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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Cool Link: ESL Heaven

I found ESL Heaven through one of my Linkedin contacts, Daniel James. The co-founder of ESL Heaven also works at a university here in Korea.

The site has information for both students and teachers. Students can find great resources such as idioms, phrasal verbs, English lessons, and essay writing help. Teachers can find jobs, country guides, games, lesson ideas, and classroom management help. They can also post their CVs.

ESL Heaven also has a handful of forums in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. With over 125,000 register users since they've started about 2 years ago, ESL Heaven is going to take the ESL and EFL community by storm.

I know they'll be expanding their site soon. Here's hoping they'll have reviews about schools and TEFL certificates

Got an idea for a cool link?
Email me with your cool link, name, and website (if you have one) and I'll post it ASAP.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

10 Qualities You Need to Be a DOS

PC Parrot wrote a list of 10 qualities necessary to head the PD (professional development) department at this post on Dave's. I think that all of these apply to those who want to become a head teacher, HD (head of department) or a DOS (director of study). Oxford TEFL has an online course for those wanting to be DOSes.

You should be some one who . . .

  1. .. is a qualified teacher who holds a teaching license, a DELTA, and an MA TESOL.
  2. .. is a qualified teacher trainer.
  3. .. can accept criticism.
  4. .. doesn't resort to ridiculous put downs like "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" .. because they actually want to encourage feedback - both negative and positive.
  5. .. doesn't believe that PD is voluntary if it forms part of the teacher evaluation system.
  6. .. doesn't believe that a department which invests heavily in PD will look equally upon those who take part in the devised program and those who chose instead to pursue their own private PD.
  7.  .. doesn't come to the table with the belief that teachers in the Middle East are lazy and do nothing but pop into class for a couple of hours a day.
  8. .. doesn't believe they are a great teacher, but instead aspires to constantly improve themselves.
  9. .. doesn't worry about their popularity, but is more concerned about earning the trust and respect of the teachers they will be training.
  10. And someone who certainly doesn't believe anyone to be a Neanderthal because they question the value of what they are doing - especially when the crticism comes from people who are more qualified.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Costa Rica

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

I only know of one, so if you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at
  1. Maximo Nivel: They have institutes in Guatemala and Peru as well. Their trainer positions pay between $1000 and $1800 a month.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Colombia

Here's the information for Colombia 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. British Council
  2. International House Bogota They pay around $2 million pesos a month.
  3. Universidad de la Sabana
  4. Universidad de los Andes
  5. Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla: You'll get about US $2400 a month, 30 days paid vacation, and Carnival and Holy Week off. Tenure is also possible after one year. If you have a year-to-year contract, you'll get 15 days paid vacation and a ticket home every year, instead of every two years.
  6. Universidad EAFIT
  7. Universidad EAN: They pay around $3-4million pesos a month.
  8. Universidad Externado de Colombia
  9. Universidad Manuela Beltran: They pay around $3million pesos a month and have locations in various cities.

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Poll Results August 2014: Do you let your students use phones in class?

August's poll was "Do you let your students use their phones in class?" Here are the results.
  • No, never: 25% with 3 votes
  • Yes, always: 8.33% with 1 vote
  • Yes, sometimes: 50% with 6 votes
  • For emergencies: 8.33% with 1 vote
  • To access dictionaries or course related material: 8.33% with 1 vote
It seems like you just can't get away from phones. I've written about surrendering to cell phones as well as if you can't beat 'em, you should join 'em.

Be sure to vote in this month's poll: Does your employer give you gifts for the holidays?

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