One week back...

Well, it has been about a week at my new subbing gig as an ESL teacher at the Canadian Language Learning College in Halifax. I have to say I was definitely a little nervous to be teaching again, but those feeling quickly disappeared as I stood in front of my class. As many experienced teachers can tell you, it's amazing how quickly your teaching instincts and skills come back to you when your put in this type of situation, and it happened to me as well...It's truly like riding a bicycle again.

I'm currently covering for one teacher who is away for a couple weeks, and by far his most interesting class to me has been his short story elective that runs in the afternoon. Basically, I choose a short story prior to the class, then we (myself and an advanced level class) read the story together and work on vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension, etc. I've never taught a class focused solely on short stories, so I'm really enjoying it. It also helps that the students hav…

Back to School

Hey Everyone,
I know it's been a while since my last post, but so much has changed over the past few months. I left my job as International Education Coordinator at the university I was working for and moved all the way across the country to start a new life near family and friends. Another huge change is I have decided to go back to teaching English (at least for now) and I just started a new job at a language college in Halifax that starts next week. Going back to teaching is both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience and I can appreciate how new teachers feel. These are some of the questions floating around in my head:

- Do I still have what it takes to teach English?
- Have the students changed since I last taught? And if so, how?
- How will this new workplace differ from the last school I taught at?
- Is this the right choice for my career path?

And so many more questions......

Over the next couple weeks, I'll be posting how this experience goes. Also, I'd love t…

Can I teach English abroad if I'm a non-native speaker?

I found this article today from our friends at, and thought I'd share it on my blog as this is a question I receive regularly. Enjoy and let me know your feedback in the comments sections

8 Tips Every New TEFL Teacher Needs To Know

So you've just earned a TEFL certificate and now you're ready to put what you've learned into practice. Before you do, I thought I'd provide some tips that I wish someone had told me before I went abroad to teach English.

1. Take Your Time
Many people who complete their TEFL programs, want to get in the classroom as soon as possible to start teaching. I understand this completely, but I strongly encourage new teachers to take their time to find the right job for them in the right place. It's no secret that there are thousands of teaching opportunities all around the world. It's also not secret to people who have taught abroad, that a lot of those jobs are bad. Anyone who's considering going abroad needs to take their time and do some homework before accepting their first teaching position. Do some research about the country/city you're going to, look for reviews on potential employers, compare employee contracts with what's out there, and so on.You …

Tips for Teaching Korean Students

It's no secret that Koreans are some of the most dedicated and prolific English Language Learners (ELLs) in the world. If you travel to South Korea to teach, you'll notice that it seems like the entire country is studying English. If you decide to teach English in an English speaking country you'll undoubtedly find yourself teaching Korean students at some point. As a result, I thought I'd write a blog entry with some tips on how to best meet the needs of Korean ELLs. This advice will be based on my own experience teaching Koreans (about 5 years) and some popular tips found from doing a bit of research.
1. Know your Role According to Confucian ideals, teachers are supposed to be supposed to be highly respected in society. This respect your receive from your students can be something that you can definitely use to your advantage (especially with classroom management), but it also comes with certain expectations. As a teacher in Korea, you are supposed to be professional…

Teaching English in Vietnam

Vietnam is fascinating. No doubt about it. I was recently in Vietnam in October, and while I was there the thought crossed my mind a few times that this really would be an interesting place to teach English for a year or two. Vietnam has a certain charm about it that is hard to explain (although I will try in this blog entry). It's busy, but chill. It's a little bit run down, but beautiful. The people are so happy, although many of them have so little. The culture is definitely unique and the country has such a rich (and tragic) history. The landscape and cityscape is incredible and sometimes a bit overwhelming. And the food....the food is so good in Vietnam and worth travelling or teaching there by itself.

In this blog entry I want to write about teaching English in Vietnam. Although, I did not teach there, I have met many people who have and I've been doing a bit of research to help out with this entry. Below is so info you need to know before choosing to teach in Vietn…

Great Insight into Teaching English Abroad

Hey Everyone,
I recently had the chance to speak with one of our TEFL grads about his experience teaching English in Mexico, Morocco, and Myanmar. Below is the interview and some of the amazing pictures Stephen has taken along his travels. His responses are great because they paint an accurate picture of what it's like to teach in a foreign country and how this can impact your life.

Interview with TEFL Graduate Stephen Frampton
Where do you work now? I am currently teaching English in Oaxaca Mexico, but in the last year and a half I've taught in Myanmar and Morocco as well.
What’s the best thing about living in ______? Each country I've taught in has unbelievably awesome things and for Mexico I gotta say that the people here really know how to enjoy themselves. At all ages, they love to dance and sing and work and drink and smile. They have a great attitude towards life so it makes it a great place to live.

Why did you want to become an English Teacher? I wouldn't ever say th…