Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

Do You Need to Speak the Local Language if You Teach English Abroad?

Some people that they need to speak the local language if they're going to get a job teaching English abroad. Others believe that by simply living abroad they'll become fluent. Both of these ideas are wrong and you'll see why below.

You Don't Need to
It's not necessary to speak the local language in order to get a job teaching English. Although some employers require you to know the language, they're few and far between. More often than not they'll forbid you to use the students' L1 in class unless absolutely necessary. After all, they're paying you to speak English, not their language. Although it's nice to be able to understand what your students are saying, if you don't know the language, it's not the end of the world.

Outside the classroom is a completely different story. In some countries, it's pretty easy to get by without knowing the language. Signs may be in English and people might know English.

However, in other countries it's more difficult. If you're in one of those countries where English isn't used and you don't speak the local language you'll probably do a couple things. You'll learn a bit of the language, rely on signing and body language, or befriend a local. If that sounds ok with you and if you're ready to make the move then try reading, 30 Days to Move Abroad.

Living Abroad Doesn't Mean Fluency
Let's face it, the simple fact that you're going abroad to teach English means that you're not really immersed in the language, are you? Your boss speaks to you in English, as do your co-workers, students, and many of your friends. Just like sleeping with your book under your pillow doesn't mean you'll learn anything, going abroad isn't going to guarantee that you'll learn the language.

There are many ways to learn a foreign language. Some popular online options are Assimil, Fluenz, How to Learn Any Language, Memrise, Michel Thomas, Pimsleur, and Rosetta Stone. I've also written a post about how to improve your English and the tips in there hold true for learning a foreign language as well. Keep in mind that some languages are harder to learn than others. If you're interested in learning the local language, then try reading learning the local lingo and learning the local lingo while teaching ESL.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Egypt

From mytriplolog.com
Here's the information for Egypt 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 naturegirl321@yahoo.com

A bachelor's degree and three years of classroom experience is enough for a work permit. Egypt doesn't license any teachers, so foreign teachers aren't required to be licensed. Nor do they do background checks. 

  1. AUC (American University in Cairo)
  2. Cairo American College
  3. NCBIS (New Cairo British International School):
  4. Schutz American School

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Why Americans Are Leaving the U.S.

I came across this website the other day. It's got some pretty interesting articles and statistics worth checking out. It's called America Wave and explains about the American exodus.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Afghanistan

Here's the information for Afghanistan for The Best TEFL Jobs in the WorldYou 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 naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  1. US Department of State has English Language Programme Managers. They recruit through usajobs. Pay is $75,000-$115,000 for a year and you get 35% danger pay and 35% hardship pay. You'll need to be an American or have a green card. 

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Friday, 10 October 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Peru

Here's the information for Peru for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. The LA Job List has more schools in Peru that you might want to work for in Peru. 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 naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  • Maximo Nivel (MN): They have institutes in Costa Rica and Guatemala as well. Their trainer positions pay between $1000 and $1800 a month. 
  • Universidad de Piura (UDEP): They give you a special OIM visa which is a type of diplomatic-volunteer visa that allows you to stay in Peru for a year. It's not a resident visa. Pay is about $700 a month and has been that way for the past ten years. They may help with housing for the first month and flights. It's a really good place to work. Here's the language center and info on how to apply.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Poll Results September 2014: Does your employer give you gifts for the holidays?

September's poll was "Does your employer give you gifts for the holidays?" Here are the results.
    From rmsbunderblog.wordpress.com
  • Yes, always: 14.29% with 1 vote
  • Yes, sometimes: 14.29% with 1 vote
  • No, never: 57.14% with 4 votes
  • Paid holidays, but no gifts: 14.29% with 1 vote
Too bad that employers don't give native English teachers gifts. A small token can go a long way.

Be sure to vote in this month's poll: Have you ever quit a teaching job?

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Young Person's Guide to Moving Abroad

Updated 2 December 2014

Overseas Exile has a quick summary about how to move abroad in The Young Person's Guide to Moving Abroad. However, there are two points that I disagree with.
  1. Not needing to be a skilled worker to get a TEFL job
  2. Not being able to work in Europe
You need to be a skilled worker
He claims that teaching English is "one of the most popular ways that young, unskilled workers can move to another country." Sure, if you want a crappy job then you don't need skills or experience to teach English.

If you want to earn $40,000 a year, teach 15 hours a week, and have 5 months paid vacation, then you're going to need to be a skilled worker. You can read more in my post, getting a university job in Korea. If you more info, I'd definitely recommend Jackie Bolen's book, “How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams.” She wrote a couple of guest posts here at TEFL Tips, How to get the university job in Korea that you want and why I love working at a Korean university. She's been in Korea for over a decade and really knows her stuff.

Korea's not the only place that has a good salary and good benefits. Gone are the days where anybody can waltz into a school and get a job. Now you usually need a degree and more places are asking for a TEFL cert, and even a criminal background check in order to get you a visa. Japan, Brunei, the Middle East, and parts of Africa are also great places to save money while teaching English. Try reading what's the best country to teach in for more info.

Europe's still open
I also don't agree that Europe is impossible to get into. I've written about a number of ways to work in Europe legally, such as interning, teaching English, and camp work, as well as the visa options available, such as student, partner, and heritage visa. You can read more in Europe for non-EU citizens.

The Guide
With that being said, he still has good information about . . .

He also talks about fantasy and reality. Mainly if you have little or no. . .
  • life experience
  • work experience
  • education
  • language skills 
  • money
. . . you're going to find it tough to move abroad.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Reach to Teach Blog Carnival September 2014

Today’s post is written for the Reach To Teach Teach Abroad Blog Carnival, a monthly series that focuses on providing helpful tips and advice to ESL teachers around the globe. The host for this month is Reach to Teach and the topic is what are your top tips for meeting people abroad? Check back for more articles, and if you’d like to contribute to next month’s Blog Carnival, please get in touch with Dean at dean@reachtoteachrecruiting.com, and he’ll let you know how you can start participating!

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Free Professional Development Courses

Shelly Terrell wrote an article a while back about free professional development courses. You can read it at What Will You Learn? Free Professional Development Opportunities for English Language Teachers. Here are some other courses that might help you out.

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