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HOW T
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UNCOV
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Written
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James J
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Edited B
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Mike Sc
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About the Author
James Jenkin has been teaching English as a foreign language since 1994, having managed English language
programmes in Vietnam, China and Australia. His classroom career has included teaching Sudanese
refugees, Vietnamese government ministers and Chinese airline pilots. As well as developing English
language programmes and training teachers, James is also the proud author of Lonely Planet’s Russian
Phrasebook! Needless to say, he has had invaluable experiences in the TEFL and travel world and can
offer you a whole world of TEFL-Travel advice. With his extensive teaching experience, as well as ten
years’ experience as a teacher-trainer on Cambridge CELTA Courses and i-to-i’s Classroom TEFL
Courses, he truly understands the needs, fears and hopes of people entering the TEFL world.

Qualifications:
l Cambridge CELTA
l Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian and Latvian
l Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics

James with one of his students

What James Has To Say

How and why did you get into teaching English overseas?
“I’d studied languages and I thought I’d be a good teacher because
I knew about grammar. I used to stand in the front and lecture. I
wish I’d done some worthwhile teacher training before I started – it
took me a couple of years to realize that being a good teacher is
about helping ‘learners’ get involved and practise with each other
and develop their skills.”

What do you most enjoy about TEFL training on the
Classroom TEFL Course?
“It’s a thrill to see people develop such confidence in such a short
period of time.”

Any tips for first time TEFL/TESOL teachers?
“Get the students talking! The less time you’re up in the front
talking, the better. They need the practice, not you!”

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l Having said that, when it comes to legal requirements (e.g. needing a degree to get a work visa)
there may be no way around it.

l If you don’t have something quite specialised that they ask for (e.g. ‘must have postgraduate
degree in business’), perhaps consider a different job? There are plenty of others to choose
from.

Reflection & Action

List some or all of your current and former jobs.
Include any experience you have from your former jobs which might be valuable to the school. Think
about the following:

l Dealing with the public

l Working independently

l Being responsible for children

l Being trusted (e.g. with opening a building, looking after money)

l Working with books

l Working with language

l Training

For example:

SHOP ASSISTANT
l Dealt with customers
of different nationalities
l Trained staff
l Was responsible for
cash

1. 2. 3.

Write your teaching resume to support your application from Part 2.

Make sure the verb tenses are consistent (e.g. all past jobs use past tense) and get someone to
check for typos!

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SUMMARY
Use a ‘key skills’ box and change it depending on the selection criteria

Keep your resume succinct and relevant

KEY RESOURCES

For TEFL resume tips:
http://www.tefl.net/esl-jobs/resume-tips.htm

For suggestions regarding tricky issues such as lack of experience:
http://susanireland.com/resumework.htm

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Language Terms2
Accuracy

Error

Fluency

Language analysis

Macro skills

Native-speaker

Non-native speaker

Vocabulary

Saying or writing something correctly

A mistake a learner makes in speaking or writing, caused by their language
knowledge

Saying or writing something without unnatural pauses

Examining the structure and meaning of language

The four primary language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking

Someone who learnt a language from early childhood

someone who learnt a language after early childhood

Words

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TEFL Profession3

Agent

Application letter

CELTA

Certificate

Chain school

Diploma

EFL

ESL

ESOL

Networking

Resume

Selection criteria

Split shift

Teacher forum

TEFL

TESOL

Trinity

A person or company who arranges teaching work

A letter sent to an employer to apply for a job together with a resume

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, run by Cambridge
University

The entry level of qualification for the TEFL industry

A school with a number of branches in different cities or countries

A higher level of qualification than a certificate; only required for positions of
responsibility in a school

English as a Foreign Language; generally used to mean English for work or study

English as a Second Language; generally used to mean migrant English

English as a Second or Other Language (used mainly in the UK); any English
teaching to non-native speakers

Making contacts in the industry

A document showing your qualifications and employment history; used
interchangeably with CV

The skills and attributes an employer looks for to choose someone for a job

A work schedule with a long break in the middle (e.g. 2 hours in the morning
and 2 hours in the evening)

A page on a website where teachers post comments

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (used mainly in the UK); generally used
to mean English for work or study

Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (used mainly in the US,
Australia and New Zealand); any English teaching to non-native speakers

The Certificate in TESOL, run by Trinity College, London

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