Why You Need to Learn Japanese If You Want to Teach English in Japan

Learn Japanese to Teach English in JapanWould you take piano lessons from a teacher who doesn’t know how to play the piano?!

It sounds unbelievable, but every day in countries around the world, people learn subjects from teachers who have never actually learned the same subject! In the world of ESL, this is the case for a lot of native-English speakers who complete a TESOL certification course and go abroad without having ever learned to speak, read or write a foreign language.

It is possible to teach someone a foreign language without having mastered a foreign language oneself, and TESOL courses serve to bridge that gap of lack of practical experience. Nonetheless, a TESOL-certified teacher who has never learned a foreign language is still teaching a subject that they have no personal experience with, and this does have an impact on students.

About the Author: Erica completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma. She has more than 9 years of experience in Japan.

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The Hidden Reasons Why Japanese Can’t Speak English

Teaching English Speaking Skills in JapanIf you’ve taught English in Japanese public schools, you already know the obvious reason why Japanese students can’t speak English: They don’t actually practice speaking! But there is another hidden reason why Japanese people struggle to speak English, and this reason prevents them from learning to speak even when they use methods that are designed to teach speaking. Knowing this reason will empower you to help your students, and can shave years off the amount of time your students need to start talking confidently in English.

About the Author: Erica Derrickson has more than 9 years of teaching experience in Japan. She completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma offered by OnTESOL.

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Teaching with LINC: 5 Project-Based Activities that Help Newcomers Adapt to Life in Canada

Teaching with LINC Project Based ActivitiesThis blog will discuss topics that can be easily turned into a project that will help students adapt to their new life in Canada. Some topics may not be appropriate depending on the subject matter or the culture/personal experiences of the students. A few of these topics include politics, religion, or music (yes, this may be an issue). Topics that are related to Canadian culture, government, community, and every day activities are usually acceptable. These topics can be molded into a framework that will make for an encompassing learning experience focusing on the four necessary skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

About the author: Marie Frankovitch completed our 250-hour TESOL Diploma. She is currently a LINC teacher and teaches the TEFL Workshop course in Edmonton.

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Teaching with LINC: Using Project Based Learning to Teach English to Newcomers in Edmonton

Project Based Learning for Adult Newcomers - Teaching with LINC Hello and welcome to Projects!

The activities we, in Canada, take for granted may be mystifying for newcomers. Concepts such as shopping (ei: buying and selling) are global but the cultural interactions and language nuances are different all over the world. Learning English is hard enough for newcomers, but when you add in the variations and subtleties within the language plus the difficulty of adapting to a new culture and home, a new level of confusion sets in! One way to create an excellent language base and exhibit real life skills is to create an environment that replicates a specific experience. This can be achieved through creative, task-based projects.

About the author: Marie Frankovitch is currently teaching English in the LINC program in Edmonton and she teaches the 20-hour TEFL course offered by TEFL Workshops in Edmonton. Marie completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma with Practicum offered by OnTESOL. She will be writing a blog series on how to use Project Based Learning to teach English to adult newcomers to Canada with the LINC program.

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TESOL Portugal: Certification and Cultural Adaptation Tips

Teaching English in PortugalTeaching English abroad turned out to be quite the adventure. Who knew? Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I had just graduated from my second degree and still had no idea what to do with my life. Like many others, I decided to take some time before I entered the corporate world. The mere thought of living day in and day out in the concrete jungle I called home without a set path gave me anxiety. I loved my city, my friends, above all, my family.  Yet I needed to remove myself from my comfort zone.  I booked a ticket to Portugal with the intention to spend a few months there to clear my mind.

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Teaching with EPIK: Middle School TESOL Jobs in South Korea

Teaching with EPIK Middle School TESOL Jobs in South KoreaIf you haven’t already heard, I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you: teaching English to middle school teens in South Korea is an extremely tricky business. It is difficult, tiring, and can be very disheartening. Now that I’ve gotten the hard truth out of the way, let’s move on to the positives: you can survive, nay, thrive, and even enjoy it if you have the right attitude and are willing to accept truths and vary your approaches.

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TESOL South Korea: Teaching English in Elementary Schools

Teaching English to Elementary Schoolers in South KoreaTeaching English to elementary-aged children shares a lot of commonalities with teaching Kindergarten: it’s fun, it’s exhausting, and, more often than not, you’ll need to improvise a little…or a lot. My experience as a teacher in South Korea focused heavily on teaching students of this age, and I’ve lived to tell the tale, if that comforts your nerves a bit. While many aspects, such as the necessity of a sense of humor and creativity, remain on par with teaching younger students, there is one particularly distinct difference (Or advantage in my view): children of this age have been exposed to English before. In South Korea, all students study English at school through the EPIK program, and many continue their studies at an English hagwon in the evening.

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TESOL Guide to Teaching Kindergarten in South Korea with EPIK

TESOL - Teaching kindergarten in South Korea with EPIKAlthough I enjoyed the majority of my classes as an English teacher in South Korea, I can’t help but admit that I did have a favorite group: my Kindergarten class. It’s not very PC to have favorites, but these little ones were the beam of light that started my teaching day, radiating all the happiness and eagerness to learn that you’d expect from five-year-olds. If you agree (or get assigned) to teach a Kindergarten class, there is a very good chance that your young students will enter your classroom without every hearing (let alone speaking) a word of English. While this can be daunting, especially for new teachers, try to embrace the positives. These students are complete clean slates, not yet victims of the mistakes or habits of others and not yet confused by the accents, styles, and methodologies of other teachers. They are the perfect canvases for us as teachers to make our marks, get them excited about learning a foreign language, and set them off in a great direction educationally.

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Travel and Cultural Adaptation Tips for English Teachers in Japan

Travel and Adaptation Tips for Teaching English in JapanA lot of people go abroad to travel and get immersed in a completely different culture. Japan is a great place to teach English abroad because it offers amazing travel destinations and a great cultural experience that will provide you with great teachings. In this blog, Erica Derrickson explains what it is like to live and travel in Japan. Learn more about the Japanese work ethic that is also expected from English teachers and why it is recommended to make an effort to learn to speak Japanese even if you are planning to teach abroad for one year.

-About the author: Erica completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma and has more than 9 years of experience teaching English in Japan-

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Teaching in China Review

Teaching Abroad with English FirstIt’s been more than 3 years since I started teaching English overseas with EF. I wouldn’t say that my story is extraordinary by any stretch of the imagination. I am just a normal guy from the UK who chose to do something a little different with his life, and I can now say that this was the best decision I ever made. In this post, I will share with you a few insights into teaching abroad, more specifically teaching in China. You may not be ready for this big move, but when you are I would recommend following a similar path to me.

About the author: Richard Solomon is teaching English in China with English First. He is currently teaching in Hangzhou.

Why I Chose China

Originally, I came to China to teach because I wanted to build my confidence when giving presentations, as I thought this would be a big part of my life. In England, I had a few Chinese friends from Guangzhou who befriended me and let me in their circle of friends and exposed me to some of their culture. (That was the first time I had hotpot!). From then on I was curious about China and I was looking to explore more, this with my desire to improve my speaking skills was the catalyst for my teaching abroad experience. Before long, I saw an advert online and decided to apply. The first four months were tough and I went through some difficulties, but with the support of English First I soon recovered.

-Learn more: Teaching in China with English First

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