Teaching English in Asia

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Teaching English in Asia

  1. 1. Teaching English in Asia
  2. 2. Opportunities <ul><li>Learn new language and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Experience personal growth </li></ul><ul><li>Travel while earning money </li></ul><ul><li>Asia is great place to teach English </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for English teachers is high </li></ul>
  3. 3. Experience New Culture <ul><li>Asia is great place to teach English </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for English teachers is high </li></ul><ul><li>Gain international experience </li></ul><ul><li>Make a difference in lives of others </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with new and interesting people </li></ul>
  4. 4. New Experiences <ul><li>Combine work and travel opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in fun and rewarding experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Support yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Travel to interesting destinations within Asia </li></ul>
  5. 5. Locations <ul><li>Opportunities to teach English exist in the following locations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Korea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taiwan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thailand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vietnam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indonesia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Singapore </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Regions of Interest <ul><li>Choose area or region that is of interest to you and find out everything you can </li></ul><ul><li>Research before choosing country: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of living </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research job opportunities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research Before You Go <ul><li>Visa requirements/immigration policies </li></ul><ul><li>Travel restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccinations </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of travel within country </li></ul>
  8. 8. Choosing Employment <ul><li>Consider and enquire about the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly salary/benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hours worked per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel expenses/return air fare included </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacation/sick leave </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Job Requirements <ul><li>Research the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract requirements (12 months) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonus upon completion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visa/work permit needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University degree or TEFL certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native English speakers only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British or American English </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Latest Information <ul><li>Search for latest information concerning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salaries and exchange rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visa requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education/experience mandatory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information changes frequently </li></ul>
  11. 11. Contact Employees <ul><li>If possible, contact current or former employees via website or blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Their experiences may be invaluable to you when making a decision about where to teach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of support were teachers offered once hired? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the positive and negative aspects of teaching there? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Types of Teaching Jobs <ul><li>Variety of teaching possibilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public or private schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate training </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Requirements <ul><li>Look for detailed job requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Education/Certification necessary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TESOL certification increases chances of getting hired </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Previous experience </li></ul>
  14. 14. Prepare for Interview <ul><li>Perfect your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice answers to possible questions concerning your background, education, experience, educational philosophy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do your homework concerning institution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what they are looking for in employee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dress for success if interview is in person </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First impressions are important </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Teach and Learn <ul><li>In addition to teaching, you are also learning about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>different cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>yourself as you experience personal growth </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Travel Destinations <ul><li>Travel destinations and sights vary from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tropical rainforests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>beautiful islands and beaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resorts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ancient temples </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Explore New Lands <ul><li>Besides visiting sights you will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sample local food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meet and develop relationships with locals as well as expatriates </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Be Prepared <ul><li>Be prepared to face possible problems and disappointments that may arise because of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>difficulties with the language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>misunderstandings due to differences in culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adjustments to be made to new surroundings and job </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Expect Unexpected <ul><li>Expect the unexpected </li></ul><ul><li>Realize you are in a different country with different ways of doing things </li></ul><ul><li>Be adaptable and keep an open mind </li></ul><ul><li>Understand you will experience culture shock and that it will pass as you adjust </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a sense of humor </li></ul>
  20. 20. Adjustment Period <ul><li>To ease adjustment period try to do the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn local language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Even basic language skills are better that none at all </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn your way around the area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make an effort to make friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try new foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay in touch with family and friends back home </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Adjustment <ul><li>Give yourself time to adjust; be patient </li></ul><ul><li>Learn all you can about local customs, beliefs, religion, and be respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Bring small gifts or souvenirs from home to give away as gesture of good will </li></ul><ul><li>Remember you are a guest in the country </li></ul><ul><ul><li>you are not in Kansas anymore </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Advantages <ul><li>Remember the advantages of living and working abroad greatly outweigh the disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Experience gained working in another country results in cross-cultural understanding and adaptability </li></ul>
  23. 23. Eligibility <ul><li>Depending on the institution, employers seek: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recent graduates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>employees who seek to change careers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>experienced adults who want to work abroad before retirement </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Conclusion <ul><li>Working and living conditions are different from one country to another </li></ul><ul><li>Conditions vary greatly between big cities and provinces within a country </li></ul><ul><li>Be informed before you make a decision where to live and work </li></ul><ul><li>Have a sense of adventure and try it </li></ul>

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