Teach English Abroad   How to Be a Successful TEFL Teacher

Take advantage of some practical tips offered to TEFL teachers to get the most from your teaching experience and cross-cultural communication.
 
How to Be a Successful TEFL Teacher

Teaching experience got abroad can be both exciting and interesting. The things necessary for effective teaching job are good preparation, effective organization, flexibility, a sense of humor.

Preparation
The first and the most effective thing to be done is receiving TESOL qualifications. There are various possibilities for getting them; they vary from an MA in TESOL to a 4-week intensive TEFL course. There are online courses, distance learning courses and residential overseas programs.  In the case you have already teaching qualifications and/or a degree; some vacancies do not demand TESOL qualifications.  It is recommended to choose a course containing at least 100 hours training and six hours supervised practice teaching.

Before you choose any course, you should pay attention to the attitude of TESOL practitioners and potential employers to it. Ask former students and international teachers about their impressions concerning this or that course. Attend some online ESL employment sites to get to know about necessary qualifications that employers demand of their workers.
After receiving a certificate, determine what kind of job you need. Decide whether you are eager to teach adults or childrn, to give private lessons, to work in the evening and at weekends. There are also organizations that need English teacheres and provide with accommodation and food but do not pay. In such case, you should cover travelling costs.

Organization
Prepare a current resume and line up some references. Do not forget to list an email address and telephone number required for contacts. Look for various positions and do not stop your seach even you have already sent many job applications.
Attend various the ESL sites, earch for current jobs and make posts. Inquire about your potential employers and establish links with teachers who live in the country you go in. Get interested in places you are eager to visit.

Accommodations: Ask if it is free of charge or how much you should pay for it. Ask about access to the Internet and availability of linen, furniture, drinking water, kitchen utensils, cooking and washing facilities. 
Teaching: Ask about the duration of your work, your salary, duties, available resources, the number of pupils in each class, educational equipment and your days off.
You may have various questions; you have the email address of an employee at the school who tell you about living and working conditions. It is better to be informed well about all conditions of your life and work there.

Flexibility
Good preparation and organization are 90 percent of an effective job search. Flexibility is 10 percent of your success. Flexibility is an ability to find a compromise or solution. If you have any problems, you may ask for solution to your problem.

Sense of Humor
It is good to have a well-developed sense of humor. If you laugh with your students, you will quickly find a common language with them.