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.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

TEFL, TESOL or CELTA – Which Course Should You Choose?

Are you thinking of taking up the profession of teaching English as a foreign language which also entails travelling around the world? Then by now you must have understood that pursuing a training course on the same is the only way to enjoy a fulfilling career. However while searching for the most suitable training programs most of the aspirants seem to get confused by the array of international courses that are available all across, both in the on-site as well as online modes of learning. And the main elements of confusion are usually regarding TEFL, TESOL and CELTA. Let us discuss this and try and clear up the doubts and queries that cloud up the minds of the teaching aspirants.

TEFL, TESOL and CELTA all three have the same meaning and relevance in the international teaching market. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, TESOL stands for Teaching English to the Speakers of other language and CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults and refers to Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Therefore it can be well understood that all the three terms are almost similar. The term TEFL is used in most parts of the world whereas TESOL is mainly used in the North America, Canada and Australia.
CELTA is a highly revered teacher training program that is considered by many educational institutes as the benchmark for teaching English in any part of the world. However both are the same product, CELTA having a specific brand name. The University of Cambridge is the affiliating body for all the CELTA courses and since it is such a renowned and prestigious educational institution that is held in high esteem by one and all, hence a CELTA certificate is considered to be more prestigious than those courses accredited by other certification bodies. CELTA courses need to follow and adhere to certain requirements and hence it is a given that the courses are of international standards.
TEFL courses on the other hand provided by various training institutes and are affiliated by different institutes. The course curriculum is also not fixed like CELTA with no fixed curriculum and each institute formulating their own curriculum. This however does not mean that TEFL/TESOL courses are less valuable or holds lesser weightage than CELTA courses;TEFL courses are available in many levels and can exceed CELTA.
Nevertheless, everything depends on the recruiter as to which certificate they are giving preference and importance to. However both CELTA and TEFL can be pursued in the online as well as in-class mode of learning and both give equal importance to practicum classes whereas the theoretical course content comprises of language awareness and learning skills, communication in various modes- reading, writing, listening, and speaking, lesson planning and the various approaches to teaching English to learners who first language of communication is not English, etc.
In order to pursue any of the courses, whether TEFL or CELTA, it requires the aspiring candidates to possess near native English fluency, both in speaking and writing model, and a high school education degree. However CELTA gives preference to those who are 20 years of age and above whereas for TEFL/TESOL the minimum age criteria is 18 years. Also TEFL training courses are available in cheaper variations than CELTA courses. Hence if you are really looking forward to teach English and have a long career in it then pursuing a CELTA course will be beneficial, however if you are not too sure and want to test the waters then pursuing the certificate or Diploma TEFL Course will be a wiser decision. (Also remember nowadays most countries well accept a certified TEFL training certificate).