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Teaching Around The World

The articles in this section are all about what it is like to live around the world as a TEFL teacher.

They look at the practical side of life once you have found a job: passports & visas, what to pack, what to take with you, what to do once you arrive in your new home. Full of highly practical advice on what it’s like living abroad as a TEFL teacher they cover everything from personal safety abroad to how to watch television from back home.

“Incapable & Unfit” English Teachers

The Malaysian Education minister recently revealed that two-thirds of the English teachers in the country were either “incapable” or “unfit” to teach in schools.

Following the revelation there’s been a lot of soul searching in the country as to where the blame lies and what can be done about it.

On one side the teachers themselves are being blamed. Reports of appalling grammar, barely recognizable English…

329 Ways to avoid getting Ripped Off in China

There have been a lot of problems with teachers getting ripped off in China by unscrupulous agents and illegal agents.

In fact, one reliable estimate from the CFTU (more on them later) is that only around 20% of agents in China are authorized and legal – the other 2,000 or so agents are illegal and unauthorized!

And these illegal agents are making a LOT of money…

A First Time English Teacher in Italy

Welcome to Ally – a former ICAL student – writing this guest post. Ally began her TEFL life after a career in banking; here she talks about her first experience teaching English which happened in a small town in northern Italy.

Living in Italy had been my dream for years, but I never wanted to go down the usual trodden paths – Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Naples…

ALTE – Association of Language Testers in Europe

ALTE is the Association of Language Testers in Europe.

It has developed a set of descriptors for language exams which say what a language learner at a particular level is able to achieve (i.e. understand or produce, etc).

ALTE was founded by the Universities of Cambridge and Salamanca for the Cambridge exams; however other exam boards have related their exams to the same system. It now includes over…

Am I Old Enough to be a TEFL Teacher?

If you know English well enough, you can theoretically teach English at any age. You can get involved in TEFL‏‎ (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) whenever you want.

On the ICAL TEFL Certificate Course, for example, we have had students from 16 to well into their 80s! But after the course, once the teacher is trained, how easy is it for a…

American Teacher deported from Bahrain

Erin Kilbride, an English teacher from the US and working in Bahrain, has been deported from the country after writing a series of articles critical of the Bahrain leadership suggesting they supported the recent overthrow of the Egyptian president whilst cracking down on democracy in their own country.

Officially it was stated that she was being deported for “working illegally as an unaccredited journalist while employed as a teacher.”…

American TEFL teacher killed in Egypt

An American TEFL teacher was killed on Friday during anti government violence in Egypt.

Andrew Pochter, 21, was killed near the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria which had earlier been set alight during violent clashes in the city. An Egyptian man was fatally shot during the same clashes with another man also killed.

Some reports say Pochter was shot whilst others say he was stabbed whilst…

An Introduction to Teaching English Around the World (TEFL)

This article is a very user-friendly introduction to Teaching English Around the World.

That is, heading off for a year or so to a foreign country and teaching English to people there. Or even staying at home in your own country and teaching English to students who come over to learn the language.

There are many thousands of English teachers right around the world (one estimate…

Applying as a Couple to Teach English Abroad

It is sometimes the case that two people – partners, friends, a married couple, etc – will want to head abroad and find work together, if possible in the same school.

Our advice is: do NOT apply to work in the same school.

There are several important reasons for this:

There tend to be less jobs for couples than for single teachers. If you…

Background Checks in TEFL

You want to teach English. And you’re not a hardened criminal, right?

Of course not! But you may well need to prove this last fact to get a job.

Many countries (though not all) ask prospective teachers to provide a valid Background Check when they apply for a teaching job. This is simply an official document from your home country saying that you have never killed…

Basketball Legend Promotes English Teaching in China

Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has joined up with a teaching agency in China to help provide English teaching and hopefully give the students opportunities they badly need.

“Lots of places in China’s west are indeed short of educational resources … The lack of teachers is a particularly serious problem, which cannot be solved within one or two years,” said Yao. Part of the deal will be to offer…

Beware of TEFL Scams

As in all industries there are, unfortunately, TEFL scams, too which prey on English teachers wanting to go abroad and teach.

Whilst there are marvelously run English language schools, scrupulous recruitment agents‏‎ and genuine TEFL course providers, there are also, unfortunately, ones to avoid.

Most teachers won’t come across TEFL‏‎ scams through their entire career, but just in case you are thinking that something doesn’t sound quite right…

Body Language & Insulting your Students

As a teacher, possibly in a foreign country, you should be aware of the Body Language and Gestures of your host country so that you don’t inadvertently insult your students.

To take an example, in America and the UK giving a thumbs up sign means approval or “well done”. In Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Sardinia though it is an obscene gesture and making it in the classroom…

British Passport Renewal – Greece, Italy, Spain, etc

If you need to renew your British passport and live in Greece, Italy, Spain or some other European countries you will need to change the way you renew it.

The UK government have just announced that whilst in the past you sent your passport to France for renewal to cut costs you must now send it to the UK for renewal.

To find out exactly how…

Buddhist Monk slaps English Teacher in Thailand

A Buddhist monk has slapped an English teacher across the face on a train in Thailand leading to questions about the spirituality of some monks.

The event was recorded on video and was posted online.

The facts are these. Jeff [last name not given] was traveling on a train between Bangkok and Phitsanulok in Thailand a few days ago when he was approached by two women who asked…

Can You Teach English Abroad Without a Degree?

The idea of teaching English abroad without a degree comes up often. This article looks at different aspects of this and ways in which teachers without a degree can find work.

For most countries the basic qualifications to teach English are a degree and a TEFL Certificate.

The degree is usually required for visa purposes and in many countries you can only find teaching work if you have a visa…

Careers in Teaching English

Careers in TEFL or TESOL are common. Many teachers start out in TEFL‏‎ as entry-level teachers in small schools around the world; some will stay a few years before going home and moving into a different field, but others will move on in TEFL. It is common assumption that TEFL is a stop-gap job, but this is simply not the case and there are many examples of teachers who have had…

Changes to EPIK Requirements

There have been rumors floating around about the recent changes made for any teacher joining the EPIK scheme to teach in South Korea‏‎.

This blog post explains exactly what those changes are and exactly what you need to join EPIK.
What is EPIK?
EPIK is a program run the by the South Korean government to supply English teachers to South Korea.

It’s not the only way to go…

Checking TEFL Teaching Contracts

Teaching Contracts vary considerably; there is a different contract for pretty well every different job so it is impossible to make valid generalisations for contracts.

However, when looking at a contract there are some general guidelines you should consider and things you should check.

The contract should state your duties: teaching contact hours (actually in the classroom in front of students) as well as preparation…

Croatia in the EU – what it means for English teachers

Croatia has joined the European Union.

For English teachers this means that it will be harder for non-European teachers to find work there. The labor laws mean that teachers with a passport from a European country will find working in Croatia much easier than teachers from outside Europe.

In the near future there is also likely to be a clampdown on non-European teachers already in Croatia.
Useful Links…

Culture Shock & Being Homesick

Culture Shock is the term used to describe the anxiety and stress people feel when they relocate to a new environment. It’s most obvious when moving to a new country where habits, customs and language may be very different from the person’s own country.

Culture Shock comes about because of difficulties in assimilating the new culture, uncertainty as to what behaviour is appropriate and what is not…

Do I need to Speak the Local Language to Teach Abroad?

One common question asked by people wanting to teach English abroad is, “Do I need to speak the local language?”
“I’m going to teach English in Korea – do I need to speak Korean?”
“I’m going to teach English in Greece – do I need to speak Greek?”
“I’m going to teach English in Mexico – do I need to speak Spanish?”
“I’m going to teach English in…

DOs and DON’Ts for TEFL Teachers

This is a common sense list of DOs and DON’Ts for Teachers. It is especially relevant to teachers working overseas.
DO

be punctual, consistent and fair
dress well – most countries put far more store in this than the UK and USA; conservative is good (see the links below for more on this)
be polite – you are a guest in the country…

Dropbox for TEFL Teachers

Dropbox is a simple – and free – method of keeping your files up to date between your computer, laptop and smartphone.

It’s incredibly useful for English teachers (amongst others) in many ways, not least because it means you can work on materials at home and have them instantly available in the classroom or any other location for that matter.

It also syncs your work so…

English teachers located around the world give their insight into TEFL

The Travelling Tapir TEFL blog

Ever wanted some advice on TEFL teaching? Wanted some help on where to go?

We spoke to a range of experienced TEFL teachers and asked them to provide an insight into their experiences, and also asked them for one piece of advice they wish they had known when they first started out.

And then we created this helpful post and put all of their answers together, in one place…

English Teaching Opportunities in the USA

What’s the current teaching situation in the USA? We look into what is happening here right now in terms of immigration and teaching English.

Each year more than one million immigrants who arrive in the USA‏‎ face one of the biggest challenges of moving abroad – learning the language spoken in your host country.

According to MPI (Migration Policy Institute) the number of people who speak very little or…

Expat English Teachers

There are many reasons why people move abroad, but it often happens that someone abroad is looking for work and stumbles over the idea of teaching English. This article is a quick guide for expats thinking about teaching English as a part-time or full-time job while they are abroad.

But first, a quick word on who we are talking about here; that is, the kind of people…

French vs English

The English‏‎ language was heavily influenced by French in the past and there is a great deal of overlap between the two languages, both in terms of vocabulary and grammar.

However there are a number of major issues that French native speakers have when they learn English and this article is all about the common problems you’ll have when teaching English to French speakers and how to overcome…

Get Ripped Off to teach in North Korea

You may have seen the ad in today’s press: North Korea has decided it needs to exploit some naive TEFL teachers to work in the country and teach tour guides how to speak to the hordes of visitors the country is expecting sometime in the future.

For this they approached Juche Travel Services (JTS) in the UK who are promoting the idea for them. However, despite insisting…

How To Become a TEFL Teacher

Do you want to teach English abroad?

Quite simply, this this article will tell you how you can become a TEFL teacher abroad.
Speaking English
It’s going to sound obvious, but first, you must speak English‏‎ well. You don’t have to be a native speaker, but an extremely proficient command of English is a must.
Being Qualified
In the old days all you needed was to speak English but now it’s…

How to Keep in Touch When Teaching Abroad

TEFL teachers head abroad all the time to spend a year or more teaching in a new country.

During that time it’s important to stay connected by phone and email and on the internet, not only to keep in touch with family and friends back home, but also to access the myriad of TEFL resources online which you can use in your lessons.

This article is all about…

How to Teach Someone English (as a Foreign Language)

Many people think that teaching English‏‎ is simple. There is a common misconception that if you can speak the language, you can teach it but the simple fact is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Teaching someone English is challenging for lots of reasons.

It’s a bit like saying because I eat regularly I’m going to open a Michelin starred restaurant. It’s not as easy as…

IATEFL

IATEFL is the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. It is a respected organization set up in the UK in 1967. It brings together over 4,000 teachers & administrators, writers, publishers and other professionals involved in teaching English as a foreign language. It holds regular conferences and also includes over 3,500 more local groups in 100 countries. These are both general groups as well as SIGs…

Insurance‏‎ & Health Cover for Teachers Abroad

Insurance/Health Cover is a very important issue, but also a personal one. Some TEFL‏‎ teachers will not travel without, other teachers don’t even think about the idea.

This article looks at different sorts of insurances you might want to consider before heading overseas and teaching. What we present here are common scenarios but you should of course check to make sure of the details about what your school…

International Schools

International Schools are generally schools based in one country but which use a curriculum and teaching methods from another country.

For example, in most countries of the world you will find schools which teach all subjects in English, with British teachers, with a British style uniform, based on British school structure, and which run exams overseen by British exam authorities. These schools – often just one or…

Irish teacher denied job in Korea due to “Irish Alcoholism”

Are you a well qualified English teacher? Great. Are you Irish? Not so great. You must be an alcoholic.

An experienced English teacher has been denied a job in Seoul simply because she was Irish and the school decided that all Irish people are alcoholics.

Katie Mulrennan (26) is an English teacher from Ireland with 3 years experience teaching English abroad in Spain, the UK and…

Korea, People, Racism

Korea is a unique country that has a lot of offer. But one thing the country does lack is diversity. As a result, you feel isolated, belittled and often times, hated as a foreigner. Especially a black foreigner…
We’d like to welcome Tate Nanje as a guest author of the ICAL Blog.Originally from Cameroon, Tate grew up in the USA and first worked in Korea as teacher in…

Korean Students Unhappy with English Classes

Almost 70% of Korean high school students are unhappy with their English lessons, according to the results of a new survey.

They typically say that what they are being taught is not what they need to learn and that they are leaving school without the essential tools to engage in the international sphere.

The study asked almost 1,000 students about their English lessons and the results…

Learn to Teach English in Italy

To teach in Italy you need:

to have a degree (a BA/BSc in almost any subject is fine)
to have a TEFL certificate
to be a native English speaker

The ICAL online TEFL Certificate Course will give you a thorough grounding in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Our online TEFL course covers all major aspects of TEFL and TESOL…

LGBT and TEFL

There are a couple of main areas of concern regarding LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people and issues in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language).

being LGBT in different countries
being an LGBT teacher
LGBT materials

This article looks into each of these areas.
LGBT Teachers & Countries
Of course there are LGBT teachers. However, it is not so much about being an LGBT…

Looking at a TEFL Teaching Job Offer

There are plenty of good TEFL‏‎ or TESOL jobs out there for English teachers. But unfortunately there are also a few slightly questionable jobs. This article looks at what you should look for when applying for a job teaching English.
Look For
Online Comments
When applying for work, make sure you check out the school online. This means searching the net for any kind of comment you can…

Mother Tongue (MT) Influence

MT Influence or Mother Tongue Influence is when the grammar‏‎ or vocabulary‏‎ of a student’s Mother Tongue‏‎ influence the way in which they use their Target Language‏‎ or TL.

For example, in Greek‏‎ (and a number of other languages) people say open or close a light instead of turn on and turn off. Thus a Greek learner may well say:
* I closed the light and went to sleep.
*…

Multilingual Classes & TEFL

Generally speaking, we can divide language classrooms into two types: monolingual and multilingual.

In a monolingual TEFL class all the students speak the same mother tongue‏‎ and are learning English‏‎.

In a multilingual TEFL class, however, the students speak a variety of different languages and the only thing they may have in common is that they all are learning English!

This article then is all about teaching in…

Multilingualism

Multilingualism is the ability to speak more than one language.

In some definitions this means speaking a language as a native speaker or to native speaker standard, however some definitions are more flexible allowing multilingual to mean being able to communicate in more than one language (though not necessarily to native speaker standard).
Types

type
explanation

monolingual
speaking 1 language only…

New Opportunities for TEFL Teachers in Cuba

It is only recently that diplomatic relations have been restored between the USA and Cuba and the consequences are already being felt.

Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, reports that teaching English is to become a priority for Cuba in the very near future with schools restarting language programs which were effectively halted in the 1970s when Cuba switched foreign language teaching from English to Russian.

But…

Open English: teachers needed for USA

According to recent news reports, Open English, one of the major players in online English learning based in South America, is moving into the USA market.

Looking to target the 53 million Spanish speakers in the US, Open English has raised over $120 million to fuel the expansion and this means they are looking to employ more teachers for their online courses.
Editorial
This is good news…

Passports & TEFL Teachers

Your Passport is arguably the most valuable document you possess whilst living and working abroad and it should be carefully handled. This article offers some good, sensible advice regarding handling and using your passport.

As a general rule never send your passport through the post (unless you’re renewing it which you will do via courier anyway) and never leave it with anyone for any time. It’s your…

Personal Safety when Teaching Abroad

Personal Safety is often a concern of teachers heading abroad for the first time. This article looks at the facts about personal safety abroad.
Misconceptions
It’s often the case that people think the situation is worse abroad. It’s the fear of the unknown plus strange stories told by a friend of an aunt of the lady next door who went to a foreign land on holiday and had…

Preparing to Go Abroad & Teach English

So, you’ve got your qualifications, had your interview and now you’ve been offered a job teaching abroad.

And you suddenly realize that in just a very short time you’ll be climbing aboard an airplane and heading off into the unknown and suddenly you’re thinking, What should I pack? How much money do I have to take with me? Do I need any inoculations?

In other words…

Private English Lessons

Many TEFL teachers rely on private lessons to supplement their income. They often pay more than regular lessons and qualified teachers who offer a professional service can earn a great deal this way. Some, in fact, will stop teaching at a regular school all together and set up as self-employed to teach English.

In most cases private lessons are one-to-one or perhaps one-to-two. But things can get…

Private English Lessons to Businesses‏‎

Many teachers often supplement their income with private lessons or even live on them entirely. However, one lucrative area in this field which is often overlooked by teachers is giving Private Lessons to Businesses.

Although many of the issues involved with private lessons are relevant when teaching business people, there are one or two additional points worth considering. This article looks at how to find private lessons…

Qualify to Teach English in India

Do you want to teach English in India?

With ICAL TEFL you can become qualified to teach English. The ICAL TEFL Certificate is your key to getting a teaching job, earning money and making a difference!

This course is ideal if you want to teach English in India. It is the basic qualification for teachers of English as a Second language.

With this course you will learn the…

Racism in TEFL

Racism in Teaching English does occur to a greater or lesser extent in most countries.

This article looks at racism in TEFL‏‎ outside English speaking countries; this is where it is most prevalent.
Reactions to Foreigners

In many countries foreigners can be the source of interest and speculation and this applies to any new face, regardless of color. This kind of interest can happen in any…

Recreational Drugs & TEFL Teachers

By drugs we are referring to so-called recreational drugs such as cannabis and alcohol etc.

This article looks at traveling with drugs and using them while you are living in a foreign country as a teacher of English.

Note that this article does not discuss the moral issues of using drugs but looks at the practicalities of the situation. The information presented here is true to…

Release Letter (China)

When you work in a school in China your details are registered with the authorities. If you leave this school and want to move to another you must obtain a Release Letter from the school. With this, your new employer will be able to register you. Without it, you will not be able to be registered at the new school and – in the eyes of the authorities –…

Sensitive Subjects in TEFL

Some things are better left unsaid.

There are certain subjects which should – in general – be avoided in your English teaching classroom, especially when you are working abroad and are (effectively) a guest in a foreign country.

These subjects include:

Sex
Religion
Politics
Taboo Words‏‎

The simplest rule is not to teach any of the above subjects. Avoid them…

Shane English School‏‎

Shane English School (SES) is a chain of schools operating in Asia. The school originally started in Japan and came about after an English teacher, Shane Lipscombe found he had too many private students and thus set up a school to deal with them all.

Since then it has joined with the Saxoncourt and operates primarily in Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and China. The group is also known…

Shanghai Favorite for Expats in China

Shanghai (Hu for short, also known as Shen) has again topped the list of preferred cities in China for expats.

The survey was published by the Beijing magazine International Talent Monthly and the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel. Some 72,000 expats participated in the annual survey and again, Shanghai came out on top.

The top 10 cities for expats in China are:

Shanghai
Beijing…

Socializing in a New Country for TEFL Teachers

Moving to a new country or location can often be a daunting experience for people. Not only are you likely to be starting a new job, you’ll probably be surrounded by a completely new culture and with people speaking a completely new language to you.

It’s easy to suffer from culture shock‏‎. However, one of the ways to dive straight in and begin enjoying yourself is to…

Taboo Words and TEFL

Taboo Words (sometimes known as swearwords, curse words, or profanity) are those words and phrases which some people find shocking or offensive. They can often cause problems for TEFL‏‎ teachers and learners of English‏‎.

In general, the best advice is to avoid both using and teaching taboo words in the classroom. A number of teachers have lost their jobs through using and teaching taboo words and it is…

Taking a Teacher Training Course

Taking a TEFL or TESOL Teacher Training Course is part and parcel of training to teach English‏‎.

Thousands of potential teachers take a short TEFL Course and this article offers some basic advice on how to approach the course and how to get the most out of it.
Grammar & Vocabulary
Before beginning the course – or as soon as you can after starting it – get…

Taking Pets with you when Teaching Abroad

Taking Pets Abroad is generally not a good idea when you as a TEFL teacher go away to teach and this article explores when it’s best to leave them behind and then those rare occasions when it’s actually a good idea. Above all, remember that the well-being of your dog, cat or other pet must be your main concern! So, the first thing to do before taking any animal abroad…

Taxation for English Teachers Abroad

Tax for TEFL/TESOL Teachers

Unless you have a lot of money, tax is unavoidable. This article discusses the tax situation for teachers working abroad.

Please note that information here, whilst true to the best of our knowledge, is not legal advice and when dealing with taxes you should seek the help of a qualified tax lawyer or accountant who will make you pay for the privilege of…

Teach and Travel as an English Teacher Abroad

Do you want to travel the world? Experience what other cultures have to offer? Visit the greatest sights on Earth?

Well English teachers working abroad get to do that.

As a teacher you can work right across the world and experience some incredible places and cultures. Quite simply this article explains how many teachers live their lives, teaching and traveling around the world.

And how…

Teaching Abroad with Diabetes

Diabetes is a medical condition where a person has high blood sugar (glucose) levels.

There are 3 types of diabetes (see below) and the incidence of diabetes is increasing significantly in developed countries. It has been described in terms of “epidemic” proportions in the US and since most TEFL teachers are from the US, this means the number of TEFL teachers likely to suffer from diabetes is…

Teaching English Abroad as a Single Parent

This article looks at the practicalities of being a single parent and working as a TEFL teacher abroad with your child living there with you as either a single mother or single father.

At first glance it may seem very difficult but there are solutions to many of the problems and it has certainly been done before so it’s by no means impossible to do!

Assuming you have…

Teaching English in Central America

Central America is a very popular destination for American teachers (but you will certainly find other nationalities there).

Conditions tend to be fairly basic and sometimes you will find schools lack the most essential facilities, especially in poorer districts.

The usual qualifications to teach in Central America are a degree and a good TEFL certificate. In some countries you may also be able to find work without a degree‏‎ although a TEFL…

Teaching English in Germany

Germany is a beautiful and diverse country. It is clean and dynamic and life ranges from large industrial cities to some of the most unspoilt and gorgeous countryside in Europe. It is very regional, also, and traveling around you will find great variations not only in the landscape and cityscapes between regions but also the character and attitude of the locals.

As regards teaching English‏‎, generally speaking…

Teaching English in Iran

TEFL/TESOL in Iran‏‎
Slightly larger than Alaska, Iran is a Middle Eastern country with a strategic location on the Persian Gulf, which is a vital maritime pathway for crude oil transport.

Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979. Today’s population is 98% Muslim, divided between Shi’a (89%) and Sunni (9%).

Iran’s economy relies on the oil sector (which provides 85% of government revenues). However despite the great fortunes…

Teaching English in Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe; it borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. It is often ranked highly as well developed, socially aware and economically stable. In 2013 The Economist said that Scandinavian countries are probably the best-governed in the world with Sweden in first place.

English‏‎ is widely spoken in Sweden which means you don’t need…

Teaching in Greece

This is a first-hand account of what it’s like to teach English in Greece‏‎ written by an English teacher who went out there many years ago… and never got around to leaving!
What’s it like?
Damn fine! Teaching English in Greece is one of the better choices one can make in life. In one fell swoop you’re taken from some overcrowded, smelly city and dumped in a serene calm paradise…

Teaching in the EU for Non-Europeans

This article is about restrictions and practices for teachers wanting to teach English in countries belonging to the European Union‏‎ (EU). The most common question on this is one of visas and whether non-EU citizens (Americans, Canadians, Australians, etc) can work in the EU. This is addressed below.
Qualifications
In general, the minimum requirements to teach in an EU country in terms of academic qualifications are a degree and a TEFL…

TEFL Employment Agents (Recruiters)

This article is all about using a TEFL Employment Agent or Recruiters to find work in a country.

Essentially an Agent is an individual or organization which matches up teachers and schools. They approach schools and promise to find them English‏‎ teachers for a fee. They then advertise and get in touch with teachers who want to work in the country. They then recruit some of those teachers…

TEFL Teachers: Appropriate & Inappropriate Touching in School

Touching, has the power to enrich lives but also to ruin them and touching children is a potentially thorny issue and one which can cause difficulties across cultures.

This article looks at various aspects of the way in which teachers and children can interact and how this works teaching English as a foreign language.
“Hands Off” Approach
Due to a number of high profile cases in the…

TEFL vs TESOL vs TESL vs CELTA vs…

The world of teaching English is full of acronyms‏‎. One question which pops up all the time is: what is the difference between TEFL and TESOL and TESL and CELTA and… and also: should I get a TEFL certificate or a TESOL certificate?

This article explains what these terms means and looks at differences between them when it comes to qualifications and finding work.
TEFL, TESOL…

Television from Back Home for TEFL Teachers Abroad

Sometimes living in a foreign country can be lonely but one way to keep in touch with home and get a little light relief is to watch On Demand Television (or Catch Up Television) on your computer. It’s the perfect way to keep up with current affairs back home as well as your favorite television shows while you’re living and teaching on the other side of the world…

TESL Canada

TESL Canada is a national federation of teachers based in Canada‏‎. They are a well respected organization who have, amongst other things, developed a set of minimum standards for training teachers working in Canada. Programs which meet these standards are recognized by TESL Canada. Jobs in accredited language schools in Canada normally require as a minimum a TEFL Certificate which has been recognized by TESL Canada. TESL Canada post a…

TESL‏‎ – Teaching English as a Second Language

TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. It’s pronounced TESL to rhyme with WRESTLE.

Simply put, this means teaching English to people who are not native English speakers but who live in a country where English is the main language. For example, teaching English to Chinese speaking immigrants in Canada.

It used to be quite a common acronym in the US and Asia. However…

TESOL France

TESOL France is a non-profit organization of teachers of English in France run entirely by volunteers. Its purposes are to stimulate professional development disseminate information about research, books and other materials related to English strengthen instruction and research.

They publish a quarterly magazine, The Teaching Times, which contains articles, interviews, ready-to-use activities, and reviews.

In order to sign up to TESOL France, send an email to: tesol@enst.fr.
Organization…

TESOLANZ – New Zealand

TESOLANZ – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand – is the New Zealand‏‎ association of ESL‏‎ teachers in all areas of education. They are a major representative of the sector lobbying for the language needs of migrants and refugees.  External Links TESOLNZ – official website…

The Academic Year for TEFL Teachers Abroad

The Academic Year is when a school or learning institute is open for business.

In many countries this is from September/October to the following May/June.

In some countries in the Southern Hemisphere, the academic year runs from February/March to November/December. Obviously then an academic year for most schools lasts about 10 months or so (including holidays).
terms
Most schools divide the academic year into either 2…

Vietnamese vs English

If you are teaching English in Vietnam, or teaching English to Vietnamese speakers, you may well face a few problems when your students use English.

Let’s take a simple example. Your Vietnamese students may well say things like this:
* Yesterday he go school.
* Tomorrow I go doctor.
* an asterisk at the beginning means it’s grammatically wrong
If you know nothing about Vietnamese you may…

Visas for TEFL Teachers Abroad

Quite simply a visa is a document stating that a person is authorized to enter the country or territory for which it was issued.

If you intend to go abroad to teach depending on where you go and your nationality you may or may not need a visa to enter the country and stay there.

For example, British citizens can enter Italy‏‎, part of the European Union‏‎…

What to Take With You when Teaching Abroad

What to Take With You is a checklist of what you should pack when you are heading off to a new job, possibly a new country.

It isn’t exhaustive, of course, and many of the items below you’ll want to leave out, but it’s a good start.
Medicines, Drugs & Hygiene Products
Take a good supply of your personal medicine and prescription drugs, the pill, etc…

What to Wear in the TEFL Classroom

Business suits, smart casual, any old shirt …???

Teachers often wonder what they should wear when turning up for a new teaching job. Here are a few fashion tips we have put together based on the feedback we have received from teachers working around the world.
Dress Code for TEFL Teachers

Generally speaking, formal attire (such as suits) is not expected in private English schools. Smart…

Where Can I Teach English Around the World?

This simple flowchart graphic shows where you can work as a TEFL teacher. It’s general in approach and there are many exceptions. (For more on this, see the useful links under the graphic.)

Useful Links
Where to Teach‏‎ English as a Foreign Language – general destinations for English teachers

Teaching English without a Degree‏‎ – if you don’t have a degree, here are some likely destinations…

Where have You Taught English?

Anyone who has taught English abroad knows that TEFL is a fantastic way to travel and experience life in different countries.

I started teaching three weeks after I graduated from university. I got on a plane and headed off to Spain and the start of an incredible journey which has seen me working in Spain, Italy, Thailand, India, Tunisia, Mexico and the UK.

I’ve had classes of 40…

Where to Teach English as a Foreign Language

Where to Teach is one of the key questions asked by newly qualified teachers as well as experienced teachers who are looking for a change.

On the plus side teaching English happens in pretty much every single country in the world so there are jobs available almost everywhere. On the negative side, there are certain practical and legal restrictions on where you can teach.

This article…

Your Nationality when Teaching Abroad

This article answers a question we’re asked quite a lot: do you have to give up your nationality or citizenship when you go and work in another country?

The simple answer which applies 99.9% of the time is: No.

The rest of this article explores this topic in more detail.

As an example, suppose you are a citizen of the United States and you hold…