Teaching Assistant 2010-11 - Bad Hofgastein, Salzburg
Teaching Assistant 2011-12 - Graz, Steiermark
I would like to tell all incoming TAs that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity which many people would love to have. I feel that my teaching impacts the students the most by motivating them to be excited and enthusiastic about the English language. I, additionally, feel that my students directly apply the things I have taught them to tests and in everyday life. This observation comes from discussions with teachers and personal contact with the students. Above all, though, I believe that the atmosphere that develops in a class prods the students to listen, take interest and actively participate in the activities and discussions.
My teaching assistantship job has had a large impact in my life and will certainly be advantageous in my future life. I have gained experience in working within a multicultural environment and also in a setting completely different from what I had been previously used to. I feel completely at ease being in front of a class of students and assuming a teaching role and I have gained insight into the lives of teenagers and the learning process. Being an assistant has also made me more independent and sure of myself when it comes to breaching the unknown. I will surely apply the experiences made and lessons learned in the future.