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hello hi i am back for another live session this
week my name is linda from itt over here and um yeah hi i took a break last week
i was um traveling actually a little bit of traveling in korea not too far um but yeah i enjoyed the
cherry blossoms so that's why there was no life for me last week
but um yeah i'm back this week i'm super excited to be back and um yeah today we're just
gonna have a um you know q and a session so you guys can ask me questions
about tefl and tesol and everything uh teaching abroad teaching online
whatever you want to know about tefl and tesol and all that good stuff um so yeah that's what i'm here for
today so something a bit more casual um let's have a chat i like to you know uh get to know you
guys better you can get to know me me and um iitt and tefl
and all that stuff so yeah let's have a chat and if you can see me
if you can hear me please just uh drop a hi or something into the comment box
so that i know that you can see me and hear me and then everything is working well hi
yanisha we have somebody here hi thanks for joining hey anisha where are you at where are
you watching from i am in south korea about an hour and a
half south of seoul it is uh thursday morning thursday morning normally i go live on fridays but i
won't be here tomorrow either hi tiana hi
so good to see you sidra from pakistan hi thanks so much for joining
cool hi juliana hi thanks so much bashir
hello a good group of people awesome great thanks so much for joining today
so for some of you it's still wednesday for some of us some of us it's thursday uh what
wherever you are whatever you're doing thanks so much for tuning in i'm super excited today because uh last week i
didn't do a live so i missed you guys i missed being here cool we have someone
from nepal namaste from nepal hi namaste actually i visited katmandu in 2019 one
of my last trips you know before covet and everything so i was so glad that i made it
and i decided to go on that trip um i loved nepal nepal was amazing and i really really
want to go back and see more hi jessie hey hey desi says hey what's
going on hi what's going on we're doing a
uh teflon teasel q a let's have a chat i wanna have a chat with you guys
and you can ask me questions uh my name is linda i'm a tefl expert at itt
uh a leading teflon teachable course provider i'm here in my home office in south korea and um
yeah so yeah tiana says i was wondering why there wasn't one last week yeah i
was um traveling actually i was doing a bit of traveling and i kind of had to change
my travel plans it wasn't kind of actually expected because i did a trip um kind of south in the
southern part of south korea and the for for cherry blossoms so there's the city
or this area it's actually a tea growing region so there's tea fields and um it's also very popular
famous for cherry blossoms they have the whole like place is full of cherry blossoms and so um
the cherry blossoms started blooming earlier because it's been kind of warm and then there's been a bit of rain
so it's kind of hard to predict so they they were earlier this year so i had to change my dates and i had to go
down there earlier um to see them in full bloom so that's why there was the live
uh last week and uh i actually wanted to travel this week so that's why i also have uh somewhere
to go tomorrow i'm actually doing a temple stay in korea at one a famous a
really famous and old temple and you can spend the night there and sort of live with the monks so that's
what i'm doing tomorrow um i think it's going to be really exciting but i have to get up at 4 00
a.m on saturday because that's what the monks do so uh i check in tomorrow afternoon at
three at the temple and then there's like a program you know and it's in english it's really cool so they explain you
know about the temple the history of the temple and um stuff like that and uh
then we join in uh with the monks and you do join them join them in prayer and
meditation and like stuff like that and then um on saturday uh we have to get up at four
i have to get up at four i'm going alone so i don't know if there'd be other people too or if it's just me i don't know so um if
you're interested you can check that out um you can follow that on um
how do i get rid of this hold on uh atletico's east on instagram i'll probably be sharing some stories about
this experience so if you're interested in that maybe then you can check that out uh
yeah then we have octavian from virginia hi thanks so much for
joining uh and octavian is asking what are you doing in south korea so i've been in
south korea for almost six years in may it's going to be six years my
koreaversary as i call it and um actually my first year i was a full-time
teacher in korea at a private english school a hagwon as
they say here it's a private language school it's sort of like an afternoon uh while my school was kind of like
kindergarten in the morning it was a private kindergarten english kindergarten and then in the afternoon we had like
elementary school kids so they would come to that school after their regular elementary school
so that's what i did and um yeah that's what i did my first year
and then um i started working full-time for itt and so that's what i do and i still
teach you know some business classes in korea or um also online classes
so um that's been really fun yeah so that's what i do
julianas giuliano says hello linda again today i won't bother you a promise oh
you didn't bother me why you didn't bother me you'd never bother me i love interacting with you
guys so ask as many questions as you like and you know make your comments and like that's what
i like you know our our exchange of information so that's really cool sidra says we
cannot travel a lot because of covet yes i mean we you know south korea is very small
so when i say travel it's i mean it was just three hours away where i went
so it's not really you know super trout and like i'm i was driving by myself so yeah there
was no not really a lot of contact with other people and you know people are wearing masks and there are a lot of
restrictions even like at the cherry blossom places because that's really a thing now you
know the cherry blossoms it's cherry blossom season so a lot of people usually go out to see them
um and a lot especially in seoul a lot of cherry blossom places actually got like
shut down you can't go there you can't see them or only from i think five a.m to nine
a.m you can go so it's very restricted they're definitely you know
taking measures because of covet um but uh it's i feel like it's definitely
better in korea than compared to other countries where the numbers are super high in korea it's
still it's considered high for korea but because korea is so small
and also we don't really have we have only one border right a land border and that's with north korea and you
cannot cross that border right so uh international travel is pretty much
you can't really it's pretty off limits you can't really go anywhere um and do anything so we're pretty much
stuck in this uh peninsula here all right we have muhammad from morocco
hi cool thanks so much for joining um octavian says wow thank you for
answering the question i appreciate you i would love to meet a teacher like you in virginia to prepare me
very well for the l sat cool yeah um that sounds like a really cool goal
um i wish you good luck and all the best for that i'm sure there's a lot of teachers around though that can help you
um i'm not too much familiar like with lsat and you know training centers and stuff
but i'm i probably there's a lot of opportunities and chances to you know get good teachers there so just do a google
search and hopefully something will come up cool jessica asks what inspired you to
go teach in korea did you know the language and culture well before going there to teach
so um yeah actually a bit of a funny story but um i actually studied
in university i studied business management and foreign languages and one of the
foreign languages was mandarin chinese i was really interested in chinese and
china and i wanted to go there and live there and i did for a while
so i did an internship at a german startup company in guangzhou for six months that was my
first um china experience and i absolutely loved it it was really great and then i also did
a bit of teaching on the side because there's a lot of there are a lot of teaching opportunities in china
and then i went to california to finish my degree
but i knew that i wanted to go back to china and you know work there
um but you know as live does it always kind of turns out differently than what you
would expect and so um while i was in california at university university finishing my degree i met my
now husband who turned out to be korean so i was like oh no
because i didn't know anything about korea i was not into k-pop or into k-dramas or anything like that i didn't
know anything about korea and so he kind of introduced me to all of that
and i still after i finished that um my degree he went back to korea i went
back to china as i had planned and we started did a long distance thing for a while
and i worked in marketing and i also taught english in china um
and then i decided to get my tefl because i knew i wanted to go to korea and i
knew i wanted to be in that city where my husband was so that we could be together
so to increase my chances to land a position where i wanted to go uh in
that city i decided to get tefl certified um and that's kind of how i
uh found out about itttt you know as many of you guys you just did a
i just did a tefl search or like a search google search about tefl certification
and i found itt and it looked great and it has a lot of you know great
reviews and i liked you know the different the different course options the online course and i
decided to take the 120 hour online course and that's how i what was introduced to itt and then i
got taffle i got tefl certified and they uh helped me you know find some recruiters for
working in korea and then i came to korea and i've been here ever since it's gonna be six years
in may so that was my story how i landed in korea
uh cool we have yolmar from chihuahua in mexico cool awesome
[Music] sidra asks what is your native land so yeah i was born and raised in germany
um my mom is german my dad is american um and so i was raised you know
with both languages i have two passports so i kind of consider myself you know from both places but i did
spend more time in germany i was born and raised there i went to german school and everything
and then just later on i moved to the us and i finished college there and
yeah so that's the story um yeah desi says i'm interested in
teaching in korea as well i'm 31 and concerned this may be too old to begin in the industry change careers
oh not at all i think 31 is really not too old um there's a lot of opportunities even
for people you know over 30 like don't be discouraged um yeah
i'm not too sure about the epic program maybe tiana knows is there an age limit with the epic program maybe
but you don't have to go through the epic program um you can apply for jobs you know
by yourself and you can definitely find a position there's a huge demand in korea and i've worked
at schools where they also hired older teachers you know even people in their 50s so that was no problem
okay all right so um you probably see this banner going uh
like uh down here at the screen okay i can't talk you know you take a break from lives one week and then you start
uh forgetting how to talk but anyway this little scroll bar here uh thirty percent off any teflon tesol
course with itt um i will be turning on a slide
where you can scan a qr code you can also scan this qr code this one
and you get 30 off and i'm also going to share the 30 off link
into the comment section i know some of you guys have already taken the course you know you've already signed up you did all
that so that's great but um we always get a couple of new people every live and so i don't want them to miss out on
that opportunity um so that's this link
if you click on that um you'll get actually straight to the application page
um and you can fill out your application and you get thirty percent off any teflon tees of course from itt you
can do this now you can do this later you can do this in a week um it doesn't expire
and um yeah it's also cookie based so if you clicked on the link now and then you
return later on any on like a different page from itt it'll still count
and you'll still get the 30 off if there's a problem with 30 off you can just message me you can find
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and then if there's a problem you know maybe with the coupon or if it doesn't work for some reason
you can just reach out to me all right then let me turn that off
and just turn this on so let's have a chat um yeah i just want to do this more casual
today sometimes if you've watched my previous lives i prepare different topics and i have a
presentation sort of style but today it's more casual because i think we haven't done one of
those in a while and sometimes it's really good to just have you know a q a session and see what happens without having
too much of a narrow topic so there is a long question here from rey
that i want to look at so let me read this real quick are there
any countries where the itt certification is not accepted i have both a tefl certificate and the
t-cells diploma that t-cell diploma that i've completed with you and they were really enjoyable
i've lived in vietnam for many years but from australia and always wondered if i could travel to the middle east where
wages are three or four times the level of here yeah so the middle east this is a big
box i'm gonna turn it off but um the middle east is a great region for tefl teachers
yeah like you said the salaries are so high they're actually the highest in the industry so the middle east is a
great place to go if you're looking to make the most money which you know a lot of us are
obviously so that's great vietnam also great i'm sure you had a great time there
um no so our tefl certifications are internationally accredited
um internationally recognized they're valid everywhere um and there's no problem with that
there also i have my certificates here so i can show you guys um here for example that's the 120 hour
certificate and every certificate has a oh my gosh can you see that it has a
unique number here at the bottom and with this number you can go to the itt website and there
is a there's a link somewhere where it says like verification
and you can type in that number and then you or especially your employers can
check and verify that this really is a legit certificate you know that you've
earned this and this is internationally credited that this is legit and all that so um that's why
um that's a really good thing to have you know and to to let people know like look you can
have you can check and verify with this number so yeah also i mean great you have a
tefl certificate any of the diploma um that's a really really great uh portfolio you know so i think
you'll definitely be able to find a position in the middle east they also often times in the middle east
east ask for teaching experience but since you lived in vietnam um and i'm assuming you
taught there so that's no problem usually i think they ask for two minimum of two years um teaching
experience for the middle east but sounds like you're all set sounds like you
fulfill the requirements so yeah you can email us if you have um yeah itt certification
yeah so um if you're an itt grad you have access to lifetime job assistance so at
any time if you you know want to go somewhere new or you you want a different job you can email us and be like hey am itdt
grad i want to go to the middle east can you help me and our team will be able to help you
and help you find a job where you want to go so i recommend doing that
okay let's see
jessica jessica's question so what has been the biggest culture
shock while being in korea mine was the jimjia bangs when i visited my first time in 2017.
yeah so over anybody who doesn't know jim jibbons are public bath houses basically and they are
gender separated so there is a section for women there is a section for men where you
shower and they have like different pools um different temperatures and different kinds of water and stuff like that and
you can shower um and there's also a common area where you can eat like
snacks and food and like rest and stuff like that and um yeah so basically the gender
separated areas where you take the showers and you you know relax in the pools that is nude
so i think that's why that's a big culture shock because you're naked you know everybody around you is naked
but um yeah so yeah that uh i think my first chim-chi bang
experience was also a bit um for culture shock for sure uh
but yeah biggest culture shock while being in korea um oh my god there's so many things and
you know when you've been in a place for so long you kind of adjust and adapt so sometimes it's like hard to think of
things but you know you never adapt 100 you're still you and you still have your own like culture uh
cultural values and like things so i think a big big um
culture shock for korea is that the hierarchy is so important here like age
so you have people even someone who's just one year older than you or even maybe just a month older
um you need to kind of use a different language and address them in like a more polite
way um like hierarchy is very important here and that can sometimes just be a little
bit annoying like typically when someone's older than you
in korea you cannot be friends with them like you can't be friends because they're older
so you're not for friends you need to be like on the same level like the same age level and that just doesn't really
make sense to me but i have a lot of like korean friends who are older than me
um even like maybe twice my age and i still consider them my friends and they consider me their friends so it is changing but um
yeah hierarchy is a big big big big culture difference in korea
all right sidra is asking could you share the fee for the combined classes okay um they are going to depend
let me see the fee is going to depend on you know which location you choose
so i'm gonna share the link with you so you can check it out because with the combined course first
you complete the online section by yourself so you can check that out here at this
link um so with the combined course you first complete the online section
by yourself at home and then you would go to a combined
center of your choice typically somewhere near you we have a lot in the u.s but also in europe and in asia and then
you go there for between five and ten days and you complete your teaching practice sessions so it's going
to depend on which location you want to go to then the prices are different so i recommend you check out this link
and um check the location where you want to go and there's the pricing
all right uh mahmoud asks how can you get a teaching job in other
subjects like mathematics business studies yeah so some schools um you know it depends on the school
uh some schools are strictly language english language schools so they would only teach english but
there's also schools international schools where they teach those subjects like math
and business and like biology geography whatever in english so you would if you want to
teach that then you would have to go to a school that offers that you know different subjects taught in
english there's definitely a lot of them you know in korea i know there's a lot international schools or just like
schools private schools that have different subjects and they're all taught in english so you can definitely
find that you just have to do a little bit of research you know look at the job description
look at what kind of school it is and then you you can definitely find that yeah that's pretty common
jessica says sorry so many questions no that's awesome that's why i'm here great so uh okay i'm a single mom
interested in teaching in preferably korea is this possible would they even consider me do you know
some challenges that would come into my path if i tried to reach this goal yes so um
i think i'm not even sure how that works with the visa um
but i would assume that if you get a teacher visa the teacher visa is an e2
visa um you would have to ask you know at the embassy maybe if that visa also covers
your child um i assume it would but i'm not sure
but even like in the interview process if you say like yeah you're a mom i don't think that's much of a problem
i don't think they would um you know see that as a negative thing
you just want to choose a school maybe where because a lot of private schools you know they have like teaching hours
from 1 p.m to 9 00 p.m for example the private afternoon
school after what after school private schools they have usually they
have those teaching hours 1 p.m to 9 p.m but i mean if you can arrange your own like uh child
care um day care i think you could definitely make it
work yeah i don't i don't know too much about it but i don't see a problem i don't really see a problem with that
it's definitely possible you might i i recommend there's groups
um on facebook i mentioned facebook groups every single live but they're just so great and there is a
group called expat women in korea i recommend you join that and then you
could ask those specific questions and there's a lot of people in there a lot of women in there
with probably similar similar um experiences and they can help you more
with that i don't have a child yet so i'm not too familiar but go check that out
expat women in korea a facebook group and join and then you can ask questions there and they'll be able to help you
okay let's see what else you have falzan hi good to see you again hey we're doing a
live q a session today okay lincoln says good morning ma'am
thank you for teaching english are you live in korea yes or i live in korea yes i live in
korea about an hour and a half south of seoul that's where i am another
question i did my tefl online with itt t-i-t-t see i can't talk today i-t-t-t
during the first lockdown in hanoi last year now i'm working for public schools teaching first and second grade
my company sponsored my work permit i'm a non-native speaker cool congratulations that sounds awesome
yeah awesome so yeah even you know you
because we get that question quite a lot you know what about non-native english speakers can i find a job abroad how
does that work so you can see it is possible you found a job in vietnam even as a non-native
speaker and they sponsor your work permit so that is awesome perfect
congratulations we're all in hanoi are you still in hanoi now
cool yeah it's about wait i'm gonna expat
women in korea that's the group name expat women in korea facebook group
just type that in and join um and you can ask questions there and there are so many like the group has a
lot of members thousands of members so you get an answer quite quick and you know a lot of different
feedback from different people so that's a really great group to join there's also other groups
you know like tefl teachers in korea or something like that so you can do a quick search
on facebook in the search bar um you know english teachers in korea
or there's also a group about what is it called like legal things
in korea so maybe you could also ask that you know it depends on like your um
this one i think the visa you know does your visa cover your child things like that it's
called legal office for foreign teachers is that it yeah so you could also check
that out share the link for you
this one for legal things in korea so maybe that's also another good
resource there's like lawyers there and yeah they can help you
jessica asked do you have insurance through the program so in korea uh yes so in korea as a
teacher you get a um id card and with that id card you also are part
of the national health care plan so yeah that's also part of it
sure you're welcome my name is yvonne yes i'm still in hanoi
i'm from tijuana mexico right in the border with california cool yeah i lived in san diego
i know tijuana and have been living in vietnam for nearly two years now cool yeah so there you go great example
of some one not from an english-speaking country a non-native english speaker
getting tefl certified and now living in vietnam teaching english so that's really awesome congratulations
yvonne love it love it awesome so i actually have a question for you
guys i also like you know asking you guys questions so let's start off easy i just have one
really simple question for you guys so where would you like to teach english
would you like to teach abroad if you ask which country or would you like to teach in your home
country or would you like to teach online like let me know let me know where would
you like to teach i know that some of you want to teach in korea which is awesome
um what about other people and somebody wants to teach in the middle east we just had someone
forgot the name but yeah somebody wanted to teach in the middle east so that's great
all right fawzan wants to teach in saudi cool really hope so yeah where are you
at right now cool usually for the middle east the requirements are a little bit higher
um so you would need to be tefl certified you have a university degree um a little bit of
teaching experience and things like that okay tiana says the epic program does
have an age limit and that's 62 because that's the retirement age yeah that makes sense perfect
so 31 is not too old for korea even for the epic program and
the epic program is a government-sponsored teaching program in korea
so that would also be a great option alternative because you also with the epic program
you have more vacation uh less teaching hours you're more
flexible so maybe that would work a little bit better especially with a child thanks tiana
okay all right fawzon is from algeria cool yeah
and you want to teach in saudi arabia that's awesome all right mohammed wants to teach in
tokyo awesome japan love it cool are you already tefl certified are you
taking a course great so maybe you can also look into
the jet program that's the the government-sponsored uh teaching program
in japan it's called what what does it stand for japan english oh my god tiana
jet program ah i forgot program it stands for oh the japan
exchange and teaching program there you go the jet program and i did a live about the
different teaching programs um around the world in different countries around the world before so if
you're interested in that you can check that out um yeah i forgot to mention we always keep
obviously our live sessions you know in our playlists on youtube and on facebook so you can
check that out and if you like podcasts we always turn our live sessions into podcast episodes and you
can find the podcast on itunes on spotify google podcasts
all the major podcast platforms out there and you can search for um the teflon tso podcast by itt
and you can find it there [Music] all right okay
yvonne was it ivan yeah ivan wants to teach in taipei in taiwan or bangkok in
thailand cool yeah both really great places and the demand is also high
in both places so um yeah and since you are let me pull that
up too efl esl jobs here we actually work with different
recruiters and one of the recruiters has a lot of a big network in
taiwan so i want to share that link with you real quick so you can check that out
this is our partner site or partner section with tefl employers recruiters and
people so you can reach out to them and let them know that you're from itt
and that you would like to possibly teach in taiwan or thailand and they
will be able to help you and the great thing about tefl recruiters is that
they come at no cost to you to the teacher so whenever you hire a recruiter the school
pays for the recruiter for the recruitment services not the teacher so that's really great you can
contact them and it's completely free for you so i like working with
recruiters um all right we have eric
watching from columbia hi we are doing a q a session and eric where would you
like to teach since you just joined i asked into our round of people here where would you like to teach
um you know abroad in a different country in your country or online let me know where would you like to
teach okay juliana says i would like to teach
english online for now yeah that's awesome i also recently started teaching online
and it's been really fun it's been really great because a lot of my in-person classes
uh got cancelled because of cobit so i thought you know what maybe now is a great time to try online teaching and
it's been really fun and there are also a lot a lot of different platforms to choose from you know you
can teach children or adults or business english or anything and there's a platform out
there so that's really great all right eric would like to teach in
new zealand very cool yeah i love new zealand awesome
are you currently in colombia are you currently taking a course
let me know okay
all right then moving on a little bit more of a tricky question what is your biggest challenge regarding
teaching or teflon tesol what is your biggest challenge you're facing with that
maybe um i have some advice i can give you some feedback and help you so what is your biggest challenge
regarding teaching and teflon tesol
is there anything let me know eric is currently teaching online that's
really great cool which platform are you teaching at would you like to share
and is there any challenge you're facing what is your biggest challenge regarding
teaching um tefl tesol
some good questions jessica's asking what are the hours like
when teaching online so the platform that i work for um i basically
teach however much i want so i have my schedule but you can make your own
schedule you can be like i'm available from this time to this time on that day and you can open up yourself for
bookings and then people can book you so you get
you know you sort of have to build your uh own like teaching schedule so you offer
you can offer different lessons that you want that's the great thing that i like about my platform it's called cafe talk
and so you can basically upload like your own lessons so i do a lot of
conversation classes you can do like 15 minutes 30 minutes an hour like you can do whatever you want um
and then people can book you at that available time that you have like open or available in your
calendar so and the more you do that you end up having you know regular
students you can offer they call it lesson packs so students can purchase like bulk lessons and then
i have a lot of regular students now that you know book the same class every week but i also get
a lot of new people every week and there's a feature on cafe talk that i really like
um that's like when you can make yourself online for instant um bookings so you could be like oh i'm
i have time now and i'll make myself online and then people can um book you right
away and you get like a notification there's like a bell sound and then you can do your lesson right
now there and then so that's really cool [Music]
okay eric says my country of residence is ecuador but i'm originally from colombia and i just use zoom oh cool yeah that's
really great too so that's a great way um to find your own students and then to teach
without any platform so that's really great because the platforms they do take a chunk of your money right because
they have to make money too so that's sort of the downside of you know the platforms
but uh if you work for a well-known platform you're always gonna get students right so that's
a pro and con always with those kinds of things definitely agree
john is asking how do you develop lesson plans if you have never taught before yes so that's the great
thing about you know a tefl course because our tefl courses teach you how to
develop lesson plans how to create a lesson plan and how to you know create a good lesson plan
that your students will like and that works for you so um even if you never taught before
take that's where you know why a tefl course is so important right um especially as a new teacher because
it teaches you all of those things um and with our tefl courses what's
great is that you get a lot of lesson planning practice and that material from the course you can
save it you can print it out there's a lot of lesson plan examples and you can sort of make your own binder
full of materials that you can keep forever and then you can um you know keep the lesson plans and you
can just tweak and adjust them to whatever lesson you need it for so
and there's so many online resources actually for lesson planning as well if you google like
um you know esl lesson plan for young learners or whatever it is and
then there'll be a lot of stuff available to you you can download as
well yes okay the biggest challenge mohammed the biggest challenge
faced in the tef in the tefl industry in my opinion is practical one rather than theoretical
for example i cannot apply what i have studied theoretically yeah um you know and that's quite normal
i would say so don't be worried about that so especially as a new teacher you know you take your tefl course you
learn about the theory of teaching and obviously in reality
in like practice the practical part is obviously very different because also
you never know like what to expect you know every student is different so
you never know what you're gonna get and that's the thing about teaching even though you take your tefl course which
prepares you great deal then your training sort of doesn't stop
your training is always going to continue as long as you are a teacher right
so your first class is not going to be perfect your second class is not going to be perfect
neither is your third or fourth class right it just takes time and over time the
more you teach the more lessons you take the more um time you spend with you the same student you know you get to know
your student and what they need what they don't need and things like that that makes you also better as a teacher
so yeah it kind of goes like both ways right so you need to tefl to obviously kind of
get into it and understand teaching methodologies but then like applying them
obviously in reality in your actual classroom does take time it's not and nobody expects you to like
be perfect and schools also know that right um you know when they hire you
and your new teacher they know that they know that you're not gonna be you
know the an amazing teacher right away it takes time and so typically at schools they will have the
older teachers uh help the new teachers and at my
school at least we had to um listen in before we actually taught
we had to it was a week i think a week or even two weeks of observation where we had to sit in the classroom and
watch the other teachers teach first and take notes and learn from that because also every school has
their own teaching style their own system and even though maybe you are an experienced
teacher that school is going to do it a little bit more differently than that school and so it's
you know yeah i hope that makes sense i feel like i'm rambling again but
yeah okay jessica another question great are there certain
hours you need to reach each week when teaching online so it depends on the platform some
platforms they have a minimum amount of teaching hours that you need to complete some platforms do not so my platform
that's why i chose my platform because there is no minimum you need to read or like
anything like that i can just even like when you go on vacation you can just mark that
time in the calendar red you're unavailable and it's fine um so with cafe talk where i teach
you're super super flexible that's what i liked about it but there's other platforms where yes
they have you know requirements minimum hours minimum or even times you need to be
online uh so it depends on the platforms
[Music] um let me see all right eric
i want to know how possible is to have an agreement with you guys to benefit a
small but worthy good tefl teaser training group of latin
american teachers is that a discussion in the comments
[Music] i don't follow sorry
but i'm sure there's groups you know on facebook for uh latin american teachers for sure
i'm sure there's a lot of latin american teachers out there you can just search
okay another question from john is getting a job right after completing the tefl course fairly easy or quick
yeah i mean it depends on you know where you want to teach um the more flexible and open
you are in terms of what kind of school what kind of students what kind of location um you know it's
going to be more quick if you are very if you like your options are very narrow
down you're like oh i want to be in beijing it has to be beijing it has to be
you know uh private school whatever then maybe it takes more time to find that
perfect fit but generally it's very quick the more flexible you are the better and
the quicker and you know once you have like your once you have like your first teaching
experience you know even if it's just a year you know you work for one school for a year that's very valuable
and once you are in a location for example china you work for china
uh you work in china for a year you can make your connections there networking and that just happens
naturally because you get to meet other teachers and you know they tell you what they did before or
friends other teachers at other schools and all that school actually sounds better let me apply there so you kind of start
networking and you can find more opportunities once you're there so even if your first teaching job is
not you know the dream teaching job it's not the perfect job um it's still very very important uh for
your experience and for networking so yeah hope that makes sense
[Music] all right yvonne says i teach large groups so class management was important
to learn i don't lesson plan because my company has its own system books and software but the lesson plans
are flexible so it can add or remove yeah i can add or remove content easily depending on the lesson i'm going
to teach cool yeah that's great so that also depends on the school some schools like the korean kindergarten we're used
to work at we had um all the curriculums all the lesson plans were like already made from the
headquarters because this school is all over korea it's a big chain so you don't have to do any lesson
planning basically you just go and show up and um yeah obviously you prepare but like
you don't have to do any planning and figure out what your activities to do or whatever you get
that from the school so that was really great but some other schools give you more flexibility
you have to plan your own lessons you have to make your own materials and things like that so it depends on the
school yeah okay time for another question
and i'm gonna drink a little bit of coffee my throat's starting to hurt which specialized teflor tesol course
are you most interested in and we have at itt we have three options so that is
the teaching english to young learners course we have the teaching business english course
and we have the teaching english online specialized course so which of those are you most
interested in and why let me know
let me know let me know
okay eric has another question my question is could we come to an agreement for a tesol
tefl certification program for potential clients i mean they are my clients
oh yeah okay got it got it got it yes well i follow you now so we actually do have an affiliate
program um that you know you can reach out to me
uh let me give you my email address my itt email address linda at t saw minus
you can email me if you are interested in you know a partnership
and then we can work something out here that's my work email anyone else if
you have any questions feel free to email me put that email
i'm available to answer your questions yeah all right back to this question so
which specialized teflor tesol course are you most interested in teaching
online teaching young learners children or teaching business english which one and why i actually i took all
three i have all three of those so i can help you figure out maybe which
one you should get all right jessica says online right now
because i think it will be easier right now as a single parent yeah online teaching is great um also as a single parent and
also great because if you want to go abroad later you already have that teaching experience so that's only going to boost
your resume so that's really great karen also online right now i'm in
cambodia lockdown oh good luck good luck cambodia uh that's a
place i really want to go to haven't been yet great
yeah online also john the online course yeah mainly because it presents another
platform for someone to be able to work if you can't or don't have the money to teach in person
or in another country especially right now i think so yeah right now is a great time for the online
course and to start teaching english online for sure and my colleague lisa
she um does her live sessions on tuesdays and she's from russia
and she does a lot of live sessions focused on like the non-native english speaker side
of it so um you know how to advance in your career how to go how to get into teaching as a
non-native english speaker um and things like that and she did a
live because she also teaches online a lot she did a live session about the different
online teaching platforms so i highly recommend you check that out because that's how i found my teaching platform where i teach now
so um yeah check it out it's in our playlist i highly recommend it it was probably
sometime in february because i signed up for my for cafe talk my teaching platform
right after that live and then i started teaching in march so it was very quick
and the interview process was very easy that's also why i liked um that platform
because some platforms they require you to teach a mock lesson and things like that and i didn't want
to do that so i just had an interview with someone from the company and it was great
and i was able to start like the next day or like two days later so it was great um all right
eric is interested in teaching business english yeah that's also really great and jessica asks which is your favorite
so yeah like i said there's three um and i think all three of them are equally
important but i think as a lot of people mentioned this time right now because of lockdown
and covet and all those things i think the online course is definitely great to get
um if you're interested in teaching english online because that part of teaching is really
booming right now there's so many um places that you can teach online so many different platforms and
even like a lot of schools uh actual schools hire teachers for teaching english
online so i think that one for right now is a really really great option
and then i also highly recommend the young learners course
because especially in asia uh i would say like 80 percent of your
students are going to be young learners and young learners is also pretty broad terms so it goes from literally like
one year old to university can be young learners right so um it's pretty broad
and it teaches you a great deal especially i remember when i worked in china i actually had
two students they were like two and three years old so that's really difficult really challenging to teach children that young and that
course really teaches you a lot of great techniques and how to how to make it work and
actually the the that course also kind of um
splits it up into age groups um so i think it's like three different age groups because i mean teaching you know
toddler is very different from teaching elementary an elementary school student then teaching
a high school high school student starting to i'm sorry but you know what i mean
um so yeah that's why this course is also really great because it splits it up into age groups
and um gives you advice for every individual age group as well and great activities and examples and
that's why that's fun and then i also took the business um course
because i was you know i've been in korea for a while i have like i'm in my same area all the
time and i um did networking so i've gotten to know a lot of other teachers and companies
um who are in need of business english teachers and so i wanted to take that course to
just kind of even boost my resume more and because business
english pays well so i thought you know i'm gonna take that course
and i'm gonna boost my resume so that i can take on business classes as well so
that's what i did okay justin asks do i need a degree
to teach english in japan also how does it take how long does it take to finish the 120
hour course okay degree um i think oh i'm not 100 sure
i think you do need a degree but you do not need a degree like in english
or in tefl it can be any degree and um you also don't have to be a
native english speaker which is great for japan yes and then the 120 hour course
it depends so you have up to six months to complete it but most people finish it much faster um
you know it depends on how much time you have do you work do you you know you have more free time
or how many units can you finish there's 20 units in that course i took the course when i
was working full time and i probably finished it in like three months
but you can do it even much faster it's possible so yeah but three months is a good time
line for that all right yvonne says i hold the degree in business it'll be
great to add the business course to my cv yes same for me um my degree is also in
business so um that's also a reason why i took the business course because it just makes
sense right yeah okay eric says it was great pleasure to
attend this facebook live thank you so much linda for sharing with us i'll make sure you get my email message
i got to jump on my computer for a class right now cool thanks so much eric was great having you yeah please do email me
and then we can work something out awesome oh walter says i need someone to
practice english with walter white oh that's awesome oh my god i love breaking bad
love breaking bad so if anyone's interested in um practicing with walter white
english or who knows um hit him up that would be great okay so we're one
hour in um so i'm going to sign off soon i just
want to mention this again and i'm going to make myself a little bit smaller and the screen bigger so you can see
that for anyone who wants to scan the qr code and get 30 off a tefl course or tesol course
from itt you can do so i'm also going to share the discount link again
in the comment section it is this one
so you can head there and get a 30 discount you can do this today tomorrow a week
from now it doesn't matter it does not expire so i highly recommend you do that if you want to take a course
or one of the specialized courses like we just said the online teaching english online
course is a great option to take right now as are the other ones um it always depends on you know what you want to do
and your goals so i highly recommend that but you know having the specialized certificates is
really great a great boost for your resume so they're always nice to have
so yeah then i think i'm signing off this was a great
session um you know it felt great to be back this week
and i will be back next week again with another live session and my colleague lisa
she is also going to be back with another live on tuesday so if you are a non-native english
speaker who's interested in teaching english online i highly recommend you check out lisa and her live sessions they're
really great she also has a lot of really great live sessions about you know online platforms um teaching online
really cool activities you can do when teaching online like i watch those lives and i learn so so much so i highly recommend it
and thanks so much for watching thanks so much for you know all the people that come here week after week after week i
really appreciate it and all the new faces and thanks so much for being such an active crowd and asking all those really
interesting questions and just sharing about your own experience um i really really think it's so great and
it it really makes our community great and so much stronger so um
thanks so much and i see you guys hopefully next week um feel free to reach out to me at linda
goes east at any time that's my private handle on social media um like i said if you want to know
what's going up what's going on like with me personally in korea check that out i also have a website
it's a it's pretty much a travel blog or like teaching in asia kind of blog focused on
asia south korea china other asian countries if you're interested in that and you can reach out
to me at any time don't forget the 30 off link scan the qr code
or use this link to get your discount it's really great
so it doesn't expire no pressure and yeah i hope to see you again next
week thanks so much guys stay safe and um yeah
signing off now signing off oh what there's another one from walter
white yeah thanks for that if someone wants to learn chemistry i teach chemistry in an interesting way i heard that yeah
oh you guys are hilarious all right thank you thank you thanks
have a wonderful day see you soon hopefully bye bye bye