Monthly Archives: February 2016

Finding a teaching job: Dos and Don’ts

globe-flagsFor freshly-qualified teachers, the world of English Language Teaching is expansive, both literally and figuratively. Below are some tips for finding that perfect first teaching job.

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Surviving your first interview – a guide for recently qualified teachers

TEFL Interview

Having just completed your TESOL / CELTA course, finding that perfect first job is potentially nerve-wracking. Then, when you find it, you only have to go in for an interview.

This article, following on from this article on how to find a job, is aimed at providing specific information about TEFL job interviews that may set your mind at ease and ensure you’re 100% prepared for that all-important day.

So, what does the interview involve?

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Teaching English Abroad: World Comparison Chart


Teaching English Abroad: World Comparison Chart

Above is a pdf document with lots of useful information on an extensive number of countries.

It includes information such as:

  • Qualification Requirements
  • Typical Contract Length
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
  • Expected Down Times
  • Interview Procedures
  • Visa Info
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in $ USD & Local Currency
  • Average Monthly Salary in $ USD & Local Currency

and more, as well as hyperlinks to more information about each country.

Source: International TEFL Academy website

Icebreaker lesson idea: “Be the Teacher”


This is a fun, dynamic, communicative and student-centered activity I usually do if the learners in the class know each other, but not me.

  1. Tell the learners that they are going to get the chance to get to know you, and that they will be able to ask you any questions they like – about anything! (They usually look really excited at this point!) Continue reading

Coming soon…

  • Choosing a TEFL qualification – where to start.
  • Top tips for CELTA / TESOL trainees.
  • Teaching multi-lingual classes – some practical advice
  • Teaching tricky grammar points – lesson planning ideas
  • Lesson planning – how much is too much?
  • Choosing the Cambridge DELTA


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The limits of my language are the limits of my world.

‒Ludwig Wittgenstein