Wednesday, 4 October 2017

5 Countries to Look Out for While Teaching in Europe

Deciding to choose a career that allows you to travel the world while teaching to earn an attractive salary at the same time? Teaching English overseas and that too in Europe is what you need to give the right start to your career. To begin the next stage of your planning is to decide where in Europe you want to teach. Yes you heard that right! Europe is home to a number of beautiful and attractive countries and their differences vary hugely. So, it is vital to know which country is right for you before making a move. After all, the country is about to become your home. Deciding on which of these popular countries for teaching in Europe is right for you, can be a daunting task.
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Getting a TEFL certification in India, is one of the mandatory factors preferred by schools before appointing them as EFL/ESL teachers. While this isn't a necessity in some European destinations, most countries prefer teachers who have a certification. Either way, it'll always make you better qualified and prepared for the job. Let’s have a look at the countries in Europe:
Poland is a gorgeous country and everyone should be here once. Some of the most popular places are Warsaw, and also Krakow, Gdansk, and Katowice. Callan teaching method is quite popular here and this needs to be kept in mind. The teaching method is used to encourage students to speak without translating the language first by running lessons at a slightly faster pace.
The capital city, Budapest, is an amazing place to be around due to its Gothic architecture and an old world charm. After a long and tiring day in the classroom, relaxing in a thermal bath or exploring the city with friends provides a big relief.
The French love their mother tongue. It's estimated that approx 39% of the population speak English. It means that the demand for English teacher for language lessons is pretty high throughout the country. On the other hand, France also has a rising demand for Business English teachers. Though they prefer considering people who knows business, over people who know teaching.
People of Denmark are able to speak English really well, as they start to learn it from a very early age. Students of Denmark students are eager learners and though there is plenty of work for English teachers in these countries, it is getting harder and harder to come by. There remains a lot of opportunity for independently organized tutoring jobs in Denmark. For first timers who are English teachers abroad, this could provide memories to last a lifetime.
Spain, like France, stands out for its government sponsored teaching program.  The biggest hurdle to clear while aiming to teach in Europe is to get a visa; these programs eliminate that problem entirely. In addition, the cost of living is quite affordable, making the initially low seeming English teaching salary in Spain not so bad.
Being an EFL/ESL teacher is an adventure in itself provided that you have a passion to teach and travel to various destinations around the world. The cultural differences that range from place to place will surely surprise you and broaden your horizons.

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Value and Importance of an Online Course

In a constantly changing and fiercely competitive world, the need and pressure to do more is tremendous. There is a continuous requirement to learn new skills, gain qualifications and at the same time acquire knowledge that is significant and relevant in today's technologically driven marketplace. During a time of booming digital economy, the demand for technically and analytically skilled and expert professionals is high. Such criteria are inspiring job prospects and stirring up competition among individuals willing to secure valuable talent.  With such a demand for learning and to remain ahead in the competition, service providers like training organizations, colleges and even universities have started providing courses that are not only flexible, but are accessible anytime, from any place.

The online courses came as a boon for many amidst a competitive and time-starved world. An online course sharpens the already existing skills in a person and broaden their horizons leaving their limitation of time and place far behind. Employers are slowly shifting their focus from ‘degree based’ hiring to a more ‘skill based’ hiring with many even agreeing to the fact that degrees are not even a priority for certain jobs. In the course of time, degrees will seize to exist in CVs and will lead to the demand of educational courses or skills that are shorter, cost saving and which are more relevant towards a particular type of career prospect. As for example, online TEFL courses prove beneficial to many as more and more people can learn the effective skills and approaches towards EFL/ESL teaching. Classroom learning is still considered valuable in today's modern world but an increasing amount of people does not feel the necessity to be tied to a confined place or time to acquire new skills. In fact, according to a recent study, a fair percent of all college and university students are now enrolled with their online education courses.
Apart from the above mentioned importance of an online course, let us peek into the other benefits of it:
•    Online programs offer an array of courses which may not be possible for an in class mode. Be it university courses, completely online colleges or special courses to hone the skills for better job prospects.
•    One of the important factors is that it brings down the total cost of the course and makes it more affordable. It’s not always the course cost, it can also be associated costs too. Like commutation cost, material cost etc.
•    Students can log onto the course material according to their convenience, making it possible for them to keep up with other responsibilities. Online courses offer excellent options for working people because it allows them to work and study at unusual times, which they are used to in their line of work.
•    More and more service providers, universities are offering online programs, increasing the available options and allowing students to search until they find one that meets their needs.
•    Online courses are available round-the-clock to any student with a computer and Internet access, unlike on-campus courses.
•    Online students can study right from their homes; saving time and fuel, and sparing the journey. It also eliminates having to commute in rough weather.
•    Online students learn through a variety of ways, including Web cams, CD/DVDs, animation and virtual classrooms.
There are advantages and disadvantages to every type and mode of learning environment. Students/professionals need to examine and study both the pros and cons which will contribute greatly in making a decision about his/her career path. So point of concern is that, the efforts that any student puts into their learning, will eventually determine how much he/she will retain and how beneficial the overall experience will become to his/her future career or job prospects.

Monday, 21 August 2017

EFL Teaching in Asia

Asia is the largest continent among others in terms of area and population, also one of the most sought after places in terms of tourism and employment. EFL/ESL teachers with a TEFL certification are in high demand here. TEFL/TESOL is gradually gaining importance across the world as English is slowly becoming the new international language. Thanks to its massive population, Asia is one of the leading TEFL job producers in the world. Asia is home to many of the largest & most lucrative job markets for teaching English in the World.
The field of TEFL is increasing at a rapid rate and is slowly garnering demand for TEFL/TESOL certified teachers. There is high demand for teachers around the world, especially in the Asian subcontinent followed by the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. There is considerable demand for TEFL/TESOL certified teachers in the Asian nations that are combined of a vast amount of population. Its dedication towards education is quite deeply rooted and the opulent widespread economic condition makes Asia, by far, the top choice in the world for EFL/ESL teaching. Asia is showing a potential growth in recruiting EFL/ESL teaching as a majority of all the job prospects are located here. Significant numbers of qualified teachers are employed each year in Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Besides, newly rising and booming South East Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia represent some of the fastest-growing job markets on the planet.

Rich in history, deep-rooted cultures, and superb natural beauty, Asia also offers some of the most highly profitable job prospects in the world as a typical native-speaking English teacher with a TEFL/TESOL Certification can expect to save 30% - 50% from their pay cheque after all the expenses.
So why would anyone want to teach in Asia?
In Asia, a teacher earning a handsome amount can think of a comfortable life along with clearing off debts or sending money back home in their native places. On an average, a teacher is able to save a majority from their per month salary while teaching abroad. Rents are also quite low and comparatively they get good salary. A beginner or a new teacher may get as much as 2,200 USD/month. So the numbers really speak for themselves in this part of the world. Apart from that, Asian culture teaches students to be polite in the classroom and to be respectful towards their teachers. This is a big plus point for teachers as they would have to focus less on classroom management and more on the teaching aspect. The students are very respectful, courteous, and at times, even silent in the classroom! What more can a teacher ask for!
EFL teaching in Asia has its own highlights. Let us go through some of the major highlights.
•    In South Korea, English teachers can easily save between 10,000 to 15,000 USD per year after their expenses. While in Japan, Taiwan, China & Vietnam, savings often range between 5,000 - 8,000 USD annually. There are good prospects to work, earn and save money in Thailand as well. In fact Thailand is the most sought after place in Asia.
•    A TEFL/TESOL degree of four-year is often a mandatory criterion to teach English in most Asian countries. But if you’re without a four-year degree, chances are that you may find scope in some fantastic countries like China & Cambodia.
•    Maximum teaching positions in urbanized Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, are acquired by interviewing in advance from your home country. So most teachers are already with a job even before leaving for the destined region.
•    If you are the one who’s looking for a thrilling international experience and scopes for making and saving good amount of money while teaching English abroad, Asia is a region that you seriously need to consider.
With a massive amount of population compared to all of the other continents combined, Asia continues to reign supreme in terms of demand for English teachers around the globe and shows a promising prospect. The top five countries in Asia that provides a culturally rich and unique lifestyle along with an abundance of English teaching opportunities: Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Turkey and China. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a TEFL degree; pack your bags and off you go! Asia beckons!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Why a TEFL Certification and Experience Go Hand in Hand

In recent times, the demands for certified and skilled trainers in EFL/ESL teaching are soaring in most parts of the world. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, is gradually increasing in value and will continue to do so in the days to come. As English continues to gain importance throughout the world, the non- native nations are realising the significance of English as an international communication medium and are showing keen interest in the English communication skills which in turn is earning soaring demand for TEFL certified teachers who are able to help and improve their English skills. Similarly TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualified teachers are in equal demand. To be more convenient, when these terms applies to the field of teaching abroad, there remains very little or negligible difference. The acronyms almost mean the same thing. That is, teaching English to the non-native speakers. In the same way, a vast majority of cases deals with a TEFL and TESOL when it comes to teaching English abroad. If you are looking ahead to get a TEFL certification, make sure to gain some experience as well with practice teaching (or similar methods), before applying to schools abroad. In that way, you can gain confidence before stepping in a classroom. Teaching English abroad is as much a career for experienced, retired persons as for people looking for a change in their job. It also attracts people who have a taste for travelling and earning at the same time.

So why is it necessary to have a proper certification despite having teaching experience? It is because excellent training provides you with the required skills that you need to become an effective EFL/ESL teacher. A trained teacher with a strong grip on the subject matter and responsibilities is a favoured criterion, and with that, chances are higher that you will enjoy a satisfying and gratifying teaching experience. Majority of reputed schools and language institutes (both public and private) throughout the world will not even consider your application for a teaching candidate if there is an absence of internationally accredited TEFL certification. If you want to be considered for decent English teaching jobs in your native or in non-native countries, you must hold an accredited TEFL certification. In some countries, experience in teaching is a sought after criterion along with a TEFL Certification that is required for a non-native person to legally work as an English teacher.
During school or institute based interviews for the position of an English teacher, you may be asked to exhibit a strong grip on basic teaching skills like lesson planning, curriculum development, and teaching methodology, that can only be gained through taking a quality accredited TEFL certification course along with a few years of work experience. Experience is a necessary factor as it provides an individual with much needed confidence required to face real life challenges. In an era of narrowing job markets, every advantage needs to be given and without an accredited TEFL certification; you will certainly put yourself in the disadvantage. With an accredited TEFL certification through any reputed TEFL training institute, you will receive along a Job Search Guidance that will help you to keep track of the international job markets, understand employment practices in different countries, and to benefit yourself with the best possible job opportunities. It can be anywhere in the world, may even be your dream destination where you have wanted to teach English. Possibly and most significantly, lacking in proper training that you will receive with an accredited TEFL/TESOL certification course, you will be unable to provide the quality educational experience to your students. So a proper certification and experience goes hand in hand as seniority with experience is looked up to as valuable as providing and inculcating the same in students. Teachers should identify and answer accordingly to their needs and thoughts. That can only be achieved with years of experience. As a TEFL/TESOL trainer, exploring varied cultures and backpacking through a wide range of nations will provide you with the much needed experience to foster a good learning and creativity filled classroom environment.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

7 Sought-after TEFL Job Markets

If international exploration full of adventure is what your plan is all about, then here comes the best opportunity of earning and exploring – TEFL/TESOL. With 1.7 billion people using and learning English around the globe and the numbers ever increasing, the international job market was never this strong. New opportunities are opening up every single day in countries like China, Turkey, Vietnam, Costa Rica and so on.
Vietnam: A treasure trove of culture, fantasy and natural offerings, Vietnam boasts of Sapa highlands, street markets of Ho Chi Minh City, sprawling delta of the Mekong River and many more. One of the highest recruiters of TEFL teachers, Ho Chi Minh City itself hires new English teachers almost on a regular basis. Good salaries clubbed with low cost of living ensures that teachers can save as much as 500USD with ease, if not more!
Nicaragua: Nicaragua too does have one of the fastest growing job markets though it remains virtually undiscovered. In addition, this is worthy of mention that Nicaragua is regarded as the safest country in 2014 Gallup Survey. A small yet beautiful country in the heart of Latin America, it has lovely beaches, lush greenery and mind-blowing topography.
Colombia: Nearly 30 years ago Colombia was infamous for drug violence and political turmoil, however with steady economic reform and political stabilization, Colombia has become a popular TEFL destination of Latin America. The cities of Bogota and Medilin are commercially enriched centres renowned for colourful markets and fast paced nightlife with which come the magnificent beaches, lush rain forests, and rich historical and cultural treasures. One can find jobs in private schools, language institutions and government and non-government organizations of Colombia.
Czech Republic: Czech Republic is a unique kind of place to teach English owing to the vintage setup of mediaeval castles, cobblestone streets, and picturesque villages amalgamated with the modern setup of great bars and cafes. An up-coming economy in the heart of Europe, Czech Republic offers one of the top most job markets for teaching English abroad. One can get work permit easily there and the cost of living is also comparatively lower.
Taiwan: Taiwan is a great combination of high tech economy and tropical island topography along with grand museums, soaring skyscrapers, colorful night markets and delicious food stalls. Adjacent to Taiwan is located a small island nation, Bahamas, which has beautiful beaches with exciting activities like surfing and wind surfing. The mountainous interiors enable one to enjoy hiking, gliding and cycling. If not as lucrative as South Korea, Taiwan still offers great pay and endless benefits to its TEFL teachers.

Turkey:The crossroad of history and culture, Turkey has it all from Biblical prophets to Homeric heroes to Crusader knights and Ottoman sultans. Of late, Turkey poses itself as one of the fastest recruiting TEFL countries in East Asia with Istanbul leading the list. The primary advantage of teaching English in Turkey is, one gets job in advance and work permit is achieved without much difficulties.
South Korea: The journey of South Korea from a third world nation to an economic powerhouse across three generations is a glorifying tale.  The reason of its becoming the most prosperous and technologically advanced country is primary due to its strong commitment towards education and recognition of consistent success in the international market, which is apparently dominated by English. Every year, the number of foreign teachers flocking in South Korea is approximately 20,000. A teacher in South Korea receives 2 to 4 weeks of paid vacation, health insurance and the opportunity to live in some of the most dynamic cities like Seoul and Busan.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Teaching Abroad Can Further Your Career

Who doesn’t want to go abroad and work there along with getting good remuneration for it! Yes! Sounds exciting already? This is already happening around the world with people who are enthusiastic about it and getting themselves qualified in EFL/ESL teaching. You can get TEFL certified and then teach in your dream destination.
Teaching English abroad gives real international work experience that is highly sought after by business honchos in the globalized era of the 21st century. More than ever, success or even survival in business depends on moving and selling goods and information across borders and around the globe. Ranging from financial securities and information technology to food products and petroleum, to be a ‘global leader’ in anything, businesses need to compete and flourish in international locations such as China, Europe, Brazil etc. This means that major companies in all fields seek those with real life experience, a challenged level and a proven capability to work internationally with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This level of experience and expertise is achieved by teaching English abroad while living and working as a member of the native society in a foreign locale.

Teaching English abroad proves your capability to get used to to a new location and to live and work with people belonging to a varied background. In a diverse society of the 21st century, proven abilities to take on newer challenges and adapting to new environment is considered precious. Similar thing is presumed from one’s ability to live and work abroad in sync with the people from varied cultures, backgrounds and languages.
It will require you to widen your organizational and communicative skills, along with the ability to manage group situations. No matter what arena of work or study you will enter in the future, but by developing these skills that includes the ability to grip your command in a given space, will surely benefit you and make you more sought-after as an employee or a student. Many people tremble just at the thought of speaking in front of a large group or trying to communicate with someone speaking a different language. In such a regard, your capability to command or engage a room is highly advantageous as an English teacher you will be engaging students in a classroom for five-six days of class times.
You Get Paid to Live, Travel and Work in a foreign locale unlike just studying abroad which would probably cost you or your parents a great deal of money but when you are into teaching English abroad, you actually get paid to live in a foreign country (may be your dream destination) like Italy, France, or Spain.  Doesn’t it sound cool? In most parts of Europe and Latin America, first-time English teachers earn a wage that enables them to live in a comfortable way that cover all their expenses and allows enjoying travel or other recreational hobbies.  In such regions, most first-time English teachers are self-reliant but isn’t able to save much after expenses at the end of each month.
You will eventually become a member of the local community in a foreign country and get an opportunity to explore them as well. As an English teacher abroad, you may tend to indulge yourself in the everyday life and culture of a foreign locality even more deeply than while teaching abroad. You can opt to live in a typical middle class locality, even chose to shop and commute by local means and hang out at the corner café, bars within your neighborhood. With such welcoming attitude, your neighbors and colleagues will invite you to join them at family celebrations like weddings, providing you with a chance to experience a foreign culture to a level your peeps back home could only think of.
If that’s not all, you get the chance to learn a foreign language along with your wonderful experience of teaching abroad. Be its Spanish, Chinese, Russian or Arabic, the best way to learn to a foreign language is to indulge yourself in an environment where you will be exposed to it and enjoy opportunities to use it constantly. Teaching English abroad is a very practical way to support yourself while living and travelling abroad and learning a foreign language. Moreover, your experience while teaching English abroad will set you apart from other applicants for jobs that you will apply for in the days to come. This actually works in your favour and benefits in enhancing your career prospects like never before.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

5 myths About Being A TEFL Teacher

The TEFL world is large and complicated landing students amidst a plethora of questions. Many who are new to the field and do not have enough knowledge about the same tend to get perplexed owing to the mixed answers provided by the blogs, forums and other sites. Everyone has his/her own reason of entering the crazy world of TEFL – while some aspire to teach and explore, some others want a mid-career change. Here are some straight forward answers to the five most common myths all the TEFL aspirants have.

I won’t be looked upon well by the employers if I have teach abroad experience on my resume
Nothing can be as far from this as the truth. If you have teaching experience abroad on the resume, it actually attests the fact that how flexible and independent you are and capable of navigating difficult situations. Not to mention, you might have even picked up a foreign language during your tenure, which has helped you develop a valuable skill set. Besides, this serves as a great talking point in any interview. This is undoubtedly a fact that your experience abroad will definitely make you stand out among the other candidates.
Myth 2
I have to know the native tongue of the foreign country where I shall go to teach English
It is the other way round. While knowing the native tongue can make your communication easy with your students, this might, in turn, defeat your sole goal, i.e., teaching English. You might get tempted to talking to them in their native language rather than communicating with them in English. This is wrong for the Direct Method (a method of teaching English only in English) works best for TEFL. Nonetheless, in the course of your stay in the foreign country you will eventually achieve fluency in the language.

Myth 3
I cannot teach abroad without having a degree
This cannot really be termed as a myth as majority of schools around the world do prefer a college degree for selecting a TEFL teacher, like in most locations of Asia, a college degree is highly essential. However, there are places in South and Central America where one can qualify as a TEFL teacher without a college degree.
Myth 4
TEFL career does not pay for your living
Oh come on! You really need to wake up and get a concrete market review. You can make way more money teaching in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) than you can think as the tax is less and accommodation is free! And even if you get the opportunity to teach in China or South Korea even then you will be able to save a lot of money.
Myth 5
I don’t need a TEFL certification to teach abroad
This is the biggest myth one can ever come across. In today’s TEFL market, the best jobs with the best salaries are reserved for the certified candidates. So, unless you have a TEFL certification you will be really pushed back in the competitive market of TEFL jobs.