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International TEFL Academy Professor

Scott Welsh

Online TEFL Class Professor

What class do you teach at International TEFL Academy & when did you start?

I started teaching the Online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course in June of 2015.

What is your educational background?

I am a native of Arizona and have earned three degrees from ASU. For my Bachelor’s I studied Intercultural Communication. After graduating I spent several years in Asia teaching English, and then returned to ASU to complete a M.T.E.S.L. and an MA in Applied Linguistics. I have been slowly working on a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership since 2008.

Where else have you taught?

I have worked many different jobs in Education including a year as a 4th grade teacher while I was in graduate school, and two years as a high school English teacher. In addition, I have taught Intercultural Communication classes in my local community college. On top of teaching, I have served as the Business Manager for AZTESOL for 6 years. Since 2008 I have taught ESL and teacher training classes full time at Arizona State University.

What's Your Favorite Travel Memory?

While hiking in Nepal on a trail in the Himalayas, I ran into a friend I knew from home. We had no idea either of us had gone overseas to work. He had been teaching in Japan and I had been living in Taiwan at that time. What are the chances of that?

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What countries have you visited?

While living in Asia I had the opportunity to work and travel in many countries. I have worked teaching English in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Iraq and Thailand. In addition, I have traveled through the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Nepal, Iraq, Turkey, and Macau all because I had time off between teaching gigs. Teaching English overseas helped me earn a number of pretty cool looking passport stamps.

What Advice Do You Have for ITA Students Who Want to Teach English Abroad? 

To quote Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” My advice is if you have the opportunity to get out of your place in the world, take it. If you don’t have the opportunity, strive to find one.

"I’m happy to share my story in hopes of helping other
International TEFL students connect to the world."

International TEFL Academy Professor