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  • September 13, 2014

    ALT stands for Assistant Language Teacher. ALT's are the guys and gals that go into the public schools and teach English along with a Japanese teacher. For teachers in Japan, ALT work is one

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  • September 13, 2014

    English is the world’s most widely-used commercial language, and in the 21st century, being able to speak good conversational English is almost a prerequisite for success. There are,

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  • September 13, 2014

    With modern technology, the internet offers students many opportunities to study for online college degrees. Students can also find a wealth of information regarding their online education

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  • September 13, 2014

    Here are some ideas:

    Check whether they contacted your job references; contact them through all the email addresses, addresses and phone numbers that are on the website to check

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  • September 13, 2014

    These are the usual danger signs:

    • recruiting a suspiciously large number of teachers
    • suspiciously good conditions (especially if the job is offered to people
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  • September 13, 2014

    Most employers know that an unhappy teacher is a bad teacher. If you are genuinely unhappy with your position, they will often allow you to quit as soon as they can find a replacement. If,

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  • September 13, 2014

    In general, employment contracts exclude the possibility of taking on private students without prior permission from your employer. However, if your regular teaching is going well, many

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  • September 13, 2014

    Many countries outside Europe and North America have little or no national health service and you will need to check with the school whether they provide private cover, or be prepared to pay a

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  • September 13, 2014

    Again, for contracts arranged overseas in advance, travel is often paid for. It is much more difficult to get travel subsidies for jobs that you sign up for on the spot.

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  • September 13, 2014

    You are more likely to have accommodation arranged and perhaps paid for or subsidized if you secure a job in advance with a contract of one year or more, especially for jobs in Asia or the

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  • September 13, 2014

    If you are legally employed you will usually be taxed at source and pay taxes and other relevant charges to the local government.

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  • September 13, 2014

    Unlikely, unless you are particularly frugal. In the Middle East and some Asian countries, you may be able to save worthwhile amounts of money to send home. Elsewhere, you are unlikely to be

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  • September 13, 2014

    Almost always you will be paid in the local currency.

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  • September 13, 2014

    Not enough! :-( Don't enter TEFL for money's sake. It's difficult to quantify earnings as they vary so much from country to country and are in any event relative. In most places, with a

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  • September 13, 2014

    Schools in most countries will expect you to work five days a week, with 20 to 25 contact hours (plus preparation time). Depending on your contract—full-time or hourly—you may have

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  • September 13, 2014

    This depends to some extent on the school, but in general all kinds of people are learning English. You may be asked to teach students of all ages, of all levels, in groups or one-to-one,

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  • September 13, 2014

    You won't get any work permit without a job, or at least a firm job offer. Once you have that, your employer will normally sponsor you and take care of the necessary

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  • September 13, 2014

    To work legally in a foreign country you need a work permit, with which you can then get a resident's visa. You should be aware that working in a foreign country without a work permit is

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  • September 13, 2014

    Most good employers will expect you to sign a contract for at least one year, especially for a job arranged in advance with airfare and accommodation. However, if you are in the country

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  • September 13, 2014

    Generally speaking, teaching EFL is a year-round business with no particular calendar or holidays. Even if schools employ teachers at the start of their "academic year", teachers leave or

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  • September 13, 2014

    If you are employed by an international organization such as the British Council or International House you have probably already some knowledge of that organization's status and reputation,

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  • September 13, 2014

    First of all, watch the job advertisements in newspapers and online, and contact possible employers. Check out sites such as ours. You can also post your resume online to let employers know

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  • September 13, 2014

    Very much up to you and the country in question. If you like adventure, and have a good TEFL certificate—and perhaps a degree for working permit purposes—you might jet off with the

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  • September 13, 2014

    With a legal job you can usually obtain a resident's visa for your children, though again you may have difficulty in supported them on a teacher's income. There would also be the question of

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  • September 13, 2014

    You can usually take your wife or husband with you if you have been offered a legal job with visa and working permit. However, she or he may not be allowed to work and you may find it

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  • September 13, 2014

    A degree is often not required to teach EFL/ESL. The more important qualification is some kind of TEFL certificate. Experience can also count highly. The snag is that in many countries,

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  • September 13, 2014

    If making money is your chief preoccupation you'd be better off becoming a lawyer and going into politics. There are no really rich pickings in teaching, though there are other compensations.

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  • September 13, 2014

    Everywhere. Though you must realize that economic conditions in individual countries do impose restrictions on supply and demand. Virtually all parts of the world—Latin America, Asia,

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  • September 13, 2014

    Yes, there are. Rightly or wrongly, the whole world wants to learn English. People everywhere, especially young people, are convinced that speaking good English is their passport to a

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