Everything You Need To Know About The Cost Of Living In… Japan

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Everything You Need To Know About The Cost Of Living In… Japan.

Japan is amongst the most popular TEFL destinations in the world, and apart from being an extremely exciting place to visit, there’s generally a high demand for teachers in the area. Along with Korea and Taiwan, the average salaries are amongst the highest you can earn TEFLing anywhere in the world!

Japan is one of the places on my list of countries; it is the culture and the colours of the land that is attracting me…I saw this post on the and I want to share it with all of you

Enjoy!

Six Worries New TEFL Teachers Have & How To Cope with Them…

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Six Worries New TEFL Teachers Have & How To Cope with Them….

I have found this post interesting; going to keep it in my “knowledge bank” ready for when I am off!

Many thanks for posting i-to-i!!

My Dear Fellow …

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My Dear Fellow Teflers,

Sadly, I recently became a victim of a scam (Advance Fee Employment Fraud) involving what I thought was a perfectly legitimate EFL job. I went through the interview, via Skype, had the contract sent to me, photos of my accommodation were also sent. I suppose it’s perhaps best for me not to mention the company in question (I’m not sure if it’s allowed on this site); suffice to say that, apart from losing £200.00, I escaped with little damage done to my personal data etc.

The i-to-i help desk was a life-saver as their advice saved me from what could have been a far, far worse situation. Thank you so much you guy’s – you’re a God-send!

In our desire and passion to teach, to find that TEFL/EFL job that will fulfil our aspirations, we sometimes forget that there are, on the opposite side of the equation, individuals out there, cunning, immoral characters who are equally passionate about ruining our hopes and dreams, our aspirations through corruption and deceit – in short, scams!

My dear fellow Teflers, I ask you please to research carefully, keeping in mind the following websites when receiving what seem to be perfectly legitimate emails, from so-called EFL schools, Institutions etc.: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/a/top-10-internet-job-scams.htm

http://www.totalesl.com//ESL-TEFL-TESOL-Employment-Scams.php

http://rssorange.com/6515/ (ESL Jobs Forum)

http://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails

There is much more I could add, suffice to say that what has been written by http://www.tefl.net/esl-jobs/esl-jobs.pl sums it up far better than I ever could:

Teacher Tips: Beware of schools or agencies that ask you to send any kind of payment (for ‘application’, ‘visa processing’ etc.). NEVER send bank or credit card details to employers. Jobs that sound ‘too good to be true’ probably are! If any TEFL.net job advertiser requests money from you, please contact us immediately.

To be warned is to be prepared; all the very best in your job search and keep safe.

I recently found this on the I-to-I TEFL Chalkboard written by Sawas and I felt that should past it on! I am always worried about Scammers in the TEFL world. I now know to stay worried!

Where did all the free time go?!

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I just hope that I will be as busy as Kylie…fingers crossed!

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The blog updates have unintentionally become weekly for the time being while I figure out a new routine.  I used to be able to write during my free time at work but alas, the free time is no more now that I have what I have quickly started referring to as a proper job.  Not that my time teaching English wasn’t a real job – it most definitely was hard work at times – but now I have actual responsibilities and tasks to complete beyond having a book thrust in my direction and being told to plan something from nothing and to get it done by yesterday.

Ouch, I’m still pretty bitter about my old job.

I used to work a 40 hour week but only 18 of those hours were in fact face to face teaching hours.  The rest of the time was for planning, marking work and…

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Say something nice

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Fab idea…adding it to my Lesson Plans stash!

A Hive of Activities

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This warmer is appropriate for a class that already knows each other quite well. In essence, the students to greet each other, and pay each other a compliment. Getting so many compliments in such a short space of time feels good, even when the compliments are contrived. It also feels a bit silly, which allows the students to laugh and relax together – perfect for communicating in their L2. The activity comes from a great book I recently acquired by Jill Hadfield, called Classroom Dynamics (where it’s called Crazy Compliments.)

Materials required: students and post-it notes (the same number as there are students).

  • Write on each post-it note an instruction to give a compliment, eg. “say something nice about my eyes,” “say something nice about my smile,” “say something nice about my pronunciation,” etc.
  • Stick one on the back of every student and explain that they are going to mingle…

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Should You TEFL?

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I have reblogged this post; I hope that is okay?! I have reblogged this post because I feel that we all should do TEFL; improve yourself and you will improve others around you!!

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Where I’m from, not many people have done TEFL  (Teach English As A Foreign Language). So I was going into unchartered territory when I signed up to teach English. I had no prior experience teaching anything, let alone teaching a language, which made me a little apprehensive at the whole idea of (trying) to embed knowledge into student’s minds.

So if you’re thinking of teaching English, here is a list that I compiled of why you SHOULD TEFL.

Meet new people– I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people, from all over the world. You learn so much about them and what they want to do with their life.  From the people I have met, they decided to TEFL because they wanted to experience something different.  Like me, they didn’t have a clue what they wanted to do in life, so tefling is a great way to try…

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