Teaching English Abroad Blog - Oxford Seminars - Page 24
Japanese Museums

The Offbeat, Funky and Just Plain Weird Museums of Japan

The Japanese have come to be known for sharing both a fascinating cultural heritage that spans thousands of years as well as a modern love for technology, gadgets, anime and pop culture. For individuals embarking on a career teaching English abroad in Japan, this dichotomy often shows up in weekend outings and days off spent exploring all that this ...

Continue Reading
How Vietnamese Food...

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 ...

Continue Reading
Chinese Culture

Chinese Culture 101: Understanding How to Live as an ESL Teacher in China

China, the world's most populous country with over 1 billion people, is an intriguing mix of ancient and new cultures that commands respect and awareness for their way of life. Whether you're thinking of just visiting or are headed over to be an ESL teacher in China, here are some culture tips and guidelines to smooth your way: [caption ...

Continue Reading
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 ...

Continue Reading
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 ...

Continue Reading
Eating thru Italy

Eating Your Way through Italy

Italy is synonymous with good food and family. This could be because in Italy, food simply tastes better when the dinner table is piled high with home-cooked food and family is heartily digging in around you. In fact, when most thinking of countries they want to visit simply to sample the food, images of eating pasta and sipping wine ...

Continue Reading
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 ...

Continue Reading
If you like History

If You Like History, You’re Going to Love France

  France has an incredibly rich history that starts with cave drawings in Lascaux to the southwest, goes through cathedrals and the Louvre in Paris, continues on with famous World War battlefields and leads beyond to today, all helping to shape this country into the rooted and culturally deep landscape it is today. If you like ancient Roman structures, ...

Continue Reading
Costa Rica

Oh the Places You’ll Go (Should Go, Anyway) in Costa Rica!

Situated between the Central American countries of Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica is usually associated with sunny, white beaches, parrots with brilliant plumage and warm vacations. All of that is true, since there are 800 miles of beaches to explore and beautiful tropical weather to go along, but that barely scratches the surface of this beautiful Central American country. ...

Continue Reading