Although China, Japan, and South Korea are the most popular teaching destinations because it is easy to get a teaching job with just a university degree and an accredited TESOL certificate, the recruitment process can take up to 4 months. Here is a list of countries where you can just show up and start teaching English!
Many people ask us if you need to know the foreign language to teach abroad. The answer is no, because those who use the Communicative Approach to teach English using English only. Speaking your students’ foreign language is not necessary to do you teaching job, but it is very valuable for your experience in the classroom and in your host country.
Here is a series of articles written by OnTESOL graduates to tell you how speaking a foreign language can help you in a big way. You will also find articles written by our TESOL trainers that explain when it is acceptable to use L1 (Your students’ mother language) in the ESL classroom and how to use it properly.
Teaching English with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has been a life-changing experience. The summer of 2010 was a really dispiriting time as I was facing the prospect of unemployment in the United States just as I began my career as a certified English teacher. I had applied for only the few positions that matched my credentials and experience and interviewed, unsuccessfully, for only two (one among over a thousand candidates for each job). That’s when I decided to cast a wider net and landed my current position in the UAE.
About the author: Greg completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma and has more than 5 years of experience in the United Arab Emirates.
I’ve been teaching English in Japan for three years with the JET Programme, and I love every minute of it! Teaching abroad comes with challenges, so I will use this blog to review my experience with the JET Programme as well as share some TEFL activities that have worked well with my students and give you tips to work better with your Japanese co-teacher. Enjoy!
This week I had to stand in for one of the teachers that takes care of young learners (because she was sick). To prepare the class, I followed my tutor’s advice and recommendations and some instructions on the TEYL handbook (and of course TPR, TBL and ALM methodology). I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised about the outcome: the students were engaged 2 hours (non-stop!). It was very nice to see their reaction after the 2 hours when I said that the lesson had ended: “Oh! That’s it?! Already?!”.
Since this experience, I am incorporating TPR also to TBL lessons with older students (to consolidate what we have learned so far).
I worked with EPIK in both small and large class environments and I generally enjoyed teaching larger classes more. This article will explain more about class participation, working with the co-teacher, and how to discipline your students in large classes.
A 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!
English Conversation is a big TEFL market in Japan, so the question that people who want to teach English in Japan ask themselves is what to expect as a conversational teacher. In this article I will give you a run-down of a typical day as a conversational teacher.
Many folks equate teaching English abroad with a free holiday and, while moving to a foreign country definitely gives you great travel benefits and unique experiences, it certainly doesn’t mean that you will not be expected to do the job that you were hired for. It is a real job, and it will be harder than you think. Here, some of the most common myths about teaching abroad are debunked, allowing you to check that attitude, rid yourself of counterproductive misconceptions, and get on the track to success.