Glady, a former ground handling agent in Chennai’s airport, is now a successful teacher in one of the renowned international schools in Chennai. Teaching has always been one of her greatest passions, and since childhood, her heart and soul were always drenched with the urge to become a teacher. Hence, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, she had decided to pursue her passion.
However, her lack of teaching experience and qualifications made it nearly impossible for her to find a teaching job. Nevertheless, with sheer persistence, she decided to take up a job at the airport and save up, while she looked for other teaching opportunities. Finally, the golden day arrived, and she came across the TEFL course offered by Asian College of Teachers. She was very impressed with the course content and the job opportunities offered by ACT, and deduced that this could be the start of a new phase in her life. Her struggle to survive and save up was ultimately going to observe some success.
In the early stages of the TEFL program, she felt very nervous. But gradually, she participated in practical teaching activities, and learned the skills and knowledge required to become a successful teacher. By the end of her TEFL journey, Glady claimed to become a very confident and able person, who managed to successfully handle job interviews, and eventually end up with a teaching job in one of Chennai’s prominent international schools.
Although she had to answer many questions stemming from concerned friends and relatives who always thought that the airport industry offered her a secured job, her love for teaching still won the battle.
Asian College of Teachers is proud to have Glady as an alumnus, and profoundly thanks her for sharing her inspirational journey, as we believe that her story can inspire so many other aspiring teachers to take a great leap in their careers, and pursue their dreams to become a teacher.
For nearly seven years, Gulshan had been working for corporates such as the TATA
Consulting Service, wherein she was responsible for handling international calls with clients
from countries such as the USA and Australia. Prior to her marriage, Gulshan used to teach
at the senior KG level, and hence had already established a love for teaching. However, the
lack of attractive packages kept her from pursuing a teaching career, and tread into
After seven years of steering a corporate career, Gulshan finally felt that she had fulfilled all her responsibilities, and decided to finally seek what she truly enjoyed, teaching. Consequently, she attained a bachelor’s in Education degree, started teaching at Ryan International School, Mumbai, and then went on to teaching both ICSE and CBSE students in a range of renowned schools.
Interestingly, Gulshan shared that she yearned to become an English teacher, was driven by her ‘pathetic’ experience with English grammar during her school days. She claimed to be bad at grammar, and always struggled to comprehend concepts such as nouns and tenses. It was partly the urge to overcome this weakness, that Gulshan chose to get a firmer grip on English grammar, and eventually teach it as she did not want her students to go through what she had.
Along the way to her teaching career, Gulshan came across ACT’s TEFL program, and decided to tighten her English teaching abilities by obtaining a deeper understanding of how to handle language teaching in particular. With knowledge of effective ways to teaching English, and plenty of teaching experience, Gulshan’s teaching career took an exciting turn, and she was finally placed in Ridge School, Arunachal Pradesh, as an English teacher for grades 6 and 7.
ACT is honoured to have played a facilitating role in Gulshan’s career, and wishes her all the best for her upcoming journey.
Cibi had always had an immense love for poetry. Such immense was his love, that he tried
his hands at writing numerous poems in English, and even wrote the lyrics for some album
However, his path to becoming a successful poet soon went off track when he started working in a private company as a business development executive. Nevertheless, Cibi retained his inclination towards the English language by teaching English for classes 9 and 10.
Despite this, shuttling between two jobs proved to be taxing, and kept Cibi from fully enjoying what he actually loved, the English language, and most importantly, poetry. Little did he know that things were soon about to change.
He soon came across ACT’s TEFL program, and was eventually exposed to a series of methods and strategies that would enable him to become an effective English language teacher. After merging his own teaching experience with his learnings from the TEFL program, Cibi soon managed to secure a job as a full time language teacher, wherein he gets to teach English, develop curriculum, and design lesson plans.
ACT is proud to have been a part of Cibi’s success story, and is stoked by the fact that he is profoundly enjoying his current teaching job.
While growing up, we often become passionate about certain things that are very close to
our heart. For Saranya, her passion lied in the world of English literature and reading. She
deeply loved poring over pages of fiction novels, and was always fascinated by the
intricacies and beauty underlying every word and phrase of the English language.
But her yearn for literature and reading was soon overwhelmed and replaced with mathematics and computer science. In order to excel in a world driven by chips, numbers, and statistics, Saranya had to depart from her abstract yet alluring world of English literature, and step into a zone of transactions.
To establish her career, she completed a BBA and MBA degree, and began working as a system administrator. But somewhere in the midst of management and business administration, Saranya’s heart still craved for the musty smell of her old books, and the joy of engaging with the English language.
Then, one fine day, she learned of ACT’s TEFL program, and the prospective career opportunities of a TEFL tutor on both national and international platforms. This made Saranya realise that she could teach English, pursue her passion, and build a promising career at the same time.
Needless to say, Saranya successfully completed the TEFL program, and ACT’s placement team was able to place her in Einstro Academy as a language teacher. Today, Saranya is finally doing what her heart wants, and ACT is proud to have played such a pivotal role in her journey.
With a postgraduate degree in mass communications and public relations
from St. Xavier’s, Amber initially pursued her desire to be in the corporate
world by working as an in-house HR professional. At the same time, she was
working as an English teacher, and would shuttle between both jobs between
the mornings and the evenings.
Nevertheless, the process of handling two jobs became fairly hectic, and Amber seemingly developed a strong liking for her teaching job. This pushed her to consider a full-time career in teaching.
Interestingly, during one of her visits to Kolkata, she came across Asian College of Teachers’ TESOL program, and decided to get enrolled. Her background in mass communication had propelled her to develop an adoration for the English language, and the TESOL course offered her the prospect of teaching English abroad.
Amber shared that the TESOL program rendered her with a completely different outlook of teaching. She realised that the teaching methods covered in the program were unlike the traditional teaching that she had previously experienced, and she learned that the act of teaching was not just about writing something on the board and asking the students to copy it. The entire TESOL experience was very liberating for Amber, and upon completion, with ACT’s assistance, she was able to secure an English teaching job in Hyderabad.
She taught in Hyderabad for a while, and then had to leave due to certain managerial issues. Nonetheless, she then moved to Mumbai, and taught in a government school for more than a year. Whilst teaching in a government school, Amber was exposed to a divergent set of learners with different expectations and responses. However, although her former learnings and teaching experience helped, she was also able to obtain a wider perspective of how to manage different learners.
Following her journey in Mumbai, Amber is now teaching English in Nepal. However, the COVID 19 pandemic haltered the physical classes and handed her the opportunity to become an online teacher and exercise her skills on a different level. Despite this new venture, she is thoroughly enjoying her job, and is learning to cope with the marriage of technology with modern education.
Amber expressed that she had been offered multiple opportunities to teach other subjects such as math. However, she truly loves teaching English, and wants to continue her journey in different countries and schools. ACT is proud to have had Amber as one of its students, and is elated by the fact that ACT has somehow contributed in shaping Amber’s colourful career.
Despite belonging to a family of grandmothers and aunties who were teachers, Ravneet herself had never really thought of becoming a teacher. However, her journey in teaching and training commenced when she shifted to Punjab after her graduation.
Upon reaching Punjab, she realised that IELTS tests were extremely popular in the state, and the demand for IELTS teachers were hence noticeably high. This convinced Ravneet to look for, and eventually secure an IELTS teaching job as it was paying very well. She worked as an IELTS trainer for two years, from 2017-2019.
Although the pay was high, Ravneet was not very satisfied with the long working hours, and was thus searching for something more flexible. Subsequently, she considered the option of school teaching, which happened to offer a flexible schedule, and more holidays. During the course of looking for a school teaching job, Ravneet learned that most of the schools required B.Ed. graduates. However, since she did not have a B.Ed. degree, Ravneet realised that TEFL was another promising alternative.
Soon she got to know about ACT’s TEFL program from one of her friends, and both Ravneet and her friend got themselves enrolled in the TEFL program. Within a few months after completion, Ravneet got a job offer from a school, wherein she was expected to operate as a relationship manager. The schools also proposed that she needed a certificate in early childhood care in order to get better opportunities in the school. Consequently, Ravneet also signed up for ACT’s ECCE course. Currently she is working in Zee Learn Limited, and is thoroughly enjoying her experience.
For someone who never planned to become a teacher, it seemed like her family’s inclination towards teaching ultimately caught up with her!