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How to Move to France and Stay (Legally) Here

France is the most visited country in the world. Many people dream of staying there and look for ways of how to accomplish that. If you dream of moving to France, then you may have to deal with boring practicalities such as visas, residency cards, and health insurance. Here’s our guide to moving to France and ensuring that you can stay here. When looking at coming to France, there are two main things that are important–your nationality and what you intend to do here (work, study, retire, etc.) The rules on paperwork vary considerably depending on these factors. EU- OR SCHENGEN-ZONE PASSPORT HOLDERS If you have the passport of any EU country, including Ireland, or a Schengen-Zone country then you are covered by EU Freedom of Movement and can move to France with minimal paperwork. This applies to dual nationals as long as they use their EU passport for all…

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When students join our TEFL course in Paris , they explore Paris in greater detail. After all, it is the most visited city in the world, and it is lovely in so many ways that time goes by rather quickly during the three months the tourist visa allows you. Most of the TEFL trainees stay in Paris because they believe it is too expensive to visit other French cities/regions. Here is a very inexpensive travel solution to explore: the world bus. Few people know about it. The world bus is a night bus. So, if you want to travel France on a shoestring budget, the budget night bus is your friend. Sure, travelling the road for 10 hours straight is hardly the most comfortable experience, but how else can you expect to travel across the entire country for under €15, especially on a weekend or public holiday? And it’s not…

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Travel from the US to France The USA is currently on France’s orange list. It means there is a difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Vaccinated travelers can travel to France for any reason and do not need a Covid test. Vaccination can be proved at the border with a CDC vaccination certificate. They have to present a declaration stating that they do not have Covid symptoms and have not been in contact with any Covid patients. Unvaccinated travelers can only travel if they meet the criteria for “essential travel.” This includes French citizens and residents returning home, students beginning academic studies in France, and essential work trips, but does not include tourism, family visits, or visits to second homes. Unvaccinated travelers who qualify under the essential reasons rules must present the following documents at the border: a negative Covid test less than 72 hours old as well as the…

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Who Should Become an Online English Teacher? With so many career options in today’s fast-paced, tech-mad world, here is why you should join the realm of obtaining a TESOL certification and becoming an online English teaching for a fulfilling career. Why Choose to do a TESOL Course? Taking our TESOL course [https://www.ittisouthafrica.com/course-information] is beneficial to anyone, of any age, in any career, as there is a way to adapt the course to fit what you want to do. Besides gaining employment by teaching English in a classroom abroad or online, even someone working in IT, for example, can benefit from TESOL to upgrade their role and pay. It may also open up opportunities in that career. If their company has internationals coming to work with them, said TESOL-certified person could train them in business English to help them adapt to the new English working office environment. Why Become an Online…

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Regardless of your age, you can always work on your pronunciation.  Our mini session of today is to help non-native speakers improve their competence in pronunciation by focussing on one sound (actually two)–the TH.  This sound is unique to English; therefore, the English student will always try to replace this sound by either T or S. Some students may object by saying that they are too old to change for the better.  We have living proof that one of our TEFL trainees from the U.K. was able to teach a Russian lady beyond 50 how to form this sound properly within a week of daily practice.  If she could do it, you can do it. INTRODUCTION Please watch this video and see for yourself what can happen if your pronunciation is incorrect. Maybe you are thinking about your pronunciation of the TH right now.  Don’t worry.  If you stay with…

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Can I, as a non-native speaker, greatly improve the way I pronounce English?  The answer is, “Yes, you can.”    It doesn’t come in an hour though.  It takes some time to work on it.  If you live in a country in which English is spoken, you will see results a little faster.  If you live in a non-English-speaking country, it may take some more time to achieve the desired changes.  Just thinking about them will not get you anywhere.  Action creates results.  So for all those who would love to speak a more native-like accent in English, we have created this six-part program to help you focus on what’s important. Through my work as a teacher, I meet many immigrants.  Adults often struggle to acquire English; children seem to have no problem, and they acquire a native-like accent rather quickly.  A lot of people then say that children learn…

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Some time ago, I asked Americans why they speak English differently.  None of the people who were present knew the answer.   “We probably messed it up over the years.”, said one of them finally.  Over all these years, one line of a famous American poem has stayed in my ears.  “…, and the Americans are worst of all because they speak it wrong.”  I started doing some research, and this is what I found out. When I grew up, I decided to become an English teacher.  I studied at the Department of Applied Linguistics.  Besides methodology, classroom management and phonology, we also got a thorough insight into American literature.  We talked about American poetry.  There was one poet who I particularly liked and still like—Odgen Nash.  I always found the following poem very funny. England Expects by Ogden Nash Let us pause to consider the English.   Who when they pause…

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Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 International TEFL Training Institute (iTTi) and Your Agora are excited to announce a comprehensive digital education partnership agreement for partners and affiliates. Your Agora now serves as the exclusive online education partner for iTTi’s worldwide affiliates in offering Teacher Training and English courses. By collaborating together, iTTi and Your Agora will join forces to offer the most cutting edge, dynamic, flexible experience for students, teachers, trainees, and administrators. By leveraging continuous assessment, real time data, and the latest educational technology, affiliates will increase their enrollment, revenue, and distribution. iTTi/Your Agora Partnership will launch in five parts: 1. iTTi’s 120 hour online Teacher training course offered via Your Agora. Prospective teachers will enjoy online premium, curated online training as they begin their journey to become an English teacher. 2. Alumni Learning Management System (LMS) will help iTTi graduates launch their online teaching businesses with full access to…

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TEFL/TESOL Course

It takes courage to become a winner despite all odds.  And you may have read somewhere that it is patience and persistence that will make you succeed.   This is so true. FULFILLING YOUR DREAMS OF TEACHING ABROAD AT iTTi LAGOS, NIGERIA My dream has always been to teach English abroad, especially in countries of the Middle East (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and UAE) where teachers are well remunerated.  But as a non-native speaker of English, with native-like proficiency, I reckoned that I needed to have the necessary qualifications to stand a chance. I decided to travel to the United States for my TESOL certification; it was a huge investment, considering that I am from Nigeria with unstable exchange rate of Naira to dollar. I emptied my bank account and got additional loan support from family members. I was optimistic that the training would stand me in good stead…

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TEFL Course in Amman

Mouafaq Arman, iTTi Amman Director ” Amman, Jordan Mouafaq Arman “..Teaching is the only career where respect is paid more to the service provider…” interview Why have you chosen this career? Teaching is the only career where respect is paid more to the service provider rather than to the customer. What arguments do you use to motivate someone to become a teacher? It connects the teacher to many people from all walks of life and opens many opportunities for traveling. Describe a personal connection experience you have had with your students that you remember for the rest of your life? Many of my students are now my friends and they work in different industries. Two are really remarkable; a physician who got promoted really fast and a business man who has gone global. What methodology were you taught? How effective was it? I taught in the past grammar translation method…

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