Beware of jobs that:
- require upfront payment
- look too good to be true
- have questionable websites
- use poor English
Beware of jobs that:
Trying to decide where to pursue an English teaching job around the world? If you have a specific country in mind, the best place to start is Dave’s ESL Cafe Job Forums. In these forums, you can find information specific to the country you’re interested in, and ask questions about organizations, cultural dynamics, etc. It’s THE place to start gathering information about English teaching around the world. It’s crucial to do thorough research about where you’re going to teach to avoid scams and all other sorts of ‘sticky’ situations that can happen.
Here are a few other articles which give some good information about teaching English in specific regions:
If you have few resources and need a general starting part for what to teach by level, look no further!
By no means conclusive, this is a *GUIDE* to give those without resources initial direction. A textbook will usually be the best guide for giving the most consistent and comprehensive direction regarding what to teach, but this isn’t always the reality! If you can get your hands on a text, it would be a great guide to follow.
Some teachers prefer to ditch the textbook for more ‘creative’ endeavors. I am personally a fan of textbooks (with appropriate supplements here and there) because they provide an overarching picture of what a student learns. But what’s a teacher – creative or not – to do when there is no textbook? In such situations, some teachers may jump from random topic to random topic, frustrating even themselves for lack of clarity and direction.
So where do you start if you’re in the boat without a book?
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When narrowing down your focus for a job search, the most important step is to determine either 1) the location in which you want to teach OR 2) the organization with whom you want to work. Obviously, this depends on which is more important to you – some people are tied to a specific organization and others to a specific location. Upon determining which direction to take, you’ll need to determine what kind of institution is the best fit. Most jobs in the TESOL field exist in the following institutions:
In the age of Google, it’s easy to think all you have to do is search for “English Language Teaching Jobs” and – BAM! – there’s your perfect job. In truth, it’s significantly more complicated than this – a Google search reveals over 8.5 MILLION returns. How do you even start to sort through that pile? Here are a few tips: