Teaching Traveling: Welcome to Eliane, who has TONS of helpful information on teaching-traveling: from ESL for airlines, to Business English, to TESOL training, all around the world.
Eliane, tell us about your background.
Eliane: I was born in Brazil but raised in Canada. My father was a soccer player and went to work in Canada and we ended up living there. Due to his profession, we traveled quite a bit and I ended up catching the travel bug. After highschool, I decided to visit Brazil and begin my teach and travel experience. I taught English to several age groups, from 5 year old kids to business executives. I definitely decided that teaching teenagers wasn’t for me and teaching 5 year old kids required several naps as they have tons of energy and you run out of activities faster than you can think them up! Fun though!!!
When I was studying Modern Languages, I decided to focus more on teaching Business English and English for specific purposes. This led me to take several professional development programs (course design & curriculum development, teacher training, materials development, needs analysis & language proficiency) in ELT to get ready to change into more specialized areas of language training.
I started teaching at the age of 17-18 and I’m 48 (goodness, time flies by). Yet the great thing is that every time I felt I didn’t want to continue teaching anymore, it was really more about figuring out what I wanted to do next within the English Language Teaching industry. This always led me to the next work opportunity.
I have trained around 3500+ teachers over the years, developed a language department for an international airline company, designed courses and developed materials for corporate programs for top executives as well as the airline and travel & tourism industry.
By now, you`ve figured out that I’ve spent a big chunk of my time in airports and airplanes. So, I think I’ll share two major experiences which challenged me as a professional and made teaching English refreshing again. They were both as a result of wanting to take the next step and not knowing whether it should be in teaching or another career.
The first experience was when I was on an airplane and it was one of those flights with people returning from their first Disney trips. So think lots of teens and kids, full of presents, stuffed toys and infinite chatter which did not allow anyone to sleep on an 11 hour flight from Toronto to Sao Paulo. Add to the picture, a drunk passenger who did not want to stop drinking nor talking and once sick, the flight attendant felt so bad that she found me a place in first class. So what started out to be a really long flight looked a little better from first class. I spent the next 7 hours talking to an interesting gentleman and he suggested I apply for a position in the airline company he worked for as they were recruiting people in my area. On this trip, I really had no intention of moving back to Brazil. But I took his advice and went through a week long recruiting process and figured I didn’t get in as I was still finishing school. I remember it was close to Carnaval in Brazil and I decided to travel to a friend’s house.