the local university to see what classes are available and which would be the best direction for me.

I enjoy literature, English, history, composition and creative outlets. Would you mind sharing with me the general requirements for one who is considering teaching as a vocation? I would also like to know about some of the challenges that are faced daily. I am sure there are questions that need answers that I am not asking. Please feel free to volunteer anything that you think I need to know!

Thank you,



Nov 24, 2007
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
My biggest piece of advice is to find out WHO you most like to work with.
Grade school? Teenagers? College age? Adults? They have quite different learning and behavior styles. I knew I was NOT cut out for grade school when I discovered that the reason so many kids were giggling was because Curt was chewing on my necktie!
Got out of that and several years later found myself teaching Accounting at a business college. That was so much fun I did it for about 20 years. Now at age 77 I am in Thailand, teaching English at a government university in the northeast provinces. A big challenge with their limited English skills but it sure beats retiring and being stuck with daytime TV.
Best of luck to you.
The Oregeezer
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