I’m a member of this foreigners in Chile group in Facebook and I am really sad about the amount of people who are coming here to be English teachers, not only that but the amount of people whose ads asking for jobs and info about employment have grammar and spelling mistakes.
Okay, I get that in theory this isn’t a hard job. In theory, you speak English and people copy you. But being able to do it in a way that isn’t boring and makes the student want to die is different. It is more difficult.
For me this is my job now. I take it seriously. I work really hard when I am doing it. And maybe I’m right or wrong in thinking this, maybe I am a hipster English teacher and “I was doing it before it was cool”, but I think it’s kind of sad that people just think that because they can speak English they can teach it. I get that people see it as an easy way to live abroad and earn money, hell, I mean I did when I first started but then I fell in love with it.
I don’t know. As I said, maybe I am wrong. Maybe I am being an elitist or a snob?