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ESL Blog Carnival – EFL Blog Carnival

TEFL Newbie is Hosting the ESL/EFL Blog Carnival this month – a group of bloggers from quite across the spectrum.  Lots of experience and wisdom (from the other bloggers, not me!).

. . . from TEFL Tips:

So you’ve got the job and now it’s time to move.  Only problem is that you have to fit your whole life into a couple suitcases.  What do you take and what do you leave behind?  Find out by reading Sharon de Hinojosa’s blog at TEFL Tips

Sharon has been teaching English since early 2003.  She started posting on Dave’s ESL Cafe shortly after and found herself regularly helping out other people and giving advice to newbies.  Over time, things progressed and she thought it would be a good idea to compile answers to FAQ that newbies often have about TEFLing and that’s how her wonderful TEFL Tips got started.

. . . from Jenna Makowski:

TEFL is certainly more than just teaching. Teachers working abroad often have to navigate the waters of visas, work permits, international documentation and other culture- or society-specific policies long before they can open their books. Here, Jenna Makowski narrates the amusing experiences she endured in order to become an “official” teacher in the eyes of the Polish government.  Read it at her blog  http://jennagmakowski.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/officially-stamped/  (I love her great photography!).

Jenna also has a good post on Cultural Differences in the Classroom – you can find it here: http://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/experiencing-cultural-differences-classroom.html

Jenna Makowski currently teaches English as a second language in Wroclaw, Poland. She has previous teaching experience in Moscow and Chicago. She thinks that the best lessons are the ones where the students talk more than the teacher, and that the best students are the ones that teach. Follow her blog at: http://jennagmakowski.wordpress.com/

 . . . from TEFL Newbie:

Someone wrote me recently saying: I had wanted to go to *country deleted*, but I had a friend (who knew people who went there), who told me that like 85% of males who go end up in jail, and 95% of females end up raped, because they have an ‘everything goes’ culture. I’m taking this with a grain of salt, but I’d still appreciate your opinion.

My response to that, about a country in which I lived for years is here:  TEFL Rumors and TEFL Myths . . .

 Ted Tucker is your host here at TEFL Newbie and I’ve been working/living abroad since 1989 when I joined the Peace Corps and went to Botswana.  I started in TEFL in 1992 in Korea and have loved the lifestyle and opportunity that has provided.  I have been fortunate enough to live for about two to ten years in Thailand, Korea (twice), Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Botswana.  I am a lucky man.  But I also think that you make your own luck . . .

TED’s Tips™ #1:  Enjoy the guidance from this group of people who,collectively, have loads and loads of experience overseas.

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Semi-retired EFL teacher/teacher-trainer working and living abroad since 1989 in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.