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by markc
28 Aug 2011, 11:43
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Does age matter in getting a job?
Replies: 7
Views: 10579

Re: Does age matter in getting a job?

It's tougher when you are over 60, but you have a background in education, if not TESOL. I think you have a chance, but you will need to send out more enquiries and applications.
by markc
28 Aug 2011, 11:39
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: which laptop for tefl?
Replies: 2
Views: 3812

Re: which laptop for tefl?

It doesn't really matter for 'TEFL purposes' but I'd recommend Apple; especially if you have an Apple store nearby and can take advantage of their one to one tutorials.
by markc
22 Dec 2010, 23:52
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Is February too late to look for jobs?
Replies: 5
Views: 6645

Re: Is February too late to look for jobs?

The OP was looking for work in Europe, not Asia.
by markc
03 Dec 2010, 23:05
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Starting out...
Replies: 4
Views: 4881

Re: Starting out...

Well, good luck, but your questions need to be more specific if you want people to answer.
by markc
03 Dec 2010, 23:02
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Selling TEFL Concept
Replies: 5
Views: 13293

Re: Selling TEFL Concept

Of course!
by markc
03 Dec 2010, 01:20
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: handwriting
Replies: 4
Views: 5566

Re: handwriting

Start by giving them a lot of practice in the class and for homework.
by markc
03 Dec 2010, 01:18
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Selling TEFL Concept
Replies: 5
Views: 13293

Re: Selling TEFL Concept

LELF Concept?
by markc
28 Nov 2010, 08:26
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Selling TEFL Concept
Replies: 5
Views: 13293

Re: Selling TEFL Concept

I think you need more levels than this. Will you be using a book? If so study the book. You will need much more than 20 hours of study for most books/levels. One course may be 3 or 4 hours a week for 3 months - for example. Usually it takes an academic year to complete one level. However, it really ...
by markc
28 Nov 2010, 08:19
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Any good books about TEFL and TEFL training?
Replies: 7
Views: 6308

Re: Any good books about TEFL and TEFL training?

One of my favorite introductory TESOL books is Practical Techniques for language teaching by Michael Lewis & Jimmie Hill. Most of Penny Ur's books are good: Discussions that Work and Grammar Practice Activities are very good.
by markc
26 Nov 2010, 15:38
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: TEFL job at camp next summer ~ am I dreaming?
Replies: 1
Views: 3581

Re: TEFL job at camp next summer ~ am I dreaming?

You have an unusual notion of enjoyment, but the best 4 week TEFL courses are the CELTA and the Trinity CertTESOL. These two are the most [or often only] recognized certificate courses - and the most expensive. They are externally validated and include more practical teaching hours than other course...
by markc
26 Nov 2010, 15:29
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: CRB checks for TEFL jobs in Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 7418

Re: CRB checks for TEFL jobs in Asia

This depends on where you want to work in Asia. Every country has a different requirement. Korea & China require a criminal background check. In Korea the employers expect you to do this yourself. I don't quite understand how this can work for UK citizens, when they are not allowed to apply for them...
by markc
21 Nov 2010, 01:52
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Is February too late to look for jobs?
Replies: 5
Views: 6645

Re: Is February too late to look for jobs?

It's not too late, but it's a lot tougher to find work then. Be prepared to send your C.V. and a cover letter to lots of schools, and call them later to see if they have any vacancies. Make sure you have savings to live for the first few months at least. Start looking for private students as soon as...
by markc
08 Sep 2010, 08:02
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help! Teaching large classes in China
Replies: 2
Views: 3766

Re: Help! Teaching large classes in China

It's not possible to give a comprehensive answer here, but it sounds like you need to learn how to give conversation/discussion classes. If the students are shy, even if they aren't with those numbers, you will need to devise tasks for them and divide them into pair or small groups. You won't be abl...
by markc
03 Sep 2010, 02:28
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: What do people do after retiring from ESL teaching?
Replies: 6
Views: 9844

Re: What do people do after retiring from ESL teaching?

Lots of people only teach English for a year or two, but people who spend much longer teaching - like me - often end up managing language schools or training teachers. I had my own chain of language schools which I've now sold. I've also been involved in writing EFL coursebooks, and other tefl relat...
by markc
18 Aug 2010, 11:34
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Why do you have to have a degree?
Replies: 9
Views: 10667

Re: Why do you have to have a degree?

I used to hire English teachers, and it was fairly easy to spot the fake degrees; and even if you don't spot them, you can check later with the universities.
by markc
18 Aug 2010, 11:30
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Explore Central Asia
Replies: 8
Views: 7172

Re: Explore Central Asia

I've also had a pm asking if I want to work in Kazakhstan, but I've not followed it up.
by markc
16 Aug 2010, 09:07
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: newly CELTA qualified needs your opinion
Replies: 2
Views: 5171

Re: newly CELTA qualified needs your opinion

Sebbo - I think your lack of a degree [and lack of experience] would make it more difficult. As would not being a native speaker, which many countries require. You make quite a few spelling mistakes in your post, and any employer reading a letter like this would be unlikely to hire you. However, it ...
by markc
02 Aug 2010, 21:12
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Dual nationality: Canadian and Dutch
Replies: 1
Views: 3470

Re: Dual nationality: Canadian and Dutch

The market for English teaching jobs in the Netherlands is very small. Most people learn English at school, and learn they very well. In other parts of Europe - for example France - you may have a better chance of finding work. I don't know which websites you read, but 30 euros an hour is not common...
by markc
21 Jul 2010, 23:33
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Teaching in Gibraltar
Replies: 1
Views: 3746

Re: Teaching in Gibraltar

I don't have any experience of Gibraltar, but I've worked in enough countries to know that if you are really determined, you will most likely be able to find something, especially if you specialize in teaching young children. The competition is likely to be tough, so take enough funds to live for th...
by markc
21 Jul 2010, 23:25
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Teaching English without degree, with TEFL certificate. Help
Replies: 1
Views: 4241

Re: Teaching English without degree, with TEFL certificate.

Keep working towards your degree. This will help you in the future, but for now you will have a harder situation; perhaps. Most parts of the world prefer teachers to have a degree, of course. Some places don't insist, but you will usually have a choice of the lower quality jobs. China hires teachers...