The Biggest Misconceptions about TEFL/TESOL DEBUNKED!


hi welcome hello good morning good evening good night good afternoon wherever you
are thanks so much for tuning in my name is linda this week back with another
live session for itt which stands for international tefl and tesol training so thank you so much for
joining me today it is 10 15 a.m in south korea where i am
and um yeah today we're gonna talk about the biggest misconceptions about teaching english so
those are those things that we at iittt kind of get asked a lot or people what i
read on forums i do a lot of tefl research so when i um
dive deep into the forums where people talk about teaching english abroad i come across these misconceptions all the
time and today i want to take this opportunity to sort of debunk them and let you guys know what is true what is
not true what's really going on in the tefl world and um yeah thank you so much
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so that would be fun too um and then we can get into it like i said
today we're going to cover the biggest misconceptions about teaching english
and i'm actually going to cover eight misconceptions and excuse me i'm gonna go into it i have my mic here um
and we're gonna go into it eight different misconceptions we're gonna look at them we're gonna debunk them and
i'm gonna tell you exactly what the situation is what is uh why they're not true why they are
true let's see but that's what's happening today while i'm waiting for you guys to let me
know where you're watching from i'm just going to introduce myself real quick for anybody who has not seen me before maybe
this your first time joining thank you so much my name is linda
and i am a travel writer and content creator under the name linda goes east
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out to me there i'm originally from germany and the us my mom is german my dad is american but
i've been based in south korea for the past almost seven years and before that
i also lived in china and i taught english in china and i've also been teaching english in korea
and i have also been working as a teflon tesol marketing professional for itttt
for the past probably six years full time and then before that also a little bit um and itttt stands for
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nice okay so back to today's topic so like i said we
are going to talk about the biggest misconceptions about teaching
um english um eight misconceptions i'm going to mention today and we're kind of going to
debunk them oh brett is in the house as well i'll be going to bed early for fun
all right yeah that's my kind of fun as well that's that's when you know you're old
right yeah all right perfect i see a lot of you guys are here
awesome okay nice then let's jump in and kind of the
first thing i want to mention and i know that some of you guys already know this but this is something just that we just
get asked a lot so i just want to mention that in the beginning the difference between tefl and t sal
so tefl and t sol uh the training actually that you receive at itt you can choose between
teflor tesol but the course the training that you receive is exactly the same
so tefl stands for teaching english as a foreign language
and tefl and tesol is teaching english to speakers of other languages
and so these two things actually mean the same thing when it comes to teaching when it comes to um teflor t-cell course
the training is the same the only difference is that the term tefl is more
commonly used within the uk and europe so over there people just call it tefl whereas in uh like north
america and australia new zealand people tend to say tesol more so that's the only
difference so when you sign up for a tefl course with itttt you can actually choose whether your certificate says
tefl or tesol and there's no difference there it's totally up to you your preference
whether you just prefer the term tefl or you prefer the term tesol but the two
things just mean the same thing all right right
uh we have daniel here hello daniel how are you doing thanks for being here
okay so that's the first thing because we kind of get this ass a lot hey what's
the difference between teflon tesol should i take a tefl course should i take a t-cell course what's going on um
the two things are the same so it's up to you whatever term you prefer
um that's what you can choose but the training is the same that right of the
bath so that is no misconception it's just in the beginning i just wanted to mention that so that we're all on the
same page here danielle says i am good teacher and you
i am very good thank you i'm doing great today thanks so much for being here good to see you
all right then we are jumping into our very first misconception of the day
the misconception number one about teaching english is it's really hard to find a job
teaching english abroad it's really hard we have all donna here today hi from
argentina hey all right so first misconception it's
really hard to find a job teaching english abroad in my opinion if you really want to go
and teach english abroad anyone can do it okay anyone can do it
because the demand is really really high um and it's true it's not super it's not
the easiest thing in the world of course and maybe you want to go to a country or a place
um you you have set your mind on a certain location maybe that doesn't work out so you need to be a little bit more
flexible but it is not super super hard actually to go and teach abroad because
the demand for english language instruction around the world is huge and it still continues to be huge even
though everything that happened in the past two years or two and a half years
two years three years how long has it been i have no idea two years over two years
anyway um so there are about two billion people in the world speaking and learning
english according to the british council so those are all potential students of yours that's a huge number and it's only
increasing further you have some of the biggest players here that i named the biggest players
sort of in the efl esl industry you might want to remember those for when
you're applying for jobs those are language schools language
english class english lesson providers that are constantly hiring teachers all
around the world so we have berlitz languages we have ef education first we
have in lingua international i actually attended in lingua in germany uh when i
went to school years ago over 10 years ago to become a uh what's the term
international foreign language correspondent i did that training at an in lingua school so they are very big
especially in europe i feel like um then we have pearson english language teaching
ok panda and vipkid so those are some of the biggest players in the efl
industry they are always hiring and they are they tend to be very they are all of them are
very renowned and reputable so if you're looking for a job and you see one of those names you might want to apply
because they're pretty good employers as well for english teachers all around the world
then we have a certain government-funded programs that are also
always looking for people we have the epic program in south korea we have the
jet program in japan and also other programs like the tapif program that's
in france with the net scheme in hong kong and there's many other programs actually that you can also apply to
to find an english teaching position so there are certain countries in the world
that have implemented these government-funded programs to attract foreign english teachers into their
schools in their country so those are really really great and they hire every year
um so those are good places to start with especially if this is your first time going abroad to teach those are
always really good because they tend to have a very clear like structure they have a lot of
support for new teachers so it's really really great and another thing i wanted to mention
that kind of shows the big demand is that 50 of the teachers abroad they stay for a
second year and the other 50 are moving on so there's always 50 percent there's a huge
turnover each year which is a revolving door of job openings for you right so
you always have access to new jobs every year so this is why if you really want to go abroad you can
definitely find a job depending on obviously your background as well that there are a lot of key factors and we're
going to go into that as well but if there's someone who's really determined to go abroad
you're definitely going to be able to do it so it's not really that hard
i've met many people along my journey in china in korea who have had no
previous experience nothing whatsoever they just kind of some of them just kind of
applied because i don't know out of fun and they got the job and they are in china or in korea or
in japan or wherever they are so um if you are determined you can definitely make it
that was misconception number one let's move on to the next one which is
number two you need a degree to teach english abroad that's also a
misconception not always actually there are a lot of places of countries where
you can actually teach without a degree believe it or not it's not impossible to
find a teaching position abroad without a degree yeah aldana she says i think anyone can
find that job yes absolutely it might not be in your preferred place right we all
have this dream destination maybe you can't go there yet maybe you need to go somewhere else first and then get
teaching experience and then after a couple years you can go there but you can definitely find a teaching position
if you are looking for one all right first off let's look at the
requirements uh for teaching english so they vary from place to place there
are no set requirements no set list like this is what you need okay
um most of the time what we see is that we need a four-year degree is often
required but not always right so there's still a lot of places and that's going
to be on the next slide a lot of places where you can teach without having a four-year degree
if you have a four-year degree obviously your options will be bigger and better
you have more options to choose from if you don't have a degree it's more limited but it's not impossible
and trams here is asking degree in which subject so normally it actually and
that's what it says here in my slide it doesn't have to be in the field of education it doesn't have to be in
english usually it doesn't even matter what field what major
you have a degree in as long as you have completed four years of university and have a bachelor's
degree you're good to go for example me i have a bachelor's in management so
also not language not teaching nothing like that but that is still accepted obviously if you have a bachelor's
degree in teaching in uh english that's going to be a huge
plus for employers right but is typically not required
then uh some other requirements we often see are is teaching experience however
it depends on where you want to go so like in the middle east for example which is a highly competitive
region for english teachers because it's so um it's full of really great opportunities and
tax-free super high salaries the highest in the world that's why a lot of people want to go there their requirements are higher
so typically in this region you will need teaching experience but other places like korea where i am
asia in general you're not going to need any teaching experience you can do this
right after college right after you know wherever without any teaching experience
um next point is native or non-native english speakers and this is also going to be a misconception later so i'm not
going to talk too much about it and another requirement for um teaching english abroad would be that you are
adaptable to new situations obviously and you are eager to learn new things
all right hey mikey how are you doing mikey says maybe it depends on the school it also depends on the school for
sure absolutely absolutely the schools they can make their own regulations and they are free
to hire who they want obviously um so these are some great places where you
can actually teach without a degree especially southeast asia and latin america so if
you look here um southeast asia especially places like thailand cambodia
vietnam laos are great for people without a degree
also latin america countries like argentina brazil chile mexico colombia ecuador and uruguay are
great and also actually in europe you can make it in spain in italy the czech
republic and also in russia without a degree
now also um sometimes regulations they change visa regulations change so maybe
it will change in the future always keep an eye out on that and always kind of check i recommend checking out job
offers even if you're not ready to apply right now look up job offers and see
what kind of requirements they have so that you know what either what you still need to get or if you need to maybe
change your preferred destination but these are countries where you can
teach without a degree a four-year bachelor degree
so this was misconception number two you need a degree to teach abroad you don't if you want to teach in these
countries juliano hi fauzon also hello good to see you all
how are you all doing great all right now we're moving on to
misconception number three let's take a look what that is
that is tefl or teaching english abroad or as a foreign language doesn't pay
well that's a misconception so um there's no fixed tefl salary right
like a global salary like this is what you'll make when you teach tefl it depends on where you are right what
company you work for how much experience you've had previously your
qualifications what type of school you're all you go to where you are
etc but it is a misconception tefl doesn't pay well is not true you can
actually make a lot of bank teaching english as a foreign language so let's take a look
these are the places with the highest tefl salaries in the world so looking at
if you want to go to southeast asia you can earn up to a thousand five hundred us dollars which maybe doesn't
sound like much but consider that the cost of living in this area is very low
so you're not going to have a lot of expenses when it comes to rent or food or transportation or anything like that
so you can actually still live a very comfortable lifestyle east asia so that is china japan south
korea and sometimes also taiwan is kind of included in that here you can make between 2 000 and 2
500 us dollars for new teachers and then up to 3 000
for those with experience cost of living in east asia is higher than southeast asia but still lower
compared to europe or north north america so you're still going to be able to save a lot of your paycheck and in
east asia what also you need to keep in mind is that schools in east asia typically have a lot of
benefits for their teachers so that includes paid housing
paid airfare round trip if you stay longer then you can also
typically get like once a year a free flight home um
what else we have pension schemes we have insurance all these things you have
end of contract bonuses renewal bonuses so there's a lot of extra benefits for
teaching in east asia and especially the paid housing will help you so much with
your salary so you can actually save a lot more or spend a lot more um living in east asia
then we have the middle east which is the highest paying region when it comes to teaching english abroad so here you
can actually make between three thousand and five thousand a month tax free so you don't have to pay any
income tax there so um that's a really good good point um
and this is really uh where i think the misconception is very clear
that tefl pays very well especially in the middle east and that's why also this region is highly competitive actually
and the requirements are a little bit higher than other places then we have latin america where it's
kind of the lowest uh among the lowest in in the world actually so you hear you make between 500 and 1 200
um and then we have europe where it varies a lot because there are so many countries
so between 700 and 2400 a month really depends so um typically if you
want to make a lot of money if you want to be able to save a lot of money most people head to the middle east or east
asia those are the two biggest ones if you're all about the money obviously if
you're all about you know the experience if you're like hey i wanna i really wanna go to peru and live there for a
year um you know go for it go for it
all right we have fauzon asking is the life cutting or is it just me oh i hope
it's it's okay for everybody let me know i hope it's not um a bad connection let
me know maybe it's just my voice today i still have a little bit of a sore throat but
all right yeah mikey's saying linda here in taiwan we have a lot of benefits yes absolutely
what are your benefits at your school let me know that'd be cool
and we have abdullah here hi linda baraka oh baraka is that your name
watching from sudan oh baraka cool how are you doing from sudan welcome welcome
awesome okay so these are the places and the salaries
so as you can see um tefl doesn't pay well it's definitely a misconception it always depends on
where you want to go where you are teaching so middle east is number one when it comes to highest
tefl salaries so if you're all about the money head to the middle east number two is east asia
and then sort of southeast asia latin america europe europe is tricky because
as you can see the salaries aren't that high but the cost of living is extremely high
so um all right fossanzas know your voice is
cool as usual linda it might be my connection thank you
all right so this was misconception number three i believe with tefl doesn't pay well
moving on oh excuse me we still have one more slide so these are actually the highest
salaries by country for teaching english abroad i forgot i had this slide as well for you guys
these are the top 10 countries where you can earn the most money
um well maybe if you're if you want to read more about this you can pause here if you're
watching the replay you can take a screenshot um but this is what it looks like so as you can see uh many countries
in the middle east are in this list and in east asia and then we also have hong kong and
teaching online but this is what it looks like
currently obviously things are changing but um in general this is the list of the places where the salaries are the
highest in the world for english teachers at the moment
okay then misconception number four and this is an interesting one you need to speak another language so we
always get this question for example people who want to teach english in [Music]
spain hey do i need to be able to speak spanish to teach english in spain or do i need to be able to speak chinese in
order to teach english in china and the answer is no
you do not need to speak another language besides english in order to teach english abroad however obviously
if you do need if you do know the language of the country that you're moving to it's a huge bonus um you're
going to be able to communicate better with your employer with your coworkers and just in your everyday daily life
maybe also a little bit with your students but in general in my experience um
you are hired as an english teacher and they only expect expect you to speak english at my
school that i taught at in korea and i think also in china actually they had this thing called eop english only
policy so you were actually only allowed allowed to speak to your
students in english so that it kind of creates this immersive english environment so there
was no expectation towards me whatsoever to be able to speak their language even though
i did take language classes because i always i'm super interested in languages
so i would always anyway recommend learning the language of the country that you're moving to but that's another thing but it's not
required to do that now some job offers when you're looking at job offers some
will say that you need to be able to speak that language but that's very rare um depends on the
school or also i know that the teaching program in france they actually have that as a
requirement i think you need at least b2 level b2 in french to be able to do that
program but um that's just for france so in general you do not need to speak
another language all right and we have mikey here telling us about his benefits of teaching
english in taiwan so i just want to share that with everybody here in the comments and he says benefits are
accommodation attendance bonus this is cool so if you're not sick i guess
excuse me end of contract and renewal contract bonus
free lunch oh we had the two yeah at my school free lunch paid paid unpaid leave oh paid leave i guess
paid like holidays and national holidays provided lesson plans plus when
incorporating or do more class activities during your lessons okay
that is cool i like that how about your flights did you also get free flights
curious to know about that but um yeah that's awesome and this is kind of what we see a lot in east asia that's why
east asia is very popular so again that is china japan and south korea and
taiwan yes free flights also very cool all right
nice all right eli says oh hi eli good to see
you again can you ask if mikey is okay telling us which company or school they are speaking of
i mean mikey if you want to share what school you're working at feel free if you don't want to share that maybe you
and eli can have a talk privately that's totally up to you
awesome all right oh and mikey is taiwan open
for international travel just very curious i really want to visit again
and now there is no quarantine in korea anymore in three days starting from march 21st on monday
so um i'm looking for vacation options
in asia anyway that's another thing all right this was misconception number
four i don't have a second slide for this because the answer is just um no you don't need to be able to speak
the other language in most cases sometimes you need to but then it'll be clearly stated in the job offer but
that's really rare yeah eli says taiwan is top of my list
right now for working awesome i love taiwan i only spent a week there but it was so
great and i really want to go back and um if i wasn't married and kind of tied to
korea i would probably also move to taiwan [Music]
oh fauzon why my studies won't complete why i'm tired of just dreaming of a middle east position
then finish it finish it you can do it we're all rooting for you
all right good let's have a look at misconception number five what that is
okay biggest misconception about teaching english number five you have to teach kids you have to teach children
that is also not true even though depending on where you go like a lot of times in asia many schools they actually
are targeted towards children so yes teaching children is a large part of
tefl and efl but if you absolutely don't want to
teach children you can also find positions where you teach maybe older children so high schoolers or university
students or also just adults they're also these positions so that's not something you absolutely need to do
at itt we actually kind of divide tefl into three areas so one is young
learners that is teaching children kids one is business english and the other one is teaching online
even though you can also teach children online obviously but um those are our specialization courses that we
offer in those three fields so those are kind of the three main fields nowadays when it comes to tefls i just wanted to
put that slide in if you're interested in um especially maybe you really don't
want to teach children maybe get this business english course additionally um depending on where you go there will
be more um positions at schools targeted at children but you can definitely still
find positions for schools uh targeted at adults or kind of
business english so if you have a specialization like this it will greatly help you and enhance
your chances but um from what i've heard and experienced so
like places like mexico in kind of latin america those places are mostly
targeted at older like older people well not children like
adults and business professionals so if you go there you're more more likely to teach adults versus when you go to asia
a lot of times it is schools for children however i also came across many
positions in asia where you teach actually adults and one of the schools that i worked for in china we had
students of all ages so i was teaching children but i was also teaching adults so it's a mix you don't only need to
teach children when you teach english abroad so that is definitely a misconception
all right is it loading
okay there you go number six of the biggest misconceptions about teaching english tefl is only for
young people no absolutely not no we actually at itt
have a lot of older people taking our courses because they really want a change in their career there or even
they are already uh retired but they are looking for something
different in their retirement um and they take the course and they move to teach english abroad so
this is really absolutely wrong to say that tefl is only for young people
there are actually a lot of schools that are actively looking for older teachers especially when it comes to teaching
business english or also older students for teaching children a lot of times
they hire a younger teachers because they think younger teachers have more energy
but also not every school is like that but there are no age restrictions when
it comes to teaching abroad sometimes there are uh depending on the country where for
example in i believe in china there is a retirement age of 60 so if you're over
60 it might be difficult to find a job in china um things like that but there are no
official um limits uh so if you are older and you're
thinking about teaching english abroad it's definitely something you can do and many schools are looking for more mature
teachers they're kind of tired of the young college grads who just want to go
abroad to kind of party and live their life live it up [Laughter]
so there a lot of schools kind of are looking for older teachers what i'm trying to say and so
definitely a misconception it's not true that tefl is only for young people
um so don't don't worry don't think that
okay then we have number seven you don't need a tefl qualification if you're a
native speaker yep that is also that maybe was true
literally like 20 or 30 years ago where all it took was being from america or
being from the uk you could go abroad and you could just walk into a school
and get hired a bit extreme but maybe 30 years ago that's
what it was like today the competition is super fierce a lot of people getting
are getting certified a lot of people want to go abroad and teach it's not something super rare or something super
special that people do it's very common these days so competition is fierce so
you need to step it up even as a native english speaker you need to get tefl certified you need to do everything you
can um to kind of stand out from the crowd get extra
um certifications like the specializations that i showed you earlier or you know language skills or
anything it it's being an english native speaker is not everything anymore it's not enough so
this is definitely true um so yeah
sorry to burst people's bubbles here maybe but you do need to
um yeah get teflor t-cell certified to make it abroad and stand out of from
the crowd these days for sure it's getting tougher and tougher
um which is good because um i mean i think schools have realized
that just being a native speaker doesn't mean you're also a good teacher
which i mean it's just ridiculous to think that in the first place but that's what
schools thought years ago they just hire a native speaker give them like the textbooks and then
they just figure it out they know what to do they know how to teach it's not the case right i think schools have
figured that out by now and now they're like no actually we need certified people so
that's definitely a trend uh we're seeing even though there are certainly countries and places where a teflor
tesol certificate is not our official requirement to get a work visa
but then we have employers still definitely requesting it
or it's just a huge plus if you do have one and for yourself
um you just want to be the best teacher possible for your students right
um so that's why i think having a tefl certificate is very important
and now we have the last one biggest misconception number eight you
have to be a native english speaker to teach english also not true
yes there are many places where native speakers are obviously preferred right
but i think that also things have changed a lot in recent years and schools have realized how much of an
asset non-native english speakers can actually be because country contrary to native
english speakers non-native english teachers they have actually gone through the english learning process themselves
and i think this experience is just something that you cannot it's so valuable
um and i think this is just the biggest asset of any non-native english speaker
and that's what really makes them stand out from native english speakers
um and that's why i think more schools are definitely hiring native english speakers
some countries have not yet caught up with that in terms of visa regulations
and there's actually something going on at the moment in south korea um
i just talk a lot about south korea because i live here and i know most like the most stuff i know about efl and
stuff is korea and china and east asia but there is this thing at the moment happening in south korea where so
teachers coming to south korea they get an e2 visa
and um [Music] this visa is only for english teachers and a requirement to get this visa is
that you need to be a citizen you need to be a passport holder from one of seven countries and that it these are
all english speaking countries so that's canada america um
ireland the uk uh south africa australia and new zealand so only if you are from one of
those countries are you able to actually teach in south korea and there
what is this case at the moment where a school really wants to hire this teacher from nigeria where english is an
official language it's their first language but they cannot hire him because he's
not from one of those seven countries he's from nigeria nigeria is not on the list so
they're currently in talks of kind of changing this law or this regulation so
that maybe in the future more people can actually come to korea to be english teachers not just people from those
seven countries so that's just something that's happening so that's a case in south korea there are many other countries
where they actually really don't care about native or non-native they just look at obviously your english skills um i think
this is very important for non-native english teachers that you do have an english proficiency test of some sort
some kind of certificate a teflon ielts a toy i don't know
any of those things are great um and here are some
countries where you can actually teach as a non-native um and that's especially the places
places in southeast asia are great in latin america but also in europe are possible so southeast asia we have
thailand cambodia vietnam laos those are all very non-native teacher-friendly
and also in latin america argentina brazil chile colombia costa rica and
mexico and in europe uh it's more difficult for sure but turkey is open um also the
czech republic actually forgot to put that in and also uh if you know if you are an eu passport holder you are free
to work anywhere in europe and you can also find a job in other countries in the eu
so this is what is going on for non-native english teachers and i'm just looking at this comment here from
giuliano um who says a friend of mine who is 65 has just submitted to tefl completely
misconception about age so that was the previous misconception yeah for sure
absolutely absolutely age is just a number um absolutely misconception why not i
would actually love to do that when i've retired just go to a bunch of different countries
teach even just volunteer teach that'd be great
eli saying latin america really seems really open to non-native speakers and i
read a lot about teachers easily supplementing income with some online work cost of living is really low too
yes that's awesome great absolutely i think um yeah that's definitely a
reason why they are so open to people non-native english speakers and also
people without a degree because the salaries are so low and a lot of people just probably
um prefer going to the middle east or east asia um but it's not all about the money and
um yeah a lot of people who just really love um latin america and want to experience
the different countries there they move there and then like you said they can implement their income with online work
so that is really really great that's awesome okay i think these were all the
misconceptions for today good so i just want to show you this real quick how you can find itttt if you
don't know yet how to get in touch with us this is how you can do it you can also go to tefl there will be
contact information or you can reach out to us via these um social platforms so facebook twitter
instagram you can also reach out to me um
here on instagram at lindagozist and then we are going to open up um
q a now and you can still scan this qr code to get thirty percent off your tefl
or tesol course you can still do that and i'm gonna share the discount link again in the in the comment section so
if you can't scan it you can just click on this link that will work as well
let me just put that in there okay it looks like this so you just copy
paste this link you get 30 off your tefl course
and eli added something to his comments so for example i was watching a youtube video of an expat easily living well on
500 us a month in ecuador that's awesome yeah love that that's really awesome
great perfect okay and now q a is open you can
ask me your questions about tefl tesol about teaching english abroad about living in korea whatever is on your mind
now is your time to do so i'll still be online a couple of minutes so uh feel
free to ask or maybe if something wasn't clear today during my slides during this presentation
let me know i'm here to answer all of your questions
all right really glad to
see your comments for sure so thank you so much for being so active and adding your own experience here
um like your friend your friends experience your own experience mikey telling us about
his jobs benefits so that's really helpful to all of us if we can all share
our experience and what we've heard and what we've read it's really really great so thank you so much for that
okay [Music]
yeah let me know if there are any open questions on your side or any other comments you
would like to make super open to that let me know always love learning from you guys as
well and don't forget
30 off your tefl course if you're already tefl certified you can get a
specialization course or a tesol diploma course to kind of
boost your resume that's also always a great idea
just throwing it out there all right aldana asks how long did you
teach english i am actually still teaching english um not full-time
so in china i was teaching full-time at a language school for about a year
and then my first year in south korea i was teaching full-time as a teacher and then i transitioned into
work for itt while still teaching different projects just not full-time on the side
that's also great about living in south korea um i literally get like
job offers every week i get like a message because i'm registered at one of the sites
uh for teachers with my phone number and so i get reached out to
almost every week it's very easy to find something in korea as an english teacher because the
demand is so so high um so i still teach i teach um
english and i also started teaching german last year which has also been super fun i never really considered
doing that um but um yeah
and i teach online and i also started again started teaching in person now after covet
so that's also been really fun eli says what site are you registered
with and is it only for south korea yeah so this one is only for south korea it's called work and play
korea i think work work and play work and play korea
let me check yeah work and play it's a korean it's
just for korea though so you can actually um make a um
set up a profile there
here's the link and it's a weird link but it's is it that hold on i guess they changed the name it's the
work and play i think it used to have a different name um there and you can set up your profile
and then people can actually reach out to you not only for teaching jobs but also i
think translation or they also have even like acting or something
yeah um
which is your favorite age to teach ooh this is a tough one but i
um so my first year in korea i was teaching at an english kindergarten
we had kindergarteners they were i taught six-year-olds which is actually five-year-old in korea so five
six-year-olds and then um in the afternoon we taught elementary
they were up to the third grade or fourth grade forget in elementary school
um so i really really liked teaching the kindergartners they were like really my
children i loved them so much but um it's also very draining it's a
lot of work kids because when you teach kindergarteners you're not only there to teach english
um you're also there to teach them how to be decent human beings so there's a lot of that involved which
you know is great but it's i mean it takes a toll on you it's very
demanding um so now i kind of prefer teaching older students so like high school
students or adults um it's just easier
because they like the they really want to be there kind of it's their own personal decision
to uh learn english or german whatever you're teaching to be there
but the kids they're like forced by their ch by their parents in a way or like it's not their own personal
decision to join this course so sometimes they don't really want to study they don't want to be there so
that can sometimes be challenging but it's all good like i like teaching all of them
but you know what i mean eli is asking do you know of one for
taiwan yes so there are a lot of sites and um hold
on uh i might have to send you this later i mentioned
a lot of sites for taiwan in a previous live session i did about um teaching english in asia i think it was i can
send you that um and there are links to different sites and also taiwan but maybe if mikey
knows of some that would be good mikey's there so maybe he knows of some
that i haven't mentioned there if mike is still here or maybe um eli reach out to mikey i think that'd
be a great match and you could you can have a chat the two of you that'd be great but um i can send you that
yeah i still have your email address if you don't hear anything from me uh
email me but um i'll remember and i'll send you an email
right away right after this uh aldon is asking can you give a tip
for teaching teens um you know it uh really depends on like
how the kids are um hmm a tip like what's the issue maybe if
you explain what the issue is then maybe i can give you a tip for teaching teens
but that's also we have this course teaching english to young learners and teens are part of this group so if
you're kind of struggling with that i recommend checking out the specialized tefl course it's um
a 50 hour course and it starts at 175 dollars and you can use the 30 off
discount so it'll be actually super cheap and it will really help you with teaching young learners and teens so i
recommend you check that out
okay yeah you're very welcome all right i think i'm gonna sign off
then this has been a really really great session if there are no more questions
um oh here eli yeah eli says the section on teens in the yl course is really good i think
the most important thing is to remember teens aren't kids anymore so don't treat them like little kids yeah that's a good
point and see eli also took the young learners course and found it very helpful so maybe aldana if there's
something that you're interested in maybe that will also help you out with that
good thank you eli it's awesome it's been a while since i took the young learners course but yeah
um definitely cool well this has been so much fun
thank you so much for joining today um for coming back this week i'll be here
again next week probably unless something happens but
no i should be here um as always if you have any topics suggestions what you want me to talk
about next time um let me know and then i'll be able i
might be able to do that for you um yeah as always you can reach out to me directly if you want on instagram at
linda goes east eli i'm gonna email you and um yeah thank you so much for
joining today for taking some time out of your day um to be here with me i really really
really appreciate that and yeah again 30 percent off if you want to
take advantage of that that'd be great a great head start a great incentive for
you to start your teaching abroad or teaching online journey so definitely
recommend that and then um yeah i hope to see you again next week
and i wish you all a happy happy happy weekend um
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bye guys bye bye