TEFL as a Non-Native

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Why a Non-Native English-Speaking Teacher Can be Better than a Native English Teacher

Many schools around the world will prioritize hiring teachers that are passport-holders from countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. And boy, are they missing out. Not only do non-native English teachers bring a new cultural element to the classroom, but they bring a lot—we mean, a LOT—of expertise and skill. Luckily, not …

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6 Tips: Preparing for a TEFL interview

You’ve completed your TEFL course and you’re over the moon with excitement—and not just because you can now teach someone how a phrase like “over the moon with excitement” is an idiom, designed to have figurative meaning. Now you’re looking towards your next step: taking your freshly-minted TEFL certificate and landing yourself a job. But …

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TEFL, Teach English, Teach English in Cambodia, Asia, Southeast Asia

TEFL in Cambodia and on to travel the world ✈️ Meet Eva ☀️

Namibia native and TEFL teacher extraordinaire, Eva, has had some amazing experiences since landing in Cambodia and catching the travel bug!  ✈️ This girl knows what she’s talking about when it comes to TEFL and travel, a must-read insight of an amazing TEFL teacher who loves both teaching and learning during her travels! She hasn’t …

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From Giza to Zhejiang: Interview with Issy Hossam

You don’t meet incredible folks like Issy everyday. Hailing from Giza, Egypt, Issy is in pursuit of an international life. What started as an interest in pushing his comfort zone has evolved into what you see now: an adventure-filled life abroad as an ESL teacher. Let’s learn more about his journey to Zhejiang Province, China …

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Interview with Waseem Ahmed Abbasi — A Pakistani in China

Waseem Ahmed Abbasi is literally #goals — not only does he has a Masters in Linguistics, but he is currently studying in China while teaching English on the side. Someday, he hopes to teach English full time in China. Let’s get to know Waseem even more! Tell us about your upbringing. What was life like …

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Interview with Ana Silva — Proof You Don't Need to Speak English Natively to Teach Abroad

Sure, it’s true there tend to be more opportunities for native English speakers to teach ESL abroad, but that doesn’t stop the determined. Take Ana, for instance. She’s a 20 something year old from Portugal, proving every single day that you don’t need to be American, British, Australian, etc. to succeed as an international English …

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Interview with Monique Petiot, a Non-Native English Speaking Career Breaker ?

Don’t buy into the stereotype or the wrong information — not every destination only hires ESL teachers that are from native English speaking countries, nor do they always require that you’re a recent-college grad, bright eyed and bushy tailed, making headway into your first job out of uni. Take Monique, for instance. This French woman …

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