|Teaching English as a Foreign Language - to Large, Multilevel Classes (Peace Corps, 1992, 243 p.)|
The following questions will serve as reminders as you take stock of your situation. As you discover the answers to these questions, you will have a better understanding of the expectations, opportunities, and constraints you will face in your new assignment.
- Are you participating in the informal support network offered by other Volunteers?
- Are you making full use of Peace Corps' formal support system for your professional development?
- Are you developing good personal and professional relationships with your counterparts and teaching colleagues?
- Are you gathering information about the educational system in which you are working?
In this chapter, we've tried to reassure you that you're not alone. Volunteers and other teachers facing large classes have survived, many with confidence and management skills that have propelled them to the top of their fields. None could have made it alone though. They learned to network with other teachers and search out support systems.
As you read on, you'll find that we've collected hundreds of practical ideas, and you can choose the ones that you think will work for you. You know your own personality, your host culture, and your students. Read all you can, absorb all you can through training, and try some of these out. The first year you may make tons of mistakes (though we'll try to help you avoid that), but don't give up-you will get better and better. And as Corey, a former Volunteer who finally figured out how to teach under the worst possible conditions advised: "TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!"