In our years of working in the teacher training industry, we're always being asked this question: what's better? Train in the country where I want to teach, or stay at home? We weigh up the two options, and help you come to a decision. 

It always starts with a small idea. For some, it’s the curiosity that comes with living in a different country. For others, it’s a career change. For many, it’s the chance to break out of the same, old routine. 

There’s no career path quite like English teaching; one that’s so easy to fall into, yet offers so many opportunities for travel and for change. 

English teaching is no longer just four walls, some desks and a black board. It’s fluid; it’s in our laps, on our screens and in the palms of our hands. It goes wherever we want to go, and takes us wherever we need it to. 

With the incredible advances in technology and communication, more and more ESL teachers are making the leap from classroom to computer screen. Online English teaching is a rapidly growing industry – and is convenient for both teacher, and student. 

For students, it means learning without leaving the lounge room or office, and for teachers, it can mean location independence; joining the ever-growing ranks of 'digital nomads' around the world.

One of the many challenges any TESOL teacher faces today is controlling a class full of energetic children. Some say experience is key, others say training. Common sense would suggest a mixture of the two.

There are many theories and methods for fulfilling the successful teacher role in a classroom of young learners. Here are our tips to help you if you are starting out in the scary world of teaching children:

With the rise and rise of social media, we’re constantly warned of hiding our internet profiles from potential employers; setting photos of nights out to private, and avoiding boss bad-talk online. But within the ELT industry, this tide is quickly turning – social media is no longer a hindrance, in fact, it’s an advantage. TEFL teachers are leveraging its power on a mass scale, not only to attract top-notch job offers, but to collect classroom ideas and connect with colleagues around the world.

It’s no secret that the English teaching industry is one of the fastest growing internationally. Every year, countless, freshly-qualified teachers search for jobs, hoping to carve themselves a slice of the proverbial language cake. New English academies spring up every day, and with them arise more and more ‘TEFL’ qualifications – often companies offering ‘internationally recognised’ certificates, verified by mysterious third-party bodies.

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