Lately, many teachers have reached out to learn my views about the impact of the current global crisis on online teaching and on their future as ESL teachers.
My answer is rather simple:
𝗡𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀.
I have 3 reasons:
𝟏. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬.
According to teachers working with me, the market has been split into two groups based on students’ reactions.
One group is overwhelmed by the crisis, concerned about their job or business, and believe now is not a good time to improve their English.
In fact, they are waiting for someone stronger than them to lead them and tell them what to do to get through the crisis. Emotional overload and panic are not the solution. Improvement and preparation are.
The other group stays vigilant in the crisis, also concerned about their job or business, but they believe now is a good time to improve themselves and get prepared for their uncertain future.
Both groups are concerned and both need you to step up and help them.
𝟐. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲.
Unfortunately, the economy is going down.
Many people will lose some of their income or even their job. Their families will suffer.
Instead of fighting to keep your current job/income, you should take a look at the online teaching industry.
Because of the crisis, the whole world has opened its door to online teaching, and it’s never been more popular.
All the schools are launching online courses.
All the companies are conducting online meetings, training, and events.
All the businesses are considering moving online if they haven’t.
What does this mean for online teaching and for you?
Online learning will be more acceptable to students than ever.
Online learning infrastructure will be significantly improved.
Online learning habits will be developed and enhanced by more students.
There have never been more opportunities waiting for you to explore so you can support your family and secure a better life for your loved ones.
𝟑. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟.
How many times have you told yourself to step up and take the plunge?
How many excuses have you found to successfully stop yourself from doing it?
Now the crisis has pushed you into the SAME corner again to make the SAME decision.
What are you going to do this time?
No more excuses.
No more preparation, research, and planning.
No more fear, concerns, and worries.
At some point, you need to put them all aside, focus on taking massive action, and just DO it.
Only then can you reach your full potential and become the best version of yourself.
𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡.