cycosurgeon wrote:How do you like being a English Teacher in foreign lands? Just packed up and went? or was it a premeditated career choice? How do they treat you over there?
Yes WJ, I wanted to ask similar questions. Somehow, as soon as I read the opening of your post here and saw that you were in Korea, my mind said, I bet he does what I was hoping to do
Do thy call it ESL there or EFL? I found all the acronymns a little boggling at first as I'd always understood ESL = English as a Second Language. Then I began investigating studies and was told it's TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and/or TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language when teaching in a country where English is not the native tongue. Just curious about that from someone who likely studied elsewhere and has been working in the field.
I don't have a degree and learned a little late in the game that my simple tutoring certificate was not gonna crash open a lot of doors around the world and that most countries (Korea in particular) would require me to have a degree just to even be considered for work as working visas are not available to foreigners without a minimum bachelor degree. This represents a pretty huge time and money investment for me but I'm willing to pursue it if the payoff justifies it. I can use a degree in my current field too so it's looking like something I'm going to go after in the fall of this year. Anyways, my main question would be this... Does it appear to you that the demand for ESL instructors either in Korea or internationally is sufficient that, so long as they were skilled, someone new to the field would have little trouble finding consistent employment over the coming years?
Thanks and welcome to the forum. I really like band #5