Teaching abroad and getting started
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 27, 2012 3:14 PM Last Post By: OneScot
Nov 18, 2012 12:34 PM
Teaching abroad and getting startedI'm interested in teaching abroad and I've done some minimal research. It seems that to get a job abroad you have to go through
A company to so. I have been told that is a waste of time and those companies just take your money. Is there a way to directly contact someone overseas and deal with directly? Basically I'm looking to cut out the middle man and want to evaluate all options any information is would be helpful.
Also is there a way to speak to someone directly who has experience teaching abroad? I'm sure there would be a lot to learn and they could help answer the above question.
Nov 18, 2012 12:53 PM
Nov 18, 2012 3:32 PM
2Why don't you try doing more than 'minimal' research first. Simply by using the search function at the top right of this page and entering, 'teach' you would have got hundreds of hits to read through. If you had read a few first then you would know that what you have written so far is nonsense.
What are your qualifications to teach and oh yeah, it might help if you said what it is you want to teach although I think I can guess.
Nov 19, 2012 7:49 AM
OP you'll need to flesh it out a bit more to get a decent response.
Where are you from?
Where do you want to work?
What do you want to teach? (If it is TEFL, as a good proportion of people post here about, head over to http://www.eslcafe.com/ for a dedicated forum.)
I'm in the same sort of boat so don't be perturbed by the odd nasty comment, just keep plugging away and you'll find or get the answers you want.
Nov 20, 2012 4:40 AM
Nov 20, 2012 7:12 AM
5Yes i understand sorry for the confusion. I was really looking into teaching TEFL abroad in Thailand and found sites for job opportunities. Most of the pay seems to be about the same with housing and air fair provided which is nice. Then it begins to discuss location, since i've never been to thailand or ever done TEFL i have no clue as to where would be a favorable place for teaching and being a new to the country.
Nov 20, 2012 4:03 PM
Nov 20, 2012 7:20 PM
I manage a school here in China.
getting a Z-visa to teach in China: the best way is to be invited by your employer. as simple as that!! Agents will waste your time and money! i used to work with HR-Agents before finding me employees and then I stopped! Now I just look and select my own employees by myself. You can not get a Z visa just by going to the embassy and applying for it! your employer has to send you legal documents from China; an employment and invitation letter etc.. which you have to present to the Chinese embassy in your country along with your Visa application. also you'll have to send the employer Physical exam, police clearance and your credentials (if needed) prior to being invited.
Nov 21, 2012 4:21 AM
8Canadian English =/= Standard English. It was a throw a way point that no doubt requires a fair bit of English Language knowledge.
Of course it holds water. People write differently in message boards and text messages than they do formally. That is a fact. I know very articulate people that seem to just headbutt keyboards when talking on Facebook. Fact. Fact. F.A.C.T. FEDERATION AGAINST COPYRIGHT THEFT! Ok not the last one but the other facts, yes.
Nov 21, 2012 4:40 AM
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Nov 23, 2012 1:15 AM
Nov 24, 2012 1:02 AM
Nov 24, 2012 4:41 AM
13@17 Who's written English? Mine or Mr OP?
I acknowledge his point, though I feel it is premature. Primarily, because how people write in an informal setting, and, perhaps more importantly, online is not always representative of their actual linguistic competencies, and especially not that which they exhibit in a professional context. I've tried to write replies on message boards on my phone and they often read as equally broken as the original post.
Now I'm not saying give everyone the benefit of the doubt and point literally everyone in the direction of a TEFL course, because that would, in all likelihood, be damaging to the students they teach. What I am saying is let's hold back, maybe 14 or 15 extra seconds, and ask for a bit of clarity and then base our judgements, advice and criticism on something more substantial than a few sentences.
Nov 27, 2012 1:23 PM
I think we are in agreement!
I'm glad that your point was to give MrLetts a chance. That's what I tried to do for him too, by providing the actual poster with information that is relevant, useful, frank and honest.
I agree with you: thinking things through before posting is a good idea. For example, are the dodgy and generic on-line "TESOL" certificates that are being peddled for a few hundred dollars over the last decade even comparable to the "Trinity TESOL" credential created by Trinity College in the UK? When I think that question through, I'm almost certain that they are not at all comparable. Thanks for the advice.
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