What Trainees Say
My dad is an amazing ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher - so I promised myself growing up that I would NOT be an English teacher! But after I finished my degree, he encouraged me to give the ITA TESOL course a go because of the skills and experience I would learn if I wanted to travel and work. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started the course but it didn't take long until I realised how exciting and rewarding teaching English is!
All the activities are so fun it didn't even feel like learning! But then when we started preparing and sharing our own lessons, I realised how much I had learned from the example of the TESOL teachers and the activities we had done.
I can't describe how rewarding it is as a native English speaker to be able to encourage and empower, teach and guide, the students in improving their English - especially when realisation brightens up their faces as they finally understand a complicated grammar point or the excitement when they learn and can use new vocabulary in conversation. I am grateful to my dad for urging me to do this course and for ITA for making every second ABSOLUTELY worth it! I never even thought of combining travelling with teaching English but now I see a world full of possibilities - and am planning a trip to Mongolia in September to put my new found skills and passion into practice!
Seeing what is happening in the world, especially in the past two weeks with COVID-19, gives me a heavy heart and a sense of gloom, dejection and hopelessness. But remembering that there are people like you trainers out there helping people all over the world, improving people's life by teaching them English, puts hope back in me - keep up the good work.
This is the best course and the trainers are wonderful. Thank you for helping me complete this course. I never thought I would be able to teach English, I didn't think my English was good enough, but now I have been asked to teach at TAFE. Thank you ITA.
I just wanted to thank everyone at ITA who had a part in delivering the Certificate IV TESOL in Brisbane. What a fantastic team of passionate people devoted to teaching English with purpose! Augustine of Hippo once said that ’One loving heart sets another on fire’ and I have found that to be true! To see each Trainer’s passion and purpose in teaching English has lit a fire in my own heart to do the same. This course was the perfect blend of practicality and the pursuit of people for the glory of God. And knowing that each Trainer was volunteering and giving of themselves in so many ways makes this course even more extraordinary. I hope this course continues for many years to come with the same degree of love, encouragement, enthusiasm and sacrifice exhibited by you all. Many people have been impacted for the Kingdom by your work and I am so very glad that God led me to this course. It's one of a kind and it really has been amazing!
May you continue to press on teaching English with an Eternal purpose (and I will do the same!)
“Thanks again ITA for your partnership with our church and your heart to serve and equip. ITA's heart to take away every barrier and make the training so accessible to people last year was really the spark or the beginning of what has become great blessing to our church. We never would have dreamt of G’Day Saturday having such momentum and now to see more of our people serving overseas - it encourages me so much.” Ps Andrew