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Should I Be an English Teacher? - Quiz & Self-Assessment Test

The English language is a complex one, and teachers are needed everywhere to help students learn both the language itself and the literature contained in English. If you're thinking about becoming a teacher, take our quiz to see if it's the right choice for you.

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What Would I Get Out of Teaching English?

Aside from operating your own classroom, teaching English will help you to truly master the language and give you the chance to share classic literature, along with some of your favorite books, with students. After taking the quiz below, you should have some idea of whether or not teaching English is an ideal career.

How many of the following would you say fits a description of yourself?

Am I a well-spoken individual? Yes or No
Would I be willing to travel overseas? Yes or No
Will I pass a background check? Yes or No
Do I work well under pressure? Yes or No
Do I enjoy reading and writing? Yes or No
Can I get certified and registered in my state? Yes or No
Am I comfortable with groups of supervised children? Yes or No
Can I work with special needs students? Yes or No
Can I go through an internship? Yes or No
Do I have a degree? Yes or No
Am I competent with technology? Yes or No
Can I function in a crisis? Yes or No

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Why Do These Questions Make A Difference?

Am I a well-spoken individual?

Teaching English requires more than just reading out of a book full of notes. You will need to be able to articulate your points and demonstrate the flow of the language to students.

Would I be willing to travel overseas?

A large number of jobs area available outside of the United States for teaching English as a second language, though you'd need to know a language besides English in order to qualify. There may even be grants or other funding options available.

Will I pass a background check?

Any teacher in the United States will need their entire criminal history investigated before they can become certified as a teacher.

Do I work well under pressure?

You will have a lot of information to present to students in one year, and unexpected events will result in having to change your lesson plans. Being able to adapt under pressure is a trait of great teachers.

Do I enjoy reading and writing?

This isn't as redundant as it sounds; your existing love of the language and any works of literature will translate into a richer and more fulfilling teaching experience.

Can I get certified and registered in my state?

Check your state's requirements on teaching certification and registration, as each state has different requirements. Typically, these include earning a relevant bachelor's degree, gaining some experience in the classroom and passing a licensure exam.

Am I comfortable with groups of children?

You don't need to have kids of your own, but many opportunities in this field involve the constant presence of children and adolescents in the workplace.

Can I work with special needs students?

From time to time, you may encounter a student in your class with a physical and/or learning disability. You may have to adjust your teaching patterns to accommodate these students.

Can I go through an internship?

Teaching majors typically complete a student teaching internship as part of their degree requirements.

Do I have a degree?

Students majoring in English with an education focus, or majoring in education, can typically move on to become teachers. If you already have a degree in another field, you can check with your state, as some have great need for English teachers and are willing to make exceptions, usually through alternative licensing programs.

Am I competent with technology?

Tablets, smartphones and computers all have excellent apps and programs that can be used to supplement your English classes.

Can I function in a crisis?

In case of an emergency, you're directly responsible for the safety of your students, and you will need to act accordingly in the event of a crisis.

Where Do I Go From Here?

If you answered 'yes' to more than fifty percent of these questions, you should probably start looking into education programs or, if you already have a degree, the state requirements for certifying teachers. You could be drawing up a lesson plan in no time!

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