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

Icebreaker ESL Activity: “Find Someone Who”

Experienced language teachers know that it is essential to establish a classroom environment where learners feel comfortable enough to take risks and make mistakes in front of their peers and the teacher.  Teachers often use icebreaker activities at first class meetings to set the tone and to start building a comfortable class atmosphere.  There are many ways to do this, and one of the most popular icebreakers is “Find Someone Who.”

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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.

What Makes OnTESOL The Best TESOL Institute in The World?

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100-hour TESOL Certificate: This online TESOL course is the best of its kind. Few online TESOL/TEFL schools  have experience delivering advanced courses such as Trinity CertTESOL, TESL Canada, or CELTA. Coventry House International-Ontesol offers more than 10 years of experience delivering the top TESOL courses in the world. We’ve taken the elements from our advanced  Trinity CertTESOL and TESL Canada courses and compiled a standard 100-hour TESOL course that truly teaches trainees how to create professional lesson plans.

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Can Non-Canadians Qualify For TESL Canada Certification?

Yes! Now, anyone who meets the following requirements qualifies for TESL Canada certification:

-Native speaker or valid proficiency score.

-University degree from Canada or equivalent.

-TESOL certificate from a recognized TESL Canada centre.

Ontesol’s online 250-hour TESOL Diploma is recognized for TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification once a supervised 20-hour Practicum is completed.  Take the course from the comfort of your home and then complete the Practicum at any ESL school in the world. TESL Canada is necessary for teaching English in Canada and is highly recognized in some of the strictest countries when it comes to certification, including Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, and anywhere in Europe (A EU passport is also required to teach in Europe). TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 is equivalent to CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL, while TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 courses provide over 270 hours of advanced TESOL training.

Is The TEYL Course Enough To Get A Job?

TEYL is a specialization course that covers how to Teach English to Young Learners (TEYL) and is not enough to qualify for teaching positions worldwide. Schools look at the TESOL certificate first and foremost and if the position is for teaching English to children, as many positions are, then a TEYL certificate comes in very handy. For this reason, Ontesol offers a 50% on the TEYL course when you enrol in one our internationally recognized online TESOL courses. To learn more about the difference between each TESOL program and what’s included in the TEYL course, take a moment to compare the syllabi.

Is South Korea a Developed Country?

South Korea has one of the most stable economies in the world and is home to some of the biggest corporations, such as Samsung and Hyundai.

Cities host a variety of beautiful ancient buildings and gates as well as some of the most modern buildings. South Korea is also home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the world  and the government has been very active at renovating urban centres by filling empty spaces with greenery.

Their success is based on a mixed economy where businesses take care of production and government invests in essential services such as Eco-projects and education. One of these government-funded programs is EPIK, which hires 1,100 ESL teachers every semester and pays one of the most competitive packages in all of East Asia. ESL teachers take home approximately $2,000/month and the package also includes accommodation, health insurance, bonuses, and more. A 100-hour online TESOL certificate automatically qualifies teachers for a higher pay level, starting at 2.0 million won per month in some areas and 2.1 million in other.

Ontesol is now helping with the application for Spring 2012. Request your application via email or through the inquiry form.

EPIK South Korea, Apply Now!

Ontesol is now recruiting qualified teachers for EPIK. Login your student account to find the application form or contact us via the inquiry form for more information.

The deadline for submitting your application is December 20, but positions get filled quickly, so apply as soon as possible, even if you haven’t completed your online TESOL course.

EPIK is an English program funded by South Korea’s ministry of education. Each semester, they hire 1,100 teachers who receive the best employment package in East Asia. Earn 1.8-2.3 million won per month plus paid accommodation, bonuses, health insurance coverage, work permit, and more! Applicants need to be native speakers or Korean citizens with a good level of English, have completed their university degree, and hold a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL qualification such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA.

Do I Need To Speak A Foreign Language to Teach English Abroad?

Do I need to speak another language to teach abroad?This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety.  Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.

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