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.

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).

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Knowing the Classroom Management Techniques is the Key to Become an Accomplished Teacher

"It took a while for me to figure out that classroom management was really a relationship building skill." Jeremey Wilder ‏
Managing classrooms and at the same time teaching the learners in the classrooms can quite be a difficult task to achieve if the teacher is a newbie and not well trained in conducting classes. New teachers, who are yet to start any kind of teaching or have just started their career in teaching, may find it difficult to manage the learners in the classrooms and at the same time ensure that they are able to utilize the maximum amount of time in the class to their benefit, more so because of their lack of experience in the required field. Classroom management has become an essential element in today’s classrooms, including ESL/EFL ones. Classes comprise of learners from various backgrounds, ethnicity and culture and therefore each one’s behavior is bound to differ from the other. Hence a formal training on Classroom Management will prove to be beneficial for you both as a regular and TEFL teacher, if you intend to have a well accomplished, fulfilling career in teaching and training.

Classroom management training TEFL online courses usually comprise of topics on learning strategies to foster a learning environment in the classroom, the principles of correct learning, what are the roles expected out of a teacher and the students present in the class, the meaning and use of the term ‘discipline’, the techniques that are to be practiced in the classroom to motivate and encourage the learners in classroom participation, managing large groups when the size of the class is big, time management strategies and many other equally important topics.
Classroom management techniques also comprise of identifying disruptive learners in the classroom and dealing with them (i.e. prevent any form of disruption from occurring), handling disruption when they have already occurred, encourage good behavior, if possible make a list of the types of behavioral guide to be followed in the class, and the types of unacceptable behavior that are prohibited and would attract actions and disciplinary practices. Other necessary rules to be included in that guideline may vary from not interrupting when the teacher speaks, clear doubts and queries when the teacher says so, refrain from correcting fellow classmates when they make any mistake, homework policies to be followed, and other rules which the teacher might think to be necessary. Also, handling large groups can really be difficult for teachers hence dividing these groups into smaller groups and then assigning them with tasks. It is necessary for the learners in the class, especially Young learners, feel comfortable for learning in places and situations where they feel safe and not threatened
Lesson planning is another effective strategy to ensure that you as a teacher are able to effectively use your time in the classroom. A typical lesson plan will include both learning from the books or blackboards but also efficacious learning activities that are interesting enough for the learners to participate and engage them in those activities. A well planned lesson plan will not only boost your confidence as a teacher as you go prepared for the class but also help you be on track as the class progresses and refrain you from discussing other things too much that are not related to the subject.
Another key component of classroom management is feeling calm and confident. A new teacher who is just starting out may feel nervous however if the learners sense it then it is not good news for the teacher. Hence whatever you are going thorough, the key is to get yourself together and project a cool and confident teacher to the learners.A teaching practice session in this case will be a great help and will surely provide you with the essential first hand teaching experience before you venture into the real world of teaching.