By Eduardo Santos
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It’s been one year since you started working as an English teacher, and by now your responsibilities and roles as a teacher should be clear for you. Some experienced teachers say this period of adaptation may take over a year, which I think is true, but by now you must have a better idea of everything involved in teaching and what your employer’s expectations are. It’s time to reflect and look back at your first year and decide on the best way to go a step further in your career.
Now that your contract is over, you must be thinking of taking a summer job to get some extra money, or taking a long break and enjoying not having to prepare lessons or mark exams. Whatever you decide, most schools give you 20 days paid holidays at the end of a year’s contract. My advice is to take these days off and reflect on the year and how things went before accepting another job offer. It’s important to look at your life from the outside, away from your busy routine as a teacher. Your next steps will be crucial for your professional development.
By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate
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Japan is a country that offers a fantastic contrast of experiences that range from the unbelievably modern to remarkable history. Over the past few decades, Japan has established itself as one of the leading countries in nuclear physics, aeronautics, transportation, robotics and electronics. An extended trip to Japan feels in many ways like emerging through a wormhole into the future. If you are fascinated by electronics and gadgetry, Japan is a very cool country to visit, with companies such as Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi producing endless incredible products.
Conversely, Japan is also widely celebrated for a rich history and impressive culture. If you decide to take part in a TEFL course in Japan then you will have the opportunity to study first-hand the ways of the ancient samurai. The subject of a hugely successful film industry, Takashi Miike in particular is producing magnificent cinema at the moment. People often come from many miles to witness the history of the samurai and shogun.
By Monika Salita
@monikasalita or About Monika
I was 23 and 24 years old while I was teaching high school students in France. The age gap between me and the students I taught wasn’t huge, yet, establishing one’s self as the authority figure in the classroom, especially as a young teacher, is a facet of the teaching experience which must be dealt with.
Right from the start it is important to do some of the following:
1. Set ground rules for interactions in your classroom.
It’s easier to loosen the reigns later on than to tighten them back in. Tell the students what you’d like to be called, expectations for completing in-class work and homework, and so on. If you’re working with a co-teacher, consider their wishes as well.
By Grace Chinn
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For many of us, our main motivation for teaching English is to have the opportunity to experience new and exciting cultures first-hand, whilst learning another language. If this sounds like you, then Latin America could just be the perfect place for you to start or continue your TEFL career.
Those who wish to earn buckets of cash or live in the lap of luxury would be better looking elsewhere though, as the teaching experience in Latin America is in no way for the faint-hearted! From first hand experience, I can safely say that some jobs out here are a dream, but you have to look hard to find them. The blog entries to follow will chart my progress as I travel from Nicaragua back to Peru- where I started my EFL career- as I gather information on the ground about the EFL industry. My goal: to find a job somewhere near the ocean, so I can combine my two passions; teaching and surfing!
By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate
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Small, remote and thinly populated, New Zealand is a spectacular destination for any keen travellers looking to get away from their chaotic urban lifestyle. The majority of the population are situated on the two main islands of the archipelago, Te Ika a Maui and Pounamu, and both are famous for magical outdoor experiences. Glamorous scenery, superb cuisine, wine and beer, and an exciting nightlife is what makes New Zealand such a popular destination amongst tourists.
In addition, New Zealand is becoming more and more famous for live music experiences. Particularly well known for celebrating dub, reggae, hip-hop and alternative rock, if you have an ear for music then you’ll definitely appreciate the opportunities that New Zealand has to offer. Furthermore, the country is also celebrated for art galleries, which can be found throughout all of the islands.