Thinking about applying for an ESL job in China? Already got an offer for a teaching contract? Don't forget to check the details. While it's certainly an exciting time to be teaching overseas, it pays to check out all the aspects before heading to the airport. You should read your contract carefully before accepting. An ESL contract is much like any other legal contract … [Read more...] about Applying for an ESL Job in China: What to Look for in a Contract
[O]ne of the easiest answers to anyone (that speaks English) who is looking for ways to long term travel these days is to teach English abroad. I'm guilty of tossing this one out there, too, to all the readers looking for more information on how I did this in the past. Truth is, however, that teaching English abroad is not the job for everyone. So, before packing up … [Read more...] about Is ESL Teaching Right for You?
Going traveling, backpacking, whatever you want to call it, it is a rite of passage for young westerners hailing everywhere from Los Angeles to London. But is it the best way to experience another culture, or do you spend weeks flitting from place to place with little to show for it but snapshots and kitsch souvenirs? If you want to experience another culture, I reckon … [Read more...] about 6 Indisputable Reasons to Teach English Abroad
Within the international staff of an ESL school, the overwhelming majority are typically young - early to mid-twenties, fresh out of college, unwilling to sentence themselves to the corporate world just yet. During my time abroad, I was a part of that group. Never before having worked full-time, aside from short summertime gigs, my peers and I in the post-collegiate category … [Read more...] about ESL Teaching: Look on the Bright Side
Remember ice-breakers? For me, they bring back two associations: one, awkward moments at teenage summer camp, and two, awkward moments at college freshman orientation. There were the games where you had to throw a ball from person to person, I have no hand-eye coordination, so those were always uncomfortable. Or, there were the wordy ones where you needed an adjective to … [Read more...] about ESL Lesson Planning: Breaking the Ice