Thursday 28 November 2013

What Teachers Can Buy With Their Office Budget

If you're lucky enough to get an office budget for the year you might be really excited to get free money, but are not sure what you should buy. Here are some things teachers often buy with their office budget.
  • Air fresheners 
  • Board markers
  • Books for teaching 
  • Coffee
  • Certificates for students
  • Desk organiser
  • Ergonomic keyboard 
  • Ergonomic mouse
  • Foot rest
  • Fridge
  • Herbal teas
  • Highlighters
  • Ink cartridge
  • Garbage can
  • Gel wrist guard for typing
  • Paper
  • Paper clips
  • Paper cups
  • Paper cutter
  • Paper tray
  • Pens
  • Printer
  • Push pins
  • Soap
  • Stickers
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Tissues
  • Vacuum


Tuesday 26 November 2013

Earn a TEFL Certificate Online with the University of Toronto

I'm a big proponent of online and distance education. I've personally taken distance education courses during high school that counted towards my BA as well as done both my masters from brick and mortar schools online. There are lots of benefits to taking courses online, like not having to travel and having access to many schools rather than just ones nearby. Online education isn't for everyone. I know that some people can't get motivated or are wary of distance degrees. Here's an article that discusses more about  the pros and cons of online TEFL certs.

I understand that it can be hard to separate the good from the bad, especially when you're dealing with a school you may never visit. Many people look at price when deciding which TEFL course to go with. While that is an issue, please remember that you get what you pay for. Finding a great deal on Groupons for a TEFL cert that's less than $100 probably isn't going to mean much to a potential employer. Here are somethings to look for when choosing a TEFL course.

I think that the big three in TEFL certs are CELTA, SIT, and Trinity. However, the problem with these is that none of them can be taken completely online. SIT and Trinity are face-to-face courses. CELTA just came out with a mostly distance TEFL cert a bit ago, but some parts of it still need to be taken face-to-face and some people aren't able to do that.

If you're looking to take a TEFL cert completely online, I'd recommend going with the University of Toronto's. It's from a legit institute (one of the best in the world), can be done completely online, and is affordable. By doing a TEFL cert online, you won't have to take time off work nor will you have to travel to the city where the TEFL course is given. If price is still an issue for you, if you enroll before the end of November you can save $200 on the new 150-hour TEFL course by entering the code "tefltips" when you enroll. After November, you can still use the code to save $50.

More and more employers and countries are requiring TEFL certs, so if you don't have one you should seriously consider getting one. While the University of Toronto does offer a 100-hour course, most employers do ask for at least 120 hours, so consider taking the 120 or 150 hour one.

Earning your TEFL certificate online from the University of Toronto gives you the best quality TEFL training, combined with job placement from a global leader in international teacher recruitment. Travel the world while teaching English overseas as a TEFL-certified teacher.

Advantages of the University of Toronto’s TEFL Online 
ESL teachers who enroll in the University of Toronto’s online course have four distinct advantages:

  1. The best quality training – The University of Toronto ranks in the top 20 universities worldwide. Graduates of the course receive a certificate with the official seal of the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), ensuring that the certificate is recognized internationally. 
  2. Worldwide accessibility – The University of Toronto’s TEFL course is 100% online and entirely self-paced. Access the course anywhere, at any time, from any internet-enabled device. 
  3. Opportunities for elective specialization – The 120-hour and 150-hour TEFL certificates give teachers the chance to choose elective units tailored to their professional interests. By specializing in areas of TEFL, graduates stand out in their fields. Areas of specialization include Teaching English to Arabic Speakers, Teaching Business English, Teaching English to Young Learners, Teaching English to Korean Speakers, and many others. 
  4. Job placement assistance – TEFL Online is partnered with Teach Away Inc., the world’s leading international teacher recruitment company. TEFL Online graduates receive free job placement consultation from Teach Away, giving them the best chance of landing a competitive teaching job overseas. 

TEFL Course Options 
ESL teachers have three options: the 100-hour, 120-hour, or 150-hour course.

100-hour course
  • Six core course units

120-hour course
  • Six core course units
  • 2 elective specialization units

*NEW* 150-hour course
  • Eight core course units
  • 2 elective specialization units
  • Additional unit on teaching abroad
Introductory promotion: To celebrate the launch of the 150-hour TEFL course, the University of Toronto is offering a very limited-time offer of $200 off the regular price – meaning that you’ll get the 150-hour course for the same price as the 120-hour course! Use coupon code "tefltips" (all lowercase letters) until November 30th, 2013!

About Teach Away 
Teach Away is the leading international teacher placement company. Every year, Teach Away’s international offices work with thousands of teachers to help them find teaching jobs in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Teach Away’s placement coordinators match educators with international teaching jobs and conduct pre-departure training to ensure that teachers are prepared to live abroad.

Every graduate of the University of Toronto’s TEFL course receives free job placement consultation with a Teach Away placement coordinator after completion of the course.


Sunday 24 November 2013

Job Site: Guardian Jobs

The Guardian has a good reputation and their Guardian Jobs is great if you're looking for a job in the UK or abroad. They have TEFL and international school positions out there. In addition to teaching jobs, they also have administration and management ones.

You can browse by category, job level, location, salary, function, sector, hours, contract, listing, time posted and the type of employer. There are some really good jobs out there, so take a look and see what you can find.

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


Friday 22 November 2013

10 Days Left to Save $200 on the University of Toronto's online TEFL cert ends midnight November 30th 2013!

The University of Toronto has a new online 150-hour TEFL certification course. To celebrate they're offering $200 off during the month of November. Simply use promotion code "TEFL150". Here's some more information about teaching English abroad.


Sunday 17 November 2013

US Dept of Ed Report Shows Online Students Perform Better

Yep, that's right. The study which was published in May 2009 states that . . .
Students who took all or part of their course online performed better on average than students taking the same course through traditional face to face learning.
In addition. . .
Online learning was more effective across a wide range of professions, backgrounds and learning styles. 
Online education is especially useful for courses that require reflection. . .
Online learning is most effective when reflection is encouraged. 
Time is also key . . .
Online learning provides the opportunity to spend more time absorbing new knowledge and reflecting on how to apply that knowledge.
Hopefully this will change the way employers see legit online degrees. Some places in the Middle East, such as the Ministry of Education (but not the Ministry of Higher Education) in Oman. You can see the full report on the US Dept of Education website or the PDF


Thursday 14 November 2013

Job Site: Teach Anywhere

If you're a licensed teacher (or have a BA, TEFL cert, and 3 years TEFL experience) and are from one of the 7 English speaking countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, or the US), then you can literally travel the world with Teach Anywhere.

You can search for jobs or register with them to find out when upcoming jobs fit your profile. Although they're a recruiter, they tend to be one of the better one.

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


Sunday 10 November 2013

How to Make Classroom Rules

The majority of teachers, if not all of them, have classroom rules. The problem with these rules is that they make the classroom into a dictatorship.

I was talking to some friends the other day and they suggested making rules for everyone: including the teacher.

Here's what we came up with. Simple, but it gets the point across. You could try doing something similar with your classes and have your students make the rules.

For the students
  • Come on time
  • Do your homework
  • Speak in English
For everyone
  • Listen to each other
  • Respect each other
  • Remember that it's ok to make mistakes
For the teacher
  • Finish class on time
  • Mark papers and exams within a week
  • Give advanced notice of tests


Thursday 7 November 2013

Poll Results October 2013: When will you go home?

October's poll was "When will you go home?" Here are the results.
  • within a year: 0% with 0 votes
  • within 2 years: 0% with 0 votes
  • within 5 years: 16.67% with 1 vote
  • within 10 years: 05 with 0 votes
  • Never: 16.67% with 1 vote
  • I don't know: 66.67% with 4 votes
Glad to see that I'm not the only one that isn't sure about the future. Be sure to vote in this month's poll: "What should be required to teach English abroad?"


Tuesday 5 November 2013

Save $200 on the University of Toronto's online TEFL cert University of Toronto has a new online 150-hour TEFL certification course. To celebrate they're offering $200 off during the month of November. Simply use promotion code "TEFL150". Offer ends midnight November 30th, 2013!


Friday 1 November 2013

International Baccalaureate (IBO schools)

If you're a licensed teacher then you should look into teaching at IBO schools. If you aren't a licensed teacher already, look at International Schools for more information about becoming one.

IBO schools are a specific type of international schools. Try reading the article, International Schools to find out more about how to find jobs, recruiting fairs, and recruiting schedules.

There are three sections in the IBO. Some schools only offer one of these programmes and some have all three.
  • PYP: primary years programme
  • MYP: middle years programme
  • IB: diploma programme
IBO's Teaching Awards
There are postgrad certificates and diplomas available for those who teach in or want to teach in IBO schools. See the IBO's website for more information. Murdoch University in Australia also has a PGCE available.


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