Is teaching English overseas right for you? How can you find a job? What type of qualifications do you need? What ESL activities and games can you do in the classroom?
Tesol Zone answers these questions and many others. We look at the current ELT situation around the world, and provide ideas for improving your teaching and ESL activities for the classroom.
Note – 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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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 teaching?
I've taught English to all ages of students – particularly elementary, high school and university level – in several countries, trained teachers, written EFL coursebooks and teacher's books, and started, developed and sold a chain of language schools. At present I write EFL books and materials, and teach English at a university in Northern Taiwan.
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