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Although the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics does not keep its own list of job openings and opportunities, we are pleased to refer you to organizations and Web sites with information about teaching English abroad.
Henrichsen, Lynn. "What employers want in an ESOL teacher," TESOL Placement Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 3 (May 1991), pp. 1-3. To order copies, contact TESOL at 1600 Cameron St., Suite 300, Alexandria VA 22314-2751. Telephone: 703-836-0774. (Not available at TESOL's Web site.)
Li, Rong-Chang; and Hart, Robert S."What Can the World Wide Web Offer ESL Teachers?" TESOL Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 1996) pp. 5-10. To order copies, contact TESOL, 1600 Cameron St., Suite 300, Alexandria VA 22314-2751 Telephone: 703-836-0774. (Not available at TESOL's Web site.)
Camenson, Blythe. (1995). Opportunities in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group. Call 800-323-4900 to order.
Snow, Don. (1997). More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers teaching Abroad. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Call 703-836-0774 to order.
Lyne, Robert. (1995). Teaching English in Eastern and Central Europe. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group. Call 800-323-4900 to order.
OÁSullivan, Jerry. (1995). Teaching English in Japan. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group. Call 800-323-4900 to order.
Ward, Ben. (2001) Careers in English Language Teaching - the Teach'n'Travel Guide. Los Angeles, CA: American Language Press. Call (310) 657 7767 to order.
As discussed above, the premier organization for information on teaching English to speakers of other languages is Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
DaveÁs ESL Caf√ is one of the most popular ESL sites on the World Wide Web. It has pages dedicated to idioms, phrasal verbs, slang, and questions and help for learners, etc.
Selected Links for ESL Teachers. Maintained by The Internet TESL Journal, this site is a starting point for numerous carefully selected links. The site also offers instructions for how to download and make use of its resources.
EF Englishtown is a free internet service for teachers and students.
TEFL Professional Network. This service provides job information by subscription.
The TESOL JobFinder is an automated job center which allows individuals to search for available jobs.
Banenmarkten offers jobs in the Netherlands.
Of particular interest is the ESL Job Center.
Information about opportunities to teach English in Japan can be found at Teaching English in Japan and O-Hayo sensei. O-Hayo Sensei, a bi-weekly online newsletter, provides information on teaching opportunities in Japan and offers readers an opportunity to post advertisements.
ESL job openings are also advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
TESL-L is the discussion group for teachers of English as a second or foreign language around the world. To join, send the following message:
SUBSCRIBE TESL-L YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME
Leave the subject line blank.
TESOL Electronic List is a magazine for teachers of English outside the United States. Subscription requests may be emailed to the List Management.
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Employment in Contemporary Japan.
Dillon, Ken; And Others
19p.; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (31st, Orlando, FL, March 11-15, 1997).
This paper presents guidelines and suggestions for non-Japanese English-as-a- Second-Language teachers seeking employment in Japan. The first section outlines the educational qualifications needed to teach in language schools, secondary schools, and higher education institutions, and notes common employment patterns and the timing required to make job applications. The second section looks at information important to include in the resume (personal, education and credentials, experience, publications and presentations, specialization and interests, professional association membership), the contents of the cover letter, the way interviews are conducted, and the importance of professional connections. The final section examines cultural factors, beginning with the structure of the Japanese educational system and including culture-based communication patterns, the concept of harmony, village culture, conflict resolution and change, and moral and social values affecting intercultural relationships. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
The EFL/ESL Job Search Handbook.
Parsons, Adelaide, Ed.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Available From: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Inc., 1600 Cameron St., Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($19.95; member, $16.95).
This handbook offers step-by-step advice to teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) for job searchers entering the job market and finding and accepting a job in the field. The goal is to find a job that matches the searcher's interests, skills, goals, and preparation with those of the employer. Topics include analysis of interests and skills, strategies for the job search, writing the resume and cover letter, the job interview, accepting the job, and suggestions for the first year on the job. Special discussions are included for those wishing to teach outside the United States and for Americans returning from overseas. Appendixes include an article on re-entering the U.S. job market by John Avery, description of desired characteristics of the ESL professional, and two brief papers on qualifications and opportunities for graduates. (Contains six references.) (NAV)
Opportunities Abroad for Teaching English as a Foreign Language: A Resource List. 1992 Update. ERIC Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, D.C.; Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Feb 1992
This Digest, an update to a 1990 Digest, provides information on finding employment opportunities abroad for teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL). Sections highlight the following: considerations for teaching EFL outside of the United States; general information sources on teaching English abroad; teaching in international schools; and additional sources of overseas teaching information. (eight references) (VWL)
The T.E.S.L. Canada China Handbook.
TESL Canada Federation, Toronto (Ontario). 1985
Available From: TESL Canada Federation, P.O. Box 707, Station C, Toronto, Ontario, Canada MGJ 1G1 ($12.00 Canadian cashier check; $13.00 Canadian invoice).
This handbook is designed both as a general introduction to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in the People's Republic of China and as a guide for individuals who may be contemplating, or are already committed to, working in a Chinese educational institution. Information and suggestions contained in the handbook are compiled from survey responses of individuals who have taught ESL in China. The first chapter gives general information on the purpose and nature of teaching in China, describing the Chinese educational system, Chinese educators, teaching contracts and salaries, and employment prospects. The second chapter suggests actions to take in preparation for teaching in China, including application timelines, travel arrangements and documentation, choosing professional and personal materials to take, and dealing with culture shock. Chapter three discusses aspects of living and working in China, including: organizational design; documents, permits, and coupons; currency and banking; day-to-day living; medical and dental facilities; bringing a family; Chinese etiquette; and making friends and contacts. The fifth chapter contains practical suggestions from former teachers. Chapter six describes individual institutions and the areas in which they are located, including sources of information, the nature of living accommodations, courses taught by foreigners, other professional services, materials and facilities, teacher/student/faculty relationships, and specific strengths and weaknesses. An extensive list of professional source materials is also included. (MSE)
How To Obtain International Employment in ESL, K–12.
Hurst, Donna M.
8p.; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).
A guide to obtaining English as a second language teaching jobs in international and American schools overseas contains information on the kinds of jobs available, provides a timeline calendar for job-seeking, and lists sources of further information. The nature of the international school, its characteristics and personnel practices, accreditation, employment opportunities, desired teacher qualifications, and recruitment practices are discussed. Addresses are given for federal agencies with overseas schools, private organizations that hire or place teachers extensively overseas, education departments in American territories and possessions, international corporate employment programs, and multinational programs with possible employment opportunities. The job search timeline chronicles a year's preparation for overseas employment, beginning with resume updating and initial contacts and continuing with school selection, application, interviewing, follow-up, and obtaining appropriate papers for work overseas. Questions to ask when applying and interviewing are also suggested. (MSE)
TESOL Newsletter, Vol. 21, 1987.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TESOL Newsletter, v21 n1-6 Feb-Dec 1987 1987
The 1987 volume of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) newsletter includes articles on developing exercises for use with films in the classroom; foreign students; professionalism and the master's degree in teaching English as a second language (ESL); international issues; the politics of ESL instruction; teachers in the computer laboratory; connecting with the community in intensive ESL; current directions in ESL; ESL as a profession; composition instruction; the textbook explosion; entering the field of teacher training; computer-mediated communication; teaching non-literate adults; ESL instruction in China; program self-evaluation; the teacher-student relationship; teaching ESL in Korean universities; British versus American English, and an employment concerns survey. Professional announcements, association notes, books and materials reviews, and notes on successful teaching techniques are also presented. (MSE)
TESOL Newsletter, Vol. 17, 1983.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TESOL Newsletter, v17 n1-6 Feb-Dec 1983 1983
The 1983 volume of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) newsletter includes articles on the growth in foreign student enrollments; recommended reading; English as a second language (ESL) teacher employment survey results; getting program support; federal legislative efforts; second language acquisition and acquisition of English by the deaf; teaching verbs; employment conditions in China; the growth of "Forum" magazine; teaching difficult texts at the university level; the international role of TESOL; facilitating autonomy in language learning; computer-assisted language learning; collective bargaining; a study of the links between linguistic background and reading achievement; classroom research on language use; policy on foreign students in the United States; constructing diagnostic tests for placement and teaching; learning Japanese the Silent Way; vocational education for limited-English-proficient students; standards, accreditation, and certification interlanguage; cultural aspects of prevocational ESL; English on the job; computer-assisted language learning in a master's program for ESL teachers; helping refugees learn to solve problems; teaching essay writing; role-playing; using the computer for communicative teaching; and employment practices. Professional announcements, association notes, book and materials reviews, and notes on successful teaching techniques are also presented. (MSE)
English Teaching Profile: Italy.
British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
This profile, in outline form, of the English language situation in Italy discusses the role of English in society and in the educational system. The following topics are covered: a description of the role and status of English as the principal foreign language in the country; the place of English within the educational system at all levels from elementary school through university, including recognition of foreign qualifications, non-formal English instruction, school examinations, experimental schools, syllabuses, and textbooks; English teachers at all levels, their training, and their professional associations and conferences; instructional materials support; educational administration and planning in relation to English teaching; English instruction outside the educational system; British, American, and other agency support for English instruction; commercial opportunities; creative writing; current educational and linguistic research projects; and a list of additional information sources. A concluding statement suggests that the situation of English in Italy is changeable at present, with rising but different standards in the north and south. The British Council's efforts in teacher education is the biggest single contribution to instructional improvement within the state system. (MSE)
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