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Going Overseas, Learning New Languages And Teaching English

By Ben Whittaker

Teaching abroad is a rewarding job, ideal for those who are single without any children. There is no shortage of teaching jobs available abroad if you are a fluent English speaker. Teaching English overseas is indeed a great way to do something you are good at while learning new languages and getting exposed to new and exciting cultures.

There’s no doubting how easy it is to get a teaching job abroad. The first step would be simply contacting the school where you wish to teach and inquiring if they have any openings for instructor. However you may want to use the term “instructor” due to cultural differences regarding the word “teacher”. An example would be in Japan, where “teachers” are regarded as members of the peer group rather than stern authority figures. Another big difference in the Japanese curriculum style is how instructors guide their students to the right answers, rather than drumming the answer in their heads with repetition. Whenever teaching English as a second language overseas, make sure you are familiar with the teaching style being used where you’ll be working.

All ESL (English as Second Language) teachers need to undergo a phone interview with the school, once they have decided to aim for an opening. Most schools would be kind enough to fly successful applicants to their country, free of charge.

Have a pocket translation dictionary with you on your flight, as this can help you get a head start in learning the main language where you’ll be working. For added convenience, you may want to pony up a few extra dollars for an electronic translation dictionary at your nearest electronics store like Best Buy.

Besides speaking a new language, teaching overseas can find you tasting food you never tasted before, or visiting new and fascinating places and exploring a brand new culture. When you return home, you’re sure to have a lot of fascinating tales to tell your friends, and you may even end up teaching them your new language. And if you have indeed learned a new language, you have a great chance of wowing your friends and family from back home.

The best way to learn a new language is to learn it from the students you will be teaching. Take baby steps at first, learning the simplest words first before graduating to phrases, then to more complicated sentences and the grammar itself. This is especially good since you’re being paid as an English instructor, while at the same time not shelling out a penny as your students develop trust and help you learn their language.

This is an excellent work opportunity that allows you to see the world while learning new languages. It is very easy to get accepted, and all you usually need is good spoken English. More often than not, you’ll return home with a lot of great takeaways, not just a new language.

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Whittaker, Ben "Going Overseas, Learning New Languages And Teaching English." Going Overseas, Learning New Languages And Teaching English. 17 Aug. 2010. 22 Nov 2017 <>.

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