4 Personality Traits of Top-notch ESL Teachers

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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

Tips for Perfect TEFL Lesson Plans, Every Time

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Now that I’m a professional writer, I see the immense value in making outlines before I dive into an article. They help me organize research that I’ve gathered and find a logical progression for the information I want to present to readers.

But I wasn’t always this way. For many of my pre-college school years, I thought outlining writing assignments was basically extra work.

As time went on and my assignments became longer and more complex, I realized that actually writing outlines rather than simply creating a paper’s structure in my head could make a big difference. This seems a bit tangental, but I promise it’s relevant to your life as an ESL teacher. Continue reading

Top 5 Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand

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Nestled in the quiet North of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a welcome break from the madness of Bangkok. Despite lacking a beach, Chiang Mai is extremely popular due to it’s culture and laid back atmosphere.

Chiang Mai has so much to do at both daytime and nighttime, and is often referred to as the Adventure Capital of Thailand. During the day you can explore the many cultural sights and treat yourself to a massage. At night you can enjoy not only Thai food but international food such as Mexican and English. Chiang Mai has many bars too including ex-pat bars and local bars. There is something for everyone. 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 Abroad in Thailand: An ESL Teacher Tells All

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Matty Anderson moved his family of four to Thailand from New Zealand on one-way tickets. The goal was to see the world while living a laptop lifestyle. They wanted to live life by their own design, not someone else’s. We got in touch with Matty and asked him about his experience with teaching English in Thailand, a job that supplements their family income. Here’s what he had to say.

So you want to teach abroad in Thailand? I guess we are similar souls, travel-loving free spirits who want a tool to facilitate a brave new lifestyle. A few months ago, I lived out my dream of a laptop lifestyle and moved my family to Thailand, where I now teach the happy kids I’m proud to call my students. 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