Volunteering vs. Paid Teaching Positions: Making the Right Choice
Securing a paid teaching position means entering into a formal contract with an institution or government program where you receive a salary for your teaching services...
Life after teaching English, what next? A guide for our bilingual English teachers looking to pivot to translation
Teaching English is a rewarding and exciting experience, but there may come a time when you find yourself wanting a new professional challenge. Maybe you’re tired of lesson planning. Maybe it’s the class schedule that’s gotten to you. No matter the reason, you find yourself looking at your future wondering, ‘What next?’
My CELTA experience at Teaching House Oxford
Making the decision to change my career from Project Management in the charity sector to EFL teaching certainly wasn’t a quick or easy one for me. There were many tearful goodbyes and I often felt self-doubt and overwhelm creeping in. Yet, it was a decision I am so happy to have made now and one that was made easier through a very positive CELTA experience at Teaching House Oxford in summer 2023.
Minimise Planning and Maximise Progress
It might be a bit of an understatement to say that lesson planning isn’t every teacher’s favourite part of the job! What’s more, a teacher who is burned out because they are spending all their free time planning isn’t going to be a very fun teacher in the classroom. In this post, we dive into how you can minimise planning and maximise progress in the classroom so you can enjoy your free time and be a fresh responsive teacher who got a good night’s sleep. In this post, we provide you with some tips on how to save time planning without compromising the quality of the lesson.
Am I Too Old To Start Teaching Abroad?
Challenging age-related misconceptions in overseas teaching. Explore real-life experiences, advantages, and obstacles to determine if embarking on this global adventure later in life suits you
How to Use Technology in the Classroom
Dive into the world of classroom technology tools and uncover a range of technology in the classroom examples. Enhance learning experiences and empower educators with cutting-edge solutions.
Budgeting and Financial Tips for Teaching English Abroad
October 9, 2023
Considering the adventure of teaching English abroad? Explore the balance between the rewards and the cost of living overseas to determine if this global journey is worth it for you
Choosing the Right Country for Teaching English Abroad
September 25, 2023
Find your ideal teaching English abroad destination with our comprehensive guide.
Preparing to teach English overseas
October 2, 2023
Discover essential steps, resources, and advice for a successful journey as you prepare to teach English overseas.
Managing Work-Life Balance as an English Teacher Abroad
Being an English teacher, and living and working overseas, is an exhilarating journey, but it certainly comes with its own unique set of obstacles, both personal and professional. Overcoming these challenges, while embracing the excitement are what make teaching English abroad a truly distinctive and worthwhile adventure.
How to Stand Out in Your Teaching English Abroad Job Interview
Teaching English abroad offers a unique chance to explore different cultures while making a positive impact on students' lives. As you prepare for your job interview, it's crucial to highlight your qualifications, experiences, and personal qualities that set you apart from other candidates. Competition is fierce, so to increase your chances of landing your dream job, it's essential to stand out during the interview process. By showcasing your teaching experience, cultural sensitivity, language proficiency, cross-cultural communication skills, passion for teaching and cultural exchange, and problem-solving abilities, you can demonstrate your suitability for the role and make a lasting impression on potential employers.
Teaching English Abroad: Finding Accommodation and Making the Most of Your Experience
The Pros and Cons of Teaching English Abroad vs. Teaching English Online
Teaching English is a rewarding and fulfilling profession that opens doors to exciting opportunities around the world. With the rise of technology, teaching English online has become a popular alternative to traditional classroom teaching. Both options have their advantages and considerations. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of teaching English abroad versus teaching English online, helping you make an informed decision about which path aligns best with your goals and preferences.
How Teaching English Abroad Can Benefit Your Career Development
Teaching English abroad is not only a rewarding experience that allows you to explore new cultures and make a positive impact on the lives of others, but it can also significantly contribute to your career development. Whether you're just starting your professional journey or looking to enhance your existing skills, teaching English abroad offers a unique set of benefits that can shape your career in meaningful ways. In this blog post, we will explore how teaching English abroad can benefit your career development and open doors to exciting opportunities.
How to Make the Most of Your Teaching Abroad Experience
Teaching abroad is an extraordinary opportunity that offers not only professional growth but also a chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, broaden your horizons, and make a lasting impact on the lives of others. To truly maximise your teaching abroad experience, it's important to approach it with enthusiasm, an open mind, and a willingness to embrace new challenges. That’s why we will explore essential tips to help you prepare for working and moving abroad.
Navigating Cultural Differences in the Classroom Teaching Abroad
Teaching abroad is an exciting and enriching experience that allows educators to connect with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. However, navigating cultural differences in the classroom can present unique challenges. We will explore strategies for effectively navigating cultural differences and fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment while teaching abroad.
How Teaching English Abroad is Changing
Teaching English abroad has long been a popular choice for adventurous individuals seeking new experiences and cultural immersion. However, the field of English language, particularly as a foreign language is not immune to change. As the world evolves, so does the approach to teaching English abroad. We will explore the ways in which teaching English abroad is changing, highlighting the emerging trends, advancements in technology, and shifting demands in the global education landscape.
Navigating the Visa Process for Teaching English Abroad
Teaching abroad is an exciting opportunity that allows you to immerse yourself in a new culture while making a meaningful impact on students' lives. However, before embarking on this journey, it is crucial to navigate the often complex and overwhelming visa process. Understanding the visa requirements and procedures specific to your chosen destination is essential for a smooth and successful transition. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to navigating the visa process when teaching overseas, helping you stay organised, informed, and confident throughout the application process.
Strategies for Overcoming Language Barriers Teaching Abroad
Teaching English abroad is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, make a positive impact on students' lives,and gain valuable teaching experience. However, language barriers can present unique challenges when communicating with students and navigating the local environment. Fortunately, here are some language learning tips that can help you overcome language and cultural barriers and bridge the gap between languages.
6 Tips to Manage Homesickness When Teaching Abroad
Teaching English abroad is an incredible adventure thatoffers unique cultural experiences, professional growth, and personaldevelopment. However, it's natural to experience homesickness when you're faraway from familiar surroundings, friends, and family. Homesickness canoccasionally dampen your spirits and make adjusting to a new countrychallenging. Fortunately, there are several effective strategies and tips tohelp you cope with homesickness, allowing you to fully embrace your teachingexperience abroad.
Teaching English Abroad: Choosing the Right Certification Program
Deciding to embark on a journey of teaching abroad is an exciting and transformative opportunity. Whether you are a recent graduate looking to gain international experience or an experienced educator seeking a change of scenery, teaching in a foreign country can provide a unique cultural immersion and professional growth. However, before you can step into the classroom overseas, one crucial decision awaits you: choosing the right certification program.
8 ways you're changing your students’ lives without realising
As an ESL teacher, your dedication and commitment to your students doesn't go unnoticed. You give students the opportunity to learn English, along with the many important skills and lessons of everyday life and we see you are making a long-term impact on them! We see you and thank you for this!This dedication and commitment is what makes a difference and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
A Very Special Father: Father's Day Lesson
Bearing in mind that learners may have lost their father, may never have known their father or may wish to become a father, this lesson is only loosely related to father’s day, and is built around an amusing story from an authentic source to help learners develop their listening comprehension skills and ability to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words from their context.
Why Teaching English is the Best Way to Spend Gap Years Abroad
Gap years are a popular choice for students who have recently graduated from high school or university, and are looking to take some time off before pursuing their next academic or professional venture. Before you land on your next steps, taking some time away can be an excellent opportunity to explore new interests, travel, and gain valuable life experience.If you don't know what to do during a gap year, have you thought about teaching English abroad? In this article, Teaching House explores why teaching English is the best way to spend gap years abroad.
How to Find a Short-Term Job Teaching English Abroad
When you're looking to embark upon your next position, you will need to decide upon short-term positions teaching abroad, such as a summer TEFL job that lasts around 3 months, or long-term positions that will allow you to build a career in a new country.In this article, our team at Teaching House offers some insight on short-term vs long-term teaching abroad, as well as tips on finding a job.
7 Steps to Become a Culturally Responsive Teacher
When teaching English as a second language, classrooms are often filled with students from different backgrounds and cultures. In this article, Teaching House explores some strategies and advice on how to become a culturally responsive teacher.
An April Fools’ Day Lesson from Teaching House
I was looking through my calendar recently and there was a reminder onMarch 31st that said “put L’s breakfast in the freezer overnight” – L is my4-year-old son. I was puzzled at first, but then I realized it was in preparation for April Fools’ Day. The idea is that he will attempt to eat his breakfast cereal as usual, except it will be rock hard, having spent the night in the freezer.
Requirements for Teaching English in Vietnam
The industry around teaching the English language across Vietnam has experienced rapid growth in recent years, given how the language has become the international standard of business, communications strategies, science and more. It has also created an opportunity for people from across the world and all walks of life to immerse themselves in a new career and culture. In this article, our team at Teaching House explore the set of requirements for those interested in teaching English in Vietnam.
How Much Money Can You Make Teaching English Online?
Teaching English online is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional classroom-based environments. There is an enormous demand across the world for those who can help students achieve their English language goals. In this article, Teaching House explores how much money you can expect to make teaching English online, as well as the various factors that can influence this amount.
How to Get a Job Teaching English Abroad
Are you a recent graduate, a current teacher, or looking for a career change? Take your pick from over 100,000 English teaching jobs open abroad. But what do you need to do to get started and actually land one of these positions? In this article, the team at Teaching House have compiled everything you need to know about how to get a job teaching English abroad.
A St. Patrick's Day Lesson from Teaching House
St. Patrick’s Day has its roots in Ireland of course, but is now celebrated all over the world, making it a great topic for a fun and enriching ESL cultural exchange class. In this lesson, learners will develop reading skills and expand their knowledge of St. Patrick’s Day related vocabulary, as well as develop their speaking fluency.
How to find a paid job teaching English in South America
October 20, 2022
Are you looking for a unique and rewarding experience? Here's how to find a paid job teaching English in South America! South America is a popular destination for English teachers all over the world. Teaching in this continent opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to travel and explore frequently while you hone your English teaching skills. There are 12 countries to choose from all with diverse cultures and histories, you’ll likely find yourself learning a new language as well!
Guides for Non-native English Teachers for TEFL
September 26, 2022
We understand that being a non-native English speaking teacher (NNEST) may be difficult at times but we’ll guide you through getting past the hiccups and provide everything you need to know to get started.
What I’ve learnt about teaching ESL in New York
Meet Alex, a talented teacher and one of Teaching House’s CELTA graduates. Now he uses his knowledge and worldly insight in practice teaching English to teenagers and adults at OHC English New York.
How to Prepare for your CELTA Course
You did it! You’ve finally made the decision to study the CELTA course to kick-start your ESL career. Get ready for the rewarding work and fun filled opportunities you’ll experience over the course of your CELTA journey.
What it’s like teaching English in New York!
September 2, 2022
Meet Nathan, a CELTA graduate and global traveller. After graduating from his CELTA course, Nathan has gone on to teach in New York at OHC English.
Top 5 Blogs To Read Before Travelling Abroad
August 24, 2022
Thinking about travelling abroad and need inspiration or advice on how to make the most of your trip? Top travel bloggers tend to be excellent writers and inspire many others to explore new places. But which blogs about travel are top notch? Read on to find out!
How to reward and praise adult learners
August 22, 2022
History has shown that adults who have had difficulty learning a second language often feel frustrated and discouraged. This is because they are trying to learn while already being proficient in their native tongue, which can feel like fighting against the current - it's hard! To help boost motivation levels among these learners you need patience as well as acceptance of all effort made possible by your students; this will give them more confidence when speaking or writing during class time together.
How having a growth mindset changed my CELTA experience
August 25, 2022
In 2006, Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology from Stanford University published her study on growth mindsets. In simple terms, her theory divided people into two categories: people with fixed mindsets and people with growth mindsets. Read more to find out how Kasia Helbin Travis used a growth mindset to take her teaching career to the next level.
Zoom Etiquette: Five Tips for the Virtual Classroom
Learn how to engage your students in the online environment with our top 5 tips for the virtual classroom. Teaching English as a Foreign Language is different when using a tool like Zoom, but these easy tips will make sure you are putting your best foot forward.
You Know You’re a CELTA Trainee When…
Being a CELTA trainee can be a consuming life experience, especially if you're taking the intensive 4-week course. The information and teaching techniques
Why I Love Being a Cambridge Speaking Examiner
Kate Bailward talks about her love for job as a Cambridge ESOL Speaking Examiner and why it's worth it to get trained up.
Why I Fell in Love with Italy
Why I Fell in Love with Italy: Kate Bailward tells the story of her slow-burning love affair with Italy and how she went from ambivalent to head-over-heels.
Where to Get a CELTA in Latin America
Decided to get a CELTA? Great! Want to do it somewhere warm, colorful, and delicious? We can help! Here are three places where you can get a CELTA in Latin America.
What’s It Really Like Teaching English in Spain?
Thinking of teaching in Madrid, Seville, or Barcelona? Here's an insider's advice on what it's really like to teaching English in Spain!
What’s better; to get a TEFL job before you leave, or after you arrive?
Amy Butler gives us the pros and cons of getting a job before you leave
What to Expect Teaching English in Ukraine
Ever thought about teaching English in Ukraine? From employment procedures to local cuisine, here is a basic guide on what to expect from one teacher's experiences teaching English in Kiev!
What to Do on Your Days Off in Tokyo
So you're living and teaching English in Tokyo and you're wondering what to do in this mad city on your days off? How about starting with these 6 suggestions...
What Next? (What Happens When You Quit TEFL?)
What Next? What Happens When you Quit TEFL? John Harrop profiles 6 professionals in various fields who were once TEFL teachers.
What My Students Taught Me About Teaching English
Fran has been teaching English in Brazil for over two years and she shares her insights in what her students have taught her about teaching.
What It’s Like to Teach English in Tbilisi
The Republic of Georgia has recently become a hotspot destination. If you're thinking of making a move, here's an insider glimpse on what it's like to teach English in Tbilisi!
Un Auténtico Chorizo: Teaching for a Cowboy Outfit in Madrid
John Harrop takes us deep into the seedy world of a cowboy outfit in Madrid; questionable professional development, aftershave and the occasional caña
Top 6 Teaching English in Europe Blogs
Get an inside look at the TEFL industry by checking out these top teaching English in Europe blogs! Have one we missed? Leave it in the comments so others can learn more about teaching English abroad.
Three Things I Had to Learn Moving from New York to Brazil
Fran talks about what she discovered moving from New York to Brazil to teach English with her CELTA
Things to Know Before Teaching in Brazil
As I head into my 5th year as an ESL teacher in Brazil, I often get asked how to get a teaching gig here. The Olympics turned the global spotlight on Brazil, & put it on the radar of many teachers seeking new adventures. I have adored my time here, & encourage any interested to consider Brazil, provided you can be open-minded & keep these tips in mind:
The Voice, Jeopardy and More: ESL Style
Fran Zarnitzky shares her favorite sites for TEFL
The Truth about Teaching in Vietnam (That You Won’t Find Elsewhere)
What to know the truth about teaching in Vietnam? Here's the honest advice of someone who's already done it!
The Road to Hong Kong for an English Teacher
Have you ever thought about teaching English in Hong Kong? Read the personal experience of one English teacher of what it's like to live and work in Hong Kong.
The Pros and Cons of Teaching in Korea
South Korea remains one of the most popular countries where foreigners can teach English. The salaries are among the highest in the ESL industry; there are great perks like free housing and flights to Korea; and Korea is, for the most part, a fantastic place to live.
The Joys and Frustrations of Learning a Language
The Joys and Frustrations of Learning a Language: Fran Zarnitzky wraps us up in her Portuguese learning experience in Brazil.
The DOs and DON’Ts of Teaching English
Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran, here are some tried and true DOs and DON'Ts of teaching English from an experienced teacher trainer!
The Classroom is a Stage: Teaching as Theater, Theater as Teaching
The Classroom is a Stage: Teaching as Theater. Lauren uses her experience in theater to breakdown the tenets of teaching English as a second language.
Teaching Pronunciation: Practical Activities
I recently wrote a post about some of the characteristics of English pronunciation and what teaching it might entail. If you missed it, you can find it here: . In this second installment, there are several practical ideas and resources for teachers to use that can help students improve their pronunciation in a range of ways.
Teaching Pronunciation: An Overview
Erica introduces you to the role of Pronunciation in the TEFL classroom
Teaching ESL to Young Learners
Teaching ESL to Young Learners: If you're used to teaching ESL to adults, transitioning to young learner classes can be quite a challenge.
Teaching English with Peace Boat
Is working in just one country too stationary and settled for you? Check out the amazing opportunities you have when teaching English with Peace Boat!
Redefining Normal in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Redefining Normal in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam - An English teacher from the U.S. learns to adjust to her new life in Vietnam. Here's a day in her life.
Practical Advice for Freelance English Teaching
Are you an English teacher who's itching to go self-employed? Before you start freelance English teaching, here are some practical points to consider.
Overcoming Fear: Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam
Driving a motorbike in Vietnam is not for the faint-hearted foreigner. Sherry Ott tells her tale of overcoming her fears to join the masses of moving motorbikes.
New Horizons: Jumping from CELTA into the Immigrant & Refugee Sector
Ramona describes her journey from CELTA trainee to teacher across different sectors
Meet Bettina – A Teaching House Alumni
Meet Bettina—she wanted a change after working in Marketing for a few years, so she decided to go after her passion for teaching English! We chatted to Bettina about what it’s like undertaking the CELTA 100% online, what she loves about teaching and her advice for anyone who’s thinking about pursuing a career in English teaching—plus her best tips for finding a job after you complete the CELTA!
Looking back on Delta: Pros and Cons for CELTA graduates
Are you a Celta graduate looking for that next challenge? Is your boss going on about doing a Delta to turn you into a hot shot ESL star? Do you have a fetish for putting yourself through vigorous challenges? If so, don't get all excited just yet because doing a Delta could destroy you, it nearly did to me. For about a year I lost my social life (not that I really had one in the first place), my free mornings and weekends, and quite a few centimos. Looking back, I wonder if that manic year was really necessary. Did it really improve my job prospects, and make me a more confident teacher? Were all those hours reading about ESL theories, memorizing terminology, and perfecting lessons worth it for the benefit of having a Delta? Yes and no.
Is This the Worst TEFL Job Scam?
One teacher lost months of time and thousands of dollars in a false job offer. Learn from her experience with what may be the worst TEFL job scam ever, as well as tips to protect from getting scammed yourself.
Interview with Susan Griffith, Author of Teaching English Abroad
Amy Butler talks to Susan about the TEFL industry and where to travel and teach
How Your Personality Can Affect Your Ability to Learn a New Language
Whitney Currier writes about the role of personality traits in language learning
How to use your TEFL skills to get into coursebook writing
John Harrop describes how he went from TEFL teaching to coursebook writing
How to Teach Students Never to Give Up
Learning English is a process, one that can be exhilaratingly fast or excruciatingly slow. No matter how fast your learners are going, here are some tips on how to teach students to never give up on their English journey.
How to Rock Your First TEFL Conference Presentation
My first TEFL conference presentation was an accident. Well, I did know about it ahead of time. But when I signed up to go to the internal International
How to Prepare for an ESL Interview
So you've completed your CELTA, booked your tickets to your destination to find an ESL job abroad, and even have some interviews lined up. But how are you going to ace them? Luckily, there's plenty you can do to prepare yourself for an ESL interview.
How to Manage Teaching English and Expat Life Abroad
Living abroad and teaching English are both daunting tasks by themselves. But together they can be overwhelming! Here are a few tips on how best to manage teaching English and expat life to get you started on the right foot.
How to Know if You are Ready to Take the Delta
How do you know if you're ready to take the DELTA? Check out one graduate's advice on Cambridge's premier TEFL qualification and see if it's time you leveled up in your English teaching career!
How to Get the Most Out of a Difficult Class
Even after thirteen years in the wonderful ESL world, I still dread getting an awful class who drains my soul until I consider hanging up my boots. Last
How to Ace Your Delta
Obtaining a Delta is no easy task. Ask anyone who has passed one and they'll tell you that it was tough going. It takes over your life, absorbs your energy and
How Much Money You Can Save in Korea (and still have fun!)
Whitney Currier does the math on teaching English and saving money in Korea
How Each Delta Module Helps You Become a Better Teacher
If you work in TEFL, chances are you've thought about taking the Delta. Here are one teacher's reflections on the practical ways each Delta module has made him a better teacher!
How Delta Changed my Life
Barry O'Leary explains how doing the Diploma (Delta) broadened his horizons
Get Serious: How to Turn TEFL into a “Proper Job”
Barry O'Leary tells you how to take your TEFL career to the next level
Five things to do on your Day off in New York City
Amy Butler gives you five things you may not have tried yet
Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking the CELTA
Erica takes you through a few key considerations before you do your CELTA
Five Questions to Ask at a TEFL Job Interview
Erica gives you five important questions to ask at a job interview
Five Places for Americans to Teach English in Europe (Legally)
Amy Butler takes you through five European countries where Americans can get visas
Five Icebreakers for your First Day with a New Class
Five activities you can use with a new class
Five Countries with a Booming Demand for TEFL Teachers
Dimitris Vlachos offers his five booming locations for English language teachers
Facing My Fear: Teaching Abroad and Embarking on a New Adventure
TH CELTA graduate Georgina tells us about moving to Vietnam
Expat Insider: Life in Brazil Vs. USA
Fran Zarnitzky gives us the insider take on life in Brazil.
ESL Lesson Download: St. Paddy’s Day
ESL Lesson Download: St. Paddy's Day. Print out this lesson plan and materials for your Intermediate+ class and get them in the Irish spirit!
ESL Lesson Download: Presidents’ Day
ESL Lesson Download: Presidents' Day - Looking for ideas for your ESL class during Presidents' Week? Download this lesson and get teaching!
ESL Lesson Download: Memorial Day
ESL Lesson Download: Memorial Day. I bet you didn't know half these things about Memorial Day - neither will your students! Download this lesson and run with it.
ESL Lesson Download: Father’s Day
Teaching House pairs up with This American Life to offer this amazing, downloadable ESL lesson for Father's Day.
ESL Lesson Download: April Fool’s Day
ESL Lesson Download: April Fool's Day is a time for pranks...so how about an educational ESL prank to play on your students on April 1st? Download this lesson!