Bushra Abbas

My Dream Teaching Job

I’m all set to begin my day long before the alarm buzzes for the apprehension of another teaching day ahead has abated entirely ever since I have  fulfilled my dream of redeeming my qualification as an English Language teacher. Rather, I’m filled with eagerness to facilitate the young souls who aspire to be proficient at the amazingly popular English Language that allows 1:3 of the world’s population to interact globally.

In the capital of Pakistan, on main Nazimudin Road is my school. On the top floor, my grade X students enthusiastically await my arrival. Well aware of how unpredictable I’m, they ponder whether I would read one of O’ Henry’s short stories that would leave them with a gasp, or arranging them in groups, would indulge them in an intriguing grammar worksheet.

As I enter the class, their faces emanate exuberance; so does mine! Contrary to their expectations, I command them to tear a page from their rough notebooks; bewildered glances are exchanged. I repeat my instruction sternly; command is obeyed. Crumpling all the papers, I procure an enormous paper ball and announce `Bingo!’. Foreseeing what’s coming next, friends become adversaries. In the frenzied excitement to win, they perch on their chairs all set to respond to a word as soon as it comes their way. Amid the sensible noise that ensues, we enhance our lexical knowledge permanently.

Having attended the TESOL course, I am bestowed with the inestimable joy and sense of fulfillment after every class I take as this life changing experience has altered my perspective of teaching altogether. Convinced to forsake my orthodox teaching methods, I have learnt to expedite novel approaches that are efficient, interesting and entertaining. Yes, entertaining! Surprisingly, teaching no longer remains that tedious, monotonous job obliging me to hurl instructions at 20 long faces suffering the misery of my droning; now it’s a thrilling sport that allows me to change rules while introducing innovative challenges every day.

In fact, this wholesome course has influenced me so incredibly that I equally revel in conducting Grammar lessons during which my students and I have substantial interaction for exchange of knowledge, which I consider quintessential for the acquisition of Language, instead of merely imparting instructions. For instance, to assist them in comprehending the difference between a gerund and participle behaving as verb, I request my students to spot jog. While they are  doing so, I explain the participle` jogging’  is used as a verb expressing  the action that is taking place presently .On the other hand, while they are sitting on their chairs, I encourage them to develop the habit of jogging regularly ` as  jogging keeps one fit’. In this particular sentence, they are informed `jogging’ is only a name of activity and in terms of parts of speech, behaves as noun-gerund as no action is being performed at the moment. Indeed it is a peculiarly interesting sight to see them so energetically inventing similar examples instead of penning down instructions amid their futile attempts to suppress their gargantuan yawns. Of course, a timed worksheet with the task to differentiate between participles behaving as verbs and gerunds would be distributed which could be peer checked before they are handed over to me so that they analyse how possible mistakes in identification could be avoided.

This is it: My Dream Teaching Job!  To teach as a TESOL qualified teacher and bid farewell to my badge of amateur at teaching despite being in this profession for a decade. True that my placement in this profession was accidental, my first day as a teacher unravelled the mystery of my existence: I was born to teach! Albeit the steady progression of my career, often I ask myself: Am I eligible to teach the English Language? Although I have exploited the opportunity of attending various workshops that have been held in my city, and though these workshops have enabled me to glean some of the aforementioned possibilities to teach, one day work shop cannot be compared to a full-fledged course. Consequently, I feel a great void which can only be filled by doing this prestigious course which would enlighten me with the myriad of resources that so far are alien to most teachers here .A country whose 49% of population has adopted English as its Official Language and the number of English speakers is growing enormously deserves qualified and trained teachers so that English does not remain a technical language, but a language of our emotions

Though my dream teaching job sounds like a fairy tale; all fairy tales do have a happy ending. Don’t they?