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by John V55
14 Sep 2020, 20:45
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: How do I write a CV as a newly qualified teacher?
Replies: 1
Views: 577

Re: How do I write a CV as a newly qualified teacher?

You can get some suggestions from an article I wrote some time: https://www.academia.edu/11730253/Design_an_Asian_Foreign_Teacher_Resume Or copy the format I use for my own which is in my signature line below. Concentrate on your strong points, which means your experience in English Lit’ and your de...
by John V55
14 Sep 2020, 20:34
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Online teaching: The fallacy of making a quick buck
Replies: 8
Views: 8566

Re: Online teaching: The fallacy of making a quick buck

John, your post about online teaching was interesting and timely because you wrote it shortly before the pandemic. What are your thoughts now? The global pandemic has led to huge growth in this business, hasn't it? Personally, in 2020, I tried to find work online teaching adult students because my ...
by John V55
10 Aug 2020, 19:51
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How hard is to get a TEFL job and to teach EFL???
Replies: 7
Views: 2439

Re: How hard is to get a TEFL job and to teach EFL???

Edith, unfortunately the Internet is full of anonymous people giving advice. Some are of the wannabe astronaut type, some will try to sell you something and yet others are simply clueless frauds. There are no end of websites touting DELTA, TESOL, CELTA and all are trying to convince you that they’re...
by John V55
23 Jul 2020, 22:00
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How hard is to get a TEFL job and to teach EFL???
Replies: 7
Views: 2439

Re: How hard is to get a TEFL job and to teach EFL???

A few questions – pre-match nerves and rightly so. If you’re about to get a good job in ‘the city’, go for the city job. TEFL is not career and the excitement soon wears off. It’s hard work and those who really want teaching as a career choose the PGCE route. I wouldn’t concentrate too much on quali...
by John V55
12 Jul 2020, 13:27
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Picking a TEFL course with an English Degree?
Replies: 1
Views: 1472

Re: Picking a TEFL course with an English Degree?

The ‘try and get a job’ is going to be the difficult part. So many people worry about types of certificates and their various merits, but it really doesn’t matter. Employers/recruiters are looking for a degree and experience. A certificate at the bottom end of teaching simply means that you at least...
by John V55
01 Jul 2020, 21:01
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Asking for input (about age)
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Asking for input (about age)

You’ve got it totally wrong about China, but as you say, this isn’t the place for a political discussion. I saw what was already happening over a decade ago, as did many others. This was while the majority were cheering on the credit card boom and by 2006 I’d already made plans to get out. I missed ...
by John V55
01 Jul 2020, 07:57
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Asking for input (about age)
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Asking for input (about age)

^ Trying To separate government from the people is an entirely western concept. Through propaganda and indoctrination governments produce the morals and values of a society. For instance, in the Obama years the US moved towards the radical left with Antifa, BLM and the ‘gay’ rights movement, focusin...
by John V55
30 Jun 2020, 07:06
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Asking for input (about age)
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Asking for input (about age)

^ Why blame China? No country deliberately introduces viruses. Aids was thought to have originated in Africa. Do we blame the Africans? The influenza pandemic of a century ago was termed the ‘Spanish flu’ because it was believed to have started in Spain. That’s not Spain’s fault either. The latest v...
by John V55
29 Jun 2020, 23:17
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Asking for input (about age)
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Asking for input (about age)

^ That’s about right James. Despite all the political hype of booming economies across the west, we never really got out of the 2008 crash and now the virus. I personally don’t know anyone who has died from it, or even someone who knows someone else who did. The post WW1 influenza pandemic; now ther...
by John V55
29 Jun 2020, 14:10
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Asking for input (about age)
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Asking for input (about age)

Hi Monte, I’m not American, or a Trump supporter. Tens of millions were predicted, might, possibly, maybe die of the virus, (flu)? Climate change might, definitely maybe destroy the world either five years ago if you listened to Al Gore or in 12 years if you listen to Greta? We live in an age of bel...
by John V55
28 Jun 2020, 13:36
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Asking for input (about age)
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Asking for input (about age)

You’re wasting your time Monte. Online teaching took off in China a few years ago, but quickly fizzled out. It was seen as more of a status symbol and is quite expensive for the end user. The providing individuals and companies made the money, not the teachers doing it and it’s more or less died a p...
by John V55
21 Jun 2020, 23:21
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

That's a shame. I was hoping for a more considered response to my thoughts and not irrelevant gibberish about 'citizens of the world' and 'social engineering'. I suspect you haven't been in the TEFL game for very long, despite your claims. Or your experience is limited to one or two specific geogra...
by John V55
21 Jun 2020, 12:28
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

The ‘other fella’ moved on. I’m a bit too long in the TEFL tooth to get involved in arguments with anonymous Goggled opinions. When I saw, ‘Typically (in my experience) non-native speakers of English have a better grasp of English grammar rules than native speakers’, I smiled and moved on. :)
by John V55
17 Jun 2020, 13:31
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

It’s not a question of backing off. I have a sixth sense that tells me someone who claims to be a teacher trainer, but in their experience non-native English speakers have a better grasp of language than a native isn’t going to make much sense in the future either. I’ve just spent a decade in the Ea...
by John V55
16 Jun 2020, 22:31
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

Grammar is part of language and language is a part of culture. Go and figure it out for yourself. :)
by John V55
16 Jun 2020, 15:49
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

Don’t you know, or are you testing me? Culture and language are learned, but it’s a myth that they can be unlearned or discarded and replaced by something else, or nothing at all. Call it roots, or belonging, but a citizen of the world doesn’t exist. Playing around with culture and equality is a rec...
by John V55
15 Jun 2020, 21:23
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

Private schools do sometimes ask for non-native teachers, as you rightly point out for financial reasons, but they do English conversation, not grammar. Grammar, like culture, is something you’re born into which is why recruiters almost always ask for NES. Grammar can certainly be explained, but its...
by John V55
15 Jun 2020, 05:52
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: Tips on TEFL Resume design
Replies: 0
Views: 1918

Tips on TEFL Resume design

One of my chores which I’ve been aiming to get round to is up-dating my resume. Speaking of resumes, here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years. Some of the more nonsensical resumes appear on LinkedIn. My favourites are the ‘Black belt corporate ninja’ ones. I always smile as I scratch my head ...
by John V55
14 Jun 2020, 19:29
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I have asked before
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: I have asked before

In other words, no matter how well you can speak a language, if it’s not your native tongue you’ll never quite grasp the grammar aspect of it. Typically (in my experience) non-native speakers of English have a better grasp of English grammar rules than native speakers. You’re not serious, are you? ...
by John V55
06 Jun 2020, 11:52
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Denmark
Replies: 1
Views: 1732

Re: Denmark

I had very much the same idea you have and over time designed myself a culture based syllabus instead of the usual textbook style exercises. I then included my own games and quizzes, such as ‘Hangman’ and ‘I spy with my little eye.’ How many words can you make from ‘Christmas’ (mast, cast, miss, mat...