Friday, March 1, 2013

TESL grad lands job right after graduation

David Denofreo photo
It’s not every grad that can boast finding his dream job a mere two or three days after finishing school. But that’s exactly what happened to Justin Majta, who recently received his Teaching English as a Second Language certificate from Douglas College.

“I went out and applied to an ESL school the next day and got hired,” he says. “I had my interview on a Tuesday, did my observation on a Wednesday and took over a class on Thursday.”

An ESL instructor at inlingua, an international language school with two campuses in Vancouver, Justin says his job is about a lot more than just teaching grammar and vocabulary.

“You teach language, but you also teach Canadian culture. It’s providing that language-culture connection that’s so rewarding.”

Justin says Douglas was “awesome” in providing him with the tools, skills and confidence to walk into an ESL classroom and begin teaching.

“The TESL program more than exceeded my expectations. I didn’t know what to expect coming in - I was actually a little afraid of public speaking - but the activities give you the confidence to speak in front of a class and teach you how to manage your classroom. Those things are really important.”

Justin points out that one of the reasons he chose the Douglas TESL program over those from other institutions is because it offered a quick turnaround.

“The program is only one semester. You go in, get the skills, and then you’re working in a relatively short period of time.”

Thinking of becoming an ESL teacher? Find out more about out Teaching English as a Second Language program on our website.