Qualification Update!


I do not know if I am supposed to tell you all this; but I recently asked by a member of staff at i-to-i TEFL to be a ‘tester’ for the new Teaching English Online course ; well today I had the confirmation that I have completed it and I have passed the module. However; I do not know how many hours it is so I will need to contact her and ask her. Also, I completed the Teaching Business English module just before Christmas. I am still working on the Teaching in South Korea module and I need to pay for the Advanced Grammar module. However; I am currently on my second attempt at the final part of the Korean module. I am finding it rather hard to write the answers to the questions that have been set for me. Has anyone else done this module and found this? I really want to complete this module, so I can move on to the Advance Grammar module.

From the Teaching English Online module; I have found that I can teach with an online school or ‘go out on my own’ and then can gain the teaching experience that is needed by most Companies I have bee researching about. I am a little worried about if I did start off on my own; I know that I would not get all the support and back up from an online school. There was a resource list; which I am going to share with you all:


Online Language learning communities

Verbling – https://www.verbling.com/

iTalki – http://www.italki.com/

Verbal Planet – http://www.verbalplanet.com/tutorhome.asp

Palabea – http://www.palabea.com/

I have never heard of these online comunities; I am thinking about joining them to gain some experience and possibly an income from them.


Online Schools

Open English – http://www.openenglish.com/en/careers/

Myngle – http://www.myngle.com/

Berlitz – http://www.berlitz-virtual-classroom.eu/en/employment/apply_online.html

91waijiao – http://www.91waijiao.com/teacher_advertise/about

Tutor Group – http://recruit.tutorabc.com/program/index.asp

kukuspeak – http://www.kukuspeak.com/online-esl-jobs/

English Town EF – http://www.englishtown.com/en-ie/

Ironically; I have heard of two of these online schools (Berlitz and English Town); many years ago I took a Berlitz course but it was a cassette tape (yes it was that long ago) course. I did not do much of it; I borrowed it from the local library. A former work colleague use to work from English Town but as a classroom teacher; knowing him he also did online classes too! He was one of the IT teachers here.

Idiom of the Week: “Burn the Midnight Oil”


Hello and welcome to the first Idiom of the Week of 2015! I am so glad to get back into the routine of posting these little features here at My TEFL Adventures – it is becoming a wonderful habit. I am currently blogging about ‘habit’ on my personal blog – The Writing Rants… – I am taking part in the NaBloPoMo writing event. However; that has nothing to do with this week’s idiom…I have also been doing some crafting and I have been working a little late into the night.

This week’s idiom is about how people burn the midnight oil.

Picture from kittehkatbar at Deviantart

The meaning is “to stay up working, especially studying, late at night”


I have a big exam tomorrow so I’ll be burning the midnight oil tonight.

If you burn the midnight oil night after night, you’ll probably become ill.

History: Many people would have been working by the light of an oil lamp late in the night; as there would have not been any electricity like our lucky selves today.