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Great Insight into Teaching English Abroad

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Hey Everyone,
I recently had the chance to speak with one of our TEFL grads about his experience teaching English in Mexico, Morocco, and Myanmar. Below is the interview and some of the amazing pictures Stephen has taken along his travels. His responses are great because they paint an accurate picture of what it's like to teach in a foreign country and how this can impact your life.


Interview with TEFL Graduate Stephen Frampton
Where do you work now? I am currently teaching English in Oaxaca Mexico, but in the last year and a half I've taught in Myanmar and Morocco as well.
What’s the best thing about living in ______? Each country I've taught in has unbelievably awesome things and for Mexico I gotta say that the people here really know how to enjoy themselves. At all ages, they love to dance and sing and work and drink and smile. They have a great attitude towards life so it makes it a great place to live.

Why did you want to become an English Teacher? I wouldn't ever say th…

Looking for guest bloggers!!!

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Hey Everyone,
I'm looking for people who would like to share their experience as a English teacher either in North American or abroad. I'd love to hear (and I'm sure my readers would too) about any part of your time teaching English ...good or bad. If you got a story to tell I'd love to hear it and share it with people considering a career in Teaching English. Email me at chrisfevens1981@gmail.com

How to Stay Motivated to Teach English

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Tell me if you've heard this or experienced this scenario before:

A person starts a new job. At first they are so excited and motivated to do the best they can at their new job. This person works hard, puts in the extra effort, doesn't mind working overtime, and is successful at what they do. This goes on for an undetermined amount of time (depending on the person)....And then something happens....routines begin to form, things that were a novelty before aren't so interesting or have even become annoying, motivation decreases and this same person who once loved their job, isn't looking forward to going to work everyday, Monday to Friday from 9 - 5.

Now put your hand up if this has ever happened to you. I'm sure almost everyone who is reading this is now putting their hand up (well at least in their heads their putting their hands up). Work, especially teaching, can be tough sometimes. I've wrote before about teacher burnout, but today I wanted to write about s…

Now is the time to go abroad!!

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Hey Everyone,
Sorry for the very long break between blog posts. I've been away for 5 weeks on a business trip to Asia and haven't had time to write anything. Speaking of being away, for anyone contemplating teaching abroad or just traveling in general....Now is the time to go!!!



Being away (as always) has once again shown me how awesome travel really is. For me, I never quite feel as ALIVE as I do when I'm visiting somewhere new. This year's business trip featured stops in Japan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam...all hot spots for Teaching English. I had the chance to visit a few places I hadn't been before, meet some amazing people and experience 4 distinct cultures along the way. It was a long trip, visiting 10 cities in 5 weeks, but also so rewarding personally and professionally.


If you're thinking about going abroad to teach, but are scared of the unknowns that exist in such a decision, I strongly encourage you to 'embrace the fear.' Travel and livin…

Teaching English without Teaching English

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Check out this great TED talk by Roberto Guzman. Very interesting approach to teaching English!


Let me know your thoughts on this video in the comment section below or on my Google+ page

Teaching English to Absolute Beginners

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Undoubtedly, one of the biggest challenges that English teachers will face in their careers is being asked to teach students who have zero English knowledge or ability. In an ideal world, these students would be placed into classes with teachers who are bilingual and can use the students 1st language to help in acquiring the 2nd language...the problem though, is this isn't an ideal world, and many teachers, who can only speak English, are regularly asked to teach students who cannot speak a word of English.

So where should you begin? What are the best approaches to teaching absolute beginners? What part of the language should you focus on first? How do you overcome the huge language barrier that separates your from your students? In this blog entry, I want to provide some popular strategies that English teachers will use in these situations, and also give you some of my own personal insight into teaching beginner English language learners.

Change your mindset
First and foremost, t…

Tips for saving money while teaching abroad

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Teaching English in a foreign country 'can' be a great way to save money or to pay off debts. A lot of the overseas teaching positions offer a decent salary, free airfare, free or subsidized accommodations, free medical insurance, and many other employment perks that can reduce your expenses while living abroad. So everyone who teaches English must save money or pay off debts while abroad, right?

Wrong...Saving money abroad, like saving money at home takes discipline and sacrifice. Although it seems like expenses are very low in many teaching positions, that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot of things that you can spend (or waste) your money on. Likewise, there are some expenses that come along with living abroad that have to be kept up with to prevent new debts.

In this blog entry, I just want to provide some simple, easy-to follow tips for saving money while teaching English in a foreign country. By following some of these tips I was able to pay off half of my stud…