An American Teaching in a Thailand High School Learns 3 Big Differences

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When I was in high school, I learned seven or eight different subjects each semester: the four core subjects, Spanish, health, gym, band, and either another elective or a study hall. I attended classes between 7:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon. Within these seven hours, there was a break for lunch, a few minutes to stop by my locker on the way to the next classroom between periods and hopefully a free period. Continue reading

Learning to be a Teacher While Teaching English in Thailand

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I’ve had my fair share of nicknames throughout life, but this year I added another moniker to the list: teacha.

After working in the journalism and marketing fields during and after college, I decided to try something different. I can’t say I thought too much about becoming a teacher until I spoke to fellow recent graduates who were teaching English abroad. Continue reading

Want to Teach Abroad After College? Do This Now.

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Maybe you have a few years left in college. Or maybe you’re just a semester or two away from graduating. You’re not totally sure what you would like to do for the rest of your life, but you’re interested in traveling and seeing what else is out there. And since your parents aren’t going to pay your way around the world, you think you might like to teach abroad.

Deciding to teach abroad is a big step, but it’s a great choice for young people who want to travel and still have to pay off those pesky student loans. Continue reading

6 Easy ESL Games to Play in Any Classroom

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Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, your lessons will fall apart in the classroom. Maybe the collective energy is low. Or maybe there is too much energy. Whatever the reason, no amount of planning will make your lessons impervious 100% of the time.

How do you navigate this problem and redirect focus? How can you bring the energy up or, perhaps, bring the energy down? Continue reading

TEFL or TESOL — What’s the Difference?

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TEFL or TESOL? CELTA and ESL? When you’re first starting to think about teaching English abroad, the whole game can seem like all the players know the rules and you’re left on the sidelines just trying to figure it out. Right?

We felt the same way, too.

One of the most confusing things in the industry is how many acronyms are used, and often without explanation. So, what is the difference between them all?

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How to Teach English Abroad

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Have you ever dreamed of immersing yourself in a culture anew? Of learning a second language? Of becoming a local in a foreign land, while working alongside locals?

One of the best ways to get the most out of a long-term meaningful travel experience is to teach English abroad.

Deciding to teach English abroad is not an easy thing to do. It’s a big life decision, and it’s scary. But if not doing it will leave you full of regret, then there’s only one choice: JUST GO. Continue reading

ESL Adventures: Teach ESL in Europe

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I graduated from college and, after dabbling in pastry chef, advertising copywriter, and actress, I still had no idea what I wanted to do “when I grew up.” But something out there in the universe pulled me toward Europe; something told me that, while I hadn’t yet figured out what direction my life path would go, it’s route definitely drew through Europe. Continue reading

5 Questions to Consider Before Choosing a Country to Teach English Abroad

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So you’ve made the decision to teach abroad. That’s huge. It has the opportunity to impact your life in ways you never thought possible, regardless if you’re interested because you just want a way to fund your travels, or if you’re a qualified teacher looking for experience. Making the leap to do it is a big step. But now what?

One of the first and often most difficult decisions to make is to choose which country you want to work in. Narrowing down the globe to just a few desirable options seems impossible at first, but here are a few questions to ask yourself before jumping into it:

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