Surviving Subbing

Subbing ESL Teacher - Substitute English TeacherFor many TESOL teachers, the first step in their careers will involve substitute teaching. Subbing jobs can range from last minute fill-ins for single classes to short-term contracts to cover vacations or illness. While it can be stressful not to know where you will be teaching from one day or week to the next, making a good impression as a sub can lead to more permanent work in the future. Here are five useful tips to help make your subbing experiences as successful (and unstressful) as possible:

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Synesthesia: ‘Seeing’ Music in Colours

HiRes Everybody loves music and your ESL students aren’t an exception. Language teachers have been using articles, songs, and other authentic materials about the music industry for decades. They are interesting, meaningful, and fun!  Synsthesia is a fascinating topic that those who teach English abroad should introduce to their ESL class!

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Food for TESOL

This week we searched for authentic materials that you can use in your TESOL lesson plans, and we found a couple of articles that teachers can use to teach consumer awareness and responsibility. Help your students  make informed decisions about the matters that affect their lives and the people around them!

The first article is a summary of a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which found that “Half of all food is thrown away”. How can your students, as consumers,  help reduce food waste?  Read More: rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/10/report-half-of-all-food-is-thrown-away/

The second article was published by Think Progress and explains “How the food industry is enabling the United States’ obesity epidemic”. How can your students, as consumers, make healthier food choices?  Read more: thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/11/1436441/food-industry-obesity-epidemic/

Teach Global Issues Using Authentic Materials

In 2009, Iceland was in worse shape than most of the world and is now recovering at a faster rate than the United States and Europe. The reason is may be a simple yet very powerful idea that can change the world:

“The government bailed out the people and imprisoned the banksters… the opposite of what America and the rest of Europe did” – Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

Inside Job (2010) is an interesting Authentic Material that you can use to expose your students to the history of the 2008 recession and the bailouts that followed. Narrated by Matt Damon, this award winning documentary provides a comprehensive explanation of how the banksters and corrupt politicians pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars while destroying the global economy.   Rated PG-13

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South Korea Week

This week, we will be posting plenty of resources on our Facebook page for people who are interested in teaching English in South Korea.

There are many economic, cultural, and environmental factors that make South Korea the top ESL destination.

Learn about job conditions, local cuisine, entertainment, and amazing tourist destinations at Ontesol’s Facebook Page. Search Ontesol and become a fan of our page!

Want to work at public schools? Starting on April 1st, EPIK will accept applications for the term that starts on September 2012. Apply early via Ontesol, contact us now. The process is long, there are over 5000 applicants for 1100 positions, and applicants are required to submit a great number documents on time.

Teaching experience and TESOL certification are not required. Do note that an internationally recognized TESOL certificate of at least 100 hours qualifies successful applicants for a higher pay level and we place our trainees and graduates on the priority list. If you have any questions, please contact us via email.

Communicative TESOL – Teach Science In The ESL Class?

Teaching English communicatively requires creativity and good authentic materials.

Your educational background and interests play an important role in becoming a better ESL teacher, but you don’t necessarily need to be a science major to teach difficult science topics. Browsing the science section of the local newspaper will lead you to interesting and fun articles that you can use in the ESL classroom.

Communicative TESOL goes beyond teaching ESL.  The Communicative Approach is the most effective method for teaching a language because students study the language in real context and it helps them expand their knowledge of the world using the English language. Communicative TESOL is both fun and effective.

Social media sites such as You Tube and Facebook are excellent for finding great authentic materials. You Tube provides millions of free documentaries, songs, and movies, and Facebook pages feed updated material to your account.

EPIK – Apply Early

Are you TESOL certified? Teach English at public schools in South Korea. EPIK is an English program run by the Ministry of Education. EPIK receives thousands of applications from qualified TESOL teachers for a total of 1,100 positions throughout South Korea. The application for the term that starts on September 2012 will open in April and it is highly recommended to apply early.

Request your application even if you have not completed your TESOL course. Applicants without a TESOL certificate will be required to submit a proof of enrollment letter and must complete the course prior to the application deadline.

Applicants who submit documentation close to the deadline are placed on a waiting list. The Criminal Record Check (CRC) takes approximately 3 months to process, so request your EPIK application early, complete the screening interviews, and obtain the required documentation as soon as possible.

Earn $2,000 per month plus accommodation and other benefits! EPIK applicants must be native speakers from Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, or citizens of South Korea with a proficient level of English. Applicants must have a university degree from an English-speaking country and an internationally recognized 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher qualification. Teaching experience is not required.

Recession Proof TESOL Certification

With job creation at a record low and student debt totalling $1 trillion in the United States, many university graduates find that TESOL is a great opportunity to save some money and have a lot of fun.

Teach English abroad! Explore another culture, learn a new language, and travel to places you’ve always dreamt of.

East Asia is the most popular destination for native-speakers from US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa who want to TESOL.

The average salary in Asia is $1,500/month and 90% of the schools pay for accommodation, travel expenses, and health insurance. You can easily save $5,000 per year if you spend wisely. Teaching experience is not required and a recognized TESOL certificate course only costs $285.

Don’t Pay For Recruitment Services

It has come to our attention that some graduates are looking at expensive recruitment services in Argentina. This company is charging $1,300 to help teachers find a job for the school year that starts in March 2012.

In order to get a job anywhere in Latin America, you have to go there and apply in person, so we understand how some people think that paying some kind of fee for recruitment service may be justified, but $1,300 is an obscene amount. Reputable recruiters charge the schools for finding qualified teachers and if you are worried about getting a job, $1,300  pays for 3 months of rent in Latin America.

Native-speakers who hold a university degree and a reputable TESOL certificate can easily compete for a position. You just have to consider that the hiring season varies a lot throughout Latin America, so go there when it’s easiest to find a job. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact us.

Save Money When Teaching English Abroad

ESL teachers find that most of their money slips off their fingers because they are overspending on restaurants.

There are plenty of cheap local ingredients that you can turn into a delicious meal . You just have to learn how to cook them!

Find thousands of free recipes online and watch free videos on You Tube. Learning how to cook local foods will save you lots of money when teaching English abroad and will also help you to overcome culture shock much quicker. Instead of becoming home-sick, you’ll learn to explore and you’ll be able to cook a nice meal for your family and friends when you come home.

While you are at it, integrate food into your lesson plans and practice what you’ve learned from your TESOL course. You will find many valuable resources that you can use in your class, so use authentic materials to create fun activities!  How about asking your students to role play a food channel? Food is a universal language and showing your students that you are interested in learning from their culture will help you create a better relationship with them.