What’s it like teaching English in Thailand?
Mar03

What’s it like teaching English in Thailand?

Blooming Marvellous. I was there for 7 months and loved it. I loved the students, the country, the lifestyle, it was a fantastic experience that I would recommend to any ESL teacher. Interested in finding out more detail? Then look at my latest article for ESL Expat titled Best Students, Amazing Lunches, but Strict Bosses. In the article I talk about general information, plus details on what I loved and hated while I was there. There...

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10 TEFL Promises for next term…
Aug29

10 TEFL Promises for next term…

Have the holidays really finished? Do I really have to pick up last term’s board marker and throw it in the bin because it dried out over the scorching summer in Seville? Is it really time to go back to work, Mummy? Hell yeah. Not that I actually have to start back yet, in fact I still have two more weeks of mind freedom, but I’m getting ahead of myself and wandering what TEFL teachers will be thinking about regards their next term...

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Excerpt 12: Time to move on from Salvador!
May07

Excerpt 12: Time to move on from Salvador!

I always find it hard to move on from a country where I’ve been teaching English. While I taught English around the world I built up a real connection with all the places I lived in. Of course there were a few things that normally did my head, but most of the memories I have of living abroad were happy ones. Here’s the next excerpt from my book about when I had to leave Brazil. I can’t believe that was almost ten...

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Excerpt 11: Life-changing students
Dec26

Excerpt 11: Life-changing students

I find it amusing when people who have read my book comment on the fact that I didn’t speak enough about the locals I met while on my TEFL adventure around the world. Do they not realise that students and other teachers count as locals? My trip would never have been as life changing had I not been influenced by the local people I met on the way.  What follows is an excerpt from when I started to settle in Salvador, Brazil....

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This month’s Top ESL posts
Dec03

This month’s Top ESL posts

November was a mental month. I was getting my head round having a little baby boy, enjoying some quality family visits, and finishing off my DELTA module 3…sigh of biggest sighs. So I had to neglect Teaching English in a Foreign Land for a month. But now it’s back. Here are some of the top TEFL posts that I’ve read recently. China! Great places to teach English.Photo by indoblitz Ten places you can go...

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Mazunte: Becoming a Professional Beach Bum
Sep12

Mazunte: Becoming a Professional Beach Bum

Let’s not mess about. Everyone would love to be a beach bum for a while, or at least try to without worrying about life’s complications. When I got to Mexico I was so busy trying to find a job teaching English that I forgot I’d been working my arse off for a couple of years to have a break. It wasn’t until I got to Mazunte, a lovely beach town in the province of Oaxaca, that I started to appreciate life without...

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