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
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
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
While it’s true there are still many countries where one can teach EFL without a certification, it’s also true that the market is changing. With travel getting easier and more affordable than ever before, more and more people are finding ways to stay abroad longer, and teaching English as a foreign language is one way to do so. Continue reading
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
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
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
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