Category Archives: TEFL TESOL Jobs

TEFL Course in Baku

Country manager of iTTi in Azerbaijan “ Baku, Azerbaijan Afar Ibrahimov I started teaching and realized that this something I want in my life because the class is one of the places where I feel most at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeG9Ha9Awkg&feature=youtu.be interview Why have you chosen this career? One of the most common reasons to become a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of as many students as you can.  I worked in different fields, but I was not satisfied with my life because I did not like the work I did.  I became a teacher because I loved the profession of teaching. A teacher is an educator. You learn a lot by teaching. The love of teaching inspired me to choose this profession. I started teaching and realized that this is something I want in my life because the class is one of the places where I feel…

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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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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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Stephen Scott Bucholtz iTTi Peru

iTTi Arequipa, Co-Director ” Arequipa, Peru Stephen Scott Bucholtz “…working with kids with learning disabilities, I began to see the importance of being part of the “Forming the Future” revolution….” interview Why have you chosen this career? Education was not what I originally studied for. I studied Psychology, Accounting, and Systems. However, since my days teaching Graphic Design and a as a Literacy Volunteer working with kids with learning disabilities, I began to see the importance of being part of the “Forming the Future” revolution. What arguments do you use to motivate someone to become a teacher? If you think there are serious problems in the world, the best place to begin change is in Education. If you don’t like the way today’s generations are being formed, the best place to begin change is Education. If you don’t do you part to affect change, then you have no supportive argument…

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iTTi New York Adriana BLumberg

iTTi New York Adriana BLumberg ” New York , USA  Adriana BLumberg Ms. Blumberg has dedicated her professional career to education.  After graduating with an MA in Applied Linguistics, she entered the public school system and taught English up to the 12th grade in Europe for a number of years.    interview Why have you chosen this career? I love English, and I love teaching it even more. I enjoy observing people progress towards fluency. What arguments do you use to motivate someone to become a teacher? Being a teacher is a great job. I have done is for so many years and have never been bored a minute. It’s a job that challenges you all the time and requires you to give your best. It is beautiful to watch students grow. Apart from a decent salary, you work in a nice environment. Plus, you get to see the world…

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Amber Ryne iTTi South AFrica TESOL TEFL

iTTi South Africa, CEO ” Cape Town, South Africa Amber Ryne “…people thanked me for being an inspiration and giving them an experience that has changed their lives forever…” interview Why have you chosen this career? To be honest, this career chose me. I didn’t foresee myself becoming a teacher, but knew I would always follow a path in communications and business. After teaching abroad for some time and accumulating great understanding and experience physically teaching English, I recognized the role in which I would want to play within this industry. I decided I want to involve myself more in the process and training of excellent teachers that can represent the iTTi standard of Education world wide. I am interested in the evolution of education and would like to be a part of its direction. What arguments do you use to motivate someone to become a teacher? I truly believe…

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Although the rule is that one should not lie on your CV/resume, 63% of people admitted to lying or exaggerating. The latest story is that of a government official who put a Stanford University degree in her CV that the university could not confirm. On top of it, they discovered plagiarism in her doctoral dissertation.  Obviously, those discoveries don’t necessarily benefit a good reputation.  And it can absolutely hurt sooner or later when you are trying to build a career. The response of people in discussions about such scandals usually is that everybody does it. In Germany, a banker with the name Christian Eberhard dreamed of being a surgeon.  He made his dream come true by forging a medical degree. When his fraud was discovered, he had already performed 190 surgeries at the University Clinic of Erlangen. This was despite the fact that he had written his “degree” with an…

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