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TESOL in China: 8 Years Teaching English in Harbin and Shenzhen

In 1998, I was enlisted in the Canadian Navy for an exercise called “RimPac.” During this exercise, I had the opportunity to visit several countries that I had never visited before. They included: Japan, Korea, Russia, China and Mexico. I was so enamored with these new countries that I started looking into how I could […]

The Hidden Reasons Why Japanese Can’t Speak English

If you’ve taught English in Japanese public schools, you already know the obvious reason why Japanese students can’t speak English: They don’t actually practice speaking! But there is another hidden reason why Japanese people struggle to speak English, and this reason prevents them from learning to speak even when they use methods that are designed […]

TESOL South Korea: Teaching English in Elementary Schools

Teaching English to elementary-aged children shares a lot of commonalities with teaching Kindergarten: it’s fun, it’s exhausting, and, more often than not, you’ll need to improvise a little…or a lot. My experience as a teacher in South Korea focused heavily on teaching students of this age, and I’ve lived to tell the tale, if that […]

Travel and Cultural Adaptation Tips for English Teachers in Japan

A lot of people go abroad to travel and get immersed in a completely different culture. Japan is a great place to teach English abroad because it offers amazing travel destinations and a great cultural experience that will provide you with great teachings. In this blog, Erica Derrickson explains what it is like to live […]