Greetings from Texas! My name is Liza, 24, and I am an American. I am currently enrolled in a TEFL Certification program in Houston. I guess you could say I am in a state of shock, since entering into this certification program. Most people would think that since I am from the U.S that my English usage would be correct. Well news flash, I now realize how bad I actually speak and write my first language. I am so happy to be taking this certification program because it is helping to improve my 'first language.' However, I feel that I have been cheated from a proper education. I now realize that the educational programs within the United States are not properly structured, and it's so embarrassing!! Anyways, I'll stop venting. I am so happy that I found this website, I think that it is wonderful. I hope that I can continue to use this forum, even though English is my first language. Thanks
Glad to have you join us Why have you been cheated from a proper education? In what way?
Hi David, on the night I wrote that post--I was taking a break from my TEFL certification course, so I just needed to vent a little. I never realized how difficult and frustrating it is to develop English lessons and curriculums, I definitely have a new found respect for teachers everywhere. I don’t really feel as if I’ve been cheated from a proper education, but I just never noticed the basics of the English language. I guess because it’s my native language I’ve never needed to pay attention to its specific structure. I don’t know if that makes any since to all you teachers out there, but I do know that I still have a lot to learn and I am extremely excited about becoming a teacher. Thanks Liza
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Hi Liza! I think all teachers (all people people for that matter) still have a lot to learn. Learning new things is a continuing process. A 'good' teacher who rests on his laurels isn't as good as he thinks he is. As educators, we are expected to be the best we can ever be for the sake of our students who pay us hard earned money.

Welcome to the teaching world! I'm sure you're going to be a very good ESL teacher.