Monthly Archives: May 2011

TEFL Traveling

Teaching English abroad is a great way to travel. Most jobs are for 15-25 hours per week and pay enough for daily expenses, accommodation, and a little extra fun! Furthermore, contracts are only for 6 months to a year, so qualified teachers can live in many different countries within a very a short period of time. As you gain more teaching experience, you’ll earn more money to pay for better weekend gateways. 2 years of teaching experience on your resume can double your salary!

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TEFL Thailand

Why Teach English in Thailand?

Find paradise. Stumble on to a remote sandy beach with that sunny non-contrast of powder white sand and crystal turquoise water, follow a jungle path up to a tree house at the edge of a jungle lake where there are elephants swimming, or doze off in a hammock in the shade with a beverage and some friends on your own private island. This is what Thailand has to offer!

If you have a reputable TESOL or TEFL Certificate, there are plenty of opportunities waiting for you. The trouble isn’t lack of options, the trouble is that most of us will almost undoubtedly be faced with the task of choosing to live in a place we have never seen. How can you be sure if you’ll be able to fit in and be happy in a place you couldn’t hope to understand? You can do research, you can find out that Thailand is the 21st most populous country, and the 50th largest in terms of total area. You can read about customs and culture shock, you can identify the nation’s official religion (Theravada Buddhism) and you can see pictures of what their toilet situation is like, but still there’s anxiety.

The anxiety is a facet of the whole teaching abroad enterprise, and certainly not restricted to the Thai experience. There’s always an element of the unknown, some part mystery in the undertaking, it’s part of why we do it.
So now we are getting to it: why do we do it? There are so many reasons to teach abroad, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. And in any case if you’re reading this then it’s very likely that that decision has already been made. But it’s relevant because once you know that you want to teach abroad, and you’ve sort of sorted out why, and you now are trying to decide between job placements in countries you’ve never been to, and you’re wondering if Thailand is really all that it’s cracked up to be, then at that moment you need to go back and look over your list of reasons.

Choosing from different far-off places with so little to be sure of will center around two main themes: the financial and the adventure. And this is where Thailand emerges as an easy choice, almost a no-brainer, because if you’re in it for the numbers, don’t go to Thailand. You can make money in Thailand but not a lot, and it’s hard, and money has a way of melting away in the tropical heat. But if you’re down for adventure, then Thailand is perfect for you. She knows exactly what you’re talking about and has more in store than could ever be written, just waiting to be explored and experienced. If you want to find a paradise then come teach with me in Thailand.

The cost of living does not top the $500 range, and salaries are between $800 and $1,300 a month.
Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree
100-hour TESOL/TEFL Certificate

Can I Get a TEFL Certificate If I Have Years of Teaching Experience?

A TEFL certificate issued by a school that charges money to credit your teaching experience is not a reputable one.

You may be an experienced teacher but it does not mean that you have been doing the right job. Many people go to another country where hiring standards are low and get a job because they are a native speaker; however, being a native speaker does not make you a professional teacher.

Most teachers who have not taken an internationally recognized TEFL course have little knowledge about preparing lesson plans, so when they do take a TEFL/TESOL course, they must unlearn all the bad habits and struggle more than a fresh teacher.

A reputable TEFL certificate provides training in grammar, phonology, and methodology (Lesson planning). A 100-hour online TEFL Certificate program doesn’t cost more than $300!!

Research TEFL Wages

You just graduated from your TEFL course and already received tons of offers. How do you screen out the bad ones? It’s important to take a moment to research the conditions in each country. What may seem like an excellent offer in Japan, may actually be worse than one that pays half as much in Taiwan. That is because costs of living vary a lot from country to country. You can earn $3,000/month in Japan versus $1,500 in Taiwan, but living on a Taiwanese salary may take you a long way.
This website provides more information about the conditions and requirements for the top ESL destinations.

Internationally Recognized Online TEFL Certification for under $300!!

Tips for Teaching English in China

1. Most places don’t take debit or credit, so always carry enough cash –

2. As a foreigner, expect to pay more, sometimes double or triple. Unfair, yes, but that is the practice.

3. It’s often possible to haggle for better prices, especially in smaller stores. I would start negotiations at 40 percent of the asking price.

4. It’s worth the money to take a taxi if it means you can keep your sanity from the huge crowds on buses and subways.

5. Meet the other foreign teachers at your school. You will be each other’s sounding board, professional development team, and support provider for the length of your stay. Usually, the expats who have lived in China for a while will be more than happy to show you the ropes because they remember how tough it could be when you first arrive.

6. Try to build a community of expats both in and outside of work. Attend expat events (google city name + expats). Attend the welcome dinner at the beginning of the school year (if available). Go on the trips the school offers to teachers during holidays (if available).

7. Always carry toilet paper – they are not supplied in most washrooms.

8. Few washrooms have soap, so if you are worried about germs, carry hand sanitizer.

9. Expect the unexpected. Because China is a completely different culture, the people will behave and react differently from what you expect. It’s better to simply observe and ask friends about it later than judging them and having a negative impression. The Chinese may interact with you in ways that may be frustrating or rude to you; just remember that most of them are trying to be friendly or polite according to their customs.

10. Get certified! Although many schools do not ask for TESOL certification, proper training will go a long way. You will qualify for higher paying jobs and you will also enjoy your job a lot more if you are ready to stand in front of a classroom. A standard 100-hour TESOL certificate doesn’t cost more than $300 if you take it online.

Who Takes a TEFL Course?

Who takes TESL/TESOL/TEFL courses?

The following are profiles of some of the types of students who took our courses and who are currently working or worked on completion of their TESOL program:

* Gap-year students
* People who love traveling around the world and who want to make a living by teaching English while doing so.
* Those who are looking for a career change
* Teachers interested in working with immigrants
* Experience teachers without a TESOL/TESL/TEFL or TEYL certificate
* People who are moving overseas or who plan to retire overseas
* ESL teachers who are teaching overseas but who do not have a certificate and need one to teach in Canada.
* International ESL students of an advanced level of English who either want to teach ESL in their home countries or want to improve their English skills
* Non-native English teachers who want to obtain an internationally recognized TESOL certification

Online TEFL Certification: Is Tutor Support Necessary?

It is quite possible to take an online TEFL course that meets or even exceeds the standards of the most reputable on-site courses, but tutor support is key.
Without a professional teacher trainer, a TEFL course lacks quality regardless of the level of the material and the assignments. A trainee needs feedback on the assignments in order to improve his/her lesson planning as well as a tutor is necessary to make the experience as interactive as an on-site TEFL/TESOL course. If the trainee has any questions, a teacher trainer should be available to answer them, direct the trainee to the material, and provide examples.