TESOL Job Review: Teaching English Online with EF English First

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I was motivated to become an ESL teacher so that  I could help people achieve their goals and to be proud of my career choice at the same time. I also wanted to give my family the opportunity to see the world and experience a diverse culture for an extended period of time. 

About the Author: Keith Downing is teaching English online from the Shanghai office.

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EF English First Review: Teaching English to Kids in China

EF English First Jobs ReviewI have always loved working with children! I never set out to be an ESL teacher specifically, but I love China and wanted to find any means to live here. Being able to teach children was just an added bonus!

Working overseas provides you with an experience unparalleled to anything you can get back home. You are not only tossed into a new style of working, you are also immersed in a culture so unlike your own. The differences can be startling but also enthralling! That being said there are so many people going through the same experience that it is easy to find support.

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EF English First Teacher in China: Harbin City and Job Hunting Process

EF English First Review - Teaching English in China ReviewI love learning new languages.  In high school, I took Chinese as a Foreign Language lessons, so one of the main reasons I wanted to live in China was to improve my level of Chinese language proficiency. Becoming an ESL teacher made it possible for me to work abroad, but also live in an environment where I am the non-native speaker!

Why did I choose Harbin? Apart from going to a place where Mandarin Chinese was spoken, I wanted to live in a place that is cold enough for snow, I wanted to save some money, and I wanted to be in a a medium-size city with low pollution. Harbin meets all these criteria!

“Part of what attracts many people, myself included, to ESL teaching is adventure and travel. That’s great, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore, but come prepared to work. It’s a job, not a paid holiday”. – Aly Brunson. Teaching English in Harbin, China with EF English First.

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

OnTESOL Review: Teaching English in China Harbin and ShenzenIn 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 spend more time visiting them. Becoming an ESL teacher would allow me to visit these countries and work so that I could actually get to know the people and cultures a bit.

About the author: Devin completed the 120-hour TESOL certificate course and taught English in China between 2002 and 2010. In this blog, Levin explains how to overcome the challenges of teaching in China, the lifestyle, the teaching methods, and the job hunting process. 

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Teaching in China Review

Teaching Abroad with English FirstIt’s been more than 3 years since I started teaching English overseas with EF. I wouldn’t say that my story is extraordinary by any stretch of the imagination. I am just a normal guy from the UK who chose to do something a little different with his life, and I can now say that this was the best decision I ever made. In this post, I will share with you a few insights into teaching abroad, more specifically teaching in China. You may not be ready for this big move, but when you are I would recommend following a similar path to me.

About the author: Richard Solomon is teaching English in China with English First. He is currently teaching in Hangzhou.

Why I Chose China

Originally, I came to China to teach because I wanted to build my confidence when giving presentations, as I thought this would be a big part of my life. In England, I had a few Chinese friends from Guangzhou who befriended me and let me in their circle of friends and exposed me to some of their culture. (That was the first time I had hotpot!). From then on I was curious about China and I was looking to explore more, this with my desire to improve my speaking skills was the catalyst for my teaching abroad experience. Before long, I saw an advert online and decided to apply. The first four months were tough and I went through some difficulties, but with the support of English First I soon recovered.

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How to Avoid TEFL Internships and Cram Schools in China!

Internships in ChinaA bad teaching experience can really ruin all the beautiful things that China has to offer. There are thousands of amazing jobs that become available every month, so there aren’t any reasons to be crammed in a classroom with 50 students or to pay an organization an TEFL internship fee. You can get a great teaching job at an international or local language school. TESOL jobs at language schools pay a starting salary of 7,000 rmb per month, which is twice as much what a TEFL internship in China offers. And besides, you don’t have to pay anyone a single penny to get your teaching job!

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5 Reasons to Teach English in China with Aston English

Teach English in China with AstonThere are two types of TESOL jobs in China. You will find the poorly paid TEFL internship and the professional job with promising career prospects. It doesn’t matter if you are a new teacher, you can get an entry-level professional job in China with one of the largest language schools. These are 5 reasons to teach English in China with Aston English.

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TESOL China: Using Games with A Linguistic Purpose

TESOL China: Using games with a linguistic purposeAs a new ESL instructor in China, I quickly found that ESL games were great ice breakers. Prior to learning about the Communicative Approach, two of the games I used repeatedly in class were hangman and Pictionary. The students had a lot of fun trying to guess the letters and the drawings on the board, desperately shouting one word guesses again and again. When class energy ebbed, they rekindled enthusiasm by shifting the student’s dependence on me, the teacher, to one another in a team effort. These games did little to improve their spoken English and didn’t tie into the lesson plans.

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TESOL China: How OnTESOL’s Program Began To Alter My Teaching

OnTESOL certification in China Helps ESL teachers get jobs! My first teaching job at a university in China was particularly hard as I had had no prior TESOL training. I studied ahead in the course books and researched material for months, but I still was not able to write lesson plans or develop a curriculum until I had begun to study through OnTESOL’s certification program.

By Jonathan Caulk – 100-hour TESOL Certificate

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TESOL China: My First Day on The Job

TESOL China: The First Day TeachingBy Jonathan Caulk – 120-hour TESOL certificate

When I first stepped into the classroom in China, after tripping over the metal threshold, I felt dizzy and panicky. I hadn’t taught anything to anyone in my life. The closest thing to teaching on my resume was a promotion gig which involved standing in the parking lot of an amusement park, promoting a brand of drinkable yogurt. But, here I stood behind a podium which was about a foot too short for my skinny, 191 cm frame, about to teach a class of twenty-eight Chinese college freshman! What did I do? Well, I pawed at the first page of the first lesson with my sweaty hands, and…

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