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Here is a place where you can get all sorts of great advice about teaching, living abroad, TEFL jobs and more. Straight talk from the TEFLPros where we share all our useful and practical insider info!

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3 Fun Getting to Know You Activities for the Online Classroom

We’ve chosen some of our favorite in-person Getting to Know You activities, and tweaked them to fit the online classroom!

Things to Do Before Purchasing an Online TEFL 

You know you want to teach English online or abroad, but now what? We’ve put together a list of things to do before purchasing an online TEFL.

Can I teach English if I’m a non-native speaker?

Can I teach English if I’m a non-native speaker? YES! As a matter of fact, you can use being a non-native English teacher to your advantage!

Join these TEFL FB Groups NOW To Jumpstart Your Job Search!

Are you ready to begin your TEFL career, but don’t know how to start? Join these TEFL FB groups now to jumpstart your TEFL job search! 

Volunteer TEFL Opportunities You Can Start NOW!

As a new EFL teacher, how do you get experience? Here’s our list of volunteer TEFL opportunities you can start NOW!

Our Favorite Warm Up Activities [Online Approved!]

The “pros” here at TEFLPros have chosen some of our favorite in-person Warm Ups, and tweaked them to fit the online classroom!

5 Free Resources for Teaching Business English

Business professionals across the globe want to improve their English language skills. Read on to learn about 5 free resources for teaching Business English.

Teaching Abroad Without a TEFL Certificate: Here’s What It’s Really Like [Guest Post]

Have you considered teaching abroad without a TEFL certificate? Here’s what it’s really like from someone who tried it.

How To Teach English Without A Degree

Thinking about teaching English online or abroad, but don’t have a college degree? Check out our guide on how to teach without a degree.

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching EFL Using TED Talks

Are you interested in teaching business English? Read on for some great tips in our step-by-step guide to teaching EFL using TED Talks! 

4 FREE Resources for Teaching Kids Online

Are you in need of some free resources for teaching kids online? Keep reading to learn our favorite apps and websites!

8 Useful Items for Teaching Little Language Learners Online

Need some help teaching English to kids? Read on to learn our 8 useful items for teaching little language learners online!

How to Avoid Zoom Fatigue

Amid a pandemic that has kept us separated from loved ones for months on end, Zoom has become our main mode of communication. In this post we are tackling how to avoid Zoom fatigue with some simple tips to keep your body and mind healthy.

How to Stand Out as an Online Teacher to Adults With a Great INTRO Video

Wondering about how to start teaching online to adults? Keep reading to learn how to stand out with a great intro video.

10 Free TEFL Resources [for the Solopreneur]

Wondering about options for online teaching? Consider going it alone – be a Solopreneur! Keep reading to learn about 10 free TEFL resources for the solopreneur, discovered by our very own resident insider.

The Real Impact of an English Education

English is truly the international language of today’s world. Today we wanted to take a minute and reflect on the real impact of an English education.

[Part 2] Earn More Teaching Online With These Simple Tips [ft. VIPKid]

Due to the pandemic, more TEFL teachers than ever before are teaching online. So, it’s more important than ever to know your way around popular online platforms like VIPKid. Here is our follow-up insider look at how to earn more teaching online!

Earn More Teaching Online With These Simple Tips [ft. VIPKid]

Ready to increase your bookings and earn more as an English teacher in 2021? Read on to learn how to earn more teaching online with these simple tips (ft. VIPKid).

3 Types of Sites to Jump Start your TEFL Job Search

3 Types of Sites to Jump Start your TEFL Job Search     Not sure where to start your TEFL job search? You’re not alone! In this post we take a look at three types of sites to help you launch your TEFL job search and […]

5 Fun TEFL Lessons using The Night Before Christmas

5 Fun TEFL Lessons using The Night Before Christmas     With the holiday season in full swing, why not take some time out to share the beloved The Night Before Christmas poem with your students?  We developed these 5 fun TEFL lessons using this lighthearted […]

How to Teach English Abroad: The Ultimate 2021 Guide

Got your TEFL certificate and are wondering where you can safely teach abroad in 2021? Here’s our How to Teach English Abroad: The Ultimate 2021 Guide. It’s full of answers to all of our most frequently asked questions – everything from qualifications to available jobs. Plus, there’s an entire section devoted to everything you need to know to work abroad during COVID – from safe ways to travel to the safest places to teach.  You’re welcome! 

TEFL Teachers Abroad: Living in China for a Year

Enjoy this insight into how Goats on the Road lived as TEFL teachers abroad in China. From the rewarding relationships they built with the children to the incredible skills the acquired, Goats on the Road delve into why having a TEFL was a game-changer while traveling and working.

How to Teach Business English Online and Abroad

Just like teaching adults online and teaching kids online, there are plenty of online business ESL schools that offer online TEFL jobs. Here are our top picks for online business English teaching jobs for teaching business English online. Find out more about teaching business online and abroad in this guide.

What TEFL Careers Exist? Teaching and Beyond

Thinking a career in EFL might be for you? Here is a guide to the TEFL careers you can follow once you are fully TEFL certified.

Teach English Online to Adults: 8 Online EFL Schools

Looking to teach English online to adults? Here’s a list of the top online EFL schools to teach English to adults online with a TEFL

Can You Teach English Online Without a Degree? Yes! Here’s how.

With then new normal squarely upon us, you might be wondering what your next move should be. Teaching English online can be a great choice even if you don’t have a college degree. In this post we’re sharing 7 online schools that accept English teachers without degrees.

Shy Learners: How to Build Student Confidence in your Online TEFL Classroom

Want to build student confidence in your virtual classroom? Here are the top tactics that we’ve found for our EFL students.

3 Reasons TEFL Certificate Accreditation is a MUST

TEFL certificate accreditation is vital to ensure you have real access to top quality teaching jobs worldwide and online.

6 Reasons an Online TEFL is Invaluable as Lockdown Lifts

When it comes to scheduling online English classes, you get the ultimate flexibility in freelance online teaching vs online language schools.
You choose your schedule and pick students that fit this time frame.  While you pick your schedule initially with an online language school, there is less flexibility later on. You have to commit to a certain number of hours in specific days and times.
Remember that many online language schools are based in Asia, which may not work with your timezone. 

Already a TEFL Teacher? 5 Ways to Boost Your Online Teaching Salary

Already teaching English online? Here are 5 quick and easy ways to increase your online English teaching salary.

How to Make Money as a Freelance Online TEFL Teacher

Become a freelance online TEFL teacher to make $ and choose your own hours! Choose TEFLPros to qualify as an online TEFL teacher today!

We Asked TEFLPros Graduates How Our Course Prepared Them For Online Teaching (Here’s What They Said)

“Not only did I feel prepared after going through the course, I got an offer to teach online almost immediately. While this course features real in-class observation via video (I think around 20 hours of it), it’s quite easy to adapt what I saw in the classrooms to my online teaching experience. Plus the course taught me how to adapt it to any situation. 

Online Teaching Essentials for Your 2021 TEFL Virtual Classroom

High-quality TEFL worksheets, activity books, teaching frameworks, lesson plans, and English teaching resources are invaluable online teaching essentials.
Don’t settle for scrappy, disorganized lesson planning and poorly worded worksheets. 
Create a tailored English learning curriculum that embraces all facets of the language learning process using digital TEFL resources. 

7 Unexpected Reasons a TEFL Gap Year is a Good Idea

Taking a TEFL gap year is a good idea. It offers you the opportunity to connect and grow with cultures from all over the world.

6 Online Teaching Zoom Free Alternatives for Virtual Classroom Learning

In the era of data security, it’s important that you’re not the missing link in your business’s chain. You don’t want a hacker accessing yours or your student private data through a security flaw in a Zoom virtual English lesson. 

Gap Year vs College – How a TEFL Changes Things

Gap year vs college – Here’s how a TEFL program can help you make a better choice and give you online work opportunities.

Need Work From Home Ideas? Why Not Teach?

The uncertainty that surrounds us leaves us asking ourselves ‘will work from home be the new normal?’ However, perhaps the question isn’t ‘Will work from home become the norm?’ but whether it’s even possible.For TEFL teachers, the dream of permanently working from home is very real.

Online Teaching Tips for TEFL Teachers – From a Real Online EFL Teacher

Not used to the virtual classroom? Use these top online teaching tips for TEFL teachers from a real-life online EFL teacher!

6 Novel Ways to Enhance Your Gap Year with a TEFL

Planning your travels will give you a little more direction, ushering in a far more fulfilling sense of purposefulness. With a TEFL qualification, you can plan your journey more mindfully. With a globally-recognized TEFL certification, you are far more appealing to the volunteer projects, schools, and language centers that matter to you. 

Program Highlight: TeachDiscoverChina

Are you interested in teaching in China? Check out TeachDiscoverChina (TDC), a TEFL placement organization based in Sichuan!

WFH in 2021? – 5 Ingenious Ways to Teach English Online with a TEFL 

Whether your are being forced to work from home or you’d like to try a remote teaching position, a TEFL gives you the opportunity to teach English online.

A 2021 Guide to Choose the Best Online TEFL Programs [+ Avoid Bad Ones]

Thanks to the creation of online TEFL programs, those who want to become EFL teachers can become TEFL certified at their own pace!

Deliver More Engaging Online English Lessons in 2021. Here’s How!

Your online English lessons don’t have to be boring. Spice up your virtual English classes and you’ll find your ESL students’ engagement soars.

The Best Places to Teach English in Vietnam

What are the best places to teach English in Vietnam? With an estimated population of over 97 million, there is ample opportunity!

The Best Places to Teach English in Japan

English teachers in Japan are both well paid and well respected. Japan is an unforgettable place to start your career as an ESL teacher.

Program Highlight: ESL Authority

ESL Authority is a site dedicated to helping teachers make informed decisions related to teaching abroad. In addition to an active job board, we provide free in-depth hiring guides as well as interviews and insights from former teachers.

The Best Places to Teach English in Taiwan

Taiwan is a popular destination for English teachers. Check out our top four best places to teach English in Taiwan.

The Best Places to Teach English in Thailand

Famed as a hot spot for travelers, Thailand also reigns as one of the top stops to teach English abroad. The magnetic capital, Bangkok, is the at the epicenter of the teaching market but for those seeking something more serene, the seductive charm of Chiang Mai and the sun-kissed south await.

The Best Places to Teach English in Russia

With a population of over 140 million, there are opportunities all year round to teach in Russia; and not just in schools. Here is our top list!

TEFL Activities: Present Continuous Practice

Present continuous can be one of the most fun tenses to teach because it’s all about action. Here’s an activity that our students always have fun with.

Conversation Starters in the TEFL Classroom

What comes after, “Hello, how are you…”? Here are some great conversation starters that you can teach your students so that they feel more prepared for real life.

Worried about Covid-19? Here’s why now is the PERFECT time to start your TEFL course…

For those considering TEFL certification, the Covid-19 global crisis presents a unique opportunity for would be teachers.

Learning Service in the TEFL Industry

What does the TEFL industry have to do with the concept of learning service? In this post we will explore how this concept relates to the world of TEFL.

Volunteering Abroad Can Do Harm – But It Doesn’t Have To

Volunteering abroad is often marketed as a fun and easy way to change the world. But it is often much more complicated than it seems.

Why We Are Grateful We Taught English Abroad

For the 2018 holiday season TEFLPros’ decided to do a little reflection of our own. Here are our top 10 reasons why we’re grateful we taught English abroad.

The Best Places to Teach English in China

China is a mecca for teachers who want to work abroad. Keep reading to find out the best places to teach English in China.

China: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Teaching English overseas is growing in popularity. Keep reading China: What You Need to Know Before You Go to learn our insider tips. 

Teaching English in China: The Survival Guide

If you are interested in teaching English in Asia, then look no further. Here is our survival guide to teaching English in China!

Program Highlight: A Way Abroad

Have you considered teaching English abroad, but feel stuck about how to make it happen? That’s where our friends at A Way Abroad come in. Keep reading to learn more about their business of keeping you in the know about employment opportunities, country specifics – and more! 

Program Highlight: Flying Cows

Want to teach English overseas…without the bull? Then check out our feature on Flying Cows below! They will take you step-by-step through the process of landing your dream job, without the hassle, overwhelm, and stress.

Program Highlight: Little Fox

If Korea is a destination you’ve considered for teaching abroad, then Little Fox might be for you. Keep reading to learn more about this language center and its multimedia approach to English language learning!

Program Highlight: The Red Sweater Project

f you see yourself as a changemaker, Red Sweater Project might be just the program for you. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting opportunity to live abroad and make a difference!

The Ultimate List of TEFL Essentials

It’s almost that time again: the beginning of the school year! Keep reading to learn our ultimate list of TEFL essentials! 

Teaching English in Thailand Quick Guide

Are you considering a move to the Land of Smiles? Ever wondered what it’d be like to teach English in one of the most sought after locales on the planet? Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of teaching English in Thailand! 

Essential Office Supplies for Your Teacher Bag

In this article we explore the essential office supplies for your teacher bag. Keep reading to learn what should be in your teacher toolkit!

4 Ways to Celebrate in the TEFL Classroom

In this season of graduations and celebrations, we thought it would be appropriate to reflect on 4 ways to celebrate in the TEFL classroom.

What’s Holding You Back From a Career in TEFL?

What’s holding you back from a career in TEFL? Keep reading to learn the top fears that hold people back from a career in TEFL.

3 Tips for a Calmer Classroom

It’s only natural that things get a little rowdy in the classroom from time to time. Learn 3 tips for creating a calmer classroom.

4 Grammar Reference Books That Will Change Your Life

It’s no secret that most new EFL teachers dread teaching grammar lessons. Learn the four grammar reference books that will change your life!

5 Tips to Become a Better Teacher

Lately we’ve been thinking a lot about the personal growth side of living and teaching abroad. And along with that, we’ve been reflecting on how we have grown as teachers over the years. In this post we are sharing 5 simple tips to help you become a better teacher.

Program Highlight: Travels While Teaching

One of the best memories I’ve had while traveling and teaching was when I hiked the towns of Cinque Terra, Italy! It was the most amazing feeling – standing on top of the mountain, looking at one of the most beautiful sites I’ve seen, thinking to myself…I made it. I did it. That was the moment I realized, anything was possible!

3 Things We Wish We Had Done Over Spring Break

Spring break is one of the highlights of a college career. Learn the three things we wish we had done to maximize our Spring break.

Program Highlight: Wanderlust Exchange

Ever considered living abroad in China? Well this program au pair offered by Wanderlust Exchange might be just what you’ve been looking for!

The Best Travel Gear for Couples

It’s the month of love and that means we get to share some of our best tips for traveling as a couple. While it may come with its own set of challenges, hitting the road with your romantic sidekick can offer the experience of a lifetime. Keep reading to find out our favorite finds for traveling duos.

Getting Started in the TEFL Classroom

Getting started in the TEFL classroom can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you transition gracefully into your new role as a teacher.

Teaching English Online: How to Get Started

Teaching English online is becoming a more attractive option for people who want to work online from home or abroad.

How to Survive the Holidays: TEFL Edition

Holiday blues got you down? In this article we are going to share our top tips on how to survive the holidays as an EFL teacher living abroad.

What is a TEFL Certification? Here’s What You Need To Know

What is a TEFL? If you are interested in teaching English abroad, you must understand the basics of a TEFL certification.

5 Things to Watch Out for When Shopping for an Online TEFL

In today’s world of online courses, you have to do your due-diligence. Here are 5 things to watch out for when shopping for an online TEFL.

Signs You Should Consider an Online TEFL Certification

In the educational landscape of today, online courses are increasingly desirable. Here are some signs you should consider an online TEFL.

7 Questions to Ask When Searching for a TEFL Certification

Finding the perfect TEFL certification course can be challenging. Here are 7 questions to ask yourself when you are on the hunt.

5 Key Things to Look for in an Online TEFL Course

Learn 5 key things to look for in choosing an online TEFL course that will prepare you for life abroad as an EFL professional. 

Five Common TEFL Interview Questions

Whether you have teaching experience or not, there are a few TEFL interview questions that you should be prepared to answer.

Getting a TEFL Job

The most common question prospective TEFL course participants ask is “How do I get a job teaching English?”

Staying Healthy as a Teacher

Need some help staying healthy as a teacher? Read on to learn 4 natural ways to boost your immunity and beat those cold weather blues.

Four Types of EFL Students

Ever wonder what types of students you might teach as an EFL professional? Here are four types of EFL students. 

Learn How to Make Your First Day Lesson Count

Every wonder how to plan your first day lesson? In this post we share some concrete tips on how to make the most of your first day!

Moving Abroad To Teach English? Here’s What To Pack…

Want to teach EFL abroad? Here are some tips on what to pack to help make your transition overseas as smooth as possible.

How Your College Major Can Help You As A TEFL Professional

How can your college major help you as an EFL teacher? In this post we show you how EFL teachers come from all different backgrounds.

Teaching English Abroad: The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Are you considering a career in TEFL? In this post we discuss the opportunities available to those who choose to teach English abroad. 

Shopping Activities [EFL Lesson Ideas]

Shopping activities are a staple in the EFL classroom. In this post we are sharing one of our all time favorites!

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