About Me

Oh, hello blog readers!

Welcome to my humble little blog, where I’ll be posting (well, hoping to be posting) everything about my TEFL adventures — everything from the decision making, the application process, the travel, the teaching — in the hopes of sharing my experience and encouraging others to take the same leap.

Why am I blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

Well…it is a strange reason why, it is because I have been inspired to write down my thoughts, feelings and experiences through my TEFL adventures. I want to share my thoughts, feelings and experiences so others can gain understanding and learn about what I have done (or in my current ‘chapter’ doing) and to inspire them to pursue a career as a TEFL teacher either abroad or at home.

What is TEFL?

I have had some people asking me what is TEFL? TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I do have a post here (well, it is actually a video) that explains everything about TEFL; I reblogged it from Paul’s EFL Review. Being a student of i-to-i; I do prefer this post here to explain it all.

What topics do I think I will write about?

All things TEFL; really! Lesson ideas, lesson plans and my overall experiences as a TEFL teacher. I want to share my “Planning” and “Things To Remember”. I also what to share other posts from fellow TEFL Bloggers and create a little community! I also want to share my experiences with applications, interviews and jobs.

Who would I love to connect with via this blog?

I want to connect current TEFL teachers and future TEFL teachers! I have always wanted to see the world and I knew that TEFLing could a way to do it! I started reading blogs about travelling and TEFLing and I was hooked; I want people to feel the same as I did before I started this blog! I hope that this blog will help others achieve their dreams of being a TEFL teacher. This blog will also help me keep in contact with my family and friends back at home.

If this blog successfully throughout the next year, what would I hope to have accomplished?

I hope to accomplish throughout this coming year is that I will be posting about my teaching experiences and to gain ‘followers’ (I sound like a cult leader…) who are like minded and on the same level as me.

Anyway; here is a little more about me:

I am a thirty-something and I have done my TEFL training with i-to-i TEFL; I have completed the following:

    • 60 Hour Online TEFL Course – October 2012
    • 20 Hour Grammar Awareness Course – June 2012
    • Teaching English to Young Learners Course (5 Hours) – January 2013
    • Teaching with Limited Resources Course (5 Hours) – July 2013
    • Teaching Large Classes Course (5 Hours) – June 2013
    • Teaching English One-to-One Course (5 Hours) – January 2013
    • Teaching in Japan Course (5 Hours) – September 2013
    • Teaching in Spain Course (5 Hours) – December 2013
    • Teaching in Thailand (5 Hours) – February 2014
    • Teaching in China (5 Hours) – March 2014
    • How to teach Audio & Video Lessons (10 Hours) – April 2014
    • Teaching Business English (10 Hours) – December 2014
    • Teaching English Online (10 Hours) – January 2015
    • Teaching in South Korea (5 Hours) – January 2015
    • Teaching in Poland (5 Hours) – February 2015
    • Teaching in Vietnam (5 Hours) – June 2015
    • Teaching in Italy (5 Hours) – TBC
    • Advanced Grammar TEFL Certificate (20 Hours) – TBC

Total Hours: 165 hours

Hours to go: 25 Hours

I also have a YouTube channel – My TEFL Adventures – crossing borders; learning new things and making friends…; it is currently empty as I have not *really* started my adventures…I am currently working to save some pennies so I can get myself over to Asia (or anywhere else that takes my fancy) as soon as possible!. If you wish to see my full CV; please feel free to contact me or head over to my eResume here.

20 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Love your blog!! and TEFL is something I intend to study sooner or later too…I did TESL back when I was still in Pakistan. So I will have to start fresh here in Toronto I suppose..I will keep coming back for useful pointers and information…well done:)!

  2. I like this…and thanks for showing me what these categories are for/about….once I ‘figure it out’ (blogging) maybe I can make ‘purty& practical’ like yours …..well, not ‘like’ yours, like my own, but well arranged, easy to see/understand like yours… Good!

    • That is very sweet of you; if you need anything – just let me know! Either via the “Contact Me” section here or on the FB page!

  3. What about teaching in Philippines? Hehe….anyway I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award:)
    I hope you’ll appreciate it. Here is the link to the nomination – http://navigatedotblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/i-am-in-for-liebster-award-yay/

    These are the rules:
    The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:
    The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
    Provide 11 facts about yourself.
    Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
    Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

    • Thank you! I will post everything tomorrow – teaching in the Philippines sounds fab! I have never thought about it really!

  4. I’m doing tutorial in English as second language to an Arabic student with no training about it, so I’m sticking around to learn some tips. Feel free to visit and follow my blog, as I maybe posting my rants and struggles with doing it. ~MyMae

  5. I LOVE your blog…it is very aesthetically appealing. Just beautiful! I am interested in popping around and reading more. My daughter, who is a junior in college, wants to go the TEFL route so I will definitely send her a link to this blog as well. Lots of great information!

    • Ah thanks! I will hopefully start blogging my TEFL related items soon! I look forward for a visit from your daughter

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  7. Hi Jemma, Great blog! I’ve loved reading about your TEFL ambitions and plans. I’m new to the world of TEFL and blogging and have found lots here to interest and inspire me. Thanks. I hope to emulate your efforts on my blog, Edventure Postcards. (Thanks for the follow btw, I got such a thrill when I saw my blog on your blog roll!). Good luck in finding your first TEFL job and keep up the good work. I will be reading avidly as your TEFL adventure plays out. Lyn x

    • Ahh thanks Lyn *blushes* I will keep my fingers crossed and eyes peeled on your blog! If there is anything that you think is needed here; let me know! Thanks again

  8. I think your teaching and learning adventures will be great! I wanna know all about it! I’d love to do it TEFL as well 🙂 best of luck!

  9. Hi Jemma!
    I have just discovered your blog.
    Thanks for sharing your great experiences with us.
    I am currently teaching English in the countryside (Shiga), Japan,
    and online here: http://www.mainichieikaiwa.jp
    Your blog inspires me to try more.
    Thank you so much!

    • Ahh thanks Alex; I am glad that you are enjoying the blog. I am hoping to include videos when I “Officially” start my ‘adventures’

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