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    Countries/Schools to Teach Adults? (views: 2771)

    - Online - Sat, 23 Nov 2013 Posted by Jen

    Hey Everyone, My friend and I are ESL teachers in the states and we'd like to teach abroad this summer. We would like to teach adults but it's been challenging finding positions for this thus far. I'm hoping some of you will have some guidance for finding positions or schools for teaching adults and maybe which countries would be the best for this. Your feedback is appreciated. Jenny....

    Re: Countries/Schools to Teach Adults? (views: 2427)

    Asia (Taiwan) - Mon, 31 Mar 2014
    Posted by James Wisher

    There are plenty of adult teaching jobs in China and Taiwan as well. They are constantly looking for new teachers. It is also a good location to live in if you are planning to travel to other countries in Asia like Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia Japan and more.....

    Re: Countries/Schools to Teach Adults? (views: 2644)

    Asia (Korea) - Sat, 23 Nov 2013
    Posted by Michael

    Korea is always a good choice. There is YBM and Language Cube...go to the jobs section here and search "YBM Adults" and "Language Cube"....

    Foreign Teacher Scam in Thailand (views: 4495)

    - Thailand - Wed, 04 Sep 2013 Posted by Thailand Scams

    FOREIGN TEACHER SCAM IN THAILAND –With the looming membership into the Asean Economic Community (AEC) Thailand desperately needs to educate its population with the skill of speaking the English language. Whist other neighbouring nations long ago adopted the policy of teaching English in their schools Thailand’s nationalistic belief that English was not an important issue now leaves it in a precarious situation; for the Tha....

    Re: Foreign Teacher Scam in Thailand (views: 2890)

    Asia (Thailand) - Sat, 16 Nov 2013
    Posted by jackwat

    A story which is very true sadly but some info is missing i believe. The reason that this peticular job agency could go on with scamming for so long is because teachers salaries didn't go to the teachers but to the agency instead. Nicely paid by the school under contract with this agency. Even after these schools were fully informed about the problems and cheatings by kirk Pathumanun or Phatumanun the teachers still didn't got thei....

    Wanting to teach abroad (views: 2818)

    - Online - Tue, 30 Jul 2013 Posted by Randy Withrow

    Hello to anyone who wants to point me to the right direction. I want to fulfill my dreams of working overseas teaching , but I get overwehlmed by all kinds information not knowing what is right or wrong. I'd like to talk to someone who knows the ends and outs of teaching overseas.....

    Re: Wanting to teach abroad (views: 2259)

    Asia (Taiwan) - Wed, 02 Apr 2014
    Posted by Benjamin

    Hello Randy: I've been teaching overseas for almost 7 years now. I have also taught students of all ages. Do you have any particular question?....

    Survey: High-stakes tests and teacher stress (views: 3015)

    - Online - Sun, 21 Jul 2013 Posted by Georgia Vraketta

    Dear Sir or Madame, My name is Georgia Vraketta and I am a postgraduate student at the University of Leicester, studying Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I am currently in the process of conducting my thesis, which considers the effects of high-stakes testing on teacher stress, motivation and student achievement. I would appreciate your participation by completing the questionnaire presented on this page. The s....

    my ILBC Yangon Myanmar experience (views: 5646)

    - Online - Fri, 24 May 2013 Posted by Kevin McGivern

    I am an American ESL teacher now living in California. I'm sorry to the negatives posted here concerning ILBC in Yangon Myanmar. I don't doubt the honesty of the reviews but my experience there was positive and I recommend that if you have interest in working in Myanmar to still give serious consideration. I found the staff to be very professional but when a teacher was rated poorly by the other teaching staff her contract was no....

    Horrible Huizhou (views: 5831)

    - China - Fri, 22 Mar 2013 Posted by King of Kings

    I have worked at several universities in China (including top class ones) and this one college in Huizhou which falsely presents itself as a university (i.e. Huizhou University) in English, even though its offical name in Chinese is Huizhou College (Xueyuan) . That place has been absolutely horrible. The apartment they gave me had a sewage leak from the apartment above for 12 months. Granted it had three rooms and I could look the ruined o....

    Re: Horrible Huizhou (views: 3062)

    Asia (China) - Mon, 25 Mar 2013
    Posted by Luckily Escaped from Huizhou College

    Surroundings: an open air sewer on campus of the same school, one that calls itself a "university" in Huizhou, even though it is just a community college. ....

    English-and-Skype in Moscow Russia is a Scam! (views: 8745)

    - Online - Wed, 06 Mar 2013 Posted by suseno

    Teachers should be very careful with this company. They require you to pay money in order to teach for them. On top of that, they require you to do unpaid free trial lessons! This is just slave labor. The staff there are very rude as well.....

    Re: English-and-Skype in Moscow Russia is a Scam! (views: 1490)

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

    Not true. They are not a scam. How do I know? I've worked for them for about 3 years. It's true that their application process is rigorous - it's not a job for just anyone. You really do need to have experience and a relevant qualification. It's true that sometimes you have to give a "trial lesson" for free. Either 10 minutes or half an hour. But that's how you attract new students. And seem reasonable to me.....

    Re: English-and-Skype in Moscow Russia is a Scam! (views: 2582)

    Europe (Online) - Fri, 14 Feb 2014
    Posted by french_lily

    They are not a scam but they are hard to work with. They will get you students all the time but will not change your salary from the one originally agreed even if they promised they would. So if you need a job, you can work for them and they do pay better then Asian companies but you still won't get a lot. As to them being rude, it's not true. In fact they are very polite, but still... they will politely tell you that you can't....

    Re: Re: English-and-Skype in Moscow Russia is a Scam! (views: 1815)

    Online (Online) - Wed, 21 Jan 2015
    Posted by John Simpson

    They are a scam. To charge teachers, when other respectable agencies don't. To cheapen the EFL profession by offering very cheap prices on behalf of the teacher , and not allow the teacher to set their price. YES! that is scam. If I was to sell 50k bags of potatoes for 20 cents each, I would soon have 20,000 customer per hour, but that is not selling. So please, don't have stupid stupid home bound teachers falling for such a trick,....

    Re: English-and-Skype in Moscow Russia is a Scam! (views: 3190)

    North America (Online) - Mon, 17 Jun 2013
    Posted by manuel

    The reason why they're always runnin ads is nobody wants to work for them. They scrutinize you like they're the KGB and then when you ask them simple questions about the job, they get tongue tied. The basic deal is new teachers don't get any students. They do demos -- unpaid for prospective students until students pick them to be their tutor. In other words, you work for free until you have a following. Ha! Don't wo....

    WARNING - More reasons to avoid Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait! (views: 3794)

    - Online - Sun, 03 Feb 2013 Posted by Ana

    Here are more reasons to avoid Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait: 1. Teachers/staff members are required to work on approximately TEN Saturdays during the school year, without being compensated for this extra time. (The Saturday work is usually related to professional development or the accreditation application process.) 2. Al-Ghanim Bilingual School is currently undergoing the accreditation a....

    Teachers - Stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait! (views: 3294)

    - Online - Wed, 23 Jan 2013 Posted by BradEx

    Parents and Expatriate/Local Hire Teachers: Stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Salwa, Kuwait! It’s my opinion that you should stay away from Al-Ghanim Bilingual School in Kuwait. These are some of the things that I disliked about the school: 1. The turn-over rate is very high for new “Westerners.” I think the reason for this is the administration does not provide the appropriate classroom support. Instead, ....

    Ivy Education China (views: 3452)

    - Online - Mon, 31 Dec 2012 Posted by Ted

    Ivy Education is not a licensed school and consequently uses illegal foreign teachers. There are two schools which they currently affiliate with: Qidong middle school and Taiyuan number 5 middle school, operating "AP" programs. They are a shadow company operating around the fringes of the law, and great caution should be used in any dealings with them. I should have known better, but I trusted a few people and let my guard down. Th....


    - China - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 Posted by Robert Bett

    Hello, My name is Robert Bett. I was a foreign teacher at Fei Fan English School in Fushun, China, from November 2011 to October 2012 and the following is a summary of my experience working for this company and living in Fushun: Pros: · Receiving a legitimate working visa and residency permit. · People in Fushun are generally friendly and most shops/taxi drivers/etc will give you a fair price. Cons: ....


    Asia (China) - Sat, 27 Oct 2012
    Posted by Steve Sayers

    Some of what Mr Bett has said may be true, but most of it is over exaggerated to say the least. The fact that the school hires 11 foreign teachers, some of which have been with the school for years is true. The fact that the man, who had all of these complaints, stayed to almost 1 month before his contract was completed should show you what his character is like as a person. He never once made any of these complaints known to the owner or mana....


    North America (Online) - Thu, 13 Dec 2012
    Posted by Roger

    Your English is well below standard!!!!!! I would hope thatyou are not teaching and, a management position is, well...... unbelievable.....


    Central America (Online) - Wed, 14 Nov 2012
    Posted by Jonathon Lees

    The use of the English language in your statement is appalling. This says a lot.....

    ESL Job Placement Scam: ESL Job Finder & Teachers International (views: 4567)

    - Online - Sat, 13 Oct 2012 Posted by Admin

    Attention ESL Teachers: Many have sent complaints regarding an ESL Job Placement website at We have been made aware that they now have a new site called Teachers called Teachers International Org at The complaint is that the sites charge a service to find teachers work in the ESL industry but, after payment, communication becomes sporadic or stops and ....

    What are requirements/expectations for teaching intensive courses? (views: 3688)

    - Korea - Tue, 07 Aug 2012 Posted by Felix

    I am looking for the first position at this page Are standards tougher for intensive courses? How are their requirements different from regular full-time contracts? I want to know a little more about intensive positions before I contact them. I have TESOL and 2 years of experience. Thanks!....

    Re: What are requirements/expectations for teaching intensive courses? (views: 3263)

    Asia (Korea) - Tue, 07 Aug 2012
    Posted by Admin

    Felix: The best way to learn more is to contact them directly and ask them what the requirements and expectations are. I would say from the title "intensive" it will mean there is more hours and, therefore, more preparation.  All this will be within a shorter time-frame than a "usual" course. Thanks. Admin ....

    Teaching in Germany (views: 3395)

    - Online - Tue, 26 Jun 2012 Posted by Hillary Malone

    Is anyone teaching in Germany? I am looking to find some contacts. I plan on moving there in September and looking for a EFL job.....

    SEZ Language School (views: 5195)

    - Online - Thu, 31 May 2012 Posted by Dennis Robinson

    Below is an email I received and of course went on line to the UAE government website and found the web-page they had could not be found on the Government website so I sent them an email and all I got was the runaround. Don't fall for it, I felt there was just something amiss, since a rich country like that had such a poor excuse for a webpage with a .tk email address which this man also used. I did a search for the owner of the website an....

    Re: SEZ Language School (views: 3754)

    Middle East (Online) - Thu, 31 May 2012
    Posted by Admin

    Dennis: Always good to have a little sceptisism when dealing with online companies and, most importantly (as you did), do your research. Unfortunately, the http://www has spawned a whole new bread and generation of scam artists. And the first clue that this is far from a genuine offer is the URL. .tk is the Internet country code for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand located in the South Pacific. Best of luck and be ca....

    This is a scam beware (views: 3133)

    - Online - Thu, 23 Feb 2012 Posted by Steve

    Hi all, I am sad to find someone ( a Mr Palau Robert ) scamming good people. I am one of the coordinators in charge at Docklands Idiomas in Barcelona. We have posted NO jobs offers whatsover asking for teachers and promising HP computers and the like. Please beware aware of this fraudster who has even hijacked our Skypename and uses our address in Barcelona to dupe people. If you look at his email address it is not even on....

    Any complaints from these people?? (views: 3021)

    - Online - Thu, 16 Feb 2012 Posted by Michael Boyd

    Any complaints from these people?? The hourly euro seems too much. Dear Applicant, Reference to ESLemploymentWe are in need of a part-time American based language teacher that can teach our client direct from his/her home via skype or any other means of internet conversation without coming to Barcelona (no visa is required). Benefits: 25EUR/Hour A free HP computer will be provided by the school after been selected. Overtime when a....

    Re: Any complaints from these people?? (views: 2831)

    Europe (Online) - Thu, 23 Feb 2012
    Posted by Steve

    Hi all, I am sad to find someone ( a Mr Palau Robert ) scamming good people. I am one of the coordinators in charge at Docklands Idiomas in Barcelona. We have posted NO jobs offers whatsover asking for teachers and promising HP computers and the like. Please beware aware of this fraudster who has even hijacked our Skypename and uses our address in Barcelona to dupe people. If you look at his email addr....

    Re: Any complaints from these people?? (views: 2748)

    Europe (Online) - Thu, 16 Feb 2012
    Posted by Admin

    Michael: I would suggest going to to contact them directly about whether they are offering this position. I would also ask ESLemployment to screen their job for you. What struck me as odd (and raised a red flag) is that they were asking for "online teachers" but then didn't even give a website. It seems that anyone focusing on an online course would want to include their web presence. Also....

    ESL Survey for Teachers (views: 3744)

    - Taiwan - Fri, 27 Jan 2012 Posted by Terry Terrian

    Hi everyone, I am working on a project to help ESL teachers who teach children. I have prepared a short survey that should only take 2-3 mins to fill out. If you wouldn't mind taking the time I would really appreciate it. Many thanks Terry Terrian....

    woodfield middle school (views: 2662)

    - Online - Mon, 09 Jan 2012 Posted by John

    i believe this woodfield middle school offers are fake! i keep searching for this school but, unfortunately i really think it's not true. Please beware of this kind of offers.....

    Re: Woodfield middle school (views: 2512)

    Online (Online) - Mon, 09 Jan 2012
    Posted by Admin

    John: Where are they located? I can help do some research to tell you more abou them...if they are a real school, etc.....

    Teachers Wanted - Woodfield Middle School (views: 3052)

    - Online - Tue, 13 Dec 2011 Posted by Admin

    I noticed a new job posting our our jobs board fromWoodfield Middle School in England but the email leads to a site that is "under construction" which always raises alarm bells. If anyone has any information regarding this job posting as legitimate or otherwise, please contact the admin. Job Posting:

    Dr. Low of Warsaw, Poland - Chicago, USA - Beijing, China (views: 2725)

    - Online - Sun, 04 Dec 2011 Posted by Admin

    Notice and Warning to All Female Teachers: It seems that "Dr. Low" is still out there and conducting his bizarre and distrubing interview techniques. He likes to call only female teacher applicants and ask them if they are able to swallow a live mouse and keep it the name of throat exercises and vocal control :-S He then asks them to describe how wide they can open their mouth and to send pictures if possible. I hav....

    How to Teach English Video Guide (views: 2786)

    - Korea - Tue, 29 Nov 2011 Posted by Ian

    Here is guide with over 100 how to teach English videos that were shot in the classroom. You'll also find video interviews with ESL teachers in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China. And a starters guide to teach English in Asia.....

    Total ESL China (aka Enrich Education China)- Not affiliated with Total ESL (views: 3539)

    - Online - Tue, 15 Nov 2011 Posted by Total ESL Admin

    We have recently been contact by teachers applying to "Total ESL China Recruitment" asking if we are part of this organization. We are not part of the organization nor does Total ESL recruit or hire teachers directly. We are simply a free ESL TEFL TESOL teaching jobs board. It is more than likely a China Jobs Board site which posts numerous China jobs using many different aliases which is common though I am not sure why thes....

    Best Learning - China (views: 5497)

    - Online - Thu, 03 Nov 2011 Posted by Sam

    Does anyone have experience with Best Learning in China? They are a McGraw-Hill company from what I can tell.....

    Re: Best Learning - China (views: 1708)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 10 Apr 2013
    Posted by Ann. Best Learning Employee

    Best Learning is an independent after school training program for children ages 3-12. Like most training schools in China, they are focused on sales rather than the quality of their education. Some schools, however, do try and do things right by their parents and they try hard to please the parents (although sometimes fibbing to the parents). If the parents are pleased they refund. It basically comes down to the person applying for the job and....

    Re: Best Learning - China (views: 2802)

    Asia (China) - Fri, 04 Nov 2011
    Posted by Douglas Matthews

    I think Best Learning English (China) is the language school division of Mcgraw-Hill Publishing similar to how Pearson Longman started Longman Schools (China) and Disney started Disney English (China). The market for English language learning in China is huge so publishers find it profitable to start their own boutique language schools using their own branded learning materials.....

    Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 2683)

    - Online - Mon, 31 Oct 2011 Posted by YeseniaParks

    Does anyone know if is a serious site?   ....

    Re: Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 1408)

    Southeast Asia (Online) - Mon, 14 Jan 2013
    Posted by Debra

    I seriously doubt it. I have "applied" a number of times on this site, and haven't had one acknowledgement much less a response from anyone - not even a NO. Waste of time. ....

    Re: Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 2304)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 01 Nov 2011
    Posted by TWW

    It's the first time I've come across the site. It does seem to have some jobs there but also there is NO information about who they are, the faq and so on. In fact, it looks like the site is one of those standard templates someone hasn't completed filling in. As long as it doesn't cost anything then it's perhaps worth a try to see. If they suddenly turn round and say you need to complete their TEFL course to get a job o....

    Re: Does anyone know if TeacherGig is a serious site? (views: 2440)

    Online (Online) - Mon, 31 Oct 2011
    Posted by Michael

    Yesenia, Never heard of the site but the name is rather unprofessional. Regardless, I noticed that the website name was registered in March 2011 and the site ranks about 2,000,000 globally for traffic with no "teaching" or "ESL" keywords in a Google search. They seem to have a large number of job postings for such a small traffic site with no keywords. According to the records, these are their top 10 Google keyword ....

    Find Work Abroad (views: 2346)

    - China - Fri, 30 Sep 2011 Posted by Renata

    Hi all, Wondering if anyone has accepted a contract through Find Work Abroad? I have been dealing with someone from the China office who keeps 'hand picking' jobs for me but they want me to start immediately even though I don't have all my docs ready. The say I can enter on a business visa which they will organise in 1 day. The pay seems very high in comparison to the hours I'd be required to work. They seem legit but I'm not sure. Has any....

    Re: Find Work Abroad (views: 1407)

    Online (Online) - Thu, 31 May 2012
    Posted by Dennis Robinson

    Yes I've talked to someone there and they are very eager but you have to realize it's a competitive business inChina with too few products (Foreign Teachers) and too many recruiters. As a lifetime salesperson I like their zeal and wish all my students had it for learning. If you want to teach young learners they have a pretty good situation in Shenzhen that would be cool. If you've never been there it's amazing and my favorite ....

    Re: Find Work Abroad (views: 2044)

    Southeast Asia (Online) - Sun, 02 Oct 2011
    Posted by Renata

    Thanks for that. I think I'll give them a miss unless someone else who's dealt with them can help put my mind at ease. ....

    Re: Find Work Abroad (views: 2183)

    Asia (China) - Sat, 01 Oct 2011
    Posted by Doug

    Not personally familiar with Find Work Abroad but you can ask them for their license number to make sure they are legit. Also, from personal experience I know that many Chinese recruiters and schools try to get you into the country and then sort out the visa and work stuff after you arrive. It is really up to your comfort level. If you are not comfortable, then wait until a school or company is willing to do the required paperwork before your a....

    Dilko Balikesir Turkey (views: 3011)

    - Online - Wed, 07 Sep 2011 Posted by Omer Bilgic

    I am the director of that company,Dilko English Balikesir and it is a must for me to answer Mathew Gill.I think he is dissapointed of being fired kindly and because of this he is trying to take revenge from us.I only want to say one thing,he worked for a short time because when he had lessons the students started not joining his class,they told me they don't want to have lessons with him, and couldn't manage to teach here,that is all and the othe....

    ARA RECRUITMENT SCAM (views: 2520)

    - Thailand - Mon, 22 Aug 2011 Posted by matthew

    I have just had a threatening letter from christian phillips saying that they have submitted my papers and i must pay them 9825 baht otherwise they will not let me enter Thailand or any other country they deal with do not send any money they are just trying to be bullies ....

    Re: ARA RECRUITMENT SCAM (views: 2385)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Mon, 22 Aug 2011
    Posted by Mike

    Who is ARA? Do you have more details? How do they feel they can bar you from entering Thailand? Regardless, I would never send anyone money for a job. ....

    Teaching English Overseas as a Filipino (views: 2502)

    - Online - Sat, 13 Aug 2011 Posted by Marjorie

    Is it possible for me to teach English overseas although I'm not a native English speaker? I'm from the Philippines and English is just my second language. My passion is really to teach English to young learners...Thanks ....

    Re: Teaching English Overseas as a Filipino (views: 5187)

    Asia (Online) - Sat, 13 Aug 2011
    Posted by Admin

    Thank you for the question and I have posted the question and answer on the Q&A section of the site at The short answer is Yes (but with caveats) Yes, it is possible to teacher English overseas even though you are not a native English speaker. The key is ability and not national origin. Now that being said, you face an uphill challenge because: 1. Asian countries are notorious racist towards other....

    Working Legally in China (views: 2640)

    - China - Mon, 18 Jul 2011 Posted by Bill D.

    Can anyone tell me what the requirements are to work legally in China? I have all the degrees and paperwork they could want but I can't seem to find anyone who knows what is required or willing to do anything. It makes me very uncomfortable working illegally so I thought I would do it myself and just give my employer a list of what they need. ....

    Re: Working Legally in China (views: 1953)

    Asia (China) - Mon, 28 Nov 2011
    Posted by Ian

    It varies a bit across China. Usually just a degree is enough, although I met many people over there teaching without even that. Some schools might also prefer a TEFL/TESOL cert. Here's a guide to teach English in Asia.....

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