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Common ESL/TEFL Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Pete

Job interviews can be nerve-racking experiences, but they don't have to be! The best way to reduce your nerves and make sure that you nail the interview is by being well prepared. Read on to find a list of the most likely interview questions for ESL/TEFL positions and how to answer them correctly.

 

How has your education and/or experience helped to prepare you for this position?
Think about the skills necessary to be a good teacher and highlight how your education/experience has helped to improve those skills. If you have taken a teaching course, explain in detail what the course has helped you to understand and how you are able to apply it to the classroom.

 

How would you deal with a badly behaved child?
Every teacher has their own way of dealing with disobedience in the classroom. Draw on your experience and explain the most effective ways that you have managed badly behaving children. Highlight the fact that every child is different, so no single approach will be...

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How to Land Your Dream ESL Job

Pete

Teaching abroad is a great way to expand your horizons, travel, and get paid doing it! Let's take a look at the things you need to consider in your application to help you land the ESL job of your dreams.

 

Required Documents

CV -  An absolute must so that the school/recruiter can find out about you. A cover letter is also a good idea, but it is not necessary.

Degree (copy) - This is required for most teaching positions. A lot of countries require these documents to be legalized/apostilled, so check that beforehand!

Passport (copy) - Another required document that will probably need to be legalized/apostilled first.

Reference letters - These are not required, but they are always a good addition to your application.

TEFL/CELTA certificate (copy) - Depending on the country, this may or may not be necessary.

 

CV writing tips

Use good formatting. There are a lot of CV templates on the internet for inspiration. Try to make your CV look as clean and professional as...

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How Become a Better Teacher in Your Free Time

Pete

A lot of people move abroad as an escape from ordinary life. They dream of greener pastures, adventure and a fresh outlook on life. As a foreign teacher, however, you have an enormous responsibility not only as an educator but as an ambassador for your country. Professional development is a vital part of any career, but especially in something so meaningful as education for a different culture and generation. Let's take a look at the top 5 ways that will help you to become a better ESL teacher.

 

1. Watch other teachers

Try to observe as many classes as you can. Often, you only realize that your classes are missing something after seeing another teacher in action. Make sure to ask them about their lessons and why they teach in the way they do. If you can't observe your co-workers or friends at work, there are plenty of quality Youtube videos to watch instead. Try to focus on the different areas of the classroom and how they handle it. How do they manage their time? What...

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