It's Better Abroad

TEFL talk roundup – week 3

 

5 WAYS TO MAKE LEARNING FUN AND INTERESTING

Teaching is more than just communicating ideas. It’s just as important to make learning fun. While some teachers do this naturally, others need some help keeping the class engaging and interesting. Whichever type of teacher you are, here are some ideas that are sure to take your teaching to the next level.

Make learning fun! When most people think of a classroom and learning, the first word or thought that might come to mind is boring. That is one thing a teacher never wants his or her class to be, or how the students should remember a lesson or the whole learning process.

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TOP 5 COUNTRIES TO MAKE THE MOST MONEY TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD

Everybody is familiar with the saying “you don’t become a teacher for the money,” and while going to teach English abroad will almost certainly be one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences you will ever undertake, you probably don’t want to count on it to buy that tropical island you fantasize about for your retirement.

That said, there are thousands of opportunities around the world for TEFL certified English teachers teaching English abroad that do pay well and offer exceptional benefits.

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HOW TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE

There are many different types of teaching jobs available in China for native English speakers, but for those with no teaching experience, it can be a headache to determine what you are qualified for and which jobs will meet your needs.

The first thing to pay attention to when looking at schools in China is to make sure you can receive the Z working visa. This means you qualify as a foreign expert and it’s the only visa you may use to legally teach English in China. If a school promises you a tourist visa or a business travel visa, OR if they promise that at some point they will get you a Z visa after entering on an alternate visa, they are operating outside the law and it’s a good idea to stay away.

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TRAVEL TIP: PUT AWAY YOUR DAMN PHONE!

I found it to be an insightful and incredible discussion on exactly why companies have such a hard time with millennials. To Sinek, one of the major problems is millennials’ addiction to their phones. Back in the day, before a meeting started, you would socialize with your coworkers, ask about their families, talk about work, etc. Now, no one talks because everyone is glued to their phone. It drives him up the wall, because this very important form of socialization and bonding in the workplace is now disappearing.

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SETTING UP A TEACHING BUSINESS AND DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT TAXES? WATCH THIS…

People constantly ask me about how taxes work when building a teaching business. I also get questions regarding registering a business and becoming self-employed. Here is my best advice…

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5 GREAT TEACHER OUTFITS USING A SINGLE BLACK CARDIGAN

Do you ever find yourself starring into your closet at 5:30 in the morning, wondering how you can get away with another outfit that involved your favorite cardigan? Sure you wore it twice last week and once this week, but it’s a comfort piece.

I get it! This is why I put together five different outfits with the same staple piece: a single black cardigan. I hope these inspires you to invent a plethora of outfits based on things you already have in your closet. But if it encourages you to treat yourself and go shopping, that’s okay, too!

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WHY I TEACH ABROAD AND WHY YOU SHOULD TOO

In the spirit of new beginnings, and seen as we are approaching the eve of Chinese New Year at the time of writing, what better time to put pen to paper and reflect on the incredible journey I’ve had thus far and reflect on why I teach abroad.

It can be quite an exciting prospect to pack up shop, depart the shores of your homeland, and travel thousands of miles to the other side of the world to teach overseas. Naturally, you have all these preconceptions of what it might be like, but as grand and exciting as they may be, the experience itself will be far beyond the comprehension of your wildest imaginations. Nothing can prepare you for it; it will reveal parts of yourself that you never even knew existed. Indeed, it will change the direction of your life forever.

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HOW TO PROVIDE PROOF OF ONWARD TRAVEL (SO YOU DON’T GET KICKED OFF YOUR FLIGHT!)

Planning to travel internationally on a one-way ticket? You might have a problem. Some airlines and countries require proof of onward travel. Here’s how you can get it.

“Before you can board this flight, I need to see your proof of onward travel.” What?! But I’m traveling on a one-way ticket!

I remember the first time it happened to me. I was checking in at Boston’s Logan Airport for an international flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

Excited to visit Southeast Asia for the first time, and planning to spend a few months living in Chiang Mai as a digital nomad. I was flying one-way because, you know, I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay.

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