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Monday, 28 July 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Russia

Here's the information for Russia for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at Europe for non-EU passport holders and The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at

Private tutoring or governessing is really the only way to make good money teaching English here. Sometimes you might be paid to go on vacation with them. $75 dollars an hour or £40-£50 is about average now.
  1. Bonne International: Tutoring and governess positions. They give you paid sick days and holidays. They will likely have fewer jobs in the summer save for the heavy travel / live-in somewhere in Europe then back to Moscow in the fall. They require qualifications and experience with kids as well as people over 25 because of responsibility issues. If you tell them what you are looking for, they will match you the best they can.
  2. British Business Language Centre: You're only paid about $25 an hour and you can get higher rates from schools in Moscow, however, this school doesn't complain when you refuse to teach a class because you have a private student at that time. 
  3. Duke and Duchess International: On their website they say that they have positions inChina, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, however, I've found that most of the jobs are for Russia.  
  4. Guvernior: Guvernior often has part-time tutoring that averages $60-$75 for 60 minutes. Pick up a couple clients like this during the week and you will be fine.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

$100 discount on the University of Toronto's online course until July 31st!

Offer ends midnight July 31th, 2014!
The discount has been extended to the end of July. The University of Toronto is offering $100 off for a limited time only. Use the promotion code "JULY 150" for the 150-hour TEFL certification course or "JULY 120" for the 120-hour TEFL certification course to get $100 off.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

7 Reasons to Use Extensive Reading in Your ESL Classes

In many EFL and ESL classes reading is often a short activity that rarely lasts the entire class period or longer. Things are starting to change and there's a push for extensive reading. Graded readers are often used to help promote extensive reading. Below you can find 7 reasons why you should use ER (extensive reading) in your classroom.
  1. It exposes students to the classics using grammar and vocabulary they can understand. Shakespeare and Dickens is hard enough for native speakers. Graded readers are abridged versions that allow the students to read classics without compromising understanding.
  2. Reading increases vocabulary and the more reading students do, the more vocabulary they'll learn.
  3. It provides good examples of writing, such as paragraphs, transitions, and more.
  4. It motivates and encourages students. They're able to see an increase in their English language learning because they have read an entire book in English.
  5. ER increases English comprehension. The more imput they have, the more output they'll produce.
  6. It encourages students to read. Technology is taking over our lives and reading is getting pushed to the back burner. Using ER in class shows students that there's still a place for reading in our lives.
  7. ER is fun! Reading is often seen as a hobby and it's a nice break from normal class activities.
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Romania

Here's the information for Romania for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at Europe for non-EU passport holders and The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.    

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at

Here's a tongue in cheek review of the TEFL market in Romania and Bulgaria by Alex Case at TEFLtastic. 
  1. Key English: Run by Mike Waters, an Irish expat who's lived in Romania for a number of years.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Online vs On-site TEFL courses

The main problem with online certs is that there is no practice teaching component, but things are starting to change. Cambridge has recently come out with the online CELTA. You do most of the work online, and then have an on-site component composed of observation and teaching practice. Not all TEFL courses are created the same. Take a look at how to choose a TEFL course for more info.

TEFL Course Basics
The following information has been taken from Wall Street Institute.
  • At least 120 hours over 4 weeks or more
  • At least 6 hours teaching practice with real students
  • Trainers should have a degree, a TEFL cert (preferrably a diploma), and at least 8 years teaching experience in 2 different countries.
  • Exams should be oral, written, and teaching
  • The curriculum should cover: grammar, methods, phonetics, classroom management, activities, use at least 3 different textbooks, practice with audio and visual aids, introduce international exams or Business English.

On-site Courses
The advantages of taking an on-site course are that you can take a course in the country you're interested in teaching in. By doing this, you can learn a little about the area and jobs available. In addition, your trainers will probably have experience in that country. Moreover by taking an on-site course you can interact with your fellow trainees.

The drawbacks are the time and expense. Not everyone has a month or so to take off work and study. In addition to the cost of the course, you're going to have to take into account lost wages. Then there's the whole matter of actually getting there, as well as food and accomodation.

Online Courses
The biggest advantage is the convenience. You can literally study anywhere in the world. You can work at your own pace too. These courses are often cheaper than on-site courses.

The drawback is the fact that it's online. Many employers view online courses as being a step down from on-site courses. This holds true for online masters degrees as well. Since it's online it's often perceived as being easier. Additionally, many online courses don't have a practical teaching component. It's like getting your license without ever having driven a car before.

So Which is Best?
Honestly, most people agree that an onsite course is the best, however, not everyone is able to take onsite courses. With that being said an online course is better than no TEFL cert at all. As mentioned above CELTA now has an online course. Since they also have a practical teaching component their online course is just as good as their on-site one.

Want to Take an Online Course?
Many employers will give you a raise if you have a TEFL cert and sometimes an online course is the only option. If you go that route, make sure they have a practical teaching section. They should also have 120 hours with 6 hours of teaching practice.

They should also offer lots of support and tutor feedback if you need it, in the form of email, skype, or phone calls. At the beginning of the course they should give you a clear syllabus to let you know what direction the course will take. Make sure they use a good online format.

Free Courses
If you don't have the money for a course at the moment, check out these free options. 

In Summary
You really should get a cert and on-site ones are the best, followed by online ones with a teaching component, and finally online ones without a teaching component. It's only fair to your students that they have a teacher who knows what they're talking about. If you can't get a TEFL cert there are other ways to learn about teaching. Try reading is a TEFL cert necessary? to find out more

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