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How to Become an ESL Teacher Abroad Even If You’re a Non-native English Speaker

Do you dream of working abroad as an ESL teacher but you’re hesitant because you’re a non-native English speaker? If yes, and you’re wondering if you can, then wonder no more because the answer is yes! You can teach ESL even if you’re a non-native English speaker. With the skyrocketing demand for English teachers worldwide, it is not a wonder why non-native English speaker can also enter the world of ESL teaching. Let’s start by asking yourself these… Do you speak English proficiently? Do you have a bachelor’s degree? Do you have a love for teaching? Do you hold English proficiency certifications i.e. ESL, TEFL, TESOL certificates? If your answer to the above is all yes, then congratulations! You can now go on your way to your dream ESL teaching job. Alt...

An English Teacher’s Salary – 10 Countries That Pay The Most

MONEY is an important part of all jobs. It’s a necessity and therefore one of the reasons why we work. For those who aspire to become an ESL teacher, knowing what is the average English teacher salary and what are the countries that pay the most is a must-know. If there is one thing for sure, this career comes with a reasonable salary, on top of the fact that you get to travel the world. But, another thing to remember is that the salary isn’t, of course, the only thing to consider when choosing a country to teach English in. One has to think about the cost of living in a certain country. Some countries are meant to be more expensive to live in than others, but surely that shouldn’t be discouraging. Having said that, here is a list of the top 10 countries with the highest ...

20 Common ESL Teacher Interview Questions

If you are aspiring to become an ESL teacher, one of the best ways to last that first impression and land that dream ESL job you’ve long been dreaming of is to know the most commonly asked interview questions by recruiters and managers. Practice makes perfect as they say, if you want to land that dream job of yours, there’s no better way to do it than being prepared. So without further ado, here are the most commonly asked ESL teacher interview questions and how to best answer them. 1. Could you tell me about yourself? This doesn’t seem like a probing interview question but it is. It’s meant to put you on the spot and talk about yourself and also to see how you articulate yourself. It is the most common and basic interview question but the most crucial as this can m...

Four things to never discuss in a Saudi Arabia classroom

Saudi Arabia classroom don’ts. The idea of choice doesn’t really crossover in a lot of cultures. Not that there is no choice, but the idea itself: that one has a choice and it’s their right if they make that choice or not. This was very difficult for a lot of my students to understand. In their culture, it’s inherent not to question authority or norms. Things are the way they are and there is nothing to do about it. That is what they are taught. Some, after trust has been established, voice their distaste, but the majority do not dare. Because a lot of thinking leads to one feeling like they have control over their lives, and therefore have a choice in that life, which makes certain things discouraged in discussion in most countries I taught in. But more so in Saudi...

8 Tips for Teachers to Inspire ESL Students

Trying to be proficient with the English language is really a challenge especially to non-native English speakers. Motivation is the best key to make improvements and be the best in any matter like when speaking in English. There are effective factors to teach students in order for them to be fluent in the English language. Classroom Conversation Enable classroom conversation. This way, students will be excited to learn the English language because of the desire to communicate with their peers. They will all be willing to learn the language completely so they can eventually talk to each other and share some personal and relevant stories and experiences using the English language.   Student Collaboration One good way to motivate students is to let them work in pair or in group. There a...

Student Participation Tips: How many high fives have you given today?

Increase student participation by giving them high fives! Everyone knows that the little things go a long way. Not just for adults but especially for children. They love the attention, the recognition and the self-importance it adds to their day.   You want to maintain their attention, keep them having fun and excited about your class. If you give them a reason to keep learning in a positive learning environment they will want to continue to do so. Kids more often than not just want to be acknowledged; they want to know someone is paying attention to them and is listening. And there are many ways to capitalize on this as a Teacher. This is one of the main themes I focus on when I teach the Teacher’s workshop on Wednesday mornings. And you don’t even have to do too much to ...

Classroom Activity: 3 Reasons to Use Newspapers in Your Class

Using newspaper as a classroom activity There is news everyday. This is a huge advantage for your classroom. Keep up with current events so that you can pass on this information to your students who may not have time to keep up with the rest of the world. This is especially important in Korea were students are perhaps busier than in any other country. Can you believe that my students start school at 8AM and finish at 9PM just to make their way into hagwons to study some more? But that’s another topic for another day. Here’s why newspapers are a good classroom activity idea 1. They can expand your student’s vocabulary Newspapers provide us with information, clues about the future and how yesterday was different from today. They are written by different Authors with differe...

4 Tips to Help Your Students Learn English Faster

Help your students learn English faster with these 4 tips. We learn more when we are children because we are constantly new to things and we are always discovering something new about the world. In other words, there is always something to learn. Because English is a dynamic language that’s always changing, students can never really learn everything. Not even native speakers are able to learn everything about their own language. That is why it is especially important that your students are as immersed in the language as possible, and to help them do just that, there are ways to employ in your classroom. Here are 4 tips to help your students learn English faster 1.  Read English stories Have your students listen to short stories in English. Start with the easy ones and progress as the...

Teaching in South Korea: What makes a good co-teacher?

Do you have a good co-teacher? When you’re teaching in South Korea, your co-teacher is your lifeline. If you have a good co-teacher and you have a good relationship with them, your time in Korea will be fantastic. I am not saying it wouldn’t be without them but believe when I say it will be a lot less fun because your co-teacher, if they are not satisfied with your effort, can make you do pretty much whatever they want. They can make you attend events such as English contests that your students are not even participating in. They can ask you (in a way that you almost have to say yes to not look bad) to stay after school for extra lessons for your students. They can make you do lesson plans all by yourself and then when you turn them in they will say you did them wrong. In simpl...

What Are The Best Places to Teach English?

So you need a job, and you want to find one in relatively short time. Congratulations, without even realizing it you have one qualification that many Americans, Brits, and Aussies have that not only can get them good jobs, but with nice perks such as free housing, and opportunities for travel and so much more. Teaching English overseas is the new thing the cool kids are doing. And if you are not with the cool kids then you are lame. That’s right. If you can read and speak these words, you can take advantage of many opportunities available around the world to help fill a severe shortage of English speakers to teach in a world full of people who are anxious to learn the language. What follows is just a small sample of countries with large demands for English teachers, perks for the job...

Motivating Students to Learn English: Tips for ESL Teachers

Motivating students to learn English is perhaps the most difficult challenge you will face as an ESL Teacher. Not every student in your classroom is going to be motivated to learn English because the majority of the time they don’t want to be in your class anyway. Their parents make them. But this doesn’t mean that because they don’t want to be there you should give up on them. That is the last thing you want to do unless of course, you use this as an advantage. How do we keep on motivating students to learn English? For those students who just don’t want to learn English, you want to motivate them by using other highly motivated students who love English. You can use these students to show them just how fun it is. Call on the smart students then celebrate their cor...

4 Steps to an English Only Classroom

Maintain an English only classroom Learning English is tough, teaching it is just as tough perhaps even tougher. But this article is not about how tough it is to learn nor teach the English language. It’s about how you can get your students to learn it faster through immersion. It is hard for students to learn another language once they are over a certain age but you can increase their chances of success by providing even a small immersion area for them, your classroom.   Why an English only classroom policy? There are a number of reasons you want to impose an English only classroom rule. One obvious one is that the noise level in your class drops dramatically. When students are required to only communicate in the language they are learning, suddenly the trending topic they want...

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