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Dec 3, 2017

TEFL with children and Teaching English to Children in Buenos Aires
TEFL with children and Teaching English to Children in Buenos Aires

OK, very serious question and I want an honest, totally open answer… How feasible is this to do with kids? What kind of hours per day would one be working? Would I be able to get a job right out of training (in Buenos Aires)? What’s the average pay? Thanks again!

TEFL needs full commitment and availability from all participants. This means you need an open schedule because the course is very intensive, this means studying and working 5-8 hours per day during the last weeks of the course, at least.

You can take the course if you have children but you would need someone to take care of them. In my experience, I am also a full time mom (my sons are little, 8 and 5 years old) and if they don´t go to school like now in winter holidays, they drive me crazy :). It is important to be organized so that you can make everything work out. It is feasible but you need a structure of activities for your children if they do not attend school.

I am also responsible for the teaching practice sessions schedule and for getting people a job in Buenos Aires afterwards, if you are ready to remain in Buenos Aires for at least 6 months of course I can help you out. Pay rates vary but you can make an equivalent of 1000 USD for a full time job here, of course you will get paid in Argentinian pesos.

Teaching English to Children in Buenos Aires

I would like to teach English to children. How feasible do you think this can be through your program?

We connect you with an English language school dedicated to teach English to children and Teenagers. This requires a special methodology so it is necessary to observe some of these classes before you can teach English to children. Language by nature is very abstract and intangible. Children are very literal and concrete. This makes it challenging to explain English grammar or syntax rules to children. Games are a great way to make learning English fun. Not only do games play on the competitive nature of most children, but games also give them a goal to accomplish. When you win a game, you have really done something, and you can feel good about your success. About different activities, rotate between doing exercises from the textbook, having children work on the computer on social media or English learning websites, and giving them real-life materials to work with rather than ESL materials. Kids love to make colorful and exciting things in the classroom. Pablo Picasso observed that “every child is an artist.” Take advantage of that inborn quality in all children and use art to teach your young students the English language. Of course you can talk about obvious things like colors and shapes when you use art, but creative projects have so much more potential.

Author: Buenos Aires TEFL