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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:

Get Your International TESOL Diploma Online with OnTESOL!

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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.

What is Ontesol’s Job Board?

Ontesol offers the most complete job placement service. It’s honest, reliable, and free of charge!

Ontesol’s free job placement service starts with freetefljobplacement.com, where people can learn about the requirements and working conditions in top ESL destinations. Every month, there are 10,000 TESOL jobs available worldwide! Access your student account and find the job board on the first page. You can download the application for EPIK, access job positing from the top ESL destinations, and find a list of schools, websites, recruiters, and resources.

Choose a TESOL course that is right for you.  If you have any questions, contact us by email or use one of the toll free numbers.

TESOL Teaching Skills: Differences Between Speaking and Writing

Teaching writing skills and teaching speaking skillsIf you are teaching writing, especially for learners with academic goals, it can be very helpful to explore some of the differences between spoken and written language with your class.  Although misunderstandings in spoken communication can be negotiated and overcome, even small inaccuracies in written language can present barriers to effective communication.  This need for grammatical and lexical accuracy is one reason why most L2 learners find academic writing to be the most difficult skill to learn.

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First Language Use in The Classroom

Many ESL instructors implement an “English Only” policy in their language classrooms, and there is strong rationale for this policy.  Obviously, we want our learners to take advantage of every opportunity they get to develop their language skills, and the language classroom is a controlled environment where there should be a focus on using English as much as possible.  Read more

Difference Between UK, Canada, US TESOL Courses?

Good TESOL / TEFL / TESL courses are standard across the world. They cover grammar, phonology, and methodology.  Some courses include a Practicum module, others offer the option to take it after the TESOL course, and others do not offer this module at all.

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Why Do I Need a University Degree?

In order to obtain a work permit in another country, a university degree is required unless you are a citizen of that country. The degree does not have to be on education, TESOL, or anything related to teaching. In fact, most TESOL trainees have degrees in business, history, and art.

Having a degree in an unrelated area does not indicate that the applicant can teach English. The reason immigration offices  require a university degree is to avoid young backpackers who are usually irresponsible with their students, their contracts, and used wreak havoc when there were less restrictions. Gone are the days when any native-speaker could move to another country and find a job teaching English. Language institutes have established a professional industry in which a degree and an internationally recognized TESOL certification are required.

Where Are The Best TEFL Jobs?

If you are new to the world of TEFL, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, parts of China, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Chile offer the best opportunities for entry-level teachers. A university degree and a TESOL certificate of at least 100 hours is required. Europe is off limits to those who do not have a EU passport, but the best entry-level positions are found in France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and Germany.

Each country offers a completely different experience, but South Korea is the top destination for those who wish to save some money. EPIK is the largest employer as it is a government funded program that hires native-speakers for teaching at public schools. Pay starts at $1,800/month plus accommodation, bonuses, and other benefits. An internationally recognized 100-hour TESOL certificate automatically qualifies applicants for a hire pay level, starting at $2,100/month.

Difference Between TEFL Online and On-site?

In essence, there shouldn’t be any difference between online and on-site courses. Thanks to current technologies, it is possible to deliver top TESOL/TEFL training online without lowering the quality of the course. TESL Canada has been accepting online TESOL programs (many of which are offered by the most reputable Canadian universities) for almost a decade, CELTA is about to launch its own online TEFL course, and both Cambridge and Trinity College of London have been offering a large online component for their diploma courses, DELTA and Trinity DipTESOL respectively.

The main problem with most online TESOL courses is not the delivery mode, but the content of the course and the level of the assignments. Few online schools have experience delivering advanced programs such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA. Their courses are quick and easy and they offer poor training in lesson planning, which is the most essential component of a TESOL or TEFL course.

Coventry House International is the first Trinity CertTESOL center in North America and offers quality online TESOL courses. You can choose from the 100-hour TESOL certificate program or the advanced 250-hour TESOL Diploma, which is recognized by TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 after a 20-hour Practicum is completed and is more advanced than any 5-week on-site TESOL course.

Does The 100-Hour TESOL Count Towards The 250-Hour One?

Ontesol’s 100-hour TESOL certificate covers some of the material from the TESOL Diploma, but the assignments and exams of the 250-hour course are more difficult, so trainees must take the full course when they upgrade their credentials with us. A $100 discount applies to those who have graduated from Ontesol’s 100-hour TESOL course.