The Difference Between Teaching ESL and Teaching at an International School

This is worth the read.

Teaching Wanderlust

I teach at international schools.  I have also taught ESL.  I’m going to explain some key differences to those looking into teaching internationally. 

Image My summer school ESL class in Peace Corps Azerbaijan

Teaching ESL

When I was about to graduate from undergrad my plan was to teach English in the Peace Corps. If I didn’t get into the Peace Corps my Plan B was to teach ESL in South Korea.  I got into the Peace Corps but I researched South Korea and teaching ESL like crazy. 

Requirements

There are many language schools where one can get a job right out of undergrad college.  You don’t always need a certificate or special degree, though in many cases it can mean a pay raise if you do have it. Higher paying jobs generally require a CELTA/DELTA certificate or a Masters degree of some sort.

Duties

When you are teaching ESL you…

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