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April 22, 2005

Q & A - Are You Ever Too Old To Teach ESL?

Hello all,

One of the most common questions I've received in the question and answer section of this blog are those about age. People want to know if it's possible to teach at an...um, advanced age.

My response? Well, I guess it depends.

It's true that if an older lady or gentleman showed up for an interview in a beach town, they may be passed over for a teacher who would fit into the atmosphere a little better. On the other hand, if a school was dedicated to teaching its students the best that they could, and had a choice between a freshly certified twenty-year-old, and an experienced fifty-year-old who had dozens of raving recommendations, my vote would be for the older candidate.

Now, where does that leave the older person who wants to start a teaching career? Honestly, perhaps a little disadvantaged, but not entirely out of the game.

It is a misconception that schools hire based on looks only. (Yes, they do exist, but it's the exception except for certain areas.) And so, if you are truly interested in making a difference in student's lives, then go for it!

My experience? Students are there to learn, and they really don't care too much who they learn from--as long as it's from a good teacher.

And don't forget about the private class issue! If nobody will hire you, start your own school!

I will address this issue thoroughly in my next newsletter. Speaking of which, if you have anything you'd like to add to this topic, please drop me a line!

Now, let's play a little game. Can you guess how old I am? The person who guesses correctly will get to tell how they did it, and I'll post it right here on my blog!

Until next time,

Michelle

*To read more ESL Questions and Answers, please click HERE!

Posted by msimmons at April 22, 2005 10:04 PM

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