Lesson plans shouldn’t just be something you robotically produce to satisfy the requirements of your school’s administration. Creating lesson plans should be something that helps you to more effectively teach and better understand and serve the needs of your students. The great part about this is, once you develop proper and effective lesson plans these can often be reused with new classes with only an occasional need for updating. Before you can develop an effective lesson plan, you need to first understand what should be included and what shouldn’t as well as what you need to take into consideration in regards to your students.
Unless you are one of the fortunate few teachers who is having their flights paid for upfront then you are going to have to choose your own flight to the country you are teaching. You are going to have a wide selection of airlines to choose from and, especially if you have never taken an international flight, choosing one that is comfortable and cost-effective can be confusing. Below is a list of the best airlines for international flights including the areas of the world that are best to use that carrier to travel to.
Antivirus software is something that is often overlooked when thinking about the things you will need for teaching English online. But, having solid antivirus software to protect your money maker is one of the better investments you can make along with your headset. Having a computer infected with a virus, malware, or ransomware can cause you to miss classes as you have to deal with poor performance issues. Even worse, you could have to take your computer into the shop for a few days. So, making a small investment in the right antivirus software is a sure step towards preventing any harmful elements from infecting your computer.
One of the first things you will need to make sure of if you want to teach English online, other than having an online TEFL certification, is that your computer meets the minimum requirements that most companies have. Let’s take a look at the various things you need to check to make sure your hardware is up to par before you start applying to companies.
One of the first things that new teachers tend to think about is which student age level do they want to work with. This can be tricky as many people tend to have preconceived notions of what traits students at a particular age level are going to display and how they will act. The problem with basing your decision on how you think students’ at a particular age are going to act is that you may be completely missing what it will be like to actually teach at that student age level and therefore missing out on the perfect opportunity for you. Let’s take a look at some of the different factors at play here so that when it comes time to find the right job you know what to expect from different student age levels.
If you are single and teaching English abroad the opportunity to date will probably present itself at some point. Let’s take a look at your options for dating while abroad and where you can meet people. In the process, we’ll also examine the number one rule you should never break for any reason.
Cultural differences are going to be an unavoidable fact when traveling abroad. Even if you are living in an ultra-modern city such as Tokyo or Shanghai, you will come across numerous challenges on a daily basis that are directly linked to the new culture you are in. Some of these cultural traits you will find pleasant. A number of them are going to get on your nerves but won’t bother you too much. A few of them are going to drive you completely insane. But, what is there to do about this? Let’s take a look at some of the different ways that you can cope with cultural differences in your new home in order to increase your peace of mind when teaching English abroad.
Unfortunately, not everyone who is involved in the ESL industry is here for purely virtuous reasons. The ESL industry, like any other multi-billion dollar industry, has its fair share of unscrupulous individuals. However, it may not always be apparent when you have come across one of these people and what their intentions toward you may be. There are various ESL scams in the industry that target teachers and the reality is that every year there are teachers who fall for these scams and lose their money, time, or find themselves on the wrong side of the law in a foreign country. Understanding what some of the more prominent of these scams are will allow you to more easily identify them so that when you come across one you will be better prepared to deal with the situation.
Some of the best TEFL teaching jobs that often go overlooked are located in your home country. That may come as quite a surprise if you’ve been under the impression you have to move abroad the country X or city Y to really make good money. However, with the demographics of Western countries constantly in flux, the demand for TEFL certified teachers is consistently growing. The surprising part of this is that many of these teaching jobs actually pay better than jobs in other parts of the world including Asia and the Middle East. If you have the right qualifications and want to get into TEFL teaching it may be worth looking in your home country before you think about uprooting your life to move abroad.
We all know why exercise is important in general. However, if you are an online teacher, and especially if your sole job is working online, then exercise is more important than you think. Not only is working online detrimental to your health but it can also lead to a poor mental state over time. Exercise can be the antidote to these issues and help to improve your overall quality of life.