Monthly Archives: September 2009

5 things to think about when you’re freelancing

Freelancing exists in all walks of life and might well prove to be a great way for you to earn a decent living as an English teacher. It’s a difficult way to survive if you’re only living on freelance income, … Continue reading

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To get medieval on their asses or to not get medieval on their asses?

I’ve also posted this over on the ELT World Forum as I’m looking for as much advice on this as I can get. Basically, I’ve just been lumbered with absolute beginners at the beginning of the new academic year. Apart … Continue reading

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The ‘ELTons’ Award making its debut in the Middle East

Middle East & United Kingdom: Aspiring creative writers in the Middle East are being given the opportunity to make their first break into the English language publishing industry (the poor Buggers don’t know what they’re getting in to) through a … Continue reading

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Koreans are flocking to the Philippines to learn English

South Korea & the Philippines: ‘They come in their thousands every month, eager to learn what is considered as the language of some 1.8 billion people worldwide,’ exclaims the Korea Times with no small degree of hyperbole. For South Korean … Continue reading

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Are you in a TEFL slump?

‘People on this board almost always seem so cheerful and upbeat,’ notes atlantean on the ELT World forum. ‘Have you ever questioned the soundness of your decision to get into TEFL? I don’t have much to complain about, but the … Continue reading

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The Wade Robins comedy column: ‘Make Your Carrier In Teaching Overseas’

There are many people churning out articles on the web, some for whose English is, quite frankly, not up to the task. The reason for doing this is to basically write on a particular subject and then add links within … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia: Arab News sponsors 4 girls for English course

This wouldn’t exactly be newsworthy in most cases but given that it’s taking place in the Hell on Earth known commonly as Saudi Arabia I guess it’s worth mentioning. The Arab News is to sponsor* four of 15 women students … Continue reading

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Eating out in your new country: Advice from a former chef and waiter

You’re in a new country, you’re working split teaching shifts and you need to eat. Chances are you’re not going to settle into a cooking routine too quickly, if at all, so you’re probably going to eat out at least … Continue reading

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10 simple but stupid things to avoid doing in your new job

You’ve just moved to a foreign country and started a new job. I’m guessing you don’t want to be sacked, right? If you turn up drunk, you’re probably not going to get into the good books, but commit a stupid, … Continue reading

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What’s national health insurance like where you live?

‘My parents are Americans, so they’ve been getting the PR about Obama’s plan for national health insurance‘, notes the ever wonderful Glenski on the general discussion forum, going on to state that, ‘they are a bit Internet-challenged, and they’ve asked … Continue reading

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