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Practical tips, insightful stories, and expert advice for teaching English both domestically and internationally

The Impact of Volunteer Teaching in Thai Communities
Geddy Gee
Volunteer teaching in Thailand enriches education and cultural exchange, welcoming non-native and non-degree holders for lasting community impact

Choosing the Best Route to Teaching English in Thailand
Geddy Gee
Comparing recruitment agencies, direct hire, and TEFL placements for teaching in Thailand, focusing on the pros and cons of each method

Navigating the TEFL Requirement for Teaching English in China
Geddy Gee
How to fulfil China’s TEFL certification requirement amidst limited course availability within the country

How Safe Is Latin America for English Teachers?
Geddy Gee
Safety concerns for teaching in Latin America can be mitigated with local knowledge, ensuring a secure and enjoyable experience

The Growing Appeal of Teaching English in Eastern Europe
Geddy Gee
Eastern Europe, with nations like Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, abounds in ESL opportunities, often overlooked beside Western Europe

Teaching English in Europe as a Non-native English Speaker
Geddy Gee
In Europe, teaching credentials and experience are valued, while in Asia, native English speaker status is often prioritised

Affordable English Teaching Destinations in the Middle East
Geddy Gee
Exploring teaching opportunities in the Middle East , contrasting high-cost UAE, Qatar with affordable Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Turkey

Thailand’s Top Teaching Locations Pros and Cons
Geddy Gee
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket – TEFL in Thailand is about finding the right balance between professional aspirations and personal preferences in these varied and vibrant settings

Can You Teach English in China Without a Degree?
Geddy Gee
No it’s illegal to teach in China without a degree, but Taiwan is possible with Associates or working holiday and Hong Kong with working holiday

Teaching in the Middle East Amidst the Current War
Geddy Gee
Is it safe to teach English in the Middle East amidst the current conflict? And a look into the safe locations: the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia…

Can You Teach English in Thailand Without a Degree or TEFL?
Geddy Gee
A degree is required in Thailand, but non-degree-holders can work in nearby Cambodia. A TEFL certificate is not required in Thailand, but can help

Lesser-Known Places to Teach English in South-East Asia
Geddy Gee
A look into the countries you can teach ESL in South-East Asia that aren’t Thailand or Vietnam

Can You Teach ESL in Countries Where English is Widely Spoken
Geddy Gee
Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Hong Kong, and Macau have a high level of English proficiency. But there are still opportunities for teachers

An Introduction to Celebrating Chinese New Year
Altiné Moumouni
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate

Is it Better to Teach English in Japan or China?
Altiné Moumouni
I believe that the most important criteria in choosing between Japan and China will depend on your personal preferences and your level of adaptability

How I Am Navigating the Strict Lockdown in China
Altiné Moumouni
While the rest of the world almost forgot about the Covid 19 pandemic, there is a surge of covid cases in China, particularly in the city I live in, Guangzhou. Currently, we are under strict lockdown.  In this article, I want to share a few tips, especially for those in the same situation. The situation […]

Best Places to Teach English in China
Geddy Gee
Teaching English in China and how to select the best places from Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, and more

Best Places to Teach English in Japan
Geddy Gee
Covering the best locations in Japan for teaching English. From Tokyo and Osaka, to Kyoto

Best Places to Teach English in South Korea
Geddy Gee
South Korea is such a diverse country with so many interesting places to teach English, so where are the best places?

6 Things ESL Teachers Do Wrong in China
Altiné Moumouni
Do these 6 things to increase your chances of being stuck in China and becoming bitter, unhappy, less productive, and making less money

Is Spain a Good Place to Teach English?
Harrison Fowler
Top reasons for an aspiring ESL teacher to choose Spain as their destination to teach English abroad

Should You Teach English in Thailand or Taiwan?
Geddy Gee
Teach English in Thailand vs Taiwan – how living and working compares in these 2 countries.

What Salary Will You Earn Teaching English in Vietnam?
Geddy Gee
Teaching English in Vietnam salary guide – types of jobs, schools, and factors that affect teachers salaries

Can You Still Teach English in China with Their New Laws?
Geddy Gee
Can You Still Teach English in China – discusses the law against private education, covid lockdowns, and future jobs in China

10 Reasons to Love Teaching English in Taiwan
Geddy Gee
Teaching in Taiwan – why it’s a great place to teach now that the border is opening up: friendly people, low cost of living, respectful students

Teach English in Hanoi: Experience Traditional Vietnam
Geddy Gee
A guide to teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam – finding jobs, apartments, cost of living and more

Teach English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The Chance of a Lifetime
Geddy Gee
A guide for living and working in Ho Chi Minh City as an English teacher: cost of living, finding an apartment and teaching jobs

Teaching English in Da Nang, Vietnam: City of Bridges
Geddy Gee
The article is a guide about teaching English in Da Nang – living, cost of living, finding an apartment and jobs in Da Nang

What is the Best TEFL Course to Teach English in Vietnam
Geddy Gee
The article is about TEFL courses in Vietnam: are they required, how to pick a good one.

Teach English in Vietnam After the Pandemic
Geddy Gee
The article describes how the Pandemic affected teaching in Vietnam, how it has recovered and which locations teachers can pick in Vietnam

ESL Teaching and Post-Pandemic: What Changed?
Altiné Moumouni
Has the pandemic affected ESL teachers? This article will discuss seven ways the pandemic affected ESL teachers and provide tips for ESL teachers to succeed in the post-pandemic

A Day in My Life as an ESL Teacher in a Public School in Thailand  
Armando Pannacci
If you’re thinking about taking on an ESL teaching role in the Land of Smiles, here’s a possible walk-through

Teaching TEFL in China During the Pandemic
Altiné Moumouni
The Covid-19 pandemic is among those single things that impact our lives tremendously. Worldwide, this pandemic has affected how we do business, live, travel, work, and even teach.

Your Guide to the Taiwan Government Program for Public School Teachers
Geddy Gee
A guide to the FET program. Taiwan has a government program similar to JET, EPIK, etc.

Can You Teach English in Japan Without a Degree?
Geddy Gee
Teaching in Japan, is it possible without a degree, and the working holiday program for a travel and teach experience.

Can You Teach English in Taiwan Without a Degree?
Geddy Gee
Geddy Gee looks at working holiday visas for English teachers in Taiwan (and Hong Kong).

Can You Teach English in Korea Without a Degree?
Geddy Gee
If you had your dreams of teaching English in Korea crushed by learning that you need a degree, this guide will answer all your questions.

Teaching English in Japan — the Experience of a Lifetime
Jake Hallows
My experience with TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) in Japan, working an ALT (Assistant language teacher) in several schools.

Risks of Being an ESL Teacher Abroad
David Buckley
David Buckley outlines some of the points that ESL teachers should be aware of when working in other countries. Some of the risks and situations they may encounter.

So, You Want to Teach English in Vietnam…
Peter Goudge
Some practical advice on how to get started teaching English in Vietnam

The Native Speaker Myth: Death, Burial, and Funeral of a Fallacy
With 80% of the world’s English teachers not speaking English as their first language, is it time finally to lay to rest the idea that only native speakers from Wapping can teach English?

Words That Are Different in Japanese and English
Alex Case
Interesting and confusing changes that happen as the Japanese borrow words from English and English-speakers borrow words from Japanese

How the Japanese Chop up English
Alex Case
The interesting but difficult to understand ways that the Japanese shorten English words and expressions, and how that can affect their production and comprehension in L2

Made-in-Japan English Words and Expressions
Alex Case
A systematic look at Wasei Eigo expressions which are fascinating to read about, vital if you are learning Japanese, and best avoided by Japanese people speaking English

Pronunciation Changes in Japanese English
Alex Case
A systematic overview of how the Japanese pronounce English words in their own language, and so therefore often when speaking English too

How Japanese English Works
Alex Case
A look at the origins and workings of Japanese English

15 Cultural Differences in the Korean Classroom
Alex Case
Aspects of Korean students that might have an impact on your classroom, with some possible solutions

English is Everywhere for Everyone
Alex Case
Examples of English that students will almost certainly come across in their everyday lives, as well as some ideas on how to use them in games and activities.

Foreign Students Go Walkabout
Ian Lawrence
Sir Lez Pat offers heartfelt congratulations to the UK Government for their new student visa regulations.

Celebrating Non-Standard Language Varieties in Taiwan
Aubrey Neil Leveridge
Once the educational system of Taiwan embraces and celebrates its non-standard languages and dialects, students will understand the value and importance these languages hold

More Cultural Differences in the Japanese Classroom
Alex Case
15 more cultural differences in Japan

Cultural Differences in the Japanese Classroom
Alex Case
Not only can you improve your ability to understand and teach Japanese students with the few tips below, you can also give them cultural pointers on how to deal with foreign people

More Criteria for a Good Cultural Training Lesson
Alex Case
A good EFL lesson with a cross-cultural training element

Criteria for a Good Cultural Training Lesson
Alex Case
Students tend to love talking about cultural differences, traditional festivals, travel information etc. in class, and textbooks are increasingly expanding from a focus on Britain and/ or the USA to include voices

More Important Cultural Differences in the Classroom
Alex Case
From hospitality to modesty, tips on understanding cultural traits

Important Cultural Differences in the Classroom
Alex Case
Having some knowledge of how cultures vary from each other can at least give teachers a starting point in knowing how to approach students and classes

Japanese English
Glenn Huntley
Implications of unique English forms found in Japan for teaching

Stefan Chiarantano
Thoughts on the shadow side of teaching EFL abroad