I always knew I wouldn’t be spending my retirement on a golf course, but after taking a break from work for a couple of years and more recently teaching an EFL class as a volunteer, I’ve surprised myself with a new goal. I want to travel in Europe and learn more languages. I’m looking into teaching English on a part-time basis to supplement my income and to become more involved in the communities I’ll be living in. My first choice would be Scandinavia as I’m mostly interested in North Germanic languages, but any base in Europe would work. I have no interest in teaching outside of Europe.
I have a couple of years to prepare for this. My dilemma is that my profile doesn’t match that of a typical entrant to the TESOL/TEFOL field. I’m a native English speaker (Canadian English). I speak a little French. I have a Masters in English Literature and taught a first-year course in university-level English for two years. An obsession with personal computers during my last year in grad school resulted in a sudden career change. I spent twenty years working in IT (ITC). During that time I gained more teaching experience – I’d estimate maybe 300 hours per year – teaching others to use computer software and IT staff basic network technologies.