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On Tesol Zone I survey the current ESL situation around the world, and provide ideas for improving your teaching and TESOL activities for the classroom.

There are opportunities for teaching English in all corners of the world. Teaching English overseas is a good way to explore the world, learn new languages, or make some money whilst living abroad. It can also be satisfying, and is of value in itself.

Whatever your reasons for choosing to teach English, knowing more about what this actually involves, knowing about the correct kinds of TEFL certification, knowing what the teaching situation is like in different parts of the world, and how to find good English teaching jobs there, is important if you want your experience to be a positive one.

When you've found a job teaching English overseas, you will need some interesting classroom activities for your students. A good activity can change an average class into a good one. Perhaps you have been teaching English for a number of years already. If so, what are your options now, both inside and outside of TESOL?

I've taught English to all ages of students in several countries, trained teachers, written EFL coursebooks for students, and, with partners, started, developed and sold a chain of language schools. Now I am teaching English at a university in Taiwan and writing EFL materials again.



There are many TEFL acronyms, and most people use the terms: ESL EFL, and TESL TEFL and TESOL interchangeably. I follow the common practice on this site. If you're not familiar with these TESL TEFL explains the various acronyms used for teaching English.


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ESL Activities
Ideas on how to create ESL activities to help your students' listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary...
ESL Games
Good ESL games can change an average class into a good one - or at least it will feel that way to the students - which is an excellent start. I divide different types of TEFL games into categories..
About Teaching ESL
Tips and methods for teaching ESL, and about using ESL materials and resources - and more on different aspects of TESOL.
Teaching English Overseas
When teaching English overseas, where you teach will affect your happiness and satisfaction. Whether you want to travel, learn languages, make money... Each country has different TESOL opportunities..
Is TEFL Certification Necessary?
In many countries yes. Even in countries where the answer is no, TEFL certification helps you find work in better schools, with better conditions - Especially in the recession when...
About ESL Jobs
ESL jobs range from teaching English to writing materials, teacher training, managing schools and more. Information & job ads..
ESL Articles
A List of ESL articles - teaching English overseas, TEFL certification, ESL activities..
My TESOL Story
My Tesol Story - from English teacher, to teacher trainer, to writer of coursebooks, to language school owner, then back to teacher and writer again.
Teaching English Overseas - Readers' Experiences
Do you have experience of teaching English overseas that you wish to share? Or read about the experiences of other teachers...
Your Favorite TESOL Books
Review your favorite TESOL books here. Share your ideas on the most useful English teaching books you have used.
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