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  • Business Translation: A Useful TEFL Sideline? April 8, 2012
    The use of translation in business is heavily underestimated and misunderstood. However translation has a big part to play in business and is rapidly becoming one of the most useful things an organisation can use to get ahead in the business world. Whether it be using in-house translators to transcribe documents, official papers […]
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    Some friends of Naturegirl123 were talking about interview questions that they got. Here are some difficult ones to answer and suggested answers. What religion are you?/ Are you X religion? This could be a legit question if you’re applying to a religious school. If you have the same religion as the school, simply say […]
  • Invoice factoring as a way of financing your language school March 12, 2012
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  • Learning and Communicative Strategies March 6, 2012
    Introduction Communicative strategies are systematic techniques employed by a speaker to express his meaning when faced with some difficulty and the difficulty here refers to the speaker’s inadequate command of the language used in the interaction (Faerch & Kasper, 1983:16). On the other hand, the term learning strategies has been defined as “the higher- […]
  • Optimizing Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) March 6, 2012
    Technology transforms virtually all human pursuits, notes Michael G. Hines. In the field of education, the use of audiovisual aids, computers, and telecommunication devices has radically altered classroom dynamics. For ESL and TFL practitioners, the possibilities being opened up by technology are highly promising, with the currently accepted practices alread […]

Moving to Another Country

The latest article from Sharon K Couzens de Hinojosa, author of the TEFL Tips blog.

Moving is stressful enough, but when you move to another country, you can feel overwhelmed. A good place to start is to learn a bit about the country you will be moving to. Your local library should have plenty of books so you can get some insight about what it’s like to live there. In addition, the internet also abounds with information, and often you can find forums with people living in the country you are going to. They can help you by answering questions you may have or giving you tips about moving.

Read up on daily challenges, such as finding food that youre used to, or having trouble with the language. If you’re prepared for this, you can do a bit of research now in order to make your move easier.

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Besides learning about where you’re going to live, you’ll also need practical information, such as how to move your belongings there are what schools are good. The yellow pages from the country you are currently living in can help you find a reputable moving company. And as for schools, there are international schools that abide by similar requirements, so you’ll be sure your children will get a good education. If you want to send your children to local schools, ask around for recommendations, or better yet, once in country, go around and personally visit schools to see what they’re like.

Be prepared for culture shock as well. Although most people love their new country, after a while it starts to take its toll. Read the article about Culture Shock in order to learn more.

Making friends helps a lot, whether they’re fellow expats or country nationals, having someone to talk to makes things easier. And be sure to keep in touch with people back home. With email and websites where you can post photos, it’s easier than ever to let people know how you’re doing.

With a bit of planning and effort, you’ll be well on your way to living in another country and enjoying your time there.
About the author

Sharon K Couzens de Hinojosa is the creator and writer for TEFL Tips, The LA Job List, and The Ultimate Peru List. She enjoys answering people’s questions about TEFLing and Peru.

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