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Do you have a question about TESOL? This page - TESOL Answers - is where you can ask any TESOL related questions. Whether it's about teaching English in a particular country, TEFL certification, how best to find ESL jobs; or whether it's about good ESL activities to use, or any more general questions about TEFL.

I have taught English for over 22 years, trained teachers, written EFL coursebooks, run a chain of language schools, and have an MEd TESOL. I have also researched many aspects of TEFL. To ask a question, fill in the simple form below and press send. I will post an answer as soon as possible.

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TESOL Answers

Although this website already answers many questions in the articles written on different aspects of teaching English, it it useful and convenient to be able to personally ask questions which answer your specific concerns. Here is the place to do it.

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Certification for Teaching English in Indonesia  
I'm wanting to become TEFL certified, to work in Indonesia as a teacher. What would this certification allow me to do? Will I be able to work legally? …

Is an MEd TESOL in line with my goals? 
I am currently considering study an M.Ed Education on-campus in the UK. Weeks before the beginning of the course, I am having second thoughts. Having …

ESL Placement Exams & Level Checks 
Q . Please recommend good way to assess a new student's English ability and comprehension? A . This will depend on the types of courses (general classes, …

ESL jobs for non-native speakers 
Hello this is someone from Pakistan. The question I want to ask is that whenever you go through the ads for ESL teachers they usually require native speakers …

Teaching English in China - Rest Periods? 
I am working as an English teacher in China for 6 years now. I was interested in changing to another school in Chengdu (not the same province where I am …

Use of Students' First Language in EFL 
Hi. How much can I use students' first language while teaching? In teenagers and adults intermediate level (B1). Thank you. If you had asked me this …

Business English 
Question - Hello Mark, I just got my Dip.Tesol and would like to teach business English that my course didn't cover and my place didn't offer an add …

Am I qualified to teach English in the Middle East? 
I have a Ph.D in Law and have taught at universities in the UK and South Africa, but this was more than 15 years ago. Since then I have been a freelance …

TESOL - M.A vs MEd 
Dear Sir, I would like to pursue TESOL and my question is : Should MEd Tesol BE pursued only after MA TESOL or they are separate courses? Can you …

Should I do an MA TESOL? 
Hi Mark, I intend to embark on a postgraduate study to switch for an English language career-based. I find TEFL/TESOL an interesting course where I …

Choosing the Right MA TESOL Program 
Question I've read that teaching in the Middle East often requires an MA TESOL and that online degrees are not accepted by some employers. I'd appreciate …

DELTA Module1 
Question What is ONE book recommended for teachers doing their DELTA module 1 test? Regards, Douglas Answer This is a trick question. There …

Am I technically a degree holder? 
Question - I currently have one year left before I finish my Bachelors Degree. Fortunately, I am completing my degree online, so I am able to move about …

Getting jobs before coming to the country!!! 
Hi, My name is Nisha. I am currently a student in America. I am currently a sophomore in college, which means I have to finish two more years to get my …

Teacher Training 
Question - Hi :) I have already got a Trinity Cert (TESOL). Now i want to take the next level, but I cannot decide which to choose, the DELTA or the …

What is chunk learning? 
Question - What is chunk learning and how is chunk learning useful to the ESL teacher? Can you give me some examples? I will appreciate it. Answer …

TESOL in Florence 
Question My daughter is considering a program with Language Corps to become certified in TESOL and work in Florence. Can anyone offer experiences with …

Volunteering to Teach English  
Question I've recently gained my cert TESOL and am thinking of re-locating to France. As I obviously do not have much experience I've read that volunteering …

Teaching English without a Degree in Eastern Europe 
Question Hello. I came across your webpage after browsing for TEFL/TESOL courses. I'm from Asia working in China as Montessori Teacher. I would like …

What Materials are Best for Teaching English to Teachers who Teach Children who Live in Very Difficult Circumstances? 
Question - I got my TESOL/TEFL certification in November. In July, I will be going on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic. I will teaching English …

Teaching Freelance in Spain 
Question - In the article "Teaching English in Spain" it is said that it's possible to work as a freelance teacher in companies in Spain. I live in …

Advertising my EFL Business 
Question - I am in the process of setting up an EFL tutor centre in my hometown. I have done a business plan, designed a website, and had flyers and …

Setting Up A Language School In France 
Hi, I've found the information on this website very useful and inspiring. I'm in the throes of planning to move my family to southwest France (my husband …

Teaching English in the UAE 
Question One - from KH in the UK - I am interested in teaching in the UAE in particularly in Dubai. I have no previous teaching experience or a degree. …

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What is an Internationally recognized Online TEFL? 
Question - Is there any Online TEFL program that actually is recognized and will give you the same opportunity as some of the good TEFL programs which …

Teaching English in Turkey 
Question : Where can I find a job teaching English in Turkey now? I have a TESOL credential and experience teaching English to non-English speaking populations. …

Teaching English in South America 
Question : As part of my studies at university I must spend my third year abroad. I am wondering which country would be easiest to find work in in South …

Teaching Vocabulary 
Question: Which words should be taught at three levels i.e. elementary, intermediate and advanced? Are there any rules for this? Answer: There are no …

ESL curriculum -Adults 
Question: I have been working as an ESL instructor for 4 years. I received my TEFL certificate prior to teaching. The program for which I teach has …

Teaching Tenses - The Present Simple 
Question : How can I teach the simple present tense to my EFL learners? Answer : I thought it would be most useful to give you a general lesson plan …

MA TESOL vs TESOL Certificate 
Question - I am 52, and am gearing up for a "2nd career" as an ESL teacher. I've been tutoring ESL in a classroom setting and tutoring individuals for …

How To Teach English Abroad - Getting started 
Question I am a recent college graduate with a BA. I have thought about teaching but did not major in it, I am interested in teaching English though. …

Age Restrictions in TEFL - China, Taiwan & Vietnam 
Question : What opportunities are available for a young looking 66 year old certified teacher? Answer - Age Restrictions in China There are teachers …

Teaching English in Thailand 
Question - This has been a really helpful website, my goal is to teach English in Thailand and possibly stay there long term. But there are so many different …

TEFL Opportunities in the Far East without a degree 
Question : I am half way through completing a CELTA in order to live abroad and teach English. I would like to work in Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia …

TESOL Certificates 
Question: What are the different types of certificates you can get for teaching English? Answer: There are so many different TEFL certificates on …

Is the MA TESOL I'm interested in recognized?  
Question - Is the MA in TESOL from London Teacher Training College internationally acceptable? Answer - In this particular case, the company you …

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