My name is Mark, and I've been teaching English overseas for over 24 years. Teaching English has helped me to see much of the world, and meet a great many different people. Far more than I would have if I had stayed at home.
I've wanted to travel since I was very young, and I always had an interest in languages. So teaching English looked like a good choice to me. After leaving university I decided to leave the country. Britain was in a deep recession, and finding jobs was difficult, which would have been a good reason to leave, but my main wish was to see the world. At the time I thought I'd be back within a year.
I travelled across Asia - India then China. I realized then that I enjoyed the freedom of my new life. So when I needed to earn more money, I travelled to Taiwan, which gave me my first experience of teaching English and a good experience in life.
I've taught English in Taiwan (many times), Spain Turkey and Portugal . As well as some very short stints in China Japan and England.
During the past 24 years I've taught most kinds of class, trained teachers written materials including a series of coursebooks for children, taken an MEd TESOL with distinction, and set up and run a small chain of language schools with partners in Northern Taiwan.
Although the schools did, and still do, quite well, I needed a change. I sold my share, went back to university for a year, and then taught English in Portugal. I'm now back in Taiwan where I'm teaching full-time at a university on the top of a mountain, developing this website, and completing other writing projects.
Tesol Zone is doing better and better, and is bringing me an income equivalent to a part-time teaching job. I'm still working on it :) I plan to start another website - unrelated to TEFL - later this year. If you are interested, this is a link to the program I used to build this website, and understand online business: SBI (links out of this site).
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