TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD: Read up On My amazing adventures as an ESL Teacher in South Korea & China For Over 5 Years!
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:
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 a very interesting and memorable experience. 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.
[Part 3] Teach English Abroad: On the Road to China & Why Choosing the Right ESL Employer Was the Most Important Step
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. Sushi, anime, Samurais, Geishas, video games, innovative tech, I mean "forget about it!" Next up was South Korea again, and then China. With that, I updated my resume, linked up with ESL agents, and applied for positions all over the place.
Teaching English in Seoul was truly a blessing for two reasons. For one, it was an exciting travel adventure and I was exploring this popular Southeast Asian region like I've always wanted.
So, you want to teach English abroad? Trust me, as an 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 Southeast 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?
Ok, ok, so you’re in search of an ESL job in China and have not one single clue as to where to look, or worse, you know to hit up Dave’s ESL Café, but is that really the best website to find English teaching jobs in the country
So, just what exactly are the job responsibilities of an ESL teacher? As an English language educator, there are 2 roles you'll need to identify with: 1. Language Instructor and 2. Teacher. Let's take a look at the duties they cover:
So, you’ve made your decision to teach ESL abroad, you’ve found an 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. Many of these you'll be able to prepare on your own, and a few of them you'll need to obtain from an employer. Here's a list of the 12 Most Common Documents Every ESL Teacher Needs To Apply For A Visa:
As an ESL Teacher, choosing the right employer is the most difficult decision you can make. At this point, a million thoughts race through your head: Will they add more duties not included in the contract? Will they abide by the salary, vacation days, bonuses, working hours, and overtime fees outlined? Will they cheat me out of my salary? Will I be the only Foreign ESL Teacher there? Will they train me well? Whew! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Although English is the 2nd most common spoken language in the world just after Mandarin, when it comes down to entertainment, business, cultural influence, and popularity, English certainly holds the top spot. It is widely renown as the international language of business and is even listed as one of the official languages of the United Nations.
So, you've decided to teach abroad and have already begun the process of researching potential employers. But before you start posting your resume across the web, there are a few documents you'll need to gather and have on file. Here's a list of 6 initial documents every prospective ESL teacher needs to apply for jobs:
So, you've decided to teach English abroad and are just about ready to pack your bags and begin a new adventure, but maybe, just maybe, there are a few things that you've forgotten to take care of.
Interviewing for a potential ESL job overseas? Well, before you get to it, make sure to read my 11 tips that every ESL Teacher should know before doing an interview with an ESL employer.
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About the Author: Don is from Los Angeles, CA, USA and has served as an ESL Teacher & Foreign Department Manager in both China & South Korea!
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