I am writing this in the hope of support and help from fellow ESL teachers around the world. I am sorry if this becomes longer than I had hoped.
Recently I have been researching TEFL courses for a friend as she can’t afford the CELTA which I did. I realised how little realiable information there is. A lot of it is true but many seem to be written for the benefit for the company, rather than for the person reading it. Thus causing lots of contradictions from post to post and making it very confusing.
So I have started to try and help answer questions and give personal and impartial advice to those who ask for it. A Facebook group seemed a good idea and it was a popular idea. Thus I have just set one up.
I hope that in the future this group can be a great place for those prospective teachers to ask questions and get advice. Plus also those already teaching abroad already can share their stories. More information about the group here.
At the moment it is a bit quiet as it is a new group. There are a few who have posted on there. I hope that other ESL teachers could also get involved by telling your stories and talking about your experiences (both positive or negative) or posting links to either your own blogs or blogs/websites you have seen and you think will be useful to those just starting out in the ESL world or looking for their first job.
Summary – A lot of information for those trying to get into the profession of teaching English as a foreign language seems to be confusing and there is no real way of speaking to those in the profession to help to begin with.
So I have set up a Facebook group to ask questions and for teachers to share their experiences.
Also let me explain here the main reason for why these issues arise in the first place.
Summary – I have been reading various blog posts about the daily routines of a TEFL teacher. Mine seems very different so I thought I would share my normal workday at a private language school in Portugal.
A beautiful sunset over Lisbon from the Miradouro da Senhora de Monte
Summary – So you have just recieved your TEFL certificate but can’t find a job and now you are wondering why. This is a list of reasons based on my own experiences. Also a bit of advice for how to overcome these problems. [This post is mainly aimed at first time/ newly qualified teachers but might be useful for teachers with a bit of experience too. Similarly this is based on teachers applying online and securing a contract before they arrive in the country. Not if you just arrive and hope for the best]
Summary – I have noticed that some TEFL provides say several things on their websites to sell their courses which aren’t 100% true. So this is my impartial and personal warning about what to be careful when choosing a course. With these same organisations and companies all claiming they are the best in the industry here are 8 white lies to look out for and be careful with.
Introduction – So you want a TEFL certificate and can’t afford it or you have one are looking for experience but your TEFL certificate is not accepted in your country of residence because it is not a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, etc. So how can you earn money in the TEFL world or build up experience for your C.V. (resumeé if you are American).
Here are 7 ways to get experience in the TEFL world without a recoginsed TEFL certificate:
Summary – My personal guide of 10 essential tips for anyone looking to get into TEFL and trying to choose the right course for them. This based on my personal experiences and stories I have heard from others over the past 5 years.