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  • DELTA Module 2 - Intensive Diary: Weeks 4-6
    anemptytextlline
    The week began with writing our PDA stage 3 - analysing the techniques we’d used to evaluate our skills and refocus our plans. This included samples of questionnaires and observation forms filled out by...
  • DELTA Module 2 - Intensive Diary: Weeks 1-3
    anemptytextlline
    I arrived at my school early on Monday morning, signed-in and took my name tag. This was followed by a quick meet and greet session with typical ice-breaker activities. The course was fourteen of...
  • Why Do We Hate Backpacker Teachers?
    anemptytextlline
    Chances are if you’ve been teaching English, anywhere in the world you’ve met some ‘backpacker teachers’, and some ‘career teachers’. Both probably annoyed you in some way, with an off hand comment or inappropriate...
  • Why You Shouldn't Write Off Teaching Kindergarten
    anemptytextlline
    If you’re about to start teaching, or if you’ve been teaching for a while, you’ll probably have met those few people who are in what I call the ‘never kids’ camp. That means that...
  • How to Make $50,000+ A Year Teaching English Abroad
    anemptytextlline
    People say that teaching English as a foreign language is essentially working for pennies, like this doofus in the Telegraph, who calls it ‘slavery’ and says that ‘'no one with a scrap of ambition'...
  • How To Handle Homesickness While Abroad
    anemptytextlline
    It’s quite hard to admit that even as an adult, you still get homesick. But it certainly happens, and after a year of living abroad I found myself in that exact situation. It was...
  • 10 Things to Know Before Moving to Colombia
    anemptytextlline
    These days, Colombia seems to be a popular destination for hundreds of EFL/ESL professionals who want to take advantage of a series of governmental programs that are trying to attract proficient English speakers to...
  • ELT Methodologies and Approaches - A Cheat Sheet
    anemptytextlline
    “What methodology do you use in the classroom?” “I just teach.” That’s a conversation I had recently with an ELT teacher. Hmmm. Something’s not quite right there. Whether you’re aware of it or not,...
  • 10 Activities For Students To Improve Their English Over Summer
    anemptytextlline
    The school year is almost over and so my students have been asking for some advice to help them continue practicing their english over the summer holidays. These are a few tips I’ve been...
  • How to Get Started Teaching English in Japan
    anemptytextlline
    Why do people choose to teach and live in Japan? For many, the reasons are endless: it’s a fascinating country with an interesting history, the students (for the most part) work and try...
  • What Place Does Culture Have in the Classroom?
    anemptytextlline
    Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and of course Halloween are usually the focus of English classrooms when it comes to culture. Holidays are a fun way of learning about and celebrating different countries. They are the...
  • Vloggers With Great Content for the Classroom
    anemptytextlline
    Vlogs are a cool way to engage students in real-life English, and they have a number of advantages. Not only are vlogs examples of authentic English language in use, they’re also free and widely...
  • How to Find Teaching Jobs in Colombia
    anemptytextlline
    Colombia is a country where everything is changing. In the past five to ten years, the country has been on the up, seeing economical growth, increases in tourism and more opportunities for its people....
  • My China Experience: Visa Pains and Getting Deported
    anemptytextlline
    Welcome to 'My China Experience' series, where we have sat down with Gavin, who has taught English in China for 3 years. He takes us through his life in Beijing, battling the smog on...
  • My China Experience: The Fear of Mispronouncing "Pen"
    anemptytextlline
    Welcome to 'My China Experience' series, where we have sat down with Gavin, who has taught English in China for 3 years. He takes us through his life in Beijing, battling the smog on...
  • What To Do When You Teach ESL & Don't Speak The Language
    anemptytextlline
    So, have you ever taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to students without knowing their native language? How often have you had students whispering in their mother tongue, or switching between it and...
  • My China Experience: Becoming A Teacher Within Hours
    anemptytextlline
    Part 1: Welcome to 'My China Experience' series, where we have sat down with Gavin, who has taught English in China for 3 years. He takes us through his life in Beijing, battling the...
  • 5 Twitter Thought Leaders Every Teacher Should Follow
    anemptytextlline
    Twitter is a wonderful place. It’s a place where you can find hate, love, craziness, intelligence, wisdom, insanity, and more in equal measure. It’s like a microcosm of human society, but with hashtags.
  • Don't Make These Mistakes In Your TEFL Job Interview
    anemptytextlline
    Teachers, please listen. If you’re an old hand, I’d hope you don’t do any of these. If you’re a new recruit, well take this advice. If you’ve got a bit of common sense, most...
  • TEFL Stories: The Good, The Bad and The Teaching Assistant
    anemptytextlline
    If you’ve ever had a teaching assistant (TA), you’ll know it can be a mixed bag. The right TA can make your life, and your lessons, much easier. They help pick up the slack. And...
  • Destinations in Thailand That Will Leave You Breathless
    anemptytextlline
    We can’t get round the fact that Thailand is a global tourism mega-destination, for people from all over the world. So many of us have been to Thailand, and have things we love about...
  • Accent Differences: Do They Really Matter?
    anemptytextlline
    There are too many English accent variations to count, and this is just among native speakers. Throw English as a second language learners into the mix and the count goes up even higher. Some...
  • How to Find Teaching Jobs in Vietnam
    anemptytextlline
    Vietnam, not always the first option on everyone's TEFL wishlist. Vietnam is often overshadowed by its far larger neighbour, China, or nearby Southeast Asian friend, Thailand. But, it has everything you could wish for! In...
  • 5 Filipino Dishes You Need To Try
    anemptytextlline
    Aside from the job, aside from the students, the ages, the curriculums, and the schools, there are three things that we think are important when it comes to choosing a destination. Firstly, the place...
  • ESL Games For Every New Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    You've landed your 1st job at a Primary School! Congrats, but now it's time to get serious and sort out a lesson plan. Hopefully you've had a little experience with this in your TEFL...
  • 5 Things Not To Ask an EFL Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    Strange questions are abound in our field so we thought we’d add to the list of peculiar inquisitions we put up with in our most humble of fields.
  • Hangzhou, The Unknown Chinese Beauty?
    anemptytextlline
    Hangzhou, or Hangchow, is another city you may not have heard of. Well we’re going to fix that, and plug your brain full of useful information about this major Chinese city. Ok, now we’re going...
  • Rap Songs as a Resource to Teach English
    anemptytextlline
    I was in a bar last year in Seoul, and a local guy came up to me to start a conversation and practice his English, but the only problem was this guy wasn’t speaking...
  • Which TEFL Certificate is For You?
    anemptytextlline
    Not sure what the best TEFL course is for you? Want to know what certificate will get you your dream job? We can help you with our quiz!
  • How Much Do I Need To Live In Thailand?
    anemptytextlline
    When I first set out to live in Thailand, I couldn’t find much info on Thai travel -because there was no internet! I had to rely heavily on magazines and on friends’ experience. Luckily,...
  • ESL Life: How to Choose Your Dream Destination
    anemptytextlline
    So you’ve decided to embark on an ESL journey. Working in media sales just isn’t doing it for you anymore. You’re sick of spending twenty hours a week looking at memes, and the other...
  • Why a Non-Native Teacher Can Be Better Than a Native Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    In some countries, TEFL can be a breeze, if you're qualified, you get the job! In other countries, TEFL can be a bit more tricky... if you're a non-native teacher. There are some groups,...
  • Red Flags: Signs Of A Risky Language Centre
    anemptytextlline
    How many scams can you think of based on travel? Dodgy taxis, sketchy tours, shifty eyes in a Mona Lisa painting… maybe that was in Scooby Doo, but we bet you can think of...
  • 5 Places in South Korea You Must Visit
    anemptytextlline
    Awesome places usually evoke unforgettable memories, and often, we long to go back to these places to relive the experiences that we had there. South Korea, for example, played such a huge role in...
  • Tips on Teaching Four Levels of ESL Learners
    anemptytextlline
    Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned coaching professional, the ability to adapt to the level of your student is an absolute priority. The faster and more efficiently you can respond to the...
  • How To Become The Next Scott Thornbury: An Interview
    anemptytextlline
    As part of TEFL Exchange, I want to really work on bringing useful resources and information from experts in the field to you, the readers. I’ve been reaching out to some of the thought...
  • Top 15 Countries to Find Love as a TEFL Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    Being an English teacher can sometimes be a lonely profession. Sure, in most places you’ll have a great group of friends and hundreds of students to keep you company, but they're not that “special...
  • TESOL 2017: What Happens at a TESOL Conference
    anemptytextlline
    Let's tell you 'Why Joining A TESOL Conference Pays Off!' Last week in Seattle, Washington state, a very special event took place. In the home of Starbucks (somehow, it seems apt) a group of...
  • 6 'Must Do' Trips in Taiwan
    anemptytextlline
    6 'Must Do' Day Trips in Taiwan Taiwan has a million places worth exploring, and if you’re living and teaching in the country you’ll have a lot to fill up your calendar with. Whether you’re in...
  • A Full-On Guide To Teaching In Oman
    anemptytextlline
    A Full-On Guide To Teaching In Oman By Eric Woro While some ESL teachers choose the comforts of home and manage to find work in their native countries, many or most seek employment abroad, where they can...
  • A Day in the Life of an ESL Teacher in Milan
    anemptytextlline
    When someone says Italy, you automatically think of picturesque, narrow streets, great food and the bella vita. When the same is said for Milan, people automatically think about fashion, the hustle and bustle...
  • 7 Terrible Excuses Not To Be A TEFL Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    There are lots of people out there who would love to be a TEFL teacher, and there are just as many people who have a number of excuses why they can't become a TEFL...
  • You've NOT Tasted Thailand Until You've Tried These Dishes...
    anemptytextlline
    Thailand is the land of smiles. And partly that’s because the people are so happy, and probably partly because they’ve just eaten something damn tasty. Thailand’s food is world-renowned, and the flavours and depth...
  • How I Failed Delta Module 3...Then Passed
    anemptytextlline
    Delta. Delta, Delta, Delta. The word strikes fear into the heart of many an experienced teacher. If you’re reading this, you probably know that Delta (formerly DELTA) is like CELTA’s big, scary cousin. It’s an...
  • 5 Adventures You Need To Have In The Philippines
    anemptytextlline
    The tourism slogan of the Philippines is ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines!’. We’re not sure what they’re talking about exactly, but we’re inclined to agree.
  • The Best Place In Europe To Get TEFL Certified
    anemptytextlline
    We’re talking about the ultimate in bohemia. The sixth best city IN THE WORLD according to TripAdvisor. It could only be Prague.
  • 3 Unexpected Perks of Living in Tianjin, China
    anemptytextlline
    Tianjin is another Chinese monstercity, and one of the five ‘national central cities’ of the PRC. Situated to the North East of the country, Tianjin is still relatively unknown to most travelers, despite having...
  • 11 Korean Foods Good Enough to Bathe In
    anemptytextlline
    Every now and then the stars align and a gift is granted to you, this gift is known to most people as "Korean food", the perfect mix of heaven and flavour. Welcome to one...
  • The Best City You've Never Heard Of: Chongqing
    anemptytextlline
    Helllooooo Chongqing. Located in the middle of China, Chongqing is an absolute monster of a city. A place you could get lost in and never emerge from. It’s a mysterious, sprawling landscape with equal...
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    50 Reasons to Leave The UK and Teach Abroad
    anemptytextlline
    We had to do it! Brexit is finally here, like the creepy uncle someone invited to the party and whom we hoped wouldn’t show up. But he’s here, and now he’s going to drink too...
  • 7 Career Paths That Prove TEFL Is No Dead-End Job
    anemptytextlline
    Teaching English as a Foreign Language sometimes gets a bad rap. People assume we’re all on holiday all the time, spending our not-very-hard earned cash on beer and flight tickets. In reality, while that...
  • Teaching in the ESL Capital - San Francisco
    anemptytextlline
    San Francisco is the city of fog, hippies and a unique charm that sets it apart from other towns in the United States. A lesser known fact about San Francisco is that it...
  • 10 Best Places to Teach English in 2017
    anemptytextlline
    2016 wasn't the greatest year, we lost some great talent from the celebrity world, Brexit came around and upset some Brits and Trump came around and upset most of the world. Let's face it,...
  • 5 Alternative Reasons to Teach in Thailand
    anemptytextlline
    So, you're thinking of teaching in Thailand. We bet that every blog you've come across has boasted about beautiful beaches, delicious food and super friendly people... right? Well, these are three good reasons to...
  • Seventy Kids, A Magician and Drunk by 1pm: My First TEFL Lesson
    anemptytextlline
    My first teaching experience in Vietnam was nothing less than a baptism by fire! I was invited by a potential employer to demonstrate my teaching skills and see if I was a good fit...
  • What is TEFL?
    anemptytextlline
    This is a little primer on the world of TEFL, for those who’ve stumbled upon us on Google and are confused by all the content that they’re seeing - tales of travelling abroad, jobs...
  • A Day in the Life of a Teacher in Cambodia
    anemptytextlline
    A day in a life of an ESL teacher in Cambodia has been quite conventional, excluding the longest lunch breaks you’ll ever have. I was teaching in one of the biggest International schools in...
  • 8 Reasons You Should Go To A Teaching Conference This Year
    anemptytextlline
    With TESOL convention just around the corner (March 21-24) in Seattle, I want to share with you a little about why I love attending and presenting at conferences.
  • Shang-why? 3 reasons to choose Shanghai
    anemptytextlline
    There are 23,019,148 Shanghai-ians, and 150,000 of them are foreign citizens from all over the globe, including a staggering 21,000 Americans. There are plenty of good reasons why foreigners from all over the world...
  • A Guide to Cost of Living in Taiwan
    anemptytextlline
    Here’s some info about what you can expect in terms of dollars and cents when moving to teach English in Taiwan. With any of these articles, and any guide to cost of living, you’ve...
  • 10 Foods That Will Make it Impossible to Leave Taiwan
    anemptytextlline
    Once we were in Taiwan, and decided to order a ‘milk tea’. We got really excited, started wondering about what kind of weird, bubbly concoction was going to come out...after all, we’d heard Taiwanese...
  • 3 reasons to teach in...Chengdu
    anemptytextlline
    Do you like pandas? If so, you’d best get over to Chengdu - it’s the home of China’s bamboo-eating national treasure. Aside from that though, there are a lot of other great things about...
  • What’s TEFL Really Like? 5 Uncomfortable Truths
    anemptytextlline
    'What's TEFL really like?' is one of the most commonly searched terms on Google for TEFL. It seems like a lot people are wary - and why shouldn't they be? Promises of money,...
  • TEFL in Poland: What's it like?
    anemptytextlline
    Welcome to Poland. The land of mushrooms and mountains. Beautiful Eastern European architecture, incredible frost-bitten scenery and of course, lots of meat’n’beer, are some of the main draws of this highly-developed EU member state....
  • 5 Tasty Reasons to Move to Vietnam
    anemptytextlline
    If we’re being honest, a country's cuisine can be one of the most important factors of choosing a new place to live. If you don’t like the local food, daily life in a new...
  • Why Choose Taiwan?
    anemptytextlline
    Taiwan, or the Republic of China (ROC) is an often overlooked dream destination for many, who just associate it with the production of cheap VCRs in the early 70’s. Let’s talk a little about...
  • The Top 3 Things About Beijing
    anemptytextlline
    Here’s one you’ll have heard of. Beijing is the second largest city in China. It’s the third largest city in the world. That means it’s big. Really, really big. 21.5 million people live here,...
  • Why you'll love Shenzhen, China
    anemptytextlline
    In this second part of our exploration of China, we’re going to be taking a look at another big city. If you missed the first post and want to catch up, check out our...
  • What does TEFL stand for anyway?
    anemptytextlline
    A cheat sheet for TEFL acronyms and abbreviations.
  • An interview with Eric Woro, author of 'How to Teach English in the Middle...
    anemptytextlline
    We were lucky enough at TEFLExchange to grab an interview with Eric Woro, a long time teacher and writer who has recently published a new book, 'How to Teach English in the Middle East'....
  • 3 Reasons to teach English in...Qingdao
    anemptytextlline
    This series of mini-articles is going to focus on cities around the world and what they can offer you. While most TEFL sites are a boring, dispassionate collection of texts based on classroom issues,...
  • The 5 Countries with the Highest Salaries Teaching English
    anemptytextlline
    Often people still think of teaching English as a poor career choice for making money. The reality is that just like any profession, there are levels to what you can achieve. If you’re really...
  • 3 of the Edgiest Places to Teach English
    anemptytextlline
    Okay, so teachers of English as a foreign language are often the adventurous type - otherwise why would we spend our life going and living in new, unfamiliar and exotic places? It’s fair to...
  • 5 Things I Learned From Three Years in Vietnam
    anemptytextlline
    This post is about a few of the many things I've learned from my three years in Vietnam. I won’t get too sentimental, but living in this country and starting a career as a...
  • TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA?
    anemptytextlline
    This is going to be a short and easy post. If you're thinking about teaching English, be it abroad or at home, and you're a little confused by all the acronyms, then this guide...
  • A quick guide to the CEFR
    anemptytextlline
    What is the CEFR? Often new teachers will hear references to the CEFR without knowing it. You may for instance, overhear ‘B1’ or ‘A2’ and confuse it for someone playing a game of battleships. I...
  • Welcome to TEFL Exchange!
    anemptytextlline
    TEFL Exchange is the first website on the internet to provide both job listings and lifestyle articles. In time, we're going to build a community with forums, news on qualifications, articles on living the TEFL...

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Filter - All
China
Destinations
Europe
Featured
Middle East
Taiwan
Teaching
TEFL
Thailand
Travel
Vietnam
  • DELTA Module 2 - Intensive Diary: Weeks 4-6
    anemptytextlline
    The week began with writing our PDA stage 3 - analysing the techniques we’d used to evaluate our skills and refocus our plans. This included samples of questionnaires and observation forms filled out by...
  • DELTA Module 2 - Intensive Diary: Weeks 1-3
    anemptytextlline
    I arrived at my school early on Monday morning, signed-in and took my name tag. This was followed by a quick meet and greet session with typical ice-breaker activities. The course was fourteen of...
  • Why Do We Hate Backpacker Teachers?
    anemptytextlline
    Chances are if you’ve been teaching English, anywhere in the world you’ve met some ‘backpacker teachers’, and some ‘career teachers’. Both probably annoyed you in some way, with an off hand comment or inappropriate...
  • Why You Shouldn't Write Off Teaching Kindergarten
    anemptytextlline
    If you’re about to start teaching, or if you’ve been teaching for a while, you’ll probably have met those few people who are in what I call the ‘never kids’ camp. That means that...
  • How to Make $50,000+ A Year Teaching English Abroad
    anemptytextlline
    People say that teaching English as a foreign language is essentially working for pennies, like this doofus in the Telegraph, who calls it ‘slavery’ and says that ‘'no one with a scrap of ambition'...
  • How To Handle Homesickness While Abroad
    anemptytextlline
    It’s quite hard to admit that even as an adult, you still get homesick. But it certainly happens, and after a year of living abroad I found myself in that exact situation. It was...
  • 10 Things to Know Before Moving to Colombia
    anemptytextlline
    These days, Colombia seems to be a popular destination for hundreds of EFL/ESL professionals who want to take advantage of a series of governmental programs that are trying to attract proficient English speakers to...
  • ELT Methodologies and Approaches - A Cheat Sheet
    anemptytextlline
    “What methodology do you use in the classroom?” “I just teach.” That’s a conversation I had recently with an ELT teacher. Hmmm. Something’s not quite right there. Whether you’re aware of it or not,...
  • 10 Activities For Students To Improve Their English Over Summer
    anemptytextlline
    The school year is almost over and so my students have been asking for some advice to help them continue practicing their english over the summer holidays. These are a few tips I’ve been...
  • How to Get Started Teaching English in Japan
    anemptytextlline
    Why do people choose to teach and live in Japan? For many, the reasons are endless: it’s a fascinating country with an interesting history, the students (for the most part) work and try...
  • What Place Does Culture Have in the Classroom?
    anemptytextlline
    Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and of course Halloween are usually the focus of English classrooms when it comes to culture. Holidays are a fun way of learning about and celebrating different countries. They are the...
  • Vloggers With Great Content for the Classroom
    anemptytextlline
    Vlogs are a cool way to engage students in real-life English, and they have a number of advantages. Not only are vlogs examples of authentic English language in use, they’re also free and widely...
  • How to Find Teaching Jobs in Colombia
    anemptytextlline
    Colombia is a country where everything is changing. In the past five to ten years, the country has been on the up, seeing economical growth, increases in tourism and more opportunities for its people....
  • My China Experience: Visa Pains and Getting Deported
    anemptytextlline
    Welcome to 'My China Experience' series, where we have sat down with Gavin, who has taught English in China for 3 years. He takes us through his life in Beijing, battling the smog on...
  • My China Experience: The Fear of Mispronouncing "Pen"
    anemptytextlline
    Welcome to 'My China Experience' series, where we have sat down with Gavin, who has taught English in China for 3 years. He takes us through his life in Beijing, battling the smog on...
  • What To Do When You Teach ESL & Don't Speak The Language
    anemptytextlline
    So, have you ever taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to students without knowing their native language? How often have you had students whispering in their mother tongue, or switching between it and...
  • My China Experience: Becoming A Teacher Within Hours
    anemptytextlline
    Part 1: Welcome to 'My China Experience' series, where we have sat down with Gavin, who has taught English in China for 3 years. He takes us through his life in Beijing, battling the...
  • 5 Twitter Thought Leaders Every Teacher Should Follow
    anemptytextlline
    Twitter is a wonderful place. It’s a place where you can find hate, love, craziness, intelligence, wisdom, insanity, and more in equal measure. It’s like a microcosm of human society, but with hashtags.
  • Don't Make These Mistakes In Your TEFL Job Interview
    anemptytextlline
    Teachers, please listen. If you’re an old hand, I’d hope you don’t do any of these. If you’re a new recruit, well take this advice. If you’ve got a bit of common sense, most...
  • TEFL Stories: The Good, The Bad and The Teaching Assistant
    anemptytextlline
    If you’ve ever had a teaching assistant (TA), you’ll know it can be a mixed bag. The right TA can make your life, and your lessons, much easier. They help pick up the slack. And...
  • Destinations in Thailand That Will Leave You Breathless
    anemptytextlline
    We can’t get round the fact that Thailand is a global tourism mega-destination, for people from all over the world. So many of us have been to Thailand, and have things we love about...
  • Accent Differences: Do They Really Matter?
    anemptytextlline
    There are too many English accent variations to count, and this is just among native speakers. Throw English as a second language learners into the mix and the count goes up even higher. Some...
  • How to Find Teaching Jobs in Vietnam
    anemptytextlline
    Vietnam, not always the first option on everyone's TEFL wishlist. Vietnam is often overshadowed by its far larger neighbour, China, or nearby Southeast Asian friend, Thailand. But, it has everything you could wish for! In...
  • 5 Filipino Dishes You Need To Try
    anemptytextlline
    Aside from the job, aside from the students, the ages, the curriculums, and the schools, there are three things that we think are important when it comes to choosing a destination. Firstly, the place...
  • ESL Games For Every New Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    You've landed your 1st job at a Primary School! Congrats, but now it's time to get serious and sort out a lesson plan. Hopefully you've had a little experience with this in your TEFL...
  • 5 Things Not To Ask an EFL Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    Strange questions are abound in our field so we thought we’d add to the list of peculiar inquisitions we put up with in our most humble of fields.
  • Hangzhou, The Unknown Chinese Beauty?
    anemptytextlline
    Hangzhou, or Hangchow, is another city you may not have heard of. Well we’re going to fix that, and plug your brain full of useful information about this major Chinese city. Ok, now we’re going...
  • Rap Songs as a Resource to Teach English
    anemptytextlline
    I was in a bar last year in Seoul, and a local guy came up to me to start a conversation and practice his English, but the only problem was this guy wasn’t speaking...
  • Which TEFL Certificate is For You?
    anemptytextlline
    Not sure what the best TEFL course is for you? Want to know what certificate will get you your dream job? We can help you with our quiz!
  • How Much Do I Need To Live In Thailand?
    anemptytextlline
    When I first set out to live in Thailand, I couldn’t find much info on Thai travel -because there was no internet! I had to rely heavily on magazines and on friends’ experience. Luckily,...
  • ESL Life: How to Choose Your Dream Destination
    anemptytextlline
    So you’ve decided to embark on an ESL journey. Working in media sales just isn’t doing it for you anymore. You’re sick of spending twenty hours a week looking at memes, and the other...
  • Why a Non-Native Teacher Can Be Better Than a Native Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    In some countries, TEFL can be a breeze, if you're qualified, you get the job! In other countries, TEFL can be a bit more tricky... if you're a non-native teacher. There are some groups,...
  • Red Flags: Signs Of A Risky Language Centre
    anemptytextlline
    How many scams can you think of based on travel? Dodgy taxis, sketchy tours, shifty eyes in a Mona Lisa painting… maybe that was in Scooby Doo, but we bet you can think of...
  • 5 Places in South Korea You Must Visit
    anemptytextlline
    Awesome places usually evoke unforgettable memories, and often, we long to go back to these places to relive the experiences that we had there. South Korea, for example, played such a huge role in...
  • Tips on Teaching Four Levels of ESL Learners
    anemptytextlline
    Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned coaching professional, the ability to adapt to the level of your student is an absolute priority. The faster and more efficiently you can respond to the...
  • How To Become The Next Scott Thornbury: An Interview
    anemptytextlline
    As part of TEFL Exchange, I want to really work on bringing useful resources and information from experts in the field to you, the readers. I’ve been reaching out to some of the thought...
  • Top 15 Countries to Find Love as a TEFL Teacher
    anemptytextlline
    Being an English teacher can sometimes be a lonely profession. Sure, in most places you’ll have a great group of friends and hundreds of students to keep you company, but they're not that “special...
  • TESOL 2017: What Happens at a TESOL Conference
    anemptytextlline
    Let's tell you 'Why Joining A TESOL Conference Pays Off!' Last week in Seattle, Washington state, a very special event took place. In the home of Starbucks (somehow, it seems apt) a group of...
  • 6 'Must Do' Trips in Taiwan
    anemptytextlline
    6 'Must Do' Day Trips in Taiwan Taiwan has a million places worth exploring, and if you’re living and teaching in the country you’ll have a lot to fill up your calendar with. Whether you’re in...
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