EF English First Teacher in China: Harbin City and Job Hunting Process

EF English First Review - Teaching English in China ReviewI love learning new languages.  In high school, I took Chinese as a Foreign Language lessons, so one of the main reasons I wanted to live in China was to improve my level of Chinese language proficiency. Becoming an ESL teacher made it possible for me to work abroad, but also live in an environment where I am the non-native speaker!

Why did I choose Harbin? Apart from going to a place where Mandarin Chinese was spoken, I wanted to live in a place that is cold enough for snow, I wanted to save some money, and I wanted to be in a a medium-size city with low pollution. Harbin meets all these criteria!

“Part of what attracts many people, myself included, to ESL teaching is adventure and travel. That’s great, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore, but come prepared to work. It’s a job, not a paid holiday”. – Aly Brunson. Teaching English in Harbin, China with EF English First.

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TESOL in China: 8 Years Teaching English in Harbin and Shenzhen

OnTESOL Review: Teaching English in China Harbin and ShenzenIn 1998, I was enlisted in the Canadian Navy for an exercise called “RimPac.” During this exercise, I had the opportunity to visit several countries that I had never visited before. They included: Japan, Korea, Russia, China and Mexico. I was so enamored with these new countries that I started looking into how I could spend more time visiting them. Becoming an ESL teacher would allow me to visit these countries and work so that I could actually get to know the people and cultures a bit.

About the author: Devin completed the 120-hour TESOL certificate course and taught English in China between 2002 and 2010. In this blog, Levin explains how to overcome the challenges of teaching in China, the lifestyle, the teaching methods, and the job hunting process. 

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VIPKID Reviews: Travel The World Teaching English Online!

Travel teaching English onlineI have worked as a teacher with the online English teaching company VIPKID for over a year now. Working for them has allowed me to live long-term in my heart’s home in Siem Reap, Cambodia since July 2017. Before I first arrived in Asia, I had been working for 10 years and didn’t take much of a holiday during that time. So I thought, “While my parents are healthy and I have savings, I want to take the time to travel long term.” I ventured around Asia for a year and a half. I easily lived off my savings doing endless adventures including staying in the mountains of Thailand, cycling around Cambodia, scuba diving in Indonesia, and couch surfing in the Philippines.

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When I came back to Canada, I wanted to find a way to work online while traveling. Free traveling is great, but at some point I got adventured out and felt like I wasn’t contributing to anything meaningful.

About the Author: Melissa Chungfat is an experienced VIPKID teacher from Canada living in Cambodia.

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English Teaching Jobs in Hong Kong: Language Institutes and NETs

Teaching English in Hong Kong If you’re looking to begin a TESOL career in Asia, Hong Kong is arguably one of the easiest places to do so; whether you’d like to join an organization or begin a career independently, there is never a shortage of English-teaching jobs in this bustling metropolitan hub.

Read:The best TESOL certification for Hong Kong!

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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.

 -Get ready to teach English in South Korea with the 140-hour TESOL course with Young Learners specialization!

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