I spent 17 years abroad as a Tefl teacher – what do I do now? The Dear Jeremy Advice column in the Guardian published a question from a teacher who spent nearly two decades teaching English in Taiwan. It’s certainly a dilemma.
TEFL Certification: The Ultimate Guide – Everything You Need to Know! Run a search on Google for “TEFL Course” and guess what you’ll see (screenshot below) A bunch of TEFL vendors promoting their courses and slick marketing as to why YOU should choose theirs. Overwhelmed and Confused? Absolutely!
thenanfang.com – Sixty year-old Jake Malone has been searching for his online girlfriend “Rebecca” on the streets of Shenzhen ever since she didn’t show up at the airport when he arrived from Vancouver, Canada…
Is it rude to eat in public in Japan? I read somewhere that the Japanese consider it impolite to eat in public places. Of course, restaurants and areas designated with tables are fine, but I’m talking about
Any help is appreciated. I’m in Luodong township…
Teaching in Japan is an out of this world experience! Here are some effective tips for anyone who is jetting off to the “land of the rising sun” to live and teach: Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn from Chris in this episode: What to prepare for your introduction class in Japan How to build rapport and engage your students
An honest review of my year Teaching English in Japan. I’d like to talk about my experience teaching English in Japan, which I did last year… A No B.S. Review About My TEFL Job In Japan
Think Twice Before Driving A Scooter To Your English School For most of us teaching English in densely populated cities in Asia or the Middle East, the odds are very high that if you drive
7 English Teachers Who Fought For The Right Dang Thing 1. This ESL teacher took his employer (in Canada) to task for ageism: Charles McNair, a 64 English teacher at the International House in Vancouver, Canada was fired and replaced by a younger teacher. He was later awarded $17,000 by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.
Getting a Job Offer in China WITHOUT an Interview?? I’ve heard that it’s possible to be offered jobs teaching English in China without even an interview. While such occurrences are rare, they do happen. In one particular situation a Chinese university contacted a teacher by email only a couple of weeks after he applied offering him a TEFL job. The university appeared legitimate, the pay was attractive and the location was good from the teacher’s perspective.
South Africans Must Take One Of These 3 English Tests If you’re South African and you want to teach in Thailand, guess what? You are NOT considered a Native English Speaker (NES). Yes, it’s true! The rule was passed several years ago by the Thai government. And even if you have a 4 year degree and you attended an English-speaking high school and university in South Africa, you still don’t qualify as a native speakers like teachers from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or New Zealand.
TEFL Heaven Thailand: Reviews From ESL Teachers Here’s some research/reviews I’ve done on TEFL Heaven. They offer an in-country TEFL Course for prospective ESL teachers. Feel free to share your experience (good, bad, ugly) with this TEFL course provider. Add or revise where required. It’s a living document.
What To Expect if You’re Getting Your China Teaching Visa China announced just shy of 12 months ago that it would tighten the regulations for foreign teachers applying for a Z visa to teach there. This announcement is obviously not NEW news for ESL teachers in China,
Teaching In Japan As Non-Native English Speaker Many non-native speakers of English want to teach English abroad, particularly Japan because they’re a bit more open to hiring teachers from countries other than
Is there a way to go direct to schools in the PRC… and circumvent these guys? It’s frustrating, time wasting and it’s hard to believe them since they see us as a commodity, no?
Is Online ESL Teaching in Your Future? I did some research on online English schools, the pay, the structure and the opportunity… My question is: Is it possible to make a livable wage teaching online. I’ve heard everything rom as low as $10 – $25 per hour (USD). Here are my notes:
TEFL Jobs Abroad (15 things to know to get hired) On average an English teacher recruiter/school will spend 6 seconds looking at your resume. (Yes, that’s seconds not minutes) I’ve compiled some DO’S and DON’TS that EFL teachers should follow to ensure you don’t get ignored by recruiters
English Schools (start your own in a foreign country) We’ve all worked for English schools we felt could be better managed, with better books, and better conditions for teachers and students. At first glance these things seem like no-brainer fixes don’t they? ESL Teachers might say…
Teaching English in Europe? (the most popular countries) Europe sounds like a “cool” place to teach English, no? Sure, the pay and benefits aren’t as attractive as in Japan or Korea… but the lifestyle and travel opportunities are amazing! With a little research…
Teach English Abroad Brunei (with CfBT School) Teaching abroad in Brunei intrigues me. Up until now, I’ve known little about this tiny nation. That is, until I discovered CfBT school. So I did some research about CfBT school and life in Brunei. Here are my notes:
Hardest part of leaving China and returning home? A teacher I know is going back home after a two year teaching stint in China… What should he expect to make a soft landing in the US?
Teaching Ads that say “must currently reside in Japan” Most of the jobs I see advertised for teachers in Japan want teachers currently living there. What’s up with that? Is this because they want teachers with actual teaching experience in Japan? Or… is it that they can’t legally acquire visas for teachers, or just don’t want to hassle with the paperwork?
Loophole to teach in Taiwan with a 2 year diploma? I read a post about a guy who heard somewhere that he could teach in Taiwan with just a 2 year diploma as opposed to a 4 year degree. Is this accurate?
How much should I invest for a TEFL certificate overseas? If I look at tuition, books, visa, air travel, accommodations, transportation and food, what are we calculating in total here for a 4 or 5 week TEFL course?
So, you’ve been teaching English overseas for a year or two now… It has been an eye opening, life changing experience… and you’ve managed to save up some cash. Want to raise the bar and try something completely different? How about Germany? Since October, 2014 Germany has been offering free degrees to international students. (you have to study and earn it of course).
If you grew up watching classic shows like Happy Days and Star Trek, or you’ve seen “the champ’s” infomercials… then here’s a newsflash!
There’s a lot more to teaching than just entertaining kids and coasting through the curriculum. Just ask Dennis Hong, (a high school Biology teacher) who wrote a provocative piece (in defence of teachers)
Gene Simmons is an American rock star best known for being the front man for the rock group KISS. KISS grew to fame for their make up and costumes, on-stage antics, and the rebellious rock anthems they sang in the 70’s and early 80’s.. But what your ESL students may NOT know is this… Gene immigrated to New York City with his mother (who escaped NAZI concentration camps) when he was just eight years old. (according to Wikipedia) And… neither Gene, nor his mom spoke a word of English when they arrived in New York in 1957. Despite the language barrier, Gene went from poor, Israeli, immigrant to rock star and eventual marketing maven. Gene
One reason why we choose to teach English abroad is to pay off our student loans (or at least put a dent in them). And for some of us, our education loans are huge! In 2014 average college fees in the US hovered between $18,000 US (public colleges) to $42,000 (private colleges) according to CollegeBoard.org. Are you sending money home each month to pay down your student loan, or are your parents helping you pay it? To learn how many college students actually get financial assistance from their parents with their student loans check out the latest statistics from Sallie Mae… A 2014 study done for Sallie Mae, the
Newswire.ca – English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, members of Unifor Local 40, have ratified a collective agreement with Kaplan International
A US high school teacher got so frustrated with students using their cell phones in class that he ended up using a controversial piece of technology
Heard of Teacher’s Day? It’s officially celebrated in 75 countries around the world on October 5th of each year (according to Wikipedia).
Most teachers enjoy teaching but hate marking. Grading is mundane work and a lot of us feel this time could be better spent creating motivational lessons to inspire our students.
Ever caught one of your students cheating on a test? Then, how’s this idea for prevention? Education authorities in China are cracking down on cheaters during the country’s annual high stakes college entrance exams. And they’re using some pretty sophisticated technology (drones) to police an increasing number students who will do whatever it takes to score high on these make or break tests. Last month, 23 people were arrested for trying to “arrange cheating” before the exam period began, according to The Associated Press, and hundreds more have made headlines for hiring “exam surrogates,” buying James Bond-esque spy gear, and even for wearing fingerprint film to pass machine checks as other students. While cheating is never condonable, it is fathomable, especially
While America may not host even half as many refugees as a country like Pakistan, the US does invest significant time, money, and teaching resources to help its new American citizens learn English.
An ESL teacher’s ‘witty’ response to an awkward student question The Kingdom of Bahrain is hardly first on the list for those planning a teaching adventure abroad. But, for aspiring English instructor, Patrick Mahoney, the wealthy, gulf island state was definitely a place
But you teach ESL… You’re not a REAL teacher Whether you agree or disagree, the perception from the general population in western speaking countries is that ESL teachers, especially those teaching abroad, aren’t real teachers.
This story is several years old, but it’s a good reminder of what could go wrong in an ESL class. In 2009 a 6 year veteran of teaching ESL classes in California was terminated for answering questions from his students about the meaning and context behind certain profane words.
addictinginfo.org – A public school in Connecticut has fired a well-respected and loved English teacher because one student didn’t like a poem that was read during class…
Saving money while teaching overseas takes discipline. Most of us have large student loans, so we’re constantly trying to pay down these debts, yet still enjoy a year or two abroad, and squeeze in a bit of travel too.