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Does shyness make being a teacher difficult?

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  • pauldeane123
    26 November, 2014 at 18:11
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    Hi, I’m a recent University graduate considering teaching in South Korea.

    I like the idea of teaching people and would try to do a good job but I’m worried that my shyness would make me a bad teacher. I get nervous speaking in front of people, (I hated giving presentations in University), and am worried that my pupils will just make fun of me.

    Also I’ve heard children in hagwons can be very rude/disrespectful towards foreign teachers so I’m very worried I’ll have problems with being able to discipline leading to conflict with my boss or the pupils parents.

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice about this or if anyone is/was in a similar situation.

    Is/Was discipline a major problem in South Korea?

    Would it be so bad that a shy person would find it too difficult?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    9 February, 2015 at 10:34
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    Reply To: Does shyness make being a teacher difficult?

    I don’t have any experience of South Korea, but I have encountered many teachers who would call themselves shy, and observed them teaching.

    It’s an issue that generally becomes less important with experience. The more confident you feel with your teaching skills and knowledge, the easier it becomes. It sounds like an obvious thing to say, but in this case it really has been the case for most of the "shy" teachers I’ve encountered.

    Have you taken, or are you going to take, a TEFL course before moving out to South Korea?


    10 February, 2015 at 22:19
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    Reply To: Does shyness make being a teacher difficult?

    Yes, of course. Teaching is a form of public speaking. Fear of public speaking is universal and takes a few weeks to overcome. Keep at it guys and that fear will be replaced with fun!

    Before applying for teaching jobs in China be sure to review http://chinascamwatch.org and the r/ChinaTEFL sub at Reddit so you don’t get screwed.

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