No. You do not NEED to speak a foreign language to teach English abroad. You will be able to find a job and work comfortably without knowing the language spoken in that particular country. The real question is, should you make an effort to learn a foreign language? We are supposed to say, “Learn as … Read moreTEFL FAQ: Do I Need to Speak a Foreign Language?
A precocious young student raises her hand. She is squirming in her seat. She has a question and it’s ready to pop. Finally, the TEFL teacher notices her. The girl lets out a deep sigh of relief. “Why do meet, m-e-e-t and meat, m-e-a-t, sound the same?” she asks. The TEFL teacher takes a quizzical … Read moreHistory of the English Language: A TEFL Guide
EVERYBODY deals with reverse culture shock. For some, it’s a real jolt. For others, it’s an amusing reminder that even home can feel like a foreign place. Either way, it’s 100% guaranteed. Here is our advice on what to expect and how to move past it. The Truth about Story Time You’ll have a thousand … Read moreReverse Culture Shock is Gonna Get You
This is an uncomplicated subject that generates lots of complicated advice. Choosing the right books and avoiding nonsense guru babble can feel daunting. Especially, when what you’re looking for is teacher-to-teacher advice. Here you go: five easy ways to improve as an English teacher. Teach It sounds obvious but no amount of studying and mock … Read moreFive Ways to Improve in the Classroom
Visa run. Border hop. Spend about two seconds abroad and you’ll hear these phrases casually thrown around. One is important to you as a TEFL certified English teacher. The other is not. Let’s start by getting border hop out of the way. A border hop simply means crossing the border and coming back in order … Read moreThat’s Not a Visa Run, That’s a Border Hop!
Summertime TEFL jobs all sound so sexy; free room and board at a hotel in the Alps, stay with a host family in Peru, kayak and camp just a short drive from St. Petersburg. As alluring as they sound you can’t look at them as traditional jobs in the sense of earn and save. They … Read moreThe Truth About Summertime TEFL Jobs
There are about a million app lists for English teachers. And they all start more or less like this: “Technology is changing the world! If you don’t integrate apps into your classroom you’ll be left behind!” Allow us to translate: “I work for an app developer! I’ve never set foot in an ESL classroom in … Read moreFive Apps TEFL Teachers Can Actually Use
Completing your online TEFL course is the hard part. After that it gets easy. You just have to: Arrange travel to a foreign country Arrange transportation within that country Find accommodation in a strange new city where you do not speak the language Shop for food, clothes and other necessities Communicate with your new bosses … Read morePaid Internship: A Great Place to Start
Teaching English abroad is like any other business; occasionally a dud slips through the cracks. These tricksters, who pretend just long enough to get a plane ticket and a visa, can cause real problems. They can pull other teachers down with them and make the break room and shared living spaces uncomfortable. While the vast … Read moreA Failure’s Guide to Teaching English Abroad
You did it! You completed your TEFL Training! You are ready to teach English abroad! One small problem–you have no idea how to tell your family. You’ve told all your friends and a bunch of random strangers, “I’m going to teach English abroad!” But you haven’t said a word to mom and dad. Because because … Read moreHow to Tell Your Family You’re Moving Abroad