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    Teaching English in North America (views: 194)

    - - Sun, 19 Feb 2017 Posted by Sarah

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for advice. I'm an EFL teacher from the UK and I'm looking for work in North America. Is there anyone who has moved there who can give me advice about looking for work and all the visa issues that come with it? I need a better approach thanks....

    Re: Teaching English in North America (views: 222)

    North America (United States) - Sun, 19 Feb 2017
    Posted by Michael

    I wish you luck but getting visas (especially for work) in the U.S. is not easy right now. :-(....

    Thái Bình Dương language centers Vietnam (views: 518)

    - Vietnam - Thu, 19 Jan 2017 Posted by garcia

    Watch out for the Thai Binh Duong or Thái Bình Dương language centers or schools if you are teaching English in Vietnam. They don't stick to their own contracts, take money from you with all sorts of inflated fees and suddenly fire teachers deliberately before holiday periods to save money, offering a helping hand with overcharged prices on accommodation to easily earn back money they paid you etc. You also have to invest your own....

    Benedict School Naples (views: 976)

    Naples - Italy - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 Posted by Valentino

    The Benedict Schools in Italy have run for some time. They did have excellent reputation, but one of their branches is terrible and should be avoided. I am referring to Benedict School in Pomigliano D'arco (near Naples). It is a small school which has falsely advertised for TEFL teachers, offering them support which does not even exist. It is one of the worst schools in Naples. The school has very limited resources and not enough books for teache....

    Quizlet and Advanced Students Survey (views: 631)

    - Czech Republic - Thu, 17 Nov 2016 Posted by Tereza Noži?ková

    Hello, I'm working on a thesis that explores whether advanced users of English language use for learning vocabulary and if teachers introduce Quizlet into their lessons. If you have any experience with Quizlet, whether as a student or teacher, and you have 5 minutes. I would be very grateful if you could fill in the following questionnaire. Thank you very much. Students:  Teachers....

    LTC - Language Training Center Astana KAZAKHSTAN - Warning Review - Unethical and Illegal (views: 803)

    Astana - Kazakhstan - Sat, 03 Sep 2016 Posted by Fiat Justitia

    LTC is owned and operated by a sociopath who changes teachers’ schedules, housing arrangements and contracts often without a moment’s notice. He relies upon his family’s wealth and political clout, the remoteness of Astana and relative expense of obtaining work permits to dissuade teachers from objecting to these sudden changes – in addition to having nearly every foreign member of staff on a different contract and with di....

    Warning: Foshan Shimen Middle School (views: 762)

    Foshan - China - Sat, 27 Aug 2016 Posted by Dave

    Hi, I would just like to warn all fellow esl teachers out there that even teaching in a government school is not safe in China. Foshan Shimen Middle School is supposed to be no1 school in Foshan. Part of the reason I accepted the job with them and overlooked a few small red flags - oops. The school lied to me from before I arrived saying things like - oh we can't get photos of the accommodation because it's occupied. However assuring me the accom....

    Warning about LCF Kids Club Spain (views: 832)

    Huelva - Spain - Tue, 23 Aug 2016 Posted by Ciarán Elster

    I worked for an academy called LCF Kids Club Spain in a small town called Palos de la Frontera in the province of Huelva, from January to July 2016. The same company also has an academy in Huelva city, and in a few other places in Spain. Having worked at their summer camp in the last week of June and the first three weeks of July, I still haven't been paid for it. Myself and my partner were offered €400 each to do the summer camp for the fou....

    Need help and few example for reference. (views: 804)

    - Online - Thu, 18 Aug 2016 Posted by moht / TEFL

    Hello,Could someone please help with this question below. I just need a few example as to how I should start this paragraph using the word given. Anything would help even explaining how I can start on the paragraph would do. Your students are intermediate and above. They do not know these words but they may know synonyms or antonyms of these words. How would you best convey the meaning and teach the vocabulary ítems to them? Write a paragr....

    Re: Need help and few example for reference. (views: 782)

    Online (Online) - Sat, 03 Sep 2016
    Posted by Mark

    Try ....

    Re: Warning! Fun Language Ltd, Thailand (views: 775)

    - Thailand - Fri, 05 Aug 2016 Posted by Emmy

    The only good thing about this company is the friends you will make. Your salary will vary for no obvious reason but your contract is 26pages long so don't worry they will find a "valid" reason. The company says that your salary is post tax so you should be happy. However most Nationals from English speaking countries are tax exempt for their first 2years in Thailand. So that is BS. The current recruter is a joke. He misses more days for being ha....

    Re: Re: Warning! Fun Language Ltd, Thailand (views: 735)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Fri, 05 Aug 2016
    Posted by Adam

    "However most Nationals from English speaking countries are tax exempt for their first 2years in Thailand." This is another example of someone who thinks they know something but never bothered to learn or ask. NO-ONE is exempt from personal income in Thailand for a period of time, resident or non-resident.  There are exemptions for income less than 150,000 baht per year but that it is.  After that, you pay income tax or you can't renew ....

    LTC - Language Training Center Astana KAZAKHSTAN - Unethical and Illegal (views: 905)

    - Kazakhstan - Wed, 20 Jul 2016 Posted by Fiat Justitia

    LTC is owned and operated by a sociopath who changes teachers’ schedules, housing arrangements and contracts often without a moment’s notice. He relies upon his family’s wealth and political clout, the remoteness of Astana and relative expense of obtaining work permits to dissuade teachers from objecting to these sudden changes – in addition to having nearly every foreign member of staff on a different contract and with di....

    Re: Warning! Fun Language Ltd, Thailand (views: 864)

    - Thailand - Wed, 13 Jul 2016 Posted by Tomas

    Yes can confirm that this company has a lot of internal problems and will say anything just to get you to sign a contract....   some problems i found were that i was promised a work permit which never came which meant i was illegally working for the duration of my contract, this is very unprofessional and in fact a risk to foriegn workers if they get caught. I also found that the salary advertised was also not accurate- i was told 42000 baht....

    DO NOT WORK AT LAL Language Centres (views: 910)

    - United States - Tue, 12 Jul 2016 Posted by Mimi

    I am sending this as a warning to anyone seeing LAL Language Centres employment ads. They have camps set up all over America. They will establish a contract with you and when you arrive on campus all of the terms will be different. Terms such as your hours, the curriculum, working conditions, pay, etc. Most of the teachers did not know the additional hours the camp will require of you until they arrived. The teachers have not been paid by the dat....

    US K-12 teaching requirements for TESOL/Bilingual Education (views: 889)

    Illinois - United States - Thu, 07 Jul 2016 Posted by Olivia Bohnhoff

    Hi all, I was wondering if any U.S. ESL/Bilingual Ed teachers could give me some advice. I previously did a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico, and now I'd like to teach ESL in the U.S., preferably at the K-12 level. However, I did not get an education degree. My question is, should I do just an alternative certification program to be able to teach, or a Master's program that leads to teaching licensure at the end? I have heard it....

    Re: US K-12 teaching requirements for TESOL/Bilingual Education (views: 901)

    North America (United States) - Thu, 07 Jul 2016
    Posted by Michael

    I would say the decision is really a persnal preference but, in my opinion, the Masters of Education is the way to go.  A Masters will also allow you to be eligible for promotions, etc. For more advice, you can also ask teachers at our group: ....

    Survey: EFL Teacher Perceptions of Coursebooks (views: 892)

    - United Kingdom - Tue, 28 Jun 2016 Posted by Oli McVeigh

    Hello,I am a current Masters Student at the University of Kent looking for EFL teachers to help me with some research I am undertaking for my dissertation in Applied Linguistics for TESOL. I have taught EFL for 3 summers now and this is my final bit of training before teaching full time.I have a really short survey that I am trying to find teachers for, it will take around 10 minutes to complete. It is about Coursebooks as published teaching mate....

    How to onboard New (or prospective) ESL students Webinar (views: 3633)

    - United States - Mon, 13 Jun 2016 Posted by Kris Off2Class

    Dear Teachers I held a webinar last week on strategies for onboarding new ESL students. Great watch for both classroom and online ESL teachers!    The recording and the PPT I used in the webinar is live on the link above!   Enjoy....

    Retaining Online ESL Students (views: 981)

    Toronto - Canada - Mon, 30 May 2016 Posted by Kris Jagasia

    Dear Teachers, A short post I wrote about strategies I've used to retain online ESL students to grow my own independent teaching business: Retaining Online ESL Students   Enjoy! ....

    Four Tips finding a good ELT job in South Korea! (views: 1381)

    - South Korea - Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Posted by Luke

    Recruiter Assistance A simple “ESL Jobs in Korea” Google search will return numerous listings. However, weeding through these to find not only one that matches your goals, but is also from a reputable school, takes time. If applying for private jobs, it’s highly recommended to use a recruiter. The schools pay these businesses to find them good teachers, so there’s no cost to you. The recruiter will listen to your preferenc....

    Useful Information I Received About China Work Visa for Teaching (views: 1464)

    - China - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 Posted by Gary P. Seanor

    Hi Gary, Unfortunately the government now rarely give approval to apply for the work visa in Hong Kong either. If you have a work visa for Indonesia there are possibilities, but not with a tourist visa. This policy has become strict since end of last year. It gives us a lot of trouble too. Really sorry about the situation.... Robyn SEEMS IF YOU WANT TO TEACH NOW IN CHINA YOU MUST APPLY FROM YOUR HOME COUNTRY.....

    International Language School of Poland (views: 1656)

    Warsaw - Poland - Tue, 05 Jan 2016 Posted by Brittany

    Hello. Does anyone have any experience working for the International Language School of Poland ( Thank you.....

    Re: International Language School of Poland (views: 1541)

    Europe (Poland) - Tue, 05 Jan 2016
    Posted by Michael

    I don't see much online about them but that can be because they are new or because not that large.  I did find: ....

    Non native speaker teaching abroad (views: 1838)

    - Online - Sun, 27 Sep 2015 Posted by Triada

    Hello!!I am a Greek teacher and I was working in a nursery in London for 3 years. I m thinking of taking aTEFL and go teaching abroad (I'm interesting more for South America).  I was searching the internet information and was really disappointed because most of the jobs are searching for native speakers.  Is it so difficult to teach abroad if you are not a native speaker? ....

    Re: Non native speaker teaching abroad (views: 1686)

    South America (Online) - Sun, 27 Sep 2015
    Posted by Michael

    I would say it is not impossible to get a job as a non-native English speaker but it is certainly more difficult. My suggestions: 1. Get a CELTA rather than a TEFL. More widely recoginzed and respected. 2. It is easier to gain a position if they see you face-to-face and you are there to help with an immiediate teaching need. Once your foot is in the door, impress them and they will keep you. Thank you.....

    DELTA Certificate (views: 2237)

    - Online - Mon, 01 Jun 2015 Posted by Maria

    Hi there! Just wondering if anyone has their DELTA certificate. I am thinking of applying but it is quite costly and time consuming. If anyone has their DELTA certificate, would you agree that it has been worth it?....

    Re: DELTA Certificate (views: 1658)

    Europe (Online) - Fri, 30 Oct 2015
    Posted by Annie Breeyat

    You know it's not a certificate. It's a bloody diploma!! That's what the D in DELTA stands for. I did mine about 25 years ago - it was the hardest academic study I've ever done. Expensive too. But I did it with what was at the time the best teaching establishment: International House in London. And went on to have a very successful career in TEFL, working exactly where I wanted to work. It opened doors to me then and ha....

    Re: DELTA Certificate (views: 2000)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 02 Jun 2015
    Posted by Michael

    I considered it but in the end decided to just go for my Masters in Education since I thought it was more "versatile" in that it is more widely recognzied as a qualification. Also, it would allow me to continue on to get a PhD if I ever wanted to.....

    Recruiters/Agencies (views: 2055)

    - Online - Thu, 28 May 2015 Posted by Jim

    Could anyone put me in touch with an agency who could place me in a teaching position?....

    Recruiters (views: 1425)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 16 Dec 2015
    Posted by Danny

    Good question that you asked about recruiters.  If you deal with recruiters based in Asia (China, Korea) often they will advertise jobs that do not really exist.  When they get your information they then often try to push you into one of their available jobs.  I never liked this much.  I know some teachers who recently started offering what may be called a full service recruiting option.  Its called World Wide Teachers. w....

    Re: Recruiters/Agencies (views: 2034)

    Middle East (Online) - Tue, 02 Jun 2015
    Posted by Michael

    Jim: Try Teach Away. They have jobs all over the world and send like a straightforward, well-organized company. Good luck!....

    No TEFL Jobs Available??? (views: 2126)

    - Online - Thu, 28 May 2015 Posted by Jim

    I completed my TEFL course in February 2015. I have applied for 78 teaching positions and have been looked over by every school. I have been told "You have no experience", "You have no degree", and " Your qualification isn't enough". I received my qualification fom i-to-i TEFL. I let them know that I wanted to teach in Russia, that I have no eperience,no degree, and that I'm 44 years old. According to ....

    Re: No TEFL Jobs Available??? (views: 1987)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 02 Jun 2015
    Posted by Michael

    There are plenty of jobs out there and even some that will hire someone without the qualifications. That being said, it is usually for those that are there and ready to join to fill an immediate need. Applying online for a future position will mean they will pass over to wait for someone that meets all the qualifications. Regardless, you must remember that without the necessary qualifications you may be unable to receive a proper work visa.....

    EPIK Ap Lesson Plan Need Advice (views: 3017)

    - Online - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 Posted by Lauren

    Hi everyone! I am currently applying to EPIK and would love an advice orcriticism I can get on the lesson plan I have made so far for the application. If anyone has gone through EPIK I would really appreciate your help! I am just not 100% sure if the topic I have picked is age appropriate or if what i’m teaching is too complicated/ not complicated enough. Or even if i'm spaceing too much/not enough. Also it seems the lesson plan ....

    Re: EPIK Ap Lesson Plan Need Advice (views: 2378)

    Online (Online) - Thu, 16 Apr 2015
    Posted by Michael

    Lauren: Can't see your lesson plan but I am guessing that "Evaluation of Objectives" would mean how you evaluate the lesson objectives. You have formative assessment (ongoing during the teaching) and summative assessment (at the end of the unit). So they may be wondering how you are going to assess the students during your teaching and at end of lesson to ensure that objectives have been met. Thanks!....

    TEFL teacher working conditions in Saudi Arabia (views: 2539)

    - Online - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 Posted by Richard

    Hello Everyone, I'm conducting a very quick survey to get a snapshot of the working conditions for TEFL teachers in Saudi Arabia. The aim is to build up an accurate picture of TEFL teacher salaries from country to country. The survey is completely anonymous, contains two very simple questions and will take about 30 seconds to complete.

    Teaching EFL to Arab Learners (views: 2490)

    - Online - Mon, 09 Mar 2015 Posted by S Y SAFADI

    Are you teaching English to Arab learners? What problems are you finding? You can check out my book in the Apple iBookstore or iTunes. "TEACHING EFL: Understanding Arab Learners". The book covers common problems Arab learners face and explains the reasons why, as well as offering some solutions. The aim of the book is to help teachers to understand why Arab learners make certain mistakes and help the students themselves under....

    Teaching ESL in Abu Dabhi with Footprints Recruiters (views: 2414)

    - Online - Fri, 16 Jan 2015 Posted by Sheri

    Going through Footprints Recruiting for teaching ESL in Abu Dhabi, UAE - so would appreciate some helpful info, advice, experience from teachers currently/who were recently there.....

    Re: Teaching ESL in Abu Dabhi with Footprints Recruiters (views: 2356)

    Online (Online) - Sat, 17 Jan 2015
    Posted by Chris

    I don't know anythign personally about teaching in UAE but Footprints Recruiting is a good organization. Reliable and honest.....

    Study Abroad or Study in India...?? Which one is the better? (views: 2254)

    - Online - Wed, 31 Dec 2014 Posted by KrishnaCon

    I pass out in year 2014 as a Computer Science engineer. Now I want to do post graduate courses. Please suggest me whether i do it from India or from overseas education, so that I can apply for it.....

    Re: Study Abroad or Study in India...?? Which one is the better? (views: 2335)

    Online (Online) - Wed, 31 Dec 2014
    Posted by Michael

    I would study abroad because you are able to learn a new language and culture while still attending your university of choice which will be better recogized. For example, University of Illinois Graduate Engineering Program and Washington Univerity Graudate Engineering Program both have study abroad options available around the world.....

    How and where do I start? (views: 2477)

    - Online - Fri, 04 Jul 2014 Posted by Cassandra

    Hi! I've recently decided to take a break from school, and would like to spend my time teaching English abroad. I'm not sure where to start, and I'm not sure which websites are scams and which aren't. Any advice would help on which organizations are legitmte and which aren't so great. I understand I will need to be certified, but how do I go about doing this? Thank you! Cassandra :)....

    Re: How and where do I start? (views: 2524)

    () - Fri, 04 Jul 2014
    Posted by Admin

    Here is some good information: Guide for new teachers:  Regional Guide:  Ask any questions and receive helpful answers:  Scams Advice:  Scam Job Listings:  Evaluating Teaching Jobs:  http://www....

    Huizhou Univ good school to work for (views: 3203)

    - China - Sat, 15 Feb 2014 Posted by swiswach

    I have worked at Huizhou University for a year and a half. I have had a very good time. I taught several business English classes, e-business class, and classes for financial statement analysis and the school did a good job in arranging my schedule. The economics department co-ordinated with the computer science department and arranged for me to teach a class in electronic commerce. I wanted to teach an introductory computer science class sinc....

    Re: Huizhou Univ "good" (haha) school to work for (views: 2628)

    Online (Online) - Sat, 05 Apr 2014
    Posted by Andre G

    Wow, the hotel is very beautifukl because it has an elevator? What kind of backward rural village in China have you come up fake-foreign teacher swishswash or rather hogwash? This is what Huizhou College (which is NOT a REAL university, and it does not even call itself a university in the ORIGINAL CHINESE) is like

    Re: Re: Huizhou Univ (views: 2283)

    Online (Online) - Sun, 08 Mar 2015
    Posted by AussieB

    Andre, you were the main man at HZ for a long time. What happened? Did you get dumped or overthrown? That being said what you indicate is true.....

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