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After 7 long years, I’m over it—I’m done teaching English abroad in China. At least, that’s how I’d want it to be.
Teaching English abroad is one thing, but managing ESL teachers from around the world? Whoa, that’s tough! Me? I served as a manager for 4 out of the 7 years I’ve been teaching overseas in China. Was it challenging? Sure, but don’t be fooled, it was also one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. Here are 15+ awesome tips for managing ESL instructors while teaching English abroad.
Curious as to how young ESL students celebrate Halloween in China? Although Halloween isn't widely celebrated in China, it is a popular Western holiday observed by most international schools and English training centers across the country. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect on Halloween as an ESL Teacher in China:
I know what you're thinking: "I wish I could drop everything and quit my dead-end 9 to 5 job to travel across the world, experience different cultures, make new friends, fall in love, gain different perspectives, and rack up a bunch of unique adventures and memorable experiences before settling down and life gets serious."
While teaching English abroad your inevitably going to encounter disruptive and shy students that will have you thinking twice about this profession you’ve entered. So, to help counter these behavioral problems, I’ve provided some useful techniques that'll help manage your classroom. Let's take a look:
I think I want to teach English abroad, but just what exactly are the job responsibilities of an ESL teacher? Well, let's see:
Interviewing for a potential job teaching English overseas overseas? Wait! Before you get to it, check out my 11+ tips that every prospective ESL Teacher should know before doing an interview with an ESL employer.
You're set. You've finally decided to take a leap of faith and teach English abroad. You know which region of the world you'd like to live and work in, but there's just one quintessential question eating you away: Which ESL job should I choose?
Ok, ok, so you’re in search of an English teaching job in China and have not a single clue as to where to look. Or, you know to hit up the notorious Dave’s ESL Café, but is that really the best website to find English teaching jobs in the country?
When it comes to teaching English abroad a lot of people often ask, “Why China?” Why China over more US favorites like Japan and Seoul? Well, it’s simple actually. There were 3 specific reasons why I chose China to teach English abroad.
I had just started a new ESL teaching job at an English training center in Shanghai and I felt on top of the world. Shanghai had always been a city I wanted to live and work in after 4 years of residing in Kunshan—a significantly smaller municipality of Jiangsu Province—and I couldn't believe that I was finally carrying out my dream.
As an ESL teacher in China, sometimes I can't help but feel like a dancing monkey in a zoo, hurled under the blinding stage lights to sing, dance, and "wow" the masses for a hefty batch of fresh bananas each month. And frankly, I'm getting tired of this s**t.
Teach English in China: Choosing Between a School, Kindergarten, English Training Center or 1-1 Tutoring
You did it. You've finally chosen China as your intended destination to teach English abroad but you're still unsure about which situation—school, kindergarten, training center, or tutor—will be most suitable for your schedule and role as an ESL teacher. Well, let’s take a brief look at what you can expect:
I was working as an English teacher for a training center in China. On one particular day I had prepared my classroom half an hour before class and returned 10 minutes later as parents rolled in with their children—ages 4 to 6—as was the normal process.
Thinking of teaching English in China but aren't sure about which city is the right place for you to live and work in? Well, check out my list of the 15 most popular cities to teach English in while in China.
My first week teaching English in China was very interesting, to say the least. I arrived on Friday, January 13th, and to my surprise, would start teaching by the next Tuesday. Oh China, how I love thee! But let's backtrack a little.
My first experience as an ESL teacher in Seoul, South Korea was a blast, hands down. However, this time around my eyes were set on teaching English in Japan, specifically in Tokyo.
Teaching English in Seoul was a blessing for two reasons: For one, it was an exciting travel adventure and I was exploring this popular South Asian region like I've always wanted.
So, you want to teach English abroad? Trust me, as an English as a second language teacher, or ESL teacher, in China of more than 5 years I know that it's not a decision to be taken lightly. After all, there's so much to consider, right? There's leaving your family and friends behind, adapting to a new culture, job and financial security, safety in your destined city, and overall, starting a new life and being on your own in a foreign land.
So, you’re considering teaching English abroad. You’ve thought about moving to popular regions in South Asia like South Korea, Thailand and Japan, but you’re not sure about which is the best place for you. And low and behold, you’ve skipped over one of the most exciting major players in the region: What about becoming an ESL teacher in China?
I know—hiring English teachers is a damn hard thing to do. Sure, you’ve arranged deals with agents, placed tons of job ads across numerous ESL websites, and even offered your current employees generous stipends if they could refer a friend to teach at your company. But in the end, nothing seems to work—well, at least not in the time frame that you’d like for it to. Just how can you get those prospective ESL teachers drooling over your job?
Teaching English abroad in China has been an adventure of a lifetime. I’ve taught hundreds of young and passionate ESL learners, experienced new cultures, met people from all walks of life, and explored numerous regions around the world that I had once only known from television and movies.
You're all set. You're ready to pack your bags and begin a new adventure teaching English abroad, but maybe, just maybe, there are a few things you've forgotten to take care of.
So, you've decided to teach English abroad, you’ve found an ESL employer, and now it’s time to acquire a visa. Processes differ from country to country; however, most will require the same basic documents in order to grant you permission to work as an ESL teacher.
It’s a sad fact, but yes, scammers have even infiltrated the world of teaching English abroad, often posing as ESL employers and using the internet—emails, messengers, chat services—to prey on unsuspecting prospective ESL teachers to swindle money from.