I’ve signed up to take an exam.
It’s the Praxis exam, and it is required to become certified to teach English as a second language in Virginia public schools.
Now, I’m no newbie when it comes to teaching English. While I am by no means an experienced teacher, I have done some teaching, both in groups and one-on-one.
I also completed a CELTA certification back in September 2016, exactly four years ago, now! That was an intensive, full-time four week training, and I came away from that feeling pretty confident.
But Holy Crap…
When I started to read over the prep materials for this exam, I nearly flipped out.
I mean, we’re talking about foundations of linguistics, of language learning… All stuff I’ve learned, but haven’t really thought about in four years.
(Plus, this being an American program vs a British program, terminology varies quite a bit!)
Then, I realized that people usually take this exam after completing a bachelor’s degree in education, or even a master’s.
But if I want to try and qualify as an ESOL teacher in VA public schools, I have to take this test in order to apply for a place in a career switcher program!
That seems unfair.
Or maybe I’m just scared…
Scared of failure. Scared I don’t know how to study anymore. Scared I’m not making the right choice.
Maybe, instead of taking this route, I should just look into a TEFL or TOEFL certification? With that, I’d be perfectly qualified to teach in private schools or other private settings.
But is that what I want?
Honestly, I don’t know.
In the meantime, though, I’ve signed up and paid for the exam, so I’d better get cracking.