It’s likely every traveler hopes to conquer Europe’s expansive stretch of countries at some point during their adventures, whether they take the EuroRail across the continent on an extended vacation, backpack for a few months or relocate to an European country for work. If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad, perhaps Europe is where you’re meant to be. Continue reading
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
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
ESL teachers living abroad come from all walks of life and professions. Some of my fellow teachers in Thailand studied subjects ranging from tourism and public health to accounting and video production. However, there are certain personality traits that link us all together.
First of all, we were courageous enough to move thousands of miles away from our families to a foreign country. Secondly, we all have some combination of these four characteristics that help us be the best possible teachers. Continue reading
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
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
When deciding where and when to teach English abroad, another major decision you will have to make is whom to teach. Specifically: Do you want to teach ESL to adults or children?
For some people this choice comes intuitively or derives easily from personal experience. Some people enjoy working with children and playing games, while some people prefer having in-depth conversations with adults who are dedicated to their studies. Continue reading