TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD: Read up On My amazing adventures as an ESL Teacher in South Korea & China For Over 5 Years!
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:
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?
My first journey to Southeast Asia as an ESL Teacher was in December of 2009 for an English winter camp in Seoul, South Korea.
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:
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.
Teaching English abroad is a great opportunity. I've been in East & Southeast Asia for just over 3 years now, and I've had the chance to learn, try, and experience so many awesome things.
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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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