Teach English

There’s a lot to consider if you want to be an ESL teacher: certifications, experience and how to get it, the job search, what to look for in a contract, the age group to teach, the visa process, what it’s like living abroad, and how you spend your time in the classroom.

Here are few posts:

How to Get your First International Teaching Job (read this first)

How to Teach English as a Second or Foreign Language – this focuses on teaching methods.

How to Work Legally in Mexico – even if you don’t want to work in Mexico, this will give you an idea of the official process you will be up against, regardless of country.

ESL Teaching in Mexico as a Freelancer – my story of how I ended up here.

Teaching techniques:

Circle Time

ESL – Subject or Communication Tool?

Using Music in the Classroom

If you want to know specifics all about working in Mexico as a teacher, you can read this series of articles I wrote for a TESL school. Coventry House International is the school where I got my TESL (teachers of English as a Second Language) certificate online. While not necessary, having a TESL (or TESOL, or TEFL) certificate is helpful.

And of course, being an English speaker isn’t enough. You need to become an expert in the mechanics of the language:

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

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  1. Good information. have More stuff about Things should know before teaching English to share.

  2. Thank you so much for providing your link! I did start my blog yesterday but it’s just the introduction; nothing too interesting yet. I live here in Leon with my boyfriend and his family and his aunt’s own an elementary school and have asked about me teaching English. I have never taught before and the thought of it terrifies me because I’m not fluent in Spanish. I’m so glad I came across your blog. Our situations are somewhat similar and I think it will be a good guide for me! Here’s my link: ryliealexandraburns.wordpress.com
    Any comments or recommendations, I’d love to hear it!

    • Don’t worry about Spanish. You don’t need it to teach English – actually it’s better if you never speak Spanish in class, especially with kids. You have a good opportunity – go for it!
      I like your blog. The eating story was great. I’ve felt the same way here before.

  3. Hi! Your blog has been very informative for me. I was googling “Mexican Slang” to begin my own blog and I came across yours. I am currently living in Leon, GTO. I’ve been here for about 7 months. Do you know a lot about Leon? Any specific places or ways to begin writing/teaching here. I’d really love to hear your input. Thanks so much!

    Rylie

  4. Hola i was writing from Lima,Peru and came across this blog i was interested in coming to Mexico what part not sure yet somewhere close to the border so my family in the U.S could come visit me i wanted to know the web site for theTESL (teachers of English as a Second Language) certificate online here in Peru we have ICPNA where they advise me to just take methodology classes i grew up in Chicago and all my education came from the U.S up to college,i have a lot of Mexican amigos lol plus i love the food i was considering Mexico or Canada please help me out with the info.

    • Hey Mike (I just replied to your other comment),

      Do a google search for TESL, TESOL, TEFL, etc… Take a look at the courses. You will see very different prices, and you will get what you pay for.

      Taking these courses really doesn’t teach you much about being a teacher. They are more of a supplement to other qualifications. Do you have a bachelor’s degree from the US? That will be more important.

      The TESL I did was online: http://www.ontesol.com/

      I thought it was a good course, but I’d already been teaching for years when I took it. This one is more expensive because it is certified by Tesl Canada, so if you want to teach in Canada this is what you’ll need.

      If you come to Mexico you can take a training course here. I know the Anglo does them, and after you get it you will be able to teach in Mexico for sure.

      http://anglo.mx/

      Good luck, ask me anything else you want.

  5. Nice blog, I wish I saw this before I came to Mexico, it would have helped me out a lot!

  6. Hi,

    My name is Manny. I have enjoyed reviewing your blog. I cannot seem to find your article entitled How to Get Started as an International English Teacher. Your other articles have hyperlinks but this one does not appear to have one. Also, I would like to know if you would be interested in sharing backlinks between our sites. Mine is http://www.virtualmarketing.us. Check it out. My goal with Virtual Marketing is to help people who are relocating to Mexico in their efforts to set up businesses down here.

    Have a nice day!
    MVA

    • Hi Manny, thanks a lot for checking out the blog. I haven’t published “How to Get Started as an International English Teacher” on the blog yet because a website was interested in it. I’m waiting to see how it pans out…let me know if you are interested in publishing it, or if there is anything else I can do to help people relocating to Mexico.
      Sure, please link my site and I’ll put your website in my links.
      Ted

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