Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Thurs nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts with FREE Prizes!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE Live AFA Seminar! See locations and details.


Scam free! Check out Christian Filipina - Meet Asian women with Christian values! Members screened.
Exclusive book offer! 75% off! How to Meet, Date and Marry Your Filipina Wife



View Active Topics       Latest 100 Topics       View Your Posts       FAQ Topics       Switch to Mobile


Teaching English and fear of public speaking?

Ask questions and get advice, or share advice. Disclaimer: Any advice you take here is at your own risk. We are not liable for any consequences you might incur from following someone's advice here.
Note: Before posting your question, do a search for it in the Google Search box at the top to see if it's already been addressed.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

Teaching English and fear of public speaking?

Postby Winston » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:19 pm

Question:

I don't understand something. Psychology surveys say that the number one fear of most people is not heights, but fear of public speaking.

So what I don't understand is, how is it then that any average Westerner can go to a foreign country and teach English as if it were some normal thing without fear? What happened to the number one fear of public speaking? Shouldn't that paralyze most people and turn them away from teaching English in front of a class?

To those who have taught English abroad, do you have a fear of public speaking? If so, how did you just teach English with no problem as if it were a normal thing?

I taught English for a while in Moscow and found that it was a nervewracking and frightening experience. I did good as a teacher. But there was this constant pressure, like every second you had to think of what to say next - otherwise you'd look like a fool if you just stood there and said nothing - which kept your adrenaline on high alert, but was emotionally exhausting afterward. There was also this feeling of being put on the spot by having so many faces looking at you, which made you self-conscientious.

My voice also gave out after an hour of speaking, at which point my vocal chords felt strained. Why is that? How come that doesn't happen to other people who speak for hours?

So how can everyone talk about teaching English as if it were a normal ordinary thing without fear? I don't get it.
Check out the latest posts in our blog The Happier Abroaders.

Don't forget my HA Grand Ebook and Dating Sites!

"It takes far less effort to find and move to the society that has what you want than it does to try to reconstruct an existing society to match your standards." - Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
User avatar
Winston
Site Admin
 
Posts: 23596
Joined: Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:16 pm







Postby Renata » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:00 pm

Nerves are caused by uncertainty & the unknown. It's good to do a Lesson plan prior to the class with activites & games etc. when you're prepared it gives you some control over the situation & after a while it's not so scary anymore.

If a lesson is 40 mins or 80 mins long, you should teach & talk for only 10-15 mins, then give the class an activity to do; written or a game to measure how well each person understood what you taught. While they're doing that you could walk around a few times & observe & assist where needed.
Songs & Videos clips can be used as well, in instances where you want to illicit information about certain topics. etc There's a weath of resources online too.

Wow you taught in Moscow Winston, ... how did your students recieve you? You're not white,... can Asians & brown girls like me teach there & get hired easily?
- It's easy to give, when you know what it's like to have nothing. -

- Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. -
Renata
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1106
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 11:14 pm
Location: Ireland

Postby adann » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:20 pm

Teaching in a classroom and public speaking are totally different things that cannot be compared. I teach and I never get nervous. However public speaking totally sucks and I'd never volunteer for it.
adann
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 46
Joined: Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:43 am
Location: Korea

Postby ladislav » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:32 pm

In teaching most people just normally use a textbook which includes lots of activities. So you just follow a script and a lesson plan. Plus these are students, they are there to learn- in public speaking, the people are usually there for some other purpose and you need to capture their attention plus they can be judgmental. Not in a class where all they want is to do exercises and you "preside" over the procedure.
A brain is a terrible thing to wash!
ladislav
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 3578
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:30 pm

Postby momopi » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:38 pm

Instead of wasting time asking "why", ask "how" then DO. "How do I become a better public speaker to achieve the results that I want".

http://www.toastmasters.org

http://www.toastmasters.org/Toastmaster ... Fears.aspx
momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 4707
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:44 am
Location: Orange County, California

Postby Winston » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:26 pm

adann wrote:Teaching in a classroom and public speaking are totally different things that cannot be compared. I teach and I never get nervous. However public speaking totally sucks and I'd never volunteer for it.


I don't see the difference really. You are speaking in front of a group and have many eyes looking at you, and you have to think of what to say every second. How is that different? Physically, it's still the same. So most people can just get up in front of the class and speak with no nervousness?

Ladislav, students do judge you. They can complain to the school admin, since they are paying for the class, especially if they are adults.
Check out the latest posts in our blog The Happier Abroaders.

Don't forget my HA Grand Ebook and Dating Sites!

"It takes far less effort to find and move to the society that has what you want than it does to try to reconstruct an existing society to match your standards." - Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
User avatar
Winston
Site Admin
 
Posts: 23596
Joined: Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:16 pm

Postby Taco » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:56 am

Teaching conversational English is generally easier than public speaking because your goal is to get your students to do all the talking. However, each class has its own "personality" so if your students don't want to talk that means it turns into public speaking assignment for the teacher, which really sucks. Some activites I've tried when teaching English work really well with one class but are a complete failure with another class.
Taco
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 4241
Joined: Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:30 pm

Postby jamesbond » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:36 pm

momopi wrote:Instead of wasting time asking "why", ask "how" then DO. "How do I become a better public speaker to achieve the results that I want".

http://www.toastmasters.org

http://www.toastmasters.org/Toastmaster ... Fears.aspx


I agree, if Winston want's to get better at public speaking he should ask "how do I become a better public speaker." Toastmasters is very good, I know people who have used them and had great results.
"When I think about the idea of getting involved with an American woman, I don't know if I should laugh .............. or vomit!"

"Trying to meet women in America is like trying to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics."
User avatar
jamesbond
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 7492
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:45 pm
Location: USA

Postby PhilShackleford » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:27 pm

I found that speaking clubs such as toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org/) really helped me to practice my skills and become more confident. I also read popular blogs from big orators like Tom Woods' http://curefearofpublicspeaking.com/ blog. This helped me to become really confident when teaching.
PhilShackleford
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:24 pm

Postby Ghost » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:44 pm

They are not nearly the same. Teaching to a handful of shy Chinese students is nothing like public speaking. It can be a lot of fun and games and entertainment, such as videos and movies and music. Though I suppose if one is a lecturer, the situation is more like that.
Ghost
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 5749
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:23 am

Postby Cornfed » Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:36 pm

Of course it can be nerve wracking at first, but you force yourself to do it enough times so you get used to it.
Cornfed
Elite Upper Class Poster
 
Posts: 4634
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:22 am


Return to Questions and Advice

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest