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By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

Cover TEFL teaching in London

By Joseph Plotz (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

With the London TEFL industry being very sporadic in regard to teaching opportunities in autumn, winter and early spring, being a cover teacher for permanent staff off sick or on holiday is a major part of surviving as a TEFL teacher in the capital. Being a cover teacher is an art, and there are ways to streamline your approach to these short-term roles.

Remember that you are taking the class for anything for one hour to a fortnight or three weeks. You may think that the class you will enter will be used to their regular teacher and miss that teacher, and this may daunt you. But not necessarily – most London TEFL schools rotate their teachers at regular intervals, to keep their teaching fresh. Also, no teacher is everybody’s favourite. This is an important lesson to learn- you have skills that other teachers do not, and they ones which you don’t possess. So be ‘yourself’, as students respond to confidence and a fluent lesson.

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