What Are the Basic Requirements for Teaching English in Italy?

By Paige Lee

Dreaming of chowing down on large bowls of delicious, home made pasta and washing it down with a superb glass of red? Or perhaps a traditional, wood-fired pizza with the fluffiest buffalo mozzeralla you've ever sunk your teeth into is calling your name? Maybe you love great opera or Renaissance architecture. Whatever your reason for wanting to teach English in Italy may be, we've got the basic requirements covered for you.

6 Things You'll Want to Bring from Home When You Move to Taiwan

 

By Felicia Braverman

You’ve got your plane tickets squared away. You’ve got your parents’ blessings and friends’ well wishes. You’ve even downloaded a few Mandarin apps to give you a jumpstart on learning the language. And now for the final, most exciting step - packing your bags! As you prepare your luggage for the year ahead, here are a few items I strongly recommend bringing to Taiwan from the U.S. I promise you will thank me later!

A Day In the Life of a Student in the Florence, Italy TEFL Class

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Florence TEFL Course at our partner TEFL school’s headquarters located in the heart of Florence, Italy. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course. To help you prepare for this course, we've put together a typical day in the life schedule to outline the daily grind and committment required. 

Happy Chinese New Year! Teaching English in Asia During Holidays

恭喜发财 - “Congratulations and Be Prosperous!"  


Greetings to nearly 2 billion people in China, Asia and throughout the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for millions from Shanghai to Singapore. Centuries old and based in ancient Chinese myth and tradition, the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China is a two-week celebration centered around family gatherings, special foods and other traditions that vary from region to region. Many of these customs revolve around the ideals of reflecting on oneself and ushering in good fortune for the New Year.  The Lunar New Year in 2018 begins on February 16 and is the Year of the Dog.  From ChinaKorea and Vietnam to Taiwan and Malaysia, this holiday is a cultural focal point in many of the most popular destinations for certified English teachers.  

Teaching English in Vietnam: Celebrating Tet - The Lunar New Year

"Chúc mừng năm mới!"

"Happy New Year" in Vietnamese and greetings on Friday - February 16, 2018 as the Vietnamese welcome the "Year of the rooster!" Known as "Tet," the Vietnamese celebration of the New Year represents the most important annual holiday in Vietnamese culture, and is a certain highlight for those teaching English in Vietnam. Through trade, geographical proximity and invasion, Vietnam, like many nations in Asia, features strong cultural influences from China, and celebrates the New Year according to the same lunar calendar. While there are some parallels between the Vietnamese celebrations of Tet and Chinese Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese version is unique and distinct in many facets.

Teaching English Online: How to Create a Killer Cover Letter

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By Lynda Galea

Dust off that old cover letter you have sitting around on your desktop - it's time to give it a facelift! Cover letters are usually boring, bland and if you're anything like a majority of the job-seeking market, you send the same one around to every company you apply to... but that's about to change! Enter, a cover letter tailored specifically for that teaching English online job and school you want to apply to work at. You're about to knock their socks off!

Teaching English Online: How to Create a Killer Resume

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By Lynda Galea

Thinking about making the move to teaching English online? Got an old resume lost amongst a sea of icons on your desktop that you haven’t updated in a few months, or better yet, years?! Great – you can use this as a starting point, but to really stand out from the crowd, you’re going to want to tailor your resume to focus specifically on teaching English online and strengthen your chance of getting noticed.

What Are Salaries for English Teachers in the Middle East?

By Michael Kunik

Stretching from the western shores of North Africa across the Sahara to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and into the heart of Central Asia, the Middle East is a vast and diverse region not only from the standpoint of its cultures and geography, but in terms of the opportunities it offers certified English teachers as well.

In the wealthy Arab nations of the Persian Gulf region, English teachers can command some of the highest salaries and finest benefit packages in the world and must compete in a competitive job market. Often schools in this region of the Middle East will require English teaches to have a Master’s Degree (sometimes in education) and previous teaching experience, on top of their TEFL certification. That's not to say it's impossible for first-time teachers to get a job in this region (especially in Saudi Arabia), but you will need to be persistent, patient and flexible in your job search. Those who qualify for such positions will enjoy some of the highest salaries in the field as pay can range from $2,500 - $6,000 a month, plus free housing and flights to and from the teacher’s home country.

Staff Q&A: Teaching English in the Czech Republic with ITA Advisor, Britton Schaude

Where are you from & what is your role at International TEFL Academy?

California-born, Minnesota-raised, Iowa-educated (Go Hawkeyes!), now working as an Admissions Advisor at ITA helping people to get TEFL certified and teach English abroad all around the world. 

Where did you teach English in Czech Republic & why did you choose to teach there?

I first learned of the idea of teaching English abroad in my first job out of college. I was so confused when my coworker told me one day that he taught English in Thailand – “Uhhh, you don’t speak Thai. That’s impossible!” He told me more about his time in Thailand and explained that you don’t need to know a foreign language to teach in other countries.

3 Reasons It’s Impossible For a Legitimate TEFL Class to Cost Under $1,000

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By Jessie Smith

Google “TEFL certification class” and inevitably you’ll find TEFL classes ranging in price from $25 to over $2,000.  What the BLEEEEEP?!

First things first, let’s consider the job you're preparing for — you’re planning on moving halfway across the world to work as a professional English teacher.

You’ll likely be responsible for teaching 20-30 hours per week. You’ll spend your days lesson planning, managing a classroom full of students, and teaching things like grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and more. You’ll be in charge of creating class activities, tests, quizzes, and giving your students constructive feedback. These are the basic skills you’ll have to master to excel in your new job abroad.