How to build your confidence in the TEFL classroom

First day nerves? Don’t worry, we all get them. But if you’re approaching your first time standing in front of a classroom full of kids, there are a few sure-fire ways to boost your confidence before you start. Do a couple of these and you’ll find yourself settling in to the TEFL teacher life before you know it!

  1. 1. Do some face-to-face training

    This is an easy but effective way to increase your confidence in the classroom. When you’re choosing your TEFL training, you’ll normally have the choice between online and combined courses – always opt for combined if you can. This way, most of your learning will be online so it’s flexible BUT you’ll also get some additional training with an experienced tutor in a classroom environment. With face-to-face training, not only will you get to watch the tutor and take note of their teaching skills, you’ll also get the opportunity to practice teaching a short lesson in front of your peers – win!

    Students working together
  2. 2. Take part in a TEFL internship

    An internship is an ideal way to get some teaching experience behind you before you start applying for full-time work. Plus, you’ll get a taste of life as a TEFL teacher and build up your confidence teaching. Depending on the one you choose, you might get to be a teaching assistant rather than having your own class. Or, you might get a local teaching assistant of your own to help you control your class. Either way, you’ll be with a group of like-minded interns and you’ll have an amazing, adventurous experience.

    Backpacker in Asia
  3. 3. Plan your lessons effectively

    The first thing you’ll learn in any TEFL course is how to plan a lesson – it’s the fundamental skill of any good TEFL teacher. When it’s time for your first ever lesson, the best advice we can give you is to make sure you’ve got a solid lesson plan to stick to. No matter how nervous you are, if your lesson plan’s strong, with a few options for activities, clearly defined objectives and lots of fun resources – you’re already winning.

    Teacher's desk
  4. 4. Practice!

    If you take some face-to-face training, you might get the chance to practice your skills. But even if you don’t, you can always practice talking in front of friends and / or family. Devise a short lesson plan, find some visual aids, stand up in front of a small group and get teaching! You’ll soon see those butterflies fly away and you can concentrate on being an awesome teacher. Remember, lots of TEFL teaching is about creating fun activities that help your students to learn, so smile, be enthusiastic and pack lots of stickers!

    Man speaking to group

Related Articles

Want to learn more? TEFL form girl

Want to learn more?

For more info on this exciting opportunity, simply pop your details in below and we’ll get in touch very soon!


  1. Lelo

    Love this…

  2. Alla

    Thanks a lot for your advices. They are really helpful.

Comments are closed.

Follow Us

Find Us

i-to-i TEFL
4th Floor, Wilson House, Lorne Park Road,
Bournemouth, England, BH1 1JN,
United Kingdom

i-to-i TEFL is a part of Teach and Travel Group Ltd.
Registered Company No. 7935847.