Application status: 
Visa Status: 
Not known
Teacher Details
Have you lived or worked overseas before?: 
Placement Preferences
Available Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Travel Plans: 
I am travelling alone
Travel Plan Details: 
I am currently living in Canada, finishing my degree in English Literature at McGill University. As the graduation ceremony is in June, I would prefer to begin a position in the fall, after summer. I believe this will give me enough time to get my affairs in order, put my belongings into storage and make necessary arrangements for travel, including getting the necessary visas.
Location Preferences: 
Location Preference Details: 
I have lived for the last four years in Montreal, a big and fast-paced city, but I was raised in a small town. I believe I am better suited to smaller towns, where there is a strong sense of community and more opportunities to spend time outdoors. That said, I have lived alone in a big city and am perfectly comfortable in urban as well as rural environments, and could adapt to a position of either sort.
Highest Qualification: 
Degree Subject: 
English Literature
University / Institution: 
McGill University
Do you have a TEFL certificate: 
Were you educated in your native country?: 
Education comments: 
My experience as a student of English Literature has taught me the skills needed for clear and efficient communication, both orally and written. I also chose to go to university in Montreal, a Francophone city, and lived immersed in a second language for four years. I believe that my training in English, and my experience living bilingually, will make me a strong and understanding English teacher. In university, I took two language courses, learning some German, and then some Russian. Having learned French in childhood, and the other two languages in adulthood, I know how it feels to learn a second language both as a child and as an adult, and I know the unique challenges both face. This insight will help me better understand the difficulties of students in any age group, and motivate them to overcome them.
Work Experience
Position 1
Job title: 
Stand-in coach
Dates of employment: 
Summary of role: 
Duties included supervising and instructing athletes between the ages of 5 and 15. Skills required involved creative lesson planning, leading games and activities, motivating athletes to work hard and improve their skills, and helping athletes form goals and plan for their future success.
Position 2
Job title: 
Exemplar writer
Dates of employment: 
Spring 2014
Summary of role: 
Duties included writing clear and understandable essays that fit the criteria for appropriate length, content and grade level and submitting them promptly. Skills required included clear communication skills, proficient writing in English, and punctuality.
Position 3
Job title: 
Sales associate
Dates of employment: 
Summary of role: 
Duties included making food products, selling them, cleaning, operating workplace machinery, handling shipping and training new employees in sales. Skills required included attention to detail, speedy and efficient work, multitasking, approachable demeanour and clear communication skills in regards to both customers and employees in training, product knowledge, and catering to tourists with whom linguistic communication was limited or impossible.
Supporting Information
Why do you want to teach overseas?: 
I have wanted to teach English abroad since I was seventeen years old. Both of my parents are teachers, and I always admired their career and wanted to do something I deemed similarly worthwhile, but I did not think that I would be content to do their job and stay somewhere I had lived in since I was born. Instead, I decided I could do the work of a teacher-- inspiring and guiding people towards better lives by sharing knowledge-- while also seeing different parts of the world. If I do come back to Canada to teach, I know that years of teaching abroad will give me a greater perspective on the role of education in peoples lives. I believe that living and working abroad will help me to see what learning, particularly language learning, can mean to people in different contexts. I'm sure I will learn as much from my students and colleagues abroad as they will learn from me. Lastly, I want to teach because I know what language learning can do for a person. Learning French as a child opened many doors for me: there were so many more of my countrymen who I could now communicate with, there was a broad cultural canon I could now interact with and explore, and there were many more career options for a bilingual person. I am very grateful that I had the chance to learn a second language early in life, and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to learn more languages now as an adult. It would be an honour to be able to give someone else the chance to learn a new language that can enrich their life the way mine has been enriched.
Why are you a suitable candidate for teaching overseas?: 
After studying and obtaining a degree in English literature with a minor focus in Russian cultural studies, I believe that I am a good candidate for this position. My background in literature has given me a thorough training in efficient communication. By writing essays for literature classes, I have learned how to communicate clearly and succinctly, a skill that will carry over into language instruction. Conveying meaning as clearly as possible, in as few words as possible, is not only crucial for writing literary essays, but for teaching new skills to a classroom of students with varied abilities. My background in literature will make me a more thoughtful and helpful teacher. My experience in learning languages myself will improve my ability to teach a second language to other beginners. I was enrolled in French Immersion schooling in kindergarten, and in my final year of university I undertook to learn Russian as an elective. Because of these experiences, I know what it’s like to come to a language as a beginner, both as a child and as an adult. I know for myself the difficulties small children have in learning language and which aspects they are more enthusiastic, and therefore more open to learning, about. I also know the difficulty of learning a new language that is dissimilar to my own as an adult, and I know how it feels to be confused or overwhelmed in a language classroom. I also know what it takes, as an adult, to overcome the challenges faced in learning a new language. My experience as a student will enrich my abilities as a teacher. Because I understand how it feels to come to a new language as a beginner, I know how to help others maximize their own learning potential. If I obtain the position, I will be living abroad, immersed in an unfamiliar language and culture. Although I have never lived outside of Canada before, I believe I have already had experiences that will prepare me for this change. Coming to Montreal, a French city, from British Columbia, I was immersed in a different cultural and linguistic environment from the one I had always known. I believe that wherever I go I will be able to adjust by employing the strategies I have learned from living in Quebec, in everything from overcoming language barriers to observing and adjusting to unfamiliar social conventions. I have also had exposure to a different culture because of my minor in Russian cultural studies. Although I was not familiar with Russian culture when I began my studies, I learned a great deal about it and how to reflect upon it while keeping in mind my own cultural context and bias. I believe that these experiences will help me adjust to living abroad and to working with other teachers who come from around the world, as well as local teachers and students. Lastly, after completing my Bachelors Degree at McGill, studying full-time, I believe I have learned how to apply myself to any tasks set before me and to manage my time relating to those tasks. I know how to work hard in class, and how to be equally diligent outside the classroom to prepare for the next class. I will take the work ethic I have developed at McGill as a student, and apply it as a teacher. For all these reasons, I think I would be well suited for the position of ESL teacher, and that my university experience has provided me with the skills to excel in and out of the classroom.