7 Reasons Why You’ll Fail Teaching English Abroad Without Certification

If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one! It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back. Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t consider teaching English abroad without certification: Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Taking Your TEFL Certification Course Online vs. Abroad

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So, you know you want to teach English abroad, and you’ve done the preliminary research and realized that being TEFL certified will put you above other applicants who aren’t…which brought you to this question: where do I take my TEFL certification course? There are two options: you can complete the TEFL certification online in your home country, or you can complete it abroad in a specific country—one you know you’re interested in, or one you want to learn more about.

Here’s a list of pros and cons to help your weigh options, getting you closer to choosing the best type of TEFL course for you! Continue reading

Prepare for Teaching English Abroad with 3 Necessary Steps

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So you completed your TEFL course and were hired as an ESL teacher, and you’re feeling ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime. But as your departure date approaches, you might find yourself overwhelmed by everything to you need to do before leaving. To be honest, there may be even more to take care of than you realize. To help you get your life in order as you make this major transition, here are a few boring but necessary tasks that you should do to prepare for teaching English abroad. Continue reading

7 Tips to Make Yours the Best Online TEFL Course

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When it comes to any job, we all know it pays to be properly trained. That’s why those who want to teach English abroad — whether they want to do it simply to support their travels or for a career change — like to take a TEFL certification course where they’ll learn how to teach English as a foreign language by discussing grammar points, lesson planning, how to deal with cultural sensitivities and more, as well as gain hands on teaching practice before they ever step foot in the foreign classroom. If you read our “Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best TEFL Course for you” and decided on the Online TEFL course option, here are seven ways to get the most out of it. Continue reading

10 Big Online TEFL Course Advantages

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We know choosing the best TEFL certification course for you can be almost as overwhelming (or more!) as choosing a country where you want to teach English abroad. While the onsite courses certainly have their appeal, we think the Online TEFL course advantages might be what you’re looking for if you haven’t yet decided on that country, you’re still working or in school, or you simply want a high quality course with maximum flexibility. Continue reading

ESL Classroom Management Tips to Control That “Uncontrollable” Class

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When Charles Dickens wrote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” he must have been in classroom full of students.

Regardless of the age group, there will always be a need for actionable ESL classroom management to help control side talks and rally the students’ attention. The challenge is far more daunting than it seems. How can you grab the students attention? How can you manage their behavior in a fair and effective way? Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best TEFL Course for You

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Warning: don’t choose a TESOL/TEFL certification course until you read this.

Why?

I’m guessing you’re a little lost on how to get started teaching English abroad. You’re probably emailing multiple program providers and following them on Facebook. Maybe you’ve even talked to a few on the phone, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different offerings out there.

I get you.

I was in your shoes once, too.

And that’s why I started Teach English: ESL — to make it easier to help people like you get started on their teach abroad adventure.

Something I’ve learned in the process of my own trial and error is that choosing a training course (commonly referred to as TEFL certification course) can be one of the biggest challenges to getting started.

Do you study online or onsite? What are the things to look out for? Are all courses accredited? Will they help you find a job?

So I wrote this handy guide to help you navigate the process and ultimately find the BEST TEFL course for YOU!
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TEFL or TESOL — What’s the Difference?

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?

We’re so glad you asked. Continue reading

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

Teaching English in Spain

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For my fifth and final year of college, I decided to utilize my Spanish minor and spend two semesters abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It was great; I had purposely waited until my last year so I could finish all my requirements and not worry too much while in Spain. My only real concern was money, so I thought I’d look into teaching English as many of the other foreign students were already doing so. Continue reading