Today there are exactly 16 weeks until my next trip to Thailand and to my journey of volunteering with Isara starts. I am very excited about it, as always, but at the same time I feel a bit nervous and I am in some ways starting to doubt my ability to teach. I don’t doubt my English skills. I know my English is very good. My grammar is good, my pronunciation and vocal skills are very good and so on.
To my advantage I have that I am a non-native with a very neutral accent and that I have learnt a second a third and a fourth language. I am fluent in three languages and learnt one of them (Spanish) as an adult and I know German on a basic level. This gives me better awareness of the difficulties and problems that students might face while learning a second language.
But will I be a good teacher? Do I possess the ability to get a whole class of students to listen to me and find the lessons interesting, challenging and funny? Will I be able to guide a whole class? My doubts arise from those thoughts.
I am trying to learn some Thai. I know it is not necessary for the teaching. When I studied Spanish in Málaga in Southern Spain the teachers did not speak a word of English and we were not even allowed to speak English in class and we learned the language very fast. Either way I hope that I will be able to combine my language skills with being a open minded, humble and keen teacher.