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What I Wish I'd Known

4 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Diving in to a TESOL Job

Picking up and moving to a different country isn't something to be taken lightly. It takes courage and fortitude to immerse yourself in a culture that is different from your own, let alone learning the language spoken locally. On the other hand, the adventures you'll have and the friendships you'll develop, along with the work experience you'll gain will ...

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Land of Smiles

Teaching English Abroad: Waking Up Daily in the Land of Smiles

Sawasdee kah! Or should I say, "hello" from Thailand, the "land of smiles". I’ve been living here for awhile now and each day is a totally eye-opening experience. I’m located in Kabinburi which is a rough, 3 hour cramped mini-van ride to Bangkok and about two hours west of the Cambodian border. It’s a small town where everyone knows ...

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Teaching English Abroad: How a Year of Vietnamese Dinners Changed the Course of My Life

From chopsticks and sushi in Japan to kimchi and rice in South Korea, I was able to travel around the world while teaching English. My journey started as a volunteer English tutor for a Vietnamese woman who wanted to pass the U.S. citizenship test. She insisted on cooking dinner for me twice a week for the year that I ...

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Adapting to Culture

Adapting to the Culture & Everyday Life as an ESL Teacher

While going to a new place is exciting, it can also be challenging. We’ve talked about it before, but culture is an area that sometimes takes the most adjustment for a newcomer to a country. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is defined as: The beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time; a particular ...

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TESOL, TEFL, TESL - What's With All the Acronyms

TESOL, TEFL, TESL – What’s With all the Acronyms

If you’ve been considering a career teaching English abroad, you’ve likely been doing some research and asking around about certification options, classroom styles and job requirements. Chances are, you’ve run across one or more of the common acronyms like TESOL, TEFL or TESL that are used to describe the various ESL (English as a Second Language) certification programs. Many ...

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The perks of teaching abroad

The Perks of Teaching Abroad

Many people grow up in a relatively closed-in environment. Sure, there may be family vacations to the beach or to the mountains, depending on where you live. But, most families have certain routines. While there’s nothing wrong with these routines, it can create an urge in certain people to experience more outside their boxes. And, for some, this means ...

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To Teach Abroad or Not

To Teach Abroad Or Not? That Is the Question

The idea of going to another country and experiencing new cultures, foods, history, nature and more is nothing short of an adventure. Many people would love to embark on such a journey. Who wouldn’t want to experience castles in France? One could have the opportunity to visit and walk in the beautiful gardens of Chateau de Chambord that was ...

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Rewards & Challenges of Teaching English in France: Q&A with Kiara Wessling

Kiara Wessling of Ohio taught high school English at Lycée Pierre Bourdan in Guéret, France for a school year. Here’s her story: (Note- Guéret is in the Limoges académie) Q: What made you want to become TESOL certified? A: There were many reasons I wanted to become an English teacher in France. I wanted to spend some time in ...

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