Teach Abroad Blog by OnTESOL Graduates October 29, 2014

OnTESOL Review: Teaching English Conversation to Mature Students in Japan

Filed under: Japan

Enderle @ 7:00 pm

OnTESOL review TEFL TESOL certificate courseMany of my ESL students here in Japan are older adults in small group or private lessons. Many have studied English during their junior high and high school years and were taught English with the Grammar Translation Method and the Direct Method. They have not had much experience actually using the language, so I find that many students are very shy and are afraid of making mistakes when speaking English, which holds them back from trying to improve their conversation skills.


October 21, 2014

Teaching IELTS in the United Arab Emirates

Filed under: United Arab Emirates

Greg @ 10:22 am

Teaching IELTSThe IELTS exam is an internationally recognized measure of an individual’s English proficiency and, in the United Arab Emirates, one of the main proficiency tests for admissions to higher education as well as professional advancement.

Higher education programs typically look for a score of 4.5 to 6.0 on a 9-band scale. Many Emirati secondary students begin their training for IELTS during grade 11 or 12. The range of levels in a typical classroom means teachers have a more difficult time providing generalized exam preparation. For this reason, a mix of targeted language instruction and skills development are required.


October 14, 2014

Managing an Emirati Classroom: Advice and Admonitions

Filed under: United Arab Emirates

Greg @ 1:13 pm

Classroom Management United Arab EmiratesStudent behavior is perhaps the biggest challenge awaiting teachers new to the United Arab Emirates. While the full banquet of naughtiness is not too different from a Western school, several cultural factors can make for a rocky first year. Here are some things to consider:


October 1, 2014

The 250-Hour TESOL Diploma: Opening Doors in the United Arab Emirates

Filed under: United Arab Emirates

Greg @ 12:26 pm

Abu Dhabi cityIn this article, Greg Askew explains how the 250-hour TESOL Diploma helped him obtain more lucrative positions in the United Arab Emirates. He started as an ADEC teacher in 2010 and began a more lucrative position with ADVETI in 2013.  In the summer of 2014, Greg became a certified IELTS examiner, which he does once a month as he continues working full-time with ADVETI.


April 3, 2014

Teaching Conversational English in Mexico

Teaching English Conversation in MexicoWhen I taught Conversational English classes in Mexico, I found that a good way to engage students was to bring in an interesting topic. I would choose topics from current events or polarizing issues – the issue was always important because I would rely on my students to form opinions about certain topics.


March 20, 2014

Teaching Multi-Level ESL Lessons in Hong Kong

TESOL Certification Hong KongWhen you are in charge of teaching a large group of ESL students, one major aspect that you must consider is the students’ English levels. It is highly unlikely that all of your students will be at the same place in their English learning, so it is very important to recognize and address the varying abilities in your classroom. Students who aren’t working at their appropriate level struggle to learn the material and are easily distracted from the task at hand, so it is essential to provide them with material that suits their abilities.


March 17, 2014

Job Hunting – Teach English in Japan!

Teaching English in JapanJapan is a very active market to teach English in. It is also a culturally rich, clean and safe place to live, but it will take preparation as well as an open mind and sensitivity to the Japanese culture to live here. If you think Japan might be the place for you, and you would like to spend some time teaching English here; here are some considerations to take concerning getting a TESOL job in Japan.


November 26, 2013

Teaching English in Hong Kong: Classroom Management Techniques for Large Classes

Teaching English in Hong Kong: Classroom Management Techniques for Large ClassesWhen you are confronted with a class of thirty odd students in a single ESL lesson, the prospect of classroom management can be a little daunting. In classes this large, there are two types of classroom management that you need to deal with: the first is maintaining the behavior and interest of the class as a whole, and the second is dealing with disruptive students.


October 7, 2013

Teaching English in Canada: Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview

The Resume and Cover Letter – Teaching English in Canada

Teaching English in Canada: Job Interview, Resume, and Cover LetterIt can be difficult to break into a new area of work, but there are some things you can do to get the chance to prove that you can be an excellent teacher. On your resume, highlight any experience that is directly relevant to the job. If you haven’t taught before, provide details about your TESL Canada training experience (what you learned, your successes, etc). In your cover letter, be as specific as possible about your teaching skills and how they’ve helped students achieve success in the past, even if you’re speaking of the students who participated in your practicum. Being able to reflect on your teaching experience will show that you have insight into your role, and that you care about your work.


September 30, 2013

TESOL Thailand: Teaching English in Rural Primary Schools

Teaching English in Thailand Public Schools TESOL Thailand

Having taught English in Thailand for a couple of years, I can testify towards the cold sweat that descends when suddenly faced with a packed classroom of young, rowdy Thai kids. As soon as you get a grip of the situation, you will realise the huge rewards to be gained from teaching in a Thai primary school.


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