Wednesday, 17 December 2014

When In Doubt, Blame the Foreigners!

Blame the foreigners
According to the news, it seems like foreigners are to blame for everything, everywhere: crime, housing prices, loss of jobs, the economy. You name it, the foreigners are to blame.

It's pretty easy to pass the buck and many people do it, but that doesn't make it right. Here are some examples of foreigners getting the blame.
Besides this being wrong, you'll find that data is skewed in order to make foreigners look guilty. The Korean Times wrote an article about foreign crime rates increasing, but neglected to talk about the Korean crime rate increasing as well as ROK Drop points out.

While it's true that foreigners can hurt a country, so can nationals. Foreigners can also help countries. They stimulate the economy with spending, share their culture, and sometimes settle in that country and make it more diversified.

People need to be accountable and blaming others isn't the way to do it. In this day and age, people should realise that this is racism and should be stopped.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Yemen

Here's the information for Yemen for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at
  1. YALI (Yemen American Language Institute): consortium between the US and Yemen. 

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Monday, 15 December 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in the UAE

Here's the information for the UAE for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

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

Being a Direct Hire is the Way to Go!
Try to get a direct hire position rather than one with a recruiter. Some benefits that you can expect to get are:
  • Free airfare (at least once a year, sometimes more)
  • Decent accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • Transport allowance
  • End of contract gratuity (1 month salary for each year worked)
  • Paid overtime
  • Potential to teach evening contract work
  • Own private / semi private university office with computer and internet
  • Decent university facilities: gym, swimming pool, cafeteria, etc.
  • Decent working hours (average is 22 contact hours) 
  • Decent classrooms with good technology (computers, overhead projector, internet, smart boards, etc.) 
The Best TEFL Jobs in the UAE
  1. American University of Sharjah
  2. Emirates College for Advanced Education
  3. Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS)
  4. Higher Colleges of Technologies (HCT): They seem to be recovering from the mass firings they had.
  5. Fatimah College of Health Studies (FCHS)
  6. Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research (KU)
  7. Petroleum Institute (PI)
  8. United Arab Emirates University (UAE University)
  9. Zayed University

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Friday, 12 December 2014

How to Get Your MBA - Without Taking the GMAT

The following post is from a guest blogger.

Does the thought of taking another test just to get back into school scare the living daylights out of you? Perhaps you're not a great test taker but are better at applying your skills to everyday situations. A poor GMAT score could only be a detriment to your admissions material.

In that case, you might choose not to take the GMAT test at all. Hold up. How can you get your MBA without GMAT scores? Is that even possible? Turns out, it is. Check out these ways you can get your MBA without taking the GMAT.

Submit GRE Scores 
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If you're scared to death about the GMAT, consider taking the GRE general test instead. The Graduate Records Examination is a more standardized test than the GMAT. That means that you're tested on more general knowledge rather than just analytical writing and problem-solving abilities.

A high score on the GRE is oftentimes enough for universities to accept your application without a GMAT score. US News recently published a list of schools that accept GRE scores along with GMAT scores (you can browse these in their business schools section).

As an added perk, the GRE test is about $50 cheaper than the GMAT. To take your GRE test, you'll have to schedule a time with one of 700 global prometric testing centers and be prepared for about four hours of testing. Your score is valid for five years after taking the test.

Use Your Undergrad GPA to Your Advantage 
What if you don't want to take a test at all? Doesn't taking the GRE test kind of defeat the purpose of skipping out on the GMAT? If you graduated from your undergrad program with high honors, then you may not have to take the test at all. A high GPA is a data point that you can use as "proof" to show your competency to admissions offices.

However, since most universities already look at undergrad GPA when considering students, a high GPA doesn't always mean you can get out of getting your test scores. Talk with your admissions counselor to see if your GPA qualifies you to skip the GMAT and what other options you have if it doesn't.

Enter a Program With a Waiver System 
If you're looking to get your online MBA, no GMAT is required for select programs that offer a waiver system. These programs will waive the test score requirements for qualifying applicants. To qualify, you often have to prove your skills by showing a high undergrad GPA and your achievements in previous work experience. If you don't want to take the GMAT, these programs are probably the best option for you since their goal is to encourage non-typical students to apply. That could mean that the program as a whole would be a better fit for you.

Having no GMAT scores doesn't mean that you have to limit your selection of program choices, nor does it mean that you have to rush to schedule your test time. Instead, you might choose one of the above options to help you get into an MBA program.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How to Get the University Job in Korea that You Want

The following post is from a guest blogger from Jackie Bolen. She's got some great info on her blog My Life! Teaching English in a Korean University and her Facebook fan page.

University jobs in South Korea are amazing, but how can you actually get one of them? Hopefully you have a masters degree, and are already living in Korea with a year or two of experience teaching adults because then it will not be so difficult. But, you never know because even if you don’t, it’s about being in the right place at the right time. Maybe someone decides not to take a job a week before the semester starts and they call you, looking for a warm body who is in Korea, with all their documents and ready to work. Or, maybe your friend who is already working at a university gives you a stellar recommendation.

In order to get a clearer picture of how people find university jobs in South Korea, I posted an informal poll on Facebook on the “Foreign Professors and University English Teachers in South Korea” group asking people about their experiences. There were about 200 participants and the responses were as follows:
  • ESL Cafe Job Board: 36% 
  • Through a friend: 34% 
  • Through a job site besides ESL Cafe (people mentioned Profs Abroad and Chronicle of Higher Education): 14% 
  • Networking: 7% 
  • Dropping application off at a university or applying through the university website: 7% 
As you can see, job boards and friends/networking are extremely important. If you want to get some solid advice about which job boards you should be looking on as you search for a job in Korea, check out the book, “How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams.” This book also contains some top tips as well as common mistakes to avoid as you network your way to a job in a Korean university. Good luck and may you find the job of your dreams.

Don’t forget to check out some additional resources by the author of this article, Jackie Bolen. 

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