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While English is commonly taught in schools across Russia, the standard of teaching is generally quite low. Due to this poor standard, many Russians choose to learn English once they have left school as a way to improve their job prospects. Many parents also send their children for private lessons outside of school hours. This high demand means there are job opportunities in most parts of the country, although the biggest markets are found in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
As Russia is so vast in size, salaries can be very different in different parts of the country. Private language schools offer the majority of teaching jobs and these usually pay an hourly rate which typically equates to around $650 per month for a newly qualified teacher. If you have previous experience you can expect... [Read more]
There is a very strong demand for ESL teachers in many parts of Poland which makes it a popular place for first-time teachers to gain classroom experience. EU citizens are free to work anywhere in the country without restrictions which does give them a good advantage, however, as demand is high non-EU citizens will also find plenty of opportunities. Although it is possible to acquire a work permit from within Poland, most teachers find it more convenient to secure a job via an online recruitment site and then apply for an entry visa from a Polish Consulate in their own country. Jobs are widespread throughout the country, although major cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Wroclaw traditionally have the largest number of openings.
Despite the abundance of jobs across the country,... [Read more]
India is currently undergoing an economic boom in many areas including information technology and customer service outsourcing, which are two areas that provide opportunities for TESOL qualified teachers. Despite English being an official language in India, the level at which it is taught in mainstream schools is generally very poor. Because of this, there is a strong demand for ESL teachers in many areas of business across the country.
Unlike many other countries in Asia, good salaries are thin on the ground in India. Many people opt for volunteer positions that often provide accommodation and meals and the chance to gain some classroom experience, while also providing some much needed English language skills that help people get into better jobs. Paid positions do exist, although... [Read more]
Chile has a good reputation for teaching English abroad as it is a peaceful, thriving country with a strong demand for teachers year-round. The capital city of Santiago is at the center of the job market, although a smaller number of jobs can be found in other areas of the country. A TESOL certification is not an official requirement for foreign teachers in Chile, but completing a course of at least 120 hours duration before applying for jobs will certainly give you an advantage.
Your expected salary when teaching English in Chile will depend on a few different factors, such as your previous classroom experience, level of teaching qualifications, your chosen location, and the type of employer. However, on average most teachers earn between 550,000 and 800,000 CLP (US$800 and $1,200)... [Read more]
There are many reasons why you might need to send some of your income back home while teaching English abroad, including to pay off student loans, to cover a mortgage on a house or apartment, or to simply help your family. Whatever your reasons, you might find it is not always straightforward as there are a few things to take into account, such as transfer fees, exchange rates, and the time it takes to process the transaction.
Depending on where you are teaching, a local bank might be a safe and reliable option. In well developed countries that have a large market for foreign teachers, such as Japan or South Korea, banks can often be a good choice as their transfer fees are usually quite low and it only takes one or two days for the transaction to go through. In contrast, banks... [Read more]
If you have a TESOL qualification and have been working as an ESL teacher for a considerable time, you might be ready to change direction. There are several options available to experienced teachers and one of them is to become a TESOL course trainer. TESOL trainers are responsible for ensuring that the next generation of ESL teachers are fully prepared for everything that the classroom has in store and it can be a very rewarding career. The pay can often be good and it can also be a route into management or even starting up your own language school. But what do you need in order to become a TESOL trainer?
The most important qualification required is to complete a TESOL certification course. This will ensure you have a good insight into the training involved and all the skills and... [Read more]
The simple answer to this question is YES, it is now common for TESOL qualified teachers to work exclusively online while traveling from place to place or while spending an extended time in one location. Internet download speeds continue to increase in most countries around the world, including many that you might think are off limits. There are also plenty of different employers targeting the online teaching market, with more starting up on a regular basis. With countless potential employers and no shortage of possible destinations, there has never been a better time to leave your stale nine to five behind. However, which countries offer the best visas for a long-term stay.
Visa length: Up to 60 days
Bali has long been a popular tourist hotspot and a stop on the backpacker trail,... [Read more]
For many teachers teaching English online is an appealing career path due to the convenience of working from home or while on the move. It is your responsibility as an online ESL teacher to teach students whose first language is not English. The four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English are all part of the job.
Teaching English in person is very different from teaching ESL online from home. Forget about using heavy textbooks and photocopying tedious worksheets! Teaching English online is awesome because there are so many cool resources available, such as YouTube videos, blogs, and online ESL language apps and games. However, you may encounter some difficulties when attempting to teach English online.
For instance, when you teach a student in person you can... [Read more]
There are some other classroom management issues that we need to consider and they may include issues such as writing on the board, giving students individual attention, the use of teacher talk time, the way in which we should give instructions to our students, the building and maintaining of rapport with our students, and finally the one that perhaps most new teachers particularly spend a lot of time worrying and thinking about, is the issue of classroom discipline. So what we'd like to do is to take each of these in turn and look at some of the major issues surrounding these classroom management issues.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units... [Read more]
Yes, a level 5 TESOL should be more than enough to get your teaching adventure underway as courses at this level far exceed the minimum qualification standards expected by most international employers. However, navigating the different levels of TESOL certification can be a bit tricky, which is why we take a closer look at this area of ESL teaching in more detail below.
The first thing to make clear when it comes to the different levels of TESOL is that there is not a single system that is used throughout the ESL teaching world. Individual countries, regions, teaching organizations, and TESOL course providers are all free to introduce their own system and many have. Despite there being multiple course level frameworks out there, most are based on the same factors: the type of... [Read more]
There is a very strong market for TESOL qualified teachers right across Europe and there is never a shortage of people looking to fill any vacant positions that come up. Many people from all over the world like the idea of heading to the UK to work as an ESL teacher, however, there are several things to consider before you book your plane ticket to London.
The UK is known to have relatively high levels of immigration and a significant refugee population, which in itself creates plenty of work for English language teachers. In many parts of the country teachers are employed to help newcomers get their language proficiency up to a level that is necessary to get by on a day to day basis. However, the vast majority of these positions are snapped up by local teachers, either newly... [Read more]
Online English teaching is a very popular way to earn a living, either full time from home, or part time while traveling the world. The qualifications for becoming an ESL teacher online vary from one platform to the next, but will often include things like a TESOL certification, a university degree, prior teaching experience, and certain technical equipment. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know to land the ideal online teaching job!
To become an online English teacher you will typically need a 120-hour TESOL certification from an internationally recognized and accredited institution. If you want potential employers to take your qualifications seriously and consider you for an online teaching position, you must ensure that your certificate comes from a reputable... [Read more]
With increased globalization has come an increase in demand for knowledge of the English language in many parts of the world. To meet this demand, teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) is a sector of the education field that is booming, especially in the developing world. Essentially, an ESL teacher is a professional educator who works with non-native English speakers who have a desire to improve their English skills either by choice or as an obligation of their employment or wider educational program.
Unlike foreign language teachers, ESL teachers generally do not share the same native language as their students. They are also specifically trained in techniques suited to teaching non-native English speakers, such as repetition, drills, demonstrations, and visuals.
Although... [Read more]
This is one of the easiest to answer of all the many questions we get asked by our potential trainees. The straightforward answer is that in most regions the demand for TESOL qualified teachers is very high year-round and in some areas it is even possible to pick from a range of options as the number of vacant positions outweighs the number of available teachers.
While for many of our TESOL trainees the aim is to live and work as a teacher overseas, there are also those who intend on staying at home. There are plenty of options for teachers in countries such as Australia, Canada, the UK, and the USA, as increasing levels of immigration have led to a huge growth in demand for English language instruction. Although opportunities do exist in these countries, newly qualified teachers... [Read more]
TEFL Lemon began in 2014 as an ESL blog on the WeChat platform in China, quickly becoming the biggest ESL blog on WeChat. TEFL Lemon provided English teachers with ELT articles to read and share, as well as free ESL lesson ideas, ESL games and fun speaking activities which TEFL teachers could use in their classes. English teachers in China could also download free ESL flashcards on a variety of themes.
Following their success on the WeChat platform, in 2018, TEFL Lemon decided to build their own website to offer their ESL Flashcard Games for Kids, ESL Warmers, ESL games and speaking activities for teens and adults for free to TEFL teachers around the world. You can visit their website here.
Not only do TEFL Lemon offer teachers brilliant ESL games and teaching ideas, but they also have... [Read more]
As the USA is such a big country with a relatively large and steady flow of immigrants, there are always plenty of opportunities available for TESOL qualified teachers. As well as permanent immigrants from all over the world, you will also find there are a huge number of potential students among the country’s millions of migrant workers and the large number of international students who flock to the US to study at colleges and universities countrywide. Business professionals who move to the United States on assignment is another area that is full of possibilities for ESL teachers.
Most official English language teaching jobs in the US will require a university degree. Jobs advertised in state and public school districts typically also require a state teaching license or... [Read more]
Every teacher makes mistakes in the classroom, particularly at the start of their career. As we learn to identify these mistakes we actually become better at our job, unless we fail to recognize these mistakes at all of course. Here we look at some of the most common errors made by new teachers and how to avoid them as we gain experience.
Talking too much during lessons is probably the most common mistake made by inexperienced ESL teachers. The bottom line is that ESL students need to take every opportunity possible to speak the language as this is how they make real progress. However, if the teacher dominates the conversation any progress will be cut considerably. Only say what you need to keep the lesson moving forward and avoid chat that is not connected to the point of the... [Read more]
There is no doubt that online English language teaching is one area of TESOL that has grown enormously in recent years. New platforms for providing online teaching services continue to appear, offering a wide variety of services to students in countries worldwide. Some specialize in 1 to 1 lessons or speaking and pronunciation, while others focus on specific areas such as business English. Current opportunities within the world of online English teaching are vast and varied, and the future seems to offer unlimited potential. Thanks to this rapid growth, the demand for online English teachers is very high and will only increase in the coming years.
One of the main benefits of teaching English online is you can be based anywhere in the world. It is not necessary to fly overseas or... [Read more]
If we look back on our own school days, most of us will remember some of our teachers more than others. In some cases this will be because they were terrible at their job and didn’t provide the environment we needed to reach our full potential. The worst traits are often things such as failing to listen to students, lacking enthusiasm, and being overly strict. However, most of us will also have good memories of one or more teachers who actually had a positive impact on our school experience. There are a wide variety of reasons why these particular teachers stand out.
If you are already teaching or plan to teach in the future, there are several things you can focus on that when added together make up a memorable teacher. If you can manage to add all of these to your everyday... [Read more]
Argentina has been a popular tourist destination for many years, as well as one of South America?s most popular countries for teaching English abroad. Known for its stunning natural landscapes, a unique European influenced culture, and a laid back approach to life, Argentina has plenty to offer first time teachers and those with more experience. Demand for teachers is particularly strong in the capital Buenos Aires, although there are also significant markets for ESL teachers in other major cities such as Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, and the beach resort of Mar del Plata.
Although it is an attractive destination for many different reasons, Argentina is not a country where teachers tend to earn a large salary. However, if you are patient and willing to work hard to get yourself... [Read more]
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