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Teaching House Nomads Blog | April 15, 2021

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About Tasha Hacker

Tasha Hacker

Tasha is a CELTA Trainer with 15 years’ experience teaching ESL in Russia, England, Qatar, Spain and the U.S. After co-founding Teaching House, Tasha is now retired and blogs about her travels at

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Top 4 things you may not know recruiters are looking for

September 25, 2020 |

There’s a long list of run-of-the-mill things that we know recruiters look for: references, enthusiasm, experience—the usual. But did you … Read More

Top 4 tips for travelling in 2020

September 25, 2020 |

2020 has been the cause of many confusing changes, not least of all being travel. The rules surrounding travel differ … Read More

11 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Jobs

June 24, 2014 |

As the busy summer season approaches, I am bracing myself for the heavy influx of English language students of all ages to IH New York and IH Boston while also sifting through hundreds of resumes from prospective ESL teachers and administrative staff.

Yet despite the high hopes eagerly flooding my inbox, about 90% of the applicants who contact my office for a job will never receive a response. In fact, as shocking as it may sound, I delete about 80% of all applications before I even read them. Want to know why? Keep reading, and you’ll have a full catalog of grave job application errors to avoid in your future job searches.

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About Us: Teaching House’s Core Values

March 5, 2014 | 2

Back in 2006, when Teaching House was still a project on the drawing board, Ryan Horsnail (my husband and Co-Founder of Teaching House) and I had a lot of big discussions over large glasses of wine about what we’d learned from our years teaching abroad working for other schools and what we believed was the ideal environment for teachers and students to grow and learn in.

One night, after a particularly enthusiastic string of discussions, we got out our notepad and pen and wrote a set of core values, which we hoped would serve as the foundation of what Teaching House would soon become. Read More

5 Secrets to Success on your CELTA Course

January 30, 2014 | 54

Congratulations! You’ve done your research and you’ve enrolled in the world’s most respected TEFL certification course, the Cambridge University CELTA. Which means you’re on a path to becoming a successful, enthusiastic English language teacher whose options vary from living abroad and traveling or staying close to home and working for local English language schools.

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