251 Teaching

Lois talks about her future plans in teaching.


Todd: Lois, when are you going back to London, or England?

Lois: I'm going back on the 30th of July.

Todd: OK, that's coming up pretty soon.

Lois: Just four more weeks. Four weeks from today, I'll be on the plane, on my way home.

Todd: OK, when you go home, what are you going to do?

Lois: In September I'm going back to college because I want to be a primary school teacher in England, so I have to do a one year course to qualify and then hopefully I'll start teaching the next September back in England.

Todd: OK, and what are you going to teach?

Lois: So, I'm teaching primary so that's all subjects. I'm teaching science and English and math and maybe some French and sports and music and any other subjects they do at eight years old.

Todd: So, how old will the students be?

Lois: So I will be trained to teach from 5 to 11, and hopefully I will teach 7 or 8 year olds.

Todd: Mm, you like kids?

Lois: I hope so. Yeah, when I worked in Prague I taught some children's classes and I really, really enjoyed them, so hopefully I will like it in England as well. Although it will be a bit different because I'll have maybe twenty five or thirty students in a class so it might be slightly different to the twelve when I was in Prague.

Todd: That's a lot. What made you decide to become a teacher?

Lois: I'm not really sure because my mother was a teacher and she's trying really hard to convince me that I shouldn't do it because she thinks its too much work but I enjoy talking to people and being around children and teaching so hopefully it will be nice for me.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

pretty soon

The 30th of July is coming up pretty soon.

If something will happen 'pretty soon' it will happen in the near future. Notice the following:

  1. He should be home from work pretty soon.
  2. There is a holiday coming up pretty soon.

one-year course

I have to do a one-year course to qualify as a primary school teacher.

A 'one-year course' is a class that lasts for one year. We use a number and '-year' to show how long something is. Notice the following:

  1. That area of study is a five-year program.
  2. They offer a one-year graduate course.


A one-year course would qualify me as a primary school teacher.

Used like this 'qualify' is like 'provide me with the proper skills or credentials.' Notice the following:

  1. I don't think he'll qualify for a scholarship.
  2. What do I have to do to qualify for this job?


I will be trained to teach five to eleven-year-old kids.

If someone 'trains' you to do something they teach you how to do it and then test your skills.  Notice the following:

  1. The first couple of days will be training on the machines and then we will start making jewelry.
  2. Today they trained me on how to do inventory at work.

be around

I enjoy talking to people and being around children.

To 'be around' children means to spend time or interact with them. Notice the following:

  1. I don't want to be around people when I'm sick.
  2. It is hard for her to be around a lot of new people.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pretty soon • -week course • qualify
trained • be around
  1. She is taking a five in Spanish this summer.
  2. What do you need to for the program?
  3. Have you ever been to use these machines?
  4. They can't each other without fighting.
  5. He just went to the store, so he'll be back .