Home Country: United Kingdom
After spending eight months teaching English in a secondary school in Northern France, Florence Miller is ready to get back in the classroom. “I have always loved travel, and have experience living independently in a foreign country, so I think I will adapt well to my surroundings and make a positive impact on the community,” she says. As a French and German student she has a flair for learning languages and feels comfortable in her ability to have a positive impact on students learning. “I think my past experiences have improved my teaching abilities, boosted my confidence, and given me valuable transferable skills which will be beneficial for the program.” But she knows getting the TEFL qualification under her belt would be of huge help.
Why are you passionate about teaching English abroad?
I have seen how beneficial it can be for students to learn English. Students love the opportunities that English skills offer, whether it’s the ability to understand their favourite Western song lyrics, or the chance to study abroad. I love how excited and appreciative students are about learning English, and it is very rewarding to teach!
English is the dominant language in business and pop culture worldwide, and the most popular official language. Around the world, English is needed for tourism, business, and Higher Education, but unfortunately many students just don’t have access to the required level of English education. As a French and German student, I really enjoy learning languages, and particularly love engaging with native speakers to improve and test myself. I enjoy exchanges and tandems, so it’d be a great opportunity to share my skills with others and experience another country’s culture.
What experience/skills can you apply to teaching English abroad?
After spending 8 months teaching English in a secondary school in Northern France, I am confident that I have developed teaching skills and learnt how to best engage a classroom of students with activities and lessons. I have particularly enjoyed mentoring struggling students, and helping them to reach their goals and become more confident in their abilities. I understand what motivates students to learn English, and what interests and challenges them most about the language. I am a passionate and engaging person who could really add value to this program and benefit the students involved.
Why do you believe you will be effective in teaching English abroad?
I have already been successful in teaching English abroad, and I have received positive feedback in my past teaching placements. I would love do it again and help students in another school.
I think my past experiences have improved my teaching abilities, boosted my confidence, and given me valuable transferable skills which will be beneficial for the program. I have always loved travel, and have experience living independently in a foreign country, so I think I will adapt well to my surroundings and make a positive impact on the community.
What are you looking to gain from the experience?
I look forward to the chance to travel to a country I have never visited before, and to explore the culture, language, and way of life of the area. Teaching and assisting at schools is something I enjoy, and I would like to gain more experience in this area. I would particularly like to gain the TEFL qualification, and to be able apply this to teaching on the program.
Travelling is my passion, and I have been interested in volunteering abroad like this, but probably would not be able to afford such a great opportunity without the scholarship.