Teaching English in China Part Two – The SARS Epidemic

Ask any ESL teacher that has taught abroad and they’ll tell you that their first few months, heck the first year, is rife with challenges. What happens, though, when the country that you’ve moved to suddenly experiences a health epidemic, like SARS or Avian flu, Here’s what happened to me during the 2003 SARS epidemic in Mainland China. Continue Reading →

Teaching English in China Part One – The Journey Begins

It’s a scary thing to pick up and move your life to the other side of the world. I got my first taste of that when I was 27 and on my way to Changchun, China on the 23rd of March, 2003. I was going to spend a year abroad teaching English in China.
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The Shock of Reverse Culture Shock

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  I had full blown reverse culture shock when I moved home from Taipei.  I’m talking sleepless nights, forgetfulness as to how to operate a vehicle, the feeling that nobody cared I was back, the whole shebang.Yes, I just said “shebang”. The only thing is, I had no idea what reverse culture shock even was before returning home.  Why would it be odd Continue Reading →

TEFL Courses Explained – Why You Should Take A TEFL Training Course To Teach Abroad

Just because you speak English fluently doesn’t mean you understand the mechanics of how the English language works. A good TEFL course will give you the basics that you need to become a successful and skilled educator. TEFL courses are a necessary part of teaching English abroad today. Continue Reading →

ESL Educators Blog Carnival: How To Teach Writing To ESL Students

Month Three of the ESL Educators Blog Carnival focuses on teaching ESL students how to write. Read up on what some of our favorite ESL educators have to say on the subject and don’t forget to check out last month’s carnival, which focused on Classroom Management Techniques. Continue Reading →