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September 13th, 2009

How to write a cover letter

In a nutshell, your cover letter should say, “I’m the right person for the job. I have unique skills and experience that will help your company right away. I hope you’re as excited about this as I am”.
The accompanying resume should then prove your case.

Put another way, the cover letter is the advertisement for your resume.
An effective cover letter establishes an immediate bond between reader and job applicant. It should demand attention and arouse enough curiosity in the mind of the reader to ensure that your resume is read thoroughly.

Six things you must do in your cover letter
To get your resume read, and to get that job interview, your cover letter must do the following:

1. Focus on the needs of the employer and how you would solve her problems, contribute to her bottom line, etc. Employers have problems. That’s why they’re hiring! Your cover letter should say (although not in so many words): “I’m the answer to your problems.”
2. Display knowledge of the hiring company. With the wealth of company information now available on the Internet and most public libraries, you should be able to drop one or two facts/names into your cover letter that show you’ve done your homework on the company and it’s specific products, needs, challenges, etc. Most job applicants simply ask for a job. If you can offer specific suggestions that will work right away for a company, they will call you.
3. Briefly state your best qualifications AND achievements. Don’t spend a lot of time rehashing your resume. But do include enough tidbits to generate interest in the mind of the reader. Because cover letters and resumes do get separated (I know this from experience!) it’s important to write a cover letter that will make readers want to pick up the phone and call you even if they’ve never seen your resume.
4. Show your enthusiasm about the job you want. Avoid sounding like 90% of applicants, who say (not in so many words): “Give me a job where I can advance and make more money.” Instead, convey this sense: “I’m excited about the possibility of brining my skills and expertise to work for you.” This should be the main theme of your cover letter.
5. State that you will follow up to schedule an interview. This is not considered rude by employers. Far from it. If you politely inform the reader that you’ll be calling within a few days to answer any questions and schedule an in-person interview, you set yourself apart from the crowd with your determination and confidence. Your persistence will pay off, eventually, in an interview for the job you want. And an interview is the goal of every cover letter.
6. Keep your letter short and focused. This is perhaps the biggest challenge of all. Most cover letters, even those done by professional resume writers, ramble on in excruciating detail for one or even two full pages. Show respect for the limited time your reader has and limit yourself to four, five or six paragraphs at most.

Four mistakes to avoid
To avoid being tossed in the “circular file”, there are some things your cover letter should never do.
Here are four of the most common mistakes to avoid:

1. Don’t start off slow. Far too many cover letters take one, two or even three paragraphs to warm up. Start yours with a bang, like this: “I’m applying for the position of Caretaker at the Troy location of White Tower Apartments, as advertised in the Daily Tribune.” Here’s an easy way to find your best opening. First, write a draft copy of your letter. Second, look down the page for a concise statement that gets right to the point. Now, cut out the preceding text. Voila. You now have a powerful beginning for your cover letter.
2. Don’t talk about your career goals. Avoid statements like, “I seek a position where my skills will be utilized and recognized with further advancement.” This selfish attitude will turn off more readers than it will ever impress. Besides, if you’ve done your homework, you’ll only be applying to companies that recognize and promote ability. Don’t waste the reader’s time by making demands before the two of you have ever met.
3. Never, EVER mention salary. Even if the classified ad requests a salary history. Reason? Employers use salary histories to screen out candidates who are too expensive or not experienced/sophisticated enough to have made enough money previously. Including a salary history can only hurt your chances. It can never help. Solution? Include these five magic words near the end of your letter: “My salary requirements are negotiable”.
4. Never mention why you left a previous job. Some people feel compelled to explain why they stayed so long (or so briefly) at prior jobs. Don’t. Prepare your answers for any hard questions about your employment history … then save them for the job interview. This is no time for confessions. Don’t include anything in your cover letter that could result in doors being closed.

A word about style. There are still some who say a cover letter should never contain contractions, such as “I’m” or “you’re”. Nonsense. Contractions are perfectly acceptable in modern business correspondence. Cover letters are no exception. Having said that, if you feel uncomfortable using contractions, don’t. Just be sure you maintain a consistent style throughout your letter.

Visit http://www.resumetemplates.org Offering resume and cover letter templates to download, writing tips and an interview guide.

Learn The Chinese language, culture and people

August 18th, 2009

Learn The Chinese language, culture and people while gaining valuable teaching experience. I am an American Business man opening a chain of small English language and Bilingual schools in china. I have Chinese school teachers as business partners whom I have know for a number of years. I been to China numerous times and studied the possibility to doing this for a years now. I really think its a great project and a great way the Chinese to learn about America and share our cultures.

Our target market are lower middle income Chinese in smaller cities. The average annual income of married couple is $5500 to $11,000 USD. They are the backbone of working modern China. They can afford more than public school. But can’t afford expensive western operated language schools. These are wonderful people looking to improve and broaden the education of their children within their means.

I am offering an excellent opportunity to young teachers or any teacher interested in learning the Chinese Language, getting experience in teaching in a foreign country.Getting experience to eventually teach at a high paying private school in china or who just wants a little excitement and free travel in safety in China.

My desire is to have folks who really love teaching and children. I will also consider folks with other than teaching degrees and undergrads in some cases.

All native English speaking teachers will be assisting fully qualified Chinese English school teachers. No native English speaking teachers will be ask to teach on their own. No one will throw you into the fire trying to teach English without speaking the students native tongue.

Learn from some of what I consider to be the best teachers in the world. Teaching some of the most motivated and disciplined students in the world. Public school classes in rural China have between 60 and 80 students. Have no air conditioning or heat and a chalkboard to work with. No other resources. Our Chinese teachers have years of experience of doing everything with nothing. They are wonderful highly motivated teachers who love westerners and the western culture. They will teach you more about teaching, Chinese and China in a year than you could learn in a life time from books and schools. You will be safe, well taken care of and feel truly appreciated for who you are.

What we are offering:

· All expenses for travel to and from your working city in China. Including cost for Visas, passports, plane tickets. ect.

· A clean furnished Chinese style flat to live in. With all utilities paid for. Includes internet, TV includes some Chinese English channels. I will have all the flats painted and newly decorated as required. A chinese chaperone will be living near by and available 24 hours a day for assistance.

· Free escorted trips to 5 locations in China. Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Dazu or other historic locations in China. As a group the western student teachers can request a trip to a certain location.

· Chinese Languages classes 5 days a week.

· Chinese History and culture classes 3 days a week.

· A personal Chinese mentor.

· A monthly stipend equal to Chinese teachers pay (about $550 USD a month).

· The first school will be located in Daye City China. Examples of the cost of living are: about 60 cents for a taxi ride from one end of the city to the other. A bottle of water is about 15 cents.

Our school with be modern even by US standards. Class size will be between 12 and 25 students depending on the age group and subject. The ages will be from 3 years of age to Adult. It will be a great environment to both teach and learn. Our focus is totally on the student.

For more information please contact me at phillembreeatdayecityschool.info

Why teach abroad

July 6th, 2009

Teaching in a foreign land might be a good decision in your carreer. It may open your eyes to the world and proved to be an unprecedented cultural awakening. You immerse yourselves in foreign languages, strengthened your independence, made life-long friends, and earn valuable experience in your teaching profile. You would be  able to witness a different way of life and gain a better understanding of todays global community. Here is some common questions may come to your mind, “Should I teach abroad?  Where do I want to travel?  Can I fulfill all the required qualifications? on time?  What if I don’t speak a foreign language?  What do I want to accomplish while I’m abroad?”  Well, in this article we are going to discuss some of the facts prior leaving for a teaching job abroad.

Teachinging abroad for a summer, quarter, semester, or year will give you a fresh perspective on yourself, and the world. By living in a foreign country you will constantly challenge yourself in many new and exciting ways and gain a level of independence you never knew you had. Staying abroad will expose you to diverse people and viewpoints, and you will get to experience a different way of life apart from yours home country. You will be immersed in the language, culture, and people of your host country and will get to experience life as a resident, not as a mere tourist. By studying foreign cultures and languages , living & teach abroad, we gain a better understanding of life global issues,history,geography and the arts of of foreign country.

Today’s competitive job market requires applicants to distinguish themselves, and international teaching experience is the perfect way to do so.  Having international teaching & education experience is an incredible resume booster, as it shows prospective employers you are motivated, independent, and generally more qualified.  Additionally, obtaining foreign language skills can make you eligible for all sorts of jobs that you may have otherwise been unqualified for.Not only can you work towards fulfilling your language requirement while abroad, but you may also fulfill several general requirements by taking electives.  When you return from abroad you may actually be ahead of your classmates who stayed behind.

Written By

James Smith

Smith1656@gmail.com

Fascinated by the Land of the Rising Sun.

June 25th, 2009

After two extended visits to Japan, and following other travels, I
returned to Canada. While I had plenty to keep myself busy, it quickly
became apparent that Japan was never far from my thoughts. I slowly began
taking steps toward my return, including obtaining my TESL certification,
further preparing me to return to the ESL field I have missed so much.
Why Japan, one might ask, and the answer is often difficult to provide in
summary but, most simply, I remain utterly fascinated by the Land of the
Rising Sun
. The mammoth infrastructure of the cities, the public
transportation systems and all the other modern innovations capture the
imagination. This is in an important contrast to the natural beauty of
Japan and its evolving blend of ancient traditions with futuristic
visions. Everything about Japan, from the practical to the cultural, draws
me in and I have so much more to learn, to explore.  I very much welcome
the chance to do so.
As for the attraction to ESL, it is certainly more than the opportunities
it provides for international exposure, its a career to which I continue
to build my interest and abilities. Apart from my prior teaching
experience, my education and experience as a communications professional
have, I feel, prepared me a great deal for this line of work and I relish
the chance to dive back into the unique challenges and rewards of being an
ESL instructor.
An effective teacher should strive to provide and maintain a positive and
supportive learning environment to facilitate second language learning and
student growth. As a teacher, my aim is to create a dynamic learning
atmosphere that respects and appeals to the learning styles of all
students and encourages them to participate, thereby strengthening their
own learning experience.
I believe I have the skills, experience, and aptitude to be a successful
ESL instructor. I have also expressed, briefly, my strong desire to return
to Japan. I am hopeful that my positive experience with Oxford Seminars
will be further realized through its Teacher Placement program. The
resources and support offered by Oxford are key in providing instructors
with everything they need to create a positive, successful teaching
experience.

It is a great pleasure for me sharing my vision , teaching ideas with the community.

Sincerely,

Joseph A. Armstrong, BAC.
Suite 208, 104-1240 Kensington Rd NW
Calgary, Canada T2N 4X7
joe.armstrong@gmail.com

Growing demand of english in India & China

May 30th, 2009

In China:

A strong and growing market exists, particularly in major cities and more developed coastal areas, especially as English is increasingly seen as a ‘must have’ in the larger, outwardly facing companies.

Though the market is currently dominated by adult learners, there is continued strong growth in the young learners market which presents a number of opportunities to UK providers & other organisations providing resource to meet with such growing demand.

The EL market is seemingly unaffected by the global economic downturn; in fact it may well increase the importance of learning English as competition for jobs becomes more intense. Previous research has shown that in the coming years the ELT market is expected to reach a high of 2 billion learners worldwide. The British Council’s latest research, carried out by Ipsos MORI, estimates the learning population in India alone at nearly 250 million people, with a further 300 million in China. This latest analysis demonstrates that the UK must respond to this growing demand, but in a way that looks to the future and lays the ground for long-term sustainable partnerships in learning with other countries. India and China show that as development spreads from major cities the demand for English intensifies.

Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council, said “The demand for English Language learning is huge and continues to grow, and with an estimated 550 million learners in India and China alone meeting this demand is beyond the means of any one organization. It will require a concerted response from the UK if we are to remain a partner of choice with governments overseas.”

At an event that saw some of the leading figures in the UK ELT industry hear from experts and British Council specialists from the two countries, the research addressed some of the most pressing questions the industry will face in the next decade, including not only who wants to learn English but what form of English language services will be required as their economies and populations continue to develop.

Maya Menon, Director of The Teacher Foundation, Bangalore said “India is complex and is grappling with many challenges, but today it is also a land with tremendous opportunities.  Providing access to English language is important in creating a level playing field and erasing the years of disparities that many Indians have faced in educational opportunities. To be able to do this, one of the key challenges is to improve the proficiency of the 4 million teachers of English in India. There are many opportunities for UK providers in India, especially if they partner with the government or with Indian organisations.”

Professor Gu Yueguo, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Beijing Foreign Studies University said “English continues to provide a window to the outside world for Chinese language learners from all walks of life. The shortage of qualified teachers of English in China has created a bottleneck in demand, but this provides the biggest opportunity for UK providers.”

Highlights from the research show that In India:

There is a large and growing market for English language services.

Whilst English is taught in all schools, the latest findings demonstrate that it may not be necessarily taught well, with an emphasis on passing tests rather than a real understanding.

This presents very real opportunities for all potential organisations to help the teaching of English in schools.

22 languages recognised by the Indian constitution.
Hindi is the ‘official’ language, but spoken by only 50% of the population (IMRB, 2008).
English is therefore key for internal communication:
–Part of colonial legacy
–Part of education system from school onwards (either as medium of instruction or second language, depending on State)
–High social status
–Second most widely read and spoken language in India after Hindi – 15% have speaking, writing and reading capabilities in English compared to 40% for Hindi (National Readership Survey)
Indications that more popular for things like test preparation, tutoring in school curriculum etc
But only 50 million people in India have internet access  (IAMAI, 2008)*
Rapid adoption of mobile based access to the internet may change this.
A special report in BusinessWeek in 2007 described how the Indian Cellular Association forecasts 200 million people will sign on to the internet with their mobile phones by 2010.

Need further resouce? Please visit : www.britishcouncil.org

Stafford House Study Holidays Recruitment 2009

May 12th, 2009

About Stafford House

Stafford House is a long-established name in the EFL field which started as a sixth-form college in 1952. It is now based in Canterbury, with two sister organisations:

Stafford House Study Holidays – specialising in EFL summer courses across the UK.
CATS Canterbury – a sixth-form college offering A levels and University Foundation Courses.
Stafford House School of English – which offers year round and short intensive English courses in Canterbury.

In 1998, Stafford House became part of the Cambridge Education Group. There are two sister organisations in Cambridge:

Cambridge Arts and Sciences – a tutorial college which offers GCSE and A level courses.
Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts – which has foundation programmes in art and design, and a foundation course in drama.

  Stafford House Study Holidays Recruitment 2009: Please note that we are no longer recruiting for Activity Leader posts for this summer. We would like to thank all applicants for their time and wish them all the best for the summer ahead. Welcome to the Stafford House Study Holidays Recruitment Website! With 17 centres across the UK, we are now looking for the right mix of motivated staff to create great summer courses for our students.


New for this year:

  • We are looking for teachers with an interest and knowledge of football for our Manchester United Soccer courses at York (girls and boys) and Cheltenham (boys only)
  • Enhanced wage structures and revised job descriptions .
  • Part time teaching positions available at our centres (15 hours)
  • Experienced Tour Guides are required for our London Bankside and Edinburgh centres. Applicants must have good local knowledge and be confident in leading groups around the sights of the cities.
  •  Transfer Coordinates are required for our London Bankside, London Uxbridge, and Felsted centres. This position requires a strong sense of organisation and responsibility, as well as the ability to manage time effectively.

Stafford House Study Holidays provides high quality EFL vacation courses for students from around the world. Our residential courses usually provide 15 hours of language tuition per week and a programme of structured activities and excursions. We are accredited by the British Council and a member of English UK and we are well known for the high quality of our language courses and for our well-organised social programme. We also employ a wider range of staff at our centres thus ensuring the well-being of our staff and safety of our students.

We provide very good working conditions for our staff, including:

  • Attractive choice of campuses/locations in England and Scotland
  • Full support and training at all times
  • A variety of residential and non-residential positions available for teaching, activity and welfare staff, with management positions for suitably qualified/experienced people
  • Accommodation and full board available
  • A professional and enjoyable working environment
  • Extra benefits for returning and experienced staff
  • Very competitive salaries with increments for returning staff and experience
  • A pro-active equal opportunities employer.
  • Post summer employment opportunities and support

Please note: Successful applicants may be required to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure. Stafford House Study Holidays abides by the CRB code of practice.

If you wish to contact us, this is a dedicated email link directly to our Recruitment Advisors.
recruitment@staffordhouse.com

Stafford House Study Holidays
19 New Dover Road
Canterbury
Kent, CT1 3AH
United Kingdom

Customs clearance in Japanese airport

May 7th, 2009

Recently, a dvd containing pornography was found at japanese customs from forwarded baggage of  outgoing travller, and the holder was fined heavily along with a strong warning.

Even if the pictures were downloaded via internet in Japan, it will be exposed by Japanese customs at landing when it contains any illegal pornography of Japanese standard.

As one of the consequences of spreading cannabies  among younger generation these days it is an urgent issue of public concern in Japan, and customs inspections accordingly getting stricter for personal luggage and cargoes in airport.

In this connection it is a reminder for all travellers , even if one of the following forbidden articles is found in a baggage, the holder, the agent, who forwarded it and/or others concerned will be summoned by customs, be detained for questioning for quite a long time and be fined heavily.

Therefore it is advisable for all who are going to travel Japan to be aware of following forbidden articles:

  •  Gunnery, pistol, arms
  • Porno materials including books, pics, cd, dvd ,child pornography etc.
  • Narcotics, drugs,contraband items
  • Counterfeit banknotes, coins, stocks, bonds etc.
  • Explosive substances including dynamites
  • Fake name brand goods

Student-focused Educator

May 5th, 2009

Student-focused Educator eager to contribute expertise toward actively supporting the academic community in delivering quality educations and optimizing individual and group performance.

 A student focused teaching career can be geared to empowering students to have a
passion for learning. A strong passion to mold young minds to be
well-rounded, responsible, and successful individuals.  Throughout the
career a teacher should utilize the opportunity to teach diverse groups of students,
including those with learning disabilities, those who performed at grade
level and those who were gifted and talented.  As a result, he would become
proficient at designing creative and stimulating lesson plans that
accomodate the needs of all his students.

The  greatest strengths include inspiring and motivating students. And
actively engage their minds by incorporating a variety of manipulatives,
enjoyable activities and cooperative learning projects.  In addition, he
tailor his lessons the link classroom learning and everyday life making
learning relevant to the student.  Furthermore, he hold parent/teacher
conferences to promote participation in the educational process, reinforce
educaiton in the home and boost student’ self-confidence and self-esteem.

A motivated and caring educator  believes that all children can learn and thrive in a stimulating and safe environment. Proven ability to work in chaotic situations while maintaining a positive attitude. Commended for excellence in creativity, leadership, and organization. Exceptional ability to establish instant rapport with both students and parents.

Teaching Experience:

  • Created safe, comfortable, and fun learning environment for children of all ages.
  • Taught lesson plans in creative, colorful ways to keep children focused and engaged.

Organizational Experience:

  • Provided a full range of age-appropriate actives that encourage childhood social development.
  • Created instructional materials and procedures consistent with individual learning needs.

Leadership Experience:

  • Fostered effective communication with parents to maintain a partnership environment.
  • Experience in detailed reports and documentation; ensuring data accuracy and completeness.

 

 

CfBT Education Services is contracted to employ over 200 English teachers to work in Brunei government schools.

May 4th, 2009

CfBT Education Services (B) Sdn Bhd is a Brunei company with local and international owners.

With over 40 years of successful worldwide operation, CfBT is one of the leading independent United Kingdom-based suppliers of education resource management and consultancy services.

The main focus of CfBT’s work in Brunei is on the recruitment and management of teachers of English to work in government schools. CfBT is contracted to employ over 200 teachers at Primary and Secondary level. In addition to the work in government schools, CfBT in Brunei also offers various courses and programmes such as personal enrichment and leadership courses, language and computer classes and teacher development courses such as the Cambridge In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching (ICELT) and also the English as a Second Language in the Mainstream course.

CfBT also works in partnership with local companies and The Brunei English Language Teachers’ Association (BELTA) to organise events such as the National English Language Quiz and a biennial English Language Teaching Conference. Another recent development is the production of English Language Teaching software for use at various levels.

Projects

In addition to its core responsibility of providing experienced and highly qualified personnel to teach in Brunei’s schools, CfBT Edcation Services (B) Sdn Bhd has been actively engaged in a large number of English-related projects aimed at improving language learning both within and beyond the curriculum. Significant materials development has been undertaken in the form of numerous in-house publications and through assisting the Ministry of Education with the development of English Language coursebooks at virtually all levels of the national school system. CfBT continues to organise major events such as Wordplay (the National English Language Quiz) and a biennial English Language Teaching Conference. It has also successfully initiated and run events such as the National Short Story Compeitition and the National Drama Competition amongst others.

Current initiatives include projects such as SCOPE (Success at Cambridge O Level Public Examinations) and SPELT (Sharing Practice of Effective Language Teaching). CfBT is also pleased to be able to assist the Ministry of Education with its initiatives in the English Project for Pre-School (EPPS) and the ongoing development of support materials for the Gateway to English coursebook through a dedicated website.

CfBT is contracted to employ over 200 English teachers to work in Brunei government schools. These teachers are recruited from countries such as the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. They work alongside local teachers and play a full role in the school.

On a day to day basis teachers are answerable to the Heads of Departments and Principals of the schools to which they have been assigned, as they would be in their home country. However, CfBT provides comprehensive support both before and during the teacher’s contract, and both on a professional and personal level. This includes flights and orientation; housing; professional development; the development and provision of resources; language classes; health and welfare; and social and sporting activities.

CfBT also provides Education Centres in all three districts in Brunei where teachers can find teaching material as well as computer and reprographic facilities.

Contacts:
CfBT Education Services
Brunei Darussalam
T: +673 2442773/4/5
F: +673 2442246

E-mail:enquiriesatcfbt.com

Each year Search Associates places over 1500 teachers, administrators and interns in international schools throughout the world

April 16th, 2009

During the past nine years, Search Associates has conducted over 100 administrative searches for outstanding international schools around the world. They have had unprecedented success in finding the right candidate for the right position. In fact, close to 100% of the administrative candidates placed through their searches have chosen to renew at the end of their initial contracts.
Each year Search Associates places over 1500 teachers, administrators and interns in international schools throughout the world, making them one of the larger of the international school placement organizations.
They offer highly personalized attention to the candidates and schools accepted into their program. They strive to maintain high standards, to provide timely information and to exceed our candidates’ and schools’ expectations in every respect. And accomplish this by remaining small, focused and responsive.

Founded by John Magagna, an experienced international educator and school head, Search Associates has grown to include Senior Associates Gavin Allen, James Ambrose, Robert Barlas, Marie Bogat, David Cope, Harry Deelman, Gary Duckett, Sally Gordon, Dexter Lewis, Ray Sparks, Jessica Magagna, Rob Graham and John Ritter.

A typical administrative search includes, but is not limited to, the following:

* Preparation of a search calendar.
* Visiting the school to confer with administrators, faculty, students, parents, board members, and search committee members (optional).
* Working with that search committee to prepare a position statement.
* Circulating that statement to all international schools as well as to interested educators and appropriate institutions.
* Preparing advertisements and notices.
* Representing the school candidly and enthusiastically to candidates.
* Recruiting and screening of the candidate pool.
* Deciding upon the candidates most suitable for the search committee’s review.
* Presenting those candidates to the search committee.
* Advising on plans for candidate reviews and visits.
* Advising on compensation and other needs of the candidates.
* Advising on contract, if requested.
* Acting as an intermediary if troubles arise (as when a highly desirable candidate is also interested in other schools near the end of a search).
* Acting in the interest of the school, but also being sensitive to the needs of the candidates.

Notice

Search Associates will not knowingly provide services to schools which discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin or age. Candidates need to be aware, however, that schools located in certain countries outside the U.S. are bound by national laws or retirement policies which (e.g.) may prohibit foreigners from obtaining work permits after the age of fifty-five or some slightly greater age.
More information available : http://www.search-associates.com/main.html

Training opportunities in Prague by tefl worldwide

April 14th, 2009

Earn your TEFL certificate in the heart of Europe, experience the world and discover new cultures through teaching English abroad. In just 4 weeks you can become TEFL certified and begin teaching English as a foreign language worldwide. TEFL Worldwide graduates are certified to teach English all over the world. Currently they have worked in over 34 countries.
Doing your TEFL in Prague is the ideal situation because you’ll enjoy the low cost of living while being in one of Europes most prized cities. The city is situated in the very heart of Europe allowing easy access to numerous other major European cities like Berlin, Munich, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava, as well as the Austrian and German Alps. Our graduates can easily hop on a bus, train or plane for a weekend to one of these destinations.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic with a population of approximately 1.2 million. Prague is situated on the Vltava River and features a unique mixture of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture. You can easily lose yourself on dark winding cobblestone roads that intertwine between the castle, cathedrals, galleries, museums, cafes and pubs. Be sure to try the world famous Pilsner Urquell beer (pivo) on your way to the Charles Bridge. It is also currently enjoying being the setting for many of Hollywood’s blockbuster movies.
Prague was once the home of many historical figures including Mozart, Franz Kafka, Mucha, Dvorak, and King Charles IV. Many of today’s well known personalities including Madeleine Albright (former US Secratary of State), Vaclav Havel (former Czech President/playwright), tennis stars Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl, ice-hockey champions Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek, also come from the Czech Republic.

Become certified to teach English abroad and receive lifetime job guidance worldwide. TEFL Worldwide offers the 4-week internationally recognized TEFL certificate course in Prague! This course comes recommended by our graduates. They are teaching abroad just weeks after graduation. Visit our website to see what they have to say.

The staff at TEFL Worldwide has years of experience and expertise in EFL training and ensuring job placement following the course. We provide lists of job openings and contacts for language schools all over the world that are looking for English teachers. TEFL graduates have gone on to teach in Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Spain, China, Japan, The Middle East, Chile, Argentina, Germany, South Korea, Turkey, Czech Republic, Brazil and many more exciting countries.

Our 120-hour TEFL course provides an excellent insight into the TEFL approaches and methods, as well as 8 to 10 hours of hands-on teaching practice in real classrooms. The teaching practice during the TEFL course will really prepare you for teaching in any English classroom abroad.

TEFL Worldwide is rated as one of the best for course quality and customer service. Train in the heart of Europe – Prague, Czech Republic. TEFL Worldwide is dedicated to working with you on finding an exciting teaching position abroad.
It’s very important to do the research when searching for a TEFL school. Check out what our graduates have to say.
Contact TEFL Worldwide at anytime with questions. We are happy to help you begin your adventure teaching English abroad.
Email : info@teflworldwideprague.com.

As a teacher, I would serve many roles within the community and with the youth with whom I interact

April 13th, 2009

To Whom it May Concern:

I am seeking a teaching position in the fields of the Applied Sciences and Mathematics because I envision in it an opportunity that will be exciting and enlightening for all parties involved. I truly believe that my diverse background in civil engineering qualifies me to be a competitive teaching candidate. The key strengths I possess for success as a classroom teacher include mastery of and real-life application in the fields of mathematics and applied sciences; written and oral communication; the experience of mentoring others; and the ability to actively lead and participate. Furthermore, I have a desire to continue to learn from others and to explore the endless experiences that a new culture and land hold.

As a teacher, I would serve many roles within the community and with the youth with whom I interact. While the direct focus of the classroom might be the current subject being taught, an individuals interactions in the classroom are what truly prepare him/her for the world. I would give my pupils a glimpse of a variety of situations in which they must perform: group activities, leading, following instructions, and self-motivating and monitoring. Also, while exams are one marker of subject mastery, the importance of communicating knowledge both orally and visually need be emphasized. Ultimately, I would strive to prepare students for the many facets of human interaction they will encounter throughout life.

The teacher must encourage and allow individuality to flourish. Therefore, while I would assign goal- or answer-specific assignments, I would emphasize to students the importance of realizing the unique path that leads them to their understanding. Additionally, while in the fields of mathematics and applied sciences many of the same conclusions can be drawn, I would model for them that how conclusions are presented and applied to other applications is what brings eloquence to the learning process.

Key principles that I value are self-discovery and relevance. Through self-discovery, students gain the opportunity to form their own individual understanding and practice how to exercise their ability to later learn lessons on their own accord. Furthermore, the procedure of reaching conclusions on their own gives youth confidence in themselves and in their thought processes, positively affecting their entire being.

I will present curriculum that corresponds with pupil interests. Relevance of the subject gives greater meaning to the individuals and excites their drive to learn. Awareness of learning materials real life applications allows students to draw connections with what they learn and promotes the possibility of pursuing a profession that utilizes such a skill.

By guiding youth to develop the skills and tools to cultivate their own knowledge, I hope as an educator to help pave the way to an improved society. My hope is that through my passion of life I can instill in students excitement in their curriculum and appreciation of their individuality. Additionally, I believe that teaching would keep my mind and heart open while empowering me with the ability to continually learn myself, and grow and foster my relationships with others.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to future interactions.

Sincerely,
Cody Briggs
Email :codybriggsyahoo.com
Telephone :00-1-310-625-9261

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

April 12th, 2009

April 2, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Craig Warrington, I am a recent 2007 college graduate with a
bachelors degree in accounting. I would like to expand my horizons by
teaching/volunteering in a foreign country. I feel becoming immersed in
another culture, teaching and volunteering for one year would be a great
step toward my goal of joining the Peace Corps.
I have worked with children on many different levels; my first example was
in the summer of 2004 when I worked at Glen Mills School for troubled
youths. The school owned a golf course and my position was take a group
of students out each morning and teach them how to mow and cut the greens
and fairways on the golf course. This proved to be a hands on teaching
experience for myself and the children as they picked up the task quickly.
The next example took place during my sophomore year of college when we
embarked on a spring break adventure for a week to Cuernavaca, Mexico to
help at a local orphanage and secondary school. The experience touched my
heart and reinforced my desire to serve the world as well as children who
needed the teaching and guidance. Upon my graduation from college, soon
after in May 2008 I became a Big Brother volunteer and mentor to a
12-year-old boy. We have grown to be like father and son or like two
brothers we often spend time going to the movies, playing sports,
reviewing homework or hiking. He has enjoyed my company over the past
months and his mother as shown her appreciation insisting I have been one
of the most positive male role models to come into his life.
I feel I would be a great fit for the school and would provide a positive
male role model and would be a great aid in teaching and developing fine
young children. I will demonstrate an ability to care and help the
children while teaching them life lessons, the English language,
mathematics, health and physical education or anything else of value that
I am asked to help with.
I have attached my contact information and the best way to reach me is
through e-mail. I hope to hear from the advertisers in the immediate future and hope
I can be of some assistance. Thanks in advance for taking the time out of
your day to review my information.

Sincerely,

Craig Warrington
1606 Barker Circle
West Chester, PA 19380
484-319-1233
craig.warrington@hotmail.com

Learn to teach English with a TEFL International TESOL training course in London.

August 23rd, 2008

Are you interested in acquiring TESOL certification and teaching English as a foreign language? Why not stay in the UK and learn to teach English with a TEFL International TESOL training course in London.

TEFL International is the world’s leading course for anyone interested in training to teach English in a foreign country. Internationally recognized certificate teaching English as a foreign language (CTEFL) can be obtained within a duration of 4 week, 160hr.  Courses available all year round, beginning every month

Jobs for TESOL and TEFL qualified English teachers are plentiful and can be found in a wide variety of interesting and exotic locations worldwide.

Teaching English overseas is a genuinely worthwhile experience and a gateway to meeting new people, gaining knowledge of other cultures and languages and seeing the world. TEFL placements and jobs are available in just about every country worldwide.

TEFL International welcomes all applications, regardless of sex, age, race or nationality.

TEFL International’s TESOL courses are supremely organised and well structured. The intensive training course through the day is coupled with fantastic social activities to provide a well rounded experience for all TEFL trainees.

Course available in:
* New York City, USA
* London, England
* Phuket, Thailand
* Ban Phe, Thailand
* Chiang Mai, Thailand
* Zhuhai, China
* Beijing, China
* Seville, Spain
* Barcelona, Spain
* Rome, Italy
* Florence, Italy
* Buenos Aires, Argentina
* Alexandria, Egypt
* Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
* Brittany, France
* Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
* Calcutta, India
* Prague, Czech Republic
* Ios, Greece
* Kathmandu, Nepal
* Cebu, Philippines

 
 
 
 
 
 

Cost in US$ 2,700 (excluding accommodation) Accommodation: US $150 per week.

Cost Include Description:
All  TEFL and TESOL courses are excellent value for money. TEFL International course fees include tuition, course materials, certification, and moderation fees.Salary / Pay: Salaries vary per country/location.

Experience Required: no

The program is open to  World Wide Participants.

Participants Travel to England Independently Or in Groups

Post Services Include:

  • Job and Internship Network

TEFL International’s Objects : TEFL International offers a variety of high quality, accredited TEFL / TESOL courses. Their  teacher training courses enable a graduate English teacher to obtain EFL/ESL/TESOL jobs overseas and to teach English abroad. Their main aim and focus is to provide teaching community with all the necessary information, skills and techniques  need in the classroom, as well as helping them to understand the needs of  future students.

Interested candidates can learn more about  TEFL International and their worlwide activities by contacting them

Phone: USA: 1-800-490-0531 UK: 0-800-680-0663 Thailand: 001 66 89 893 7102

Or visit their website: http://www.teflcourse.net/

AEON corporation providing teaching jobs in Japan

August 22nd, 2008

For last three decades AEON corporation of Japan leads the field of English education in Japan. Founded in 1973, AEON has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious private educational institutes of its kind, with more than 3,000 employees. Current student enrollment exceeds 100,000 in more than 300 branch schools located within every prefecture of Japan. AEON employs a teaching staff of over 800 teachers and education specialists from English-speaking nations. Therefore it is one of the best job provider for english speaking teachers searching for an opportunity to teach in Japan. Those who are ready to face the  challenge , teach and work in Japan AEON corporation should be the idealfor them.

Jobseekers please contact their website for more information  http://www.aeonet.com/

Activities With Little Preparation

June 30th, 2008

ESL Activities With Little Preparation
By Keith Taylor

How often do you find yourself preparing a class, racking your brain for something different, a new activity to liven up a group of tired students, or just to bring something fresh to the classroom? If you are like most teachers, thinking of something new and exciting every day is not easy, and often we simply don’t have the time (or energy!) So we revert to our tried and tested (and sometimes a little worn) ideas, or to following page after page of a textbook.

Well, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. A lot of ideas can be adapted to many different language points, giving you something that can be used again and again. If the activity has a clear focus, motivation (students need to know why they are doing something – adding an element of competition to an activity is one way to achieve this) and, of course, clear instructions, then you’re on to a winner.

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Getting Started in TEFL: Finding Your First TEFL Job

April 6th, 2008

So you’ve done it! The TEFL course is finished, the certificate is in your hand, and you’re ready to get out there and put into practice what you’ve learnt: It’s time to start looking for that first teaching job. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching Abroad Programs

March 27th, 2008

Here is a list of programs that can help you find your first teaching job or volunteer experience abroad. If you have participated in one of these programs, please rate it here. More will be added as we receive the information. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Started In TEFL: Choosing A TEFL Course

March 27th, 2008

By Keith Taylor

The demand for English teachers around the world today is very high, as English continues to be the preferred language in many areas of life, from study and work to entertainment and travel. For the foreseeable future at least, you will never be short of a job if you choose English teaching as a career.

So, if you’ve heard tales from a returning teacher of the wonders of living and working in Thailand, Brazil or Morocco and you think it might just be the career for you, how, exactly, do you get started?

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Language study, Travel Etiquette, and the #1 ESL website

January 22nd, 2008

I just thought I’d share the content of interesting e-mails or news we’ve received in the past month..

Language Study
I’m recruiting participants for a study concerned with forgetting a language. Did you learn Hindi/Urdu or Zulu as a child while living abroad, only to forget it as an adult? If so, you could participant in a University of Bristol language study. We can test at your home in the UK or anywhere in the world, and remunerate for your time. For details call Suzi Gage at: 0117 331 7797 or see http://language.psy.bris.ac.uk/languagestudy/

They are also setting up another experiment for which they are looking for fluent and native Hebrew, Vietnamese and Cantonese speakers to record words and syllables in their native languages.

Travel Etiquette
A public interest website was created at www.traveletiquette.co.uk/home.htm focused on essential etiquette advice and information for worldwide travel.


Which ESL website is really #1?

An admin at TESall.com is happy to announce that he/she believes ESL cafe is not the #1 ESL website anymore. They prove this by pointing out that:

  1. ESL Cafe now pays for Google Ads. This may be true but I did a search this morning and did not find any ads for ESL Cafe. Also, ESL Cafe is still in the top 5 results in Google for “ESL Jobs”.
  2. ESL cafe is no longer #1 according to Alexa. This is indeed true. UsingEnglish.com (which features TESall.com job listings, by the way) has surpassed ESL Cafe. Also, UsingEnglish.com’s reach has increased by 13% in the past 3 months while ESL Cafe’s reach has decreased by 3% in the past three months.
  3. ESL Cafe’s core supporters are posting in other forums like http://www.eltworld.net/forums/. The admin describes this as an “exodus” which is “a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment”. Many posters may be unhappy with some behaviours in the ESL Cafe forums but still, the competitor mentioned has a total of 8113 posts while ESL Cafe’s International forum (one of many) has 605813 articles. I’m not sure we should be talking about an exodus.
  4. ESL Cafe’s Google page rank went down. Well, this happens all the time and most SEO experts will tell you not to give too much importance to the Google PageRank.

After saying all this, the admin does acknowledge ESL Cafe is probably still #2.
My opinion? I think it’s great that there are more competitors in the ESL market! It forces sites like ESL Cafe to provide better services. But ESL Cafe is still the only site that can afford to charge schools $75 per ad. I think it will take a while before it goes down, if it ever does. And should that be the goal? If it offers a good service, why try to take it down? I think the goal should be to provide ESL teachers and students with as many options as possible.

Choosing a School

October 30th, 2007

We all know selecting a future employer abroad is not easy. According to the article Qualifying Schools at wiki.Galbijim.com, the best way to select a school is to fly to the country where you want to teach and do your job search from there. Read the rest of this entry »

Nova in financial crisis

October 30th, 2007

“Japan’s largest chain of foreign language schools, Nova Corp, has filed for court protection from creditors.

The firm, which mainly offers English classes, has more than 800 schools and 400,000 students across Japan.

But in June, it was ordered to suspend part of its operations, after a court ruled it had misled customers in advertisements about some services.

Since then, student enrolment has fallen sharply and Nova has accumulated debts of up to JPY50bn ($437m, £213m).”

Read full article at BBC NEWS >>

History of the English boom in Korea

October 8th, 2007

Every wondered when and how the English boom began in Korea? To find out, read The Original English Boom by Andrei Lankov at The Korea Times.

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Talking your way to Spain

October 8th, 2007

Shirley Neal shares her experience with the VaughanTown Program, a non-paid, volunteer program where participants exchange conversation for room and board in the Spanish countryside.

“The mail in my inbox said, ‘Unique holidays – exchange English conversation for accommodation in Spain’.

My first reaction to this e-mail was, it’s too good to be true. I am not usually that big on taking chances, especially so far from home and alone, but on the other hand, what if I were missing out on the trip of a lifetime?”

Read the full article at newsdurhamregion.com >>

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Teaching Overseas – Are You The Right Person For The Job

September 24th, 2007

Teaching abroad can add dimension to your life and provide you with a lucrative salary package. But is it a career move that will suit you? And what are the recruiters looking for in teaching candidates? The answers to both questions will assist you in making the correct decision for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher caught using fake credentials sentenced to six months in prison

September 24th, 2007

This article is a reminder not to use fake credentials to teach abroad. It is your responsibility to find out what are the requirements to teach in a particular country and to respect the laws of the host country. “When the accused used forged documents to find employment it was a serious crime in that it disrupts the field of education outside of regular school,” the court wrote. Full article >>

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Foreign spouses of Korean nationals or Koreans fluent in English to be employed as assistant teachers

September 24th, 2007

The Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education questions the effectiveness of native English speakers teaching English classes. The Busan education authorities will now dispatch bilingual speakers to several schools in an attempt to help children who have difficulties with English native speakers who do not speak Korean. Since many schools cannot afford to hire foreign teachers due to financial difficulties, another goal behind this three-month trial may be to reduce costs. Full article >>

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Nova to close 50 branches

September 24th, 2007

According to The Yomiuri Shimbun, “the business environment for Nova has become increasingly difficult recently, partly due to a decline in the number of students following a series of lawsuits filed by former students concerning repayment of class fees. In the wake of the scandals, the company also was hit by an order from the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry to partially suspend operations of the school.” The company has already closed 12 branches and is considering further closures. Read the full article >>

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Teaching English in China: One Expat’s Experience

September 24th, 2007

Mr. Carter, a business English trainer in Beijing, shares his experience of teaching English in China. Like many people, he was “enticed by the Teach English in China — No Experience Necessary ads.” In an article published at CareerJournal.com, he now writes that “Westerners looking to teach in China may want to consider the following before packing their bags.” He describes how he was shanghaied and explains the extent to which the interview process can vary. He also reminds his readers that many “educational entrepreneurs put profit before curriculum and quality.” Full article >>

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Teaching in Mexico – A State by State Look

September 21st, 2007

Guy Courchesne, the author of This Guy Is Teaching Abroad, a moderator at the ELTWorld Forums and a frequent poster at Dave’s ESL Cafe has posted a state-by-state look at teaching in Mexico. His article is a work in progress and his goal is “to bring together several years’ worth of discussion topics over at Dave’s ESL Cafe Mexico forum“.

You can read his state-by-state look at teaching in Mexico here. Mr. Courchesne has been teaching in Mexico since late 2000.

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China Fact Sheet

September 21st, 2007

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Teaching English in Japan

June 17th, 2007

If you are up to the challenge of working in Japan, it can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times in your life. Japan is full of people eager to study English, which means there are always opportunities for those looking for teaching jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Friends Abroad

June 14th, 2007

by Wendy Behn

So you are moving overseas and becoming an ex-patriate – that’s great! Many interesting and fun adventures await your arrival in your new home. However, if you are worried about not knowing a soul in your new country, here are some ideas for making new friends that you may not have considered. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching English in Korea

May 22nd, 2007

This articles was published by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. A version for US citizens is available here and a version for New Zealanders is available here.

The key to happy and fruitful employment as a language instructor in Korea is to be employed by a reputable school. Some Canadian citizens have come to Korea under contract with promises of generous salaries, bonuses and other amenities, and many are quite satisfied with the experience. A minority, however, have found themselves in positions far different from those originally promised. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips For Those Thinking About Becoming An Expat

May 22nd, 2007

By Donald Saunders

Every year thousands of people make the decision to move permanently abroad and to make a new life for themselves and their families in a foreign land. For many this proves to be one of the best decisions they have ever made, but for others the dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Here are just a few of the many things that you will need to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

The ABCs of Teaching the ABCs in Bahrain

May 19th, 2007

By Wendy Behn

In 1993, I moved to Manama, Bahrain, which was a relatively old-world, island nation that most people could neither find on a map nor pronounce. It is better known now for the fact that Michael Jackson sought refuge there after his recent trial, but back in the early nineties it was still a relatively undiscovered paradise.

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Teaching English in Japan

April 29th, 2007

By Mark Edwards

In the autumn of 2001 I found myself at a loose end. I was thirty, with no proper job, no property, no kids and not even any pets. Like Nelly Furtado, I was like a bird, free to fly to away, to roam the world and have adventures – to do all the things I couldn’t do in Tunbridge Wells. My girlfriend was in the same position, and after spotting an ad in The Guardian offering teaching jobs in Japan, we decided to fly away together. Read the rest of this entry »

Making The Move To South Africa Easier – Tips For Scheduling Your Move To South Africa

April 26th, 2007

By Wendy Behn

Whoever coined the phrase “getting there is half the fun” obviously never relocated to a new continent. The time spent living out of a suitcase and learning your way around a new city (while driving on the other side of the road) can certainly try anyone’s resolve. It may sometimes seem as if you haven’t enough time, money or energy to survive your ordeal – but that need not be true if you begin your journey well-prepared. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome To Our Weblog!

April 26th, 2007

Welcome to The Thread! This new weblog published by Teaching Opportunities Abroad.com will feature a panoply of articles to help you make informed decisions and be more prepared for your teaching adventure abroad! Read the rest of this entry »