By: Theodora Pap (CELTA qualified, EFL teacher in Thessaloniki, Greece)
When it comes to TEFL Teaching in Greece, the first thing you will notice is that english language classes (like the majority of foreign language lessons) are extremely exam-oriented, from a very young age. It’s not wrong to be certified in what you know but teachers end up having the mental banner saying ‘so many books, so little time’ on a constant roll, which brings to my mind, the question: “Can TEFL Teaching be done effectively, without a book?”
TEFL course books can be really useful because they provide you with almost everything you need to deliver a lesson. You’ve got reading texts, grammar, vocabulary exercises and listening, writing and speaking activities. Newer books even have ideas/bits and bobs for projects and activities you can do with your students.
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Does the thought of unwinding with a cup of hot kaavah and mouthfuls of turkish delight, against a backdrop of shimmer and belly dancers entice you?
Maybe its time to use your TEFL expertise as your ticket to a world where richness goes beyond the very word baklava in every sense and experience Turkey through the eyes of TEFL teacher.
You will come back with more than belly dancing skills and kohl lined eyes, that’s for sure.
By: Kori Czuy (TESL Canada Certified/BA Arts)
Teaching TEFL abroad poses unique challenges, whether it’s searching for that chocolate bar that reminds you of home, spending 3 hours paying a water bill, or being asked to make a speech to your entire school…in 2 minutes. As TEFL teachers overseas, we willingly subject ourselves to the often enjoyable chaos of that country and its culture but the overwhelming feeling of being in somewhere completely different can overload our senses and sometimes cloud over our reality, making us forget our original intentions; teaching.
No matter which country I move to or who I am teaching, these are 5 things I try not to lose sight of.
By: Sam Lovell.
Sitting between Europe and Asia, Turkey has long played a pivotal role in history. From Alexander the Great and Achilles to the more recent infamous battle at Gallipoli. There are plenty of sights which stand out if you’re looking at Turkey through the eyes of a tourist or an expat TEFL teacher perhaps. Should you choose to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) here, you will see and experience so much more than you can truly imagine!
For one, the people are among the friendliest in the world. Islamic hospitality and a curiosity about Foreigners ensures that time spent teaching in Turkey will be a friendly one! Add to this their great beaches and the surprisingly throbbing night scene in Istanbul and you’ve got yourself a TEFLjob in paradise!