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Teaching English in the Czech Republic

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Situated in the middle of Europe, the Czech Republic  is home to beautiful art and music, grand architecture, picturesque red roofs, and a never-ending supply of beer. While most tourists only visit the capital of Prague, there are so many other facets to this landlocked country that are fairly unexplored by most travelers. Rural areas are surrounded by rolling hills, hidden lakes, and old growth forests in which residents can enjoy the traditional country lifestyle of times forgotten in other parts of Europe. As the country’s economy continues to strengthen, so, too, has residents’ need for speaking English. Although the Czech Republic is constantly full of English speaking tourists, public schools, universities, and private language academies are still in need of native speakers to give their students the boost they need in order to compete in the global workplace. In this blog entry I will provide an overview of what its like to live and teach English in the Czech Republic and off…

Dealing with Teacher Burnout

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One concern that even the most dedicated of English teachers will face in their careers, is the dreaded Teacher Burnout stage. Perhaps this stage is especially difficult for TEFL teachers living in a foreign countries where you simply can't turn to the resources or family/friends you have at home when you are going through a rough patch at work. In this blog entry, I'll try to explain what Teacher Burnout is and more importantly how to avoid it and how to get out of it if you are burned out from teaching.

Teacher Burnout is pretty much what it sounds like; simply being tired or exhausted (emotionally and physically) by the many problems and issues that plague teachers on an everyday basis. These problems can include student behavior issues, over-sized classes, inadequate salaries, too much marking, conflicts with co-workers or administrators, etc. For all the rewards and satisfaction that you can get from teaching, there seems to be a equal amount of problems one faces from t…