TEFL China: Finding a job, Part I

TEFL China finding TESOL JobsFinding any TESOL job in China, let alone a good one, was not easy for me. As I had mentioned in my first post, I am a Canadian of Chinese descent. I look Chinese and you wouldn’t believe how often I was told by Chinese people in China that my English is very good. In my job search, I stumbled upon a forum that discussed Chinese-looking people wanting to live and work in China. The main message was loud and clear: DON’T DO IT. People reported facing difficulty finding jobs and discrimination. Still, I was determined to go.

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TESOL Australia: Prepare a Lesson Plan Portfolio

TESOL Australia Lesson Plan Portfolio

I had my very first teaching interview 48 hours after landing in Sydney, and I must say, I was nervous! I never taught anything beyond my practicum for TESL Canada certification, and really had no idea what I was actually getting myself into.

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TEFL Taiwan: Traveling

TEFL Taiwan Sun Moon LakeOne of the finest features that Taiwan has to offer is its abundance of natural beauty. Taiwan’s older name, Formosa, means “Beautiful Island” in Portuguese. From Turtle Island in the north, to KenTing in the south, Taiwan is covered in richly dense, sub-tropical vegetation, which creates wondrous scenery just about everywhere you travel.

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TESOL Germany: My First Teaching Job

TESOL Germany Teaching English Freelance teacher GermanyAs the weeks slowly went by and I was starting to get more and more nervous about my visa, I finally received an answer from one of the schools I have applied. The name of the school was Sprachkunst im Luisenhof. It was located right in the middle of my city in a beautiful little square right next to an outdoor Greek restaurant.

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TESOL Spain: Getting Ready For The Hiring Season

TESOL job hunting in Spain - Teaching English in SpainGetting ready to teach English in Spain? October is when all English classes start in Spain. Everyone starts school in September, then the parents get settled in to the routines of getting their kids to school and to any type of extracurricular activities. Midway into September, their kids have a lot of English homework and need some professional help. This is when they realize that they need to put their children in an English academy in the evenings or call the academy from the previous year, so this is why all the academies get busy in October and not in September when the actual school year starts. Read more

Traveling Through New Zealand

TESOL New Zealand

Last spring, my son and I decided to take a road trip. Having spent most of my life in North America (Mexico and U.S.), we decided to travel on the southern hemisphere Spring equinox.

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TESOL China: Culture Shock

TESOL China Culture ShockMy experiences as a Canadian living and working in China are different from most: I am a Canadian of Chinese descent – I LOOK Chinese, but I behave like a Canadian. This duality was advantageous at times, but it has also been the source of immense grief and frustration. The perspective from which I write this blog series on teaching in China will be from a Chinese-Canadian perspective, but I will try to include perspectives from the typical (i.e. Caucasian) foreigner whenever possible.

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TESOL Germany: Job Hunting Without TESOL Certification

TESOL Germany Job Huntin tips TESOL jobs GermanyWhen I first started my search for a TESOL job in Germany, I began to search online for different language schools in the area. I applied to school after school and received little feedback. Shortly after, my girlfriend got a job in another city called Bochum. So we had to move to there, which was good seeing that nothing had come up for me in Kassel.

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TESOL Taiwan: Job Hunting

TEFL Taiwan Job Hunting How do you find the best TESOL job in Taiwan? By simply surfing the internet, the average international job-seeker might believe that finding a job will be a cinch. There are several job advertisements posted every day. This is good, to a certain extent.

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TESOL Mexico: What You Need to Bring

TESOL Mexico what to bring to teach English in MexicoSo you’ve chosen a city and are ready to go look for a TESOL job in Mexico. You will need:

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