Researching your TEFL course

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3 Key Tips to Choosing a TEFL Course

Teaching English is not as easy as it sounds. You are very often teaching people who don’t understand you and vice versa. That said, it is a richly rewarding profession. You ultimately play a role in your student’s future. So, it is your responsibility to invest in a course that offers you high quality instruction, helps you assess your teaching qualities, enriches your skills and helps you gain experience.

Here are the 3 most important things to consider when looking for a TEFL course: Read more

5 Things You Can Do With a TEFL Certificate and No Degree

5 Things You Can Do With a TEFL Certificate and No Degree

Quite often the first question I am asked is: “Where can I teach and earn a decent salary without a degree?” It is a very difficult question to answer because, what exactly is a decent salary? It varies from person to person. That said, if you want to earn mega bucks you need to teach in the Middle East and for that you do need a degree.

But if you currently don’t hold a university degree, what are your options? Let’s take a look at some ideas of what you can do with a good quality TEFL Certificate and no degree: Read more

10 things you are NOT told about TEFL

10 Things you are not told about TEFL

ONE – TEFL is a real job!  You have to prepare lessons, source interesting material and put together a lesson that will engage and challenge the students and not bore them to tears. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

TWO – You actually need to know the grammar too, so you have to study! Do you know what the Zero Conditional is or can you recognise a Relative Clause? Very often students know more than you so you need to know your stuff. You need to be an expert at what you are teaching in that moment, Think about it. If you pay to do a course, don’t you expect your teacher to know what he/she is talking about? Read more

Top 10 Tips for TEYLT

Teaching English to Young Learners and Teens

Top 10 TEYLT Tips

TEYLT is not an area of EFL I often touch on, but lately I have had a number of teachers ask me for advice on teaching younger learners.

Most new TEFL teachers land up teaching very young learners (2 – 4 years old or at primary schools) in Asia. Although the fundamentals of TEFL remain, teaching children is quite different from teaching adults and a fair amount of research is necessary. In my opinion, it’s an art. Read more

Living Abroad Makes You More Creative

A Top Psychologist Told Us Why People Who Work Abroad Are More Creative

 If you want to be more creative, work far from your hometown.

Like on the other side of the world.

According to Adam Grant, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist and author of the new book “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World”, working abroad has startling effects for creativity. Read more

8 of the Best Places to Teach English Overseas

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Every year, tens of thousands of people go overseas and teach English. Young and old, they go for many reasons: to learn about a new culture, make some money to travel, seek adventure, or just experience something new.

The time I spent teaching English in Asia was life changing. In Thailand and Taiwan, I learned that I could make friends and start a life in a strange place, as well as adapt and thrive in a different culture. It gave me a confidence that nothing else before it had.

Yet with seemingly millions of places to teach, where are the best places to go? What countries provide the best experience, pay, or benefits? Here’s my list of where to score a fun, rewarding, and well-paying job teaching English overseas:

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