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Cinco de Mayo Special: How to conquer Mexico as an ESL Teacher

Cinco de Mayo Special: How to conquer Mexico as an ESL Teacher

From the jungle-clad temples of Chiapas to the bustling streets and iconic roundabouts of Mexico City, Mexico truly has something for everyone. That being said, for those hungry to experience new cultures, languages, food, and adventures, the prospect of living and teaching English overseas can be both thrilling and intimidating. Most of us start off not knowing exactly where ...

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Love Is in the Air – The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 1)

Love Is in the Air - The Teaching Abroad Pod (Episode 1) James reminisces with co-host Rowan about falling in love in Korea, while an interview with guests Becky and Mike uncovers how they found love in China. They also discuss some uncommon but amazing Korean and Chinese dishes, and incredible off-the-beaten-path travel destinations.  

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Why I Love Teaching for Oxford Seminars

I started with Oxford Seminars in March 2015. On the first day of my first course, I was nervous. Teaching a new course is nerve-racking. Still, I had found a vocation in teaching ESL, and I was excited to share my experiences and knowledge with others. Fortunately, the course was a success, and I have now been an Oxford Seminars Instructor for ...

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Free Flights to China with Quarantine Costs Covered

Looking for a job abroad can be tough, especially during a pandemic. Travel delays, quarantines, and closed borders are not something we would have factored into teaching overseas before 2019. That's why Oxford Seminars' Job Placement Advisors are working hard to provide helpful advice and connect our teachers with trustworthy contacts overseas. We have many options available during this ...

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How COVID-19 Helped Me Decide to Call Vietnam Home

January 27, 2021 The frying pan pops and sizzles, the smell of onions thick in my cramped kitchen. My eyes are teary from chopping as the tiny ding of my phone signals a message: Have you heard about the 80 cases of COVID? It’s a strange feeling, a kind of falling away, as I read the link my friend ...

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How an Oxford Seminars Grad Got an Online Teaching Job [Video]

Oxford Seminars grad Aline shares tips to secure an online teaching job including the interview process, demo lessons, and required technology. She also discusses working hours, her pay rate, lesson planning, classroom setup, teaching strategies, and much more! Watch the video below to hear about Aline's experiences in our course and her plans to teach online! Want to get ...

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Tips and Tricks for Teaching ESL Online – Part 2: Mastering Zoom

Before COVID-19, I had already gotten a Zoom account out of curiosity and started to tutor some of my overseas students who used to 'Skype' with me through it. When the pandemic hit and the lockdowns commenced in March 2020, Zoom became my go-to when many of my online students transitioning from an in-class experience to online were struggling ...

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Tips and Tricks for Teaching ESL Online – Part 1: The Basics

When I was approached to put together a blog post about my experiences in online teaching, I was excited at the prospect of sharing the good news that one can find a lot of purpose and, dare I say, joy in doing so. My fear was that I would paint teaching online in a light that may make it ...

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Brexit: Will it make it easier to teach in the EU?

  Now that the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union has been finalized, lots of ESL teachers are wondering whether it might become a whole lot easier to teach in the EU. The UK technically left the EU on January 31, 2020; however, trade and travel agreements had been in place while the final deal was ...

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Alex’s ESL Journey (then COVID-19 struck)

When the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020, I was living and teaching on a small island off the coast of Taiwan. We were on holiday for the Chinese New Year when the news of a terrifying new virus broke. Of course, nobody knew at that point how seriously to take the news. Being on an island gave ...

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