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    I wish to teach abroad within Southeast Asia. But I can barely find jobs that I could reach their requirement. I'm not a native English speaker and still pursuing Degree in TESOL. I previously graduated in Diploma in Business Admin. But I've been in teaching industry for some years during college time until now as an English private tutor. I really love teaching (especially children) and hope to teach in various places and countries to gain more ....

    Most schools in China and Thailand have native English speaker as a requirement but will consider non-native given their need and the individuals English ability.  The degree issue stems from requirements for a visa/work permit so sometimes schools can't get around this.  That being said, you are more likely to find a position in rural schools that have more need for a teacher.  Additionally, some rural schools are given a waiver f....

    ESL Starter for a job in Colombia (views: 2001)

    - Colombia - Wed, 16 Mar 2016 Posted by Otapo

    I received an email from Phil Negus at ESL starter for a job in Colombia. I shall paste it here please let me know if it is legitimate or not? Thanks a mill. "Dear Shiuomeunjo, Many thanks for your mail and interest in the ETF Program Colombia. This program is an initiative of the Colombian government with the aim to make Colombia bilingual by 2020. You are highly encouraged to visit this link to read more information about the initiative. Our pr....

    Re: ESL Starter for a job in Colombia (views: 1119)

    South America (Colombia) - Wed, 16 Mar 2016
    Posted by Admin

    Otopo: The job seems legitimate.  In the email, they are asking for, and giving, basic information regarding the position.  Similar to the information they provide on their website at  What leads you to believe it is not legitimate?....

    Do you have any classroom management tips? (views: 1128)

    - China - Fri, 26 Feb 2016 Posted by Marjorie

    Hello.  I am a new teacher who will begin teaching primary students in Shenzhen, China next month.  I was wondering if you have any tips for classroom management?  I am a little nervous about how I am going to control all these kids. Thanks!....

    Re: Do you have any classroom management tips? (views: 1103)

    Asia (China) - Fri, 26 Feb 2016
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Marjorie.  Firstly, congradulations on the new teaching adventure.  For mananing young learners, I would suggest you look at Class Dojo.  It is a great app that allows the teacher to award points to students for good behavior and effort.  Additionally, students can create cute monster icons for their account and the parents can even access...all this can be done right from your phone. The link is below.......

    My experience with i2 International Institute of Foreign Language (views: 1532)

    Chengdu - China - Sat, 06 Feb 2016 Posted by Tarryn-Leigh Barker

    I thought it would be good to share my experience coming to Chengdu, China. i2, the company were I am currently employed really supported and helped to make my experience one to remember. This is the first time I have ever travelled outside of my country and China, being my chosen destination, was a little daunting. I knew I was in for a big culture shock, nontheless its been a great experience so far. Yvonne from HR, who I had been communi....

    Teaching Abroad with no TEFL Qualification (views: 1211)

    - United Kingdom - Mon, 01 Feb 2016 Posted by Jack

    I hold a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) awarded in the UK with a lot of teaching experience, could I find and secure jobs in TEFL/ESOL abroad with this and no TEFL qualification?....

    Re: Teaching Abroad with no TEFL Qualification (views: 1304)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Mon, 01 Feb 2016
    Posted by Admin

    Given your PGCE and teaching experience, I believe you would have no problem getting a job teaching abroad.  Most schools ask for a TEFL as part of the employment requirement but that also has to do with getting a work permit/visa for teaching.  Many of these countries will accept a teaching qualification such as a PGCE in lieu of this.....

    Working in Saudi Arabia - TEFL but no degree (views: 1228)

    - Saudi Arabia - Sat, 30 Jan 2016 Posted by Said

    If you have a TEFL qualification but not a degree, can you still get a job in Saudi Arabia?....

    Re: Working in Saudi Arabia - TEFL but no degree (views: 1229)

    Middle East (Saudi Arabia) - Sat, 30 Jan 2016
    Posted by Admin

    Thank you for the quesiton.  The short and simple answer to that question is, unfortunately, no.  Employers will not hire a teacher without a degree (condition of employment) and it is needed for the visa.  For Saud Visa information, this is a useful bit of information from U.S. State Dept. ....

    Which is better? A TESOL Course or a TEFL Course? (views: 1299)

    - United Kingdom - Sat, 16 Jan 2016 Posted by Melissa

    I am considering becoming an English Teacher and traveling abroad.  Before I go, I want to get a Teaching Certification but I don't know which one to choose.  Which is better for teaching abroad?  A TESOL course or a TEFL Course?....

    Re: Which is better? A TESOL Course or a TEFL Course? (views: 1250)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Sat, 16 Jan 2016
    Posted by Admin

    For teaching abroad, either will suffice and it is usually best to see what the schools in your country of choice are asking for.  Regardless, the difference is: TEFL Courses:  Teaching English as a Foreign Language Course which focuses on training for teaching students that live in a country where English is not the native language. TESOL Courses:  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages which encompasses both teaching stu....

    Type of Visa for Going Thailand to Find a Teaching Job (views: 1366)

    - Thailand - Sat, 12 Dec 2015 Posted by Mark V.

    What kind of visa should I get if I am going to go to Thailand to find a teaching job when I arrive? Thanks!....

    Two Types of Visa for going to Thailand (views: 1363)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Sat, 12 Dec 2015
    Posted by Admin

    Hello.  There are two types of visas you can get when going to Thailand...keep in mind these are for USA, UK, Canada and Australia. First, there is a visa on arrival which you receive at the airport upon arrival.  These are usually good for 30 days. Second, there is a tourist visa which you can obtain at a Thailand Embassy or Consulate in your home country.  These are the best because it gives you more time to find a job and conver....

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