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    Is CELTA just for adults? (views: 12)

    - - Sun, 22 Apr 2018 Posted by Kerrie

    Hi,   I’ve heard that as CELTA is geared towards teaching English to adults, it’s not as good if you’re looking to go into a school teaching children. Is this true?   Thanks.....

    Re: Is CELTA just for adults? (views: 8)

    Europe () - Sun, 22 Apr 2018
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Kerrie.  Good question.  Firstly, CELTA is the most widely recognized and accepted qualification for teaching English anywhere in the world.  The only drawback for many is (1) the cost, and (2) the time commitment.  Regardless, I think it is extremely beneficial while also helping to improve your potential employment opportunities. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is primarily focused ....

    TEFL in the the Middle East particularly UAE (views: 655)

    - - Thu, 04 Jan 2018 Posted by Steph

    Hello, I'm looking to start a TEFL course in the hopes of teaching English in a Middle Eastern country - particularly the UAE. I have no previous teaching experience but do have a BA and an MA. Am I likely to be successful? Thanks....

    Re: TEFL in the the Middle East particularly UAE (views: 564)

    Middle East () - Thu, 04 Jan 2018
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Steph.  It seems you have the qualifications (degrees) to be able to find a good job.  With regards to TEFL, I would not suggest that for the Middle East.  They tend to prefer a CELTA course from the University of Cambridge.  You can learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CELTA If you have your heart set on a TEFL, it is best to ask your perspective employer (if known) what they prefer.  If you don't ha....

    Got an MA - No BA - can I work in Korea? (views: 1217)

    - South Korea - Tue, 05 Sep 2017 Posted by Gabriel Clark

    Hi there! So -- I've recently graduated from a UK university (Portsmouth) in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.  Now, I'm looking for jobs in Korea, but there's something I can't seem to find out -- without a BA, can I still work in Korea? I know that in some countries, the government won't issue work permits unless you have a degree, regardless of what higher qualifications you have. Is this the case with Korea? Thanks in advance! Gabriel....

    Re: Got an MA - No BA - can I work in Korea? (views: 1195)

    Asia (South Korea) - Tue, 05 Sep 2017
    Posted by Admin

    Interesting question.  The short answer is no but I am not sure if they would ask to see the BA. It depends on whether they accept the MA.  When you apply for a job in South Korea, they will tell you if they can get it...they will not pay for a plane ticket to fly you over unless they are sure you can legally work there. Additionally, before you leave for South Korea, you will need to have your degrees, etc. approved at the Korean embas....

    Age restrictions for teaching in Asia? (views: 1476)

    - - Thu, 20 Jul 2017 Posted by Mary

    Hello Admin.  Thank you for this formum to help answer question.  My question is if there are any age restrictions for techers to work in Asia?....

    Re: Age restrictions for teaching in Asia? (views: 1413)

    Asia () - Thu, 20 Jul 2017
    Posted by Admin

    Hello and thank you for contacting us.  The age limitation for teachers is usually tied to the ability to get a work permit in that some countries will not issue one after a certain age.  That being said, the more qualifications you have, the more likely this run can be bent. For Japan, the age is 65 but they have been known to increase that to 70.  For Vietnam, the official limit is 65 but becomes difficult for anyone 60+.  F....

    ESL Teaching - Physical Activities for English Lesson (views: 1597)

    - - Tue, 11 Jul 2017 Posted by Ron Waldbaum

    Could you suggest any "physically active" activities that I could do with students (private and groups) as part of their English lesson?....

    Re: ESL Teaching - Physical Activities for English Lesson (views: 1461)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 11 Jul 2017
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Ron and thank you for the question.  The first thing to ask is: 1.  What is age appropriate activity?  (not sure what ages you want to teach) 2.  What are you teaching? For example, if it is young learners just learning and you want to teach body part names, "Simon Says" is a great activity. But for example, if it is olders students and you want to practive giving directions: rearrage the desks in the classroom to make "....

    TEFL Information - Online versus Face-to-Face (views: 3063)

    Tanta - Egypt - Tue, 25 Apr 2017 Posted by Mr Bendary

    Information on TEFL Courses - Online versus Face-to-Face?....

    Re: TEFL Information - Online versus Face-to-Face (views: 3008)

    Middle East (Egypt) - Tue, 25 Apr 2017
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Mr. Bendary.  Thank you for the question.  Firstly let me say that if you have the time and money to commit, I would suggest a CELTA or a TrinityTESOL.  I say this because they are recognized around the world as the best TEFL/TESOL teacher training programs.  Additionally, there are some areas (such as Saudi Arabia) that make a CELTA a prerequisite. If you are going to do a TEFL, then doing it face-to-face is a better op....

    New to TEFL Teaching - How do I avoid Teaching Job Scams? (views: 3444)

    - United States - Sat, 25 Feb 2017 Posted by Melissa

    Hello.  Thank you for this forum to ask questions since I am new to TEFL teaching.  I recently obtained my TEFL certification and am now looking for jobs.  I am a little nervous because of all the posting out there about TEFL job scams.  How do I avoid these scams?....

    Re: New to TEFL Teaching - How do I avoid Teaching Job Scams? (views: 3331)

    North America (United States) - Sat, 25 Feb 2017
    Posted by Admin

    Hello Melissa and welcome to the world of TEFL teaching. I have received this question many times over my 15 years of teaching abroad. My number one piece of advice: “If it sounds too good to be true, it problem is.”My second piece of advice: “NEVER send money for the promise of employment.” I have actually put together some resources to (1) give you advice and identify scams, (2) share any scams you encounter, and (3) adv....

    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 ....

    Re: Which country should I look for if I'm not a native English speaker and still pursuing TESOL (views: 4310)

    Asia (China) - Sun, 28 Aug 2016
    Posted by Admin

    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: 7897)

    - 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: 5336)

    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 http://www.eslstarter.com/teach-english-in-colombia-public-school.php  What leads you to believe it is not legitimate?....

    Do you have any classroom management tips? (views: 5168)

    - 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: 5519)

    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: 5687)

    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: 5206)

    - 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: 5257)

    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: 5293)

    - 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: 5190)

    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. http://photos.state.gov/libraries/saudi-arabia/768382/yoderja/guide.pdf ....

    Which is better? A TESOL Course or a TEFL Course? (views: 5440)

    - 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: 5203)

    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: 5394)

    - 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: 5383)

    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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