Meet our Tutors - Tim
- How did you get into teaching English as a foreign
I was travelling and wanted to keep going and so I needed to
- Where in the world have you most enjoyed
Portugal because I was working in a particularly rural area
and the people were really lovely and kind. Everybody knew me and
valued my work.
- What's the worst tense to teach?
Present perfect because many European languages confuse this
with the past simple.
- How did it feel to stand up in front of a class for the
I was really nervous. When I walked in the door and saw all
those faces looking at me, I just didn't know what to do even
though I had it all planned on paper.
- What's your favourite food?
- What's the most interesting thing that has happened to
Arriving in Portugal with a suitcase, 20 pounds and not
speaking any Portuguese! I spent half my money getting to a hostel
and the rest on the first night in the hostel. Luckily enough I got
a job the next day and the school gave me a small
- What is your
best TEFL experience?
When a tall, 20 year old man suddenly bear hugged me in the
street and lifted me off my feet. I didn't know what was happening,
and he said; "It's me Alfonso!" A student I taught as a boy and
hadn't seen for 8 years!
- What is your
worst TEFL experience?
The one and only time I didn't plan a lesson. It was the
longest hour and a half ever!
- Do you have any good advice for anyone who is about to
head out abroad to teach English?
Plan your lessons! It does get easier and you can recycle
the good ones. Reflect on your teaching. After every class ask
yourself what went well and where you could improve.