7 Super Powers that TEFL Teaching Gives You

You just thought you were signing up for a year of teaching abroad. Little did you realise that you were going to get the equivalent of an iron man suit thrown in for free.

Remember to use your newfound powers for good, not evil.

OK, so your new powers aren’t that dramatic. No leaping tall buildings in a single bound, or web slinging. But they’re pretty cool nonetheless, with no radioactive goo required.

Check out the list below – how many have you developed so far?

TEFL Teaching Super Powers

1. Hulk Transformation

TEFL Teaching Super Powers

You’re normally a mild mannered TEFL teacher, until pushed too far. One false bathroom request too many, the rage starts to descend and suddenly – RAAAARGH! You hulk out, beating your chest and bellowing at your class in an uncontrollable rage as the walls shake. They sit, stunned. One kid wets themselves.

Hey, what did you expect, they’re only four years old.

2. Extra Sensory Perception / Predicting the Future

You just know that that little brat in the corner is about to flick a spit ball across the room. You just know it. You turn to write on the board, then spin round and glare at him with his arm raised. BOOM! Caught in the act.

How did you do it? TEFL training, baby, TEFL training.

3. Extreme Improvisation

The printer breaks just as you’re about to print twenty worksheets for the next class. You’re setting up your interactive whiteboard before class and it irrevocably breaks. Your whiteboard pens dry up 10 minutes into the lesson. Then the lights go out.

Hey, no problem. Just another day at the office as you crank out another stellar lesson without breaking a sweat. Easy.

4. Understand a Foreign Language Without Study

OK, so you don’t know exactly what your students are saying. But you instantly know whether they’re working on topic or messing around. Most of all you know when your students are muttering about you. Instant Google translate (practically).

5. Unbeatable Lie Detection

You know without fail if students are telling the truth. Students accuse you of being unfair because you don’t punish everyone equally. That’s right – you punish only the wicked.

What they don’t know is that you have an FBI interrogator’s ability to recognise minute twitches of facial muscles to determine innocence or guilt.

6. Pain Endurance

TEFL Teaching Super Powers Hangover

These guys are teaching in 5 minutes. The monkey too.

The ability to continue to work (semi) effectively with a near-crippling hangover. ‘Nuff said.

7. Rock Star Status

By the mere act of strolling down the street you transform into a rock star. Not by anything you do, but just the mere fact of being Western. In some TEFL teaching countries, Western = Rockstar. Learn to love it but don’t expect it when you return home.

Have you experienced any others? Leave a comment below to let me know if you have.

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Comments

  1. Jason says

    Hi David,
    as always, these posts are entertaining as well as informative. Please publish.
    That said, I am slightly uncomfortable with the last point “Rockstar status”….I know what you mean, we’ve been there, but for those with less or no ESL experience. I would add a few more warning words about this point given that it can be quite “controversial”.
    Personally, I rarely felt that way but I have unfortunately seen many abuse of this “superpower” (source of endless discussion…sure)
    Thank you
    Keep posting
    Visit my facebook page “Legacy International Education” in HK…I might invite you over in the future for a seminar or something. Let me know whenever you pop by Hong Kong :)

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