3 TEFL Books Every EFL Teacher Should Read

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If you were anything like me growing up, you were probably a little nervous before the first day of school. Each year, I would toss and turn, unable to sleep because of some timid anxiety I had about starting the new school year.

I wish I could say that the night before my first day teaching was different. But it wasn’t. Apparently the old adage is true: teachers ARE more nervous than you on the first day of school. 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

Teaching English in South Korea? Don’t Miss These Weekend Getaways!

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I’m slightly envious of people who are teaching English in South Korea. On top of the great food and fabulous nightlife, you will never run out of fun and interesting places to visit on long weekends for public holidays.

Are you a history buff? Maybe an amateur hiker with a love of the outdoors? Or perhaps you prefer to spend a leisurely time on the beach with books, beer, and seafood barbecue? You’re in luck because South Korea boasts some of the best day trip adventures and long-weekend holidays in all of Asia. Continue reading

7 Video Channels for Teaching ESL Learners

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On my first day teaching Kindergarten in Egypt, I was thrown into the deep end of the pool (Er, desert). While I loved working with young ESL learners, I had never taught Kindergarten before. The youngest age I had worked with previously was junior high. So all my class management tricks, games, and attention-grabbing-videos seemed obsolete in the face of a room full of four-year-olds.

Videos are a great resource for teaching ESL learners, for so many reasons. They can help introduce a new topic, review vocabulary, practice phonics, and also to generate classroom discussions. They can also help to redirect focus when the students’ minds are starting to drift. Continue reading

8 (Amazing) Reasons to Teach English in Costa Rica

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If you’ve ever envisioned yourself teaching English in a tropical paradise where the living is easy and the weather is great all year ’round: look no further. Costa Rica is one of the top up-and-coming places to teach English abroad, and for good reason.

Well, actually, for many good reasons. Continue reading

ESL Teacher Tips: How to Cope With Bad Days in the Classroom

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Every teacher has a story about their worst day as an educator. If you’ve taught for any amount of time, you’ve probably had one, too. It’s a normal part of the job to sometimes feel like you’re failing, and this can be particularly hard to deal with if you are a new teacher. Add in the difficulties of living and working in a foreign country as an ESL teacher, and one can imagine the challenge.

However, with each hardship there is a lesson to be learned. Each excruciating day leads to better preparation, more effective techniques, and a cooler head. These are the days that ultimately make you a better teacher. Continue reading

Thailand Street Food You Must Try!

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After a full day of flights, transfers, and horrible airplane food, you’ve just arrived at Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok International Airport. First order of business? Time to eat some delicious Thailand street food!

That’s right: street food.

The best way to check out the city, and eventually the country, is to head out into the streets.  Continue reading

11 Best Places for TEFL Jobs in 2017

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One of the most important questions you will ask yourself when deciding to teach English abroad is WHERE is the best place to teach English for YOU.

Are you interested in a the best place to teach English AND save money? Perhaps a TEFL job in the Middle East is the right choice. Or maybe you want to teach English AND learn another language? Perhaps teaching English in Latin America is best. Or maybe you just want to live and soak up the a European culture, or live on a beach in Thailand. (And teach too!) 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

10 Costa Rican Dishes You Must Try

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Ask any Tico their favorite meal, and one of these Costa Rican dishes is sure to pop up. Whether it;s breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, Costa Rica has been cooking unique cuisine for years and is finally gaining the international attention it deserves.

Whether you like savory or sweet, salty or tangy: these ten Costa Rican dishes are sure to please any foodie on their journey to Latin America. Continue reading