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September 20th, 2006


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08:16 pm - Teaching English Overseas?
Taking a break from the sudden political turn this journal seems to have taken, I'm looking for some in-put from you guys on this decision.  I've been thinking about taking a TESOL course (TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, so basically a course to teach you how to teach English to people in other countries) and then taking a few months sometime before graduation to go teach in China.  This teaching English thing seems to be a really popular thing these days, and it's an awesome chance to go visit my home nation while making some money, not to mention I'm sure it'll be an awesome experience to add to the resume.

So!  I know there's a few people on my f-list that wants to do this type of job, mostly in Japan, but if you've taken a course with TESOL or something similar, can you just tell me if you found it helpful?  And for those that have gone to actually teach in other countries, how was it? How were plane tickets and accomodations arranged?  Like did you have to pay all of that yourself or were you covered by the employer (even partially)? 

I'm just kind of scared to teach like, high school kids even though I think if I did apply for a job those would be the grades I'd feel most comfortable teaching, especially 3rd years that are preparing for their University Exams since the competition's so so intense over there that I'd feel awful if they did badly on the exams because my teaching sucked.

But yeah, I'm getting really sick of just reading text books year after year, I think a few months of actually being out in the world will be like a breath of fresh air.  Either way, give me your thoughts~!
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From:vermicious_nat
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
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I think it would prove to be an absolutely wonderful experiance for you, but don't go unless your heart is totally, 100% set on it!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
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^-^b
From:_pseudonym
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
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You know, it really depends on where you're hired. Some employers like the TESOL credential. Some employers don't like it because they think that you will want to just teach your own thing instead of the cirriculum that they want taught. It's an either or thing. I've been debating taking it myself. It's just finding the time (and the large sum of) money to do so.

I want to take it because I want teaching experience. Also, yeah, I speak English... that doesn't mean that I know the correct way to go about teaching it. A lot of what teaching is, you can only learn after experience, but I'm never one to just jump into something head first without trying to be prepared.

As well, it is quite normal to be asked to do a demo lesson during interviews and such things. Maybe that TESOL thing would give you some pointers and what not.

Good luck! ^_^
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
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The course in TESOL is 95 bucks right? I saw that somewhere, so it might be wrong ~-~

But yeah, I was trying to think like, if I was to actually teach English, like grammar and stuff to kids that aren't native speakers, how would I go about it and I realized I have absolutely no idea xDD When you speak it fluently, you don't really think about grammar and the mechanics of a language lol.
From:_pseudonym
Date:September 21st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, then you were looking at a bargain prince!

London Language Institute TESL Certification- $1500


International TESOL - $700 (US) for your very basic certificate

Hmm... I guess I'm more looking at the B.A. in Education courses or Assiciate BA in Education, eh? Well, not for the basic Certificate. The BA Education one is $2595US.

I guess it depends on where you go, eh?
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 21st, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
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a BA??? O__o;; The courses I was looking at on the TESOL page was only like...a few weeks long...that's enough time for a BA degree in anything I don't think x__X;;
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From:brothersleep
Date:September 21st, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
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Aaaah, teaching~ :D

I'm not sure about teaching English (not my native language and I fail at it XD), but listening to someone speaking the language you're teaching them and knowing there's a part of you somewhere in there... I dunno if I'm the only psycho, but it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. :p

Plus working with children can make wonders, especially if you choose to go with the younger ones. It's like therapy, I swear. Even if they drive you mad sometimes, they SHOW you how much they love you (I never understood this until I had a pile of kids hanging all over me on my second week here XD).

I think you should definitely go for it, if you have the opportunity. ^_____^
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Ah I can't stand young kids, I know they can be adorable and such, but their screaming and lack of what I call "adult common sense" just irks me ^^;; I think if I do teach it'll have to be middle school to high school kids where I can actually have some intelligent conversations lol. but thanks!!
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From:brothersleep
Date:September 21st, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
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lol I know what you mean. I think you can get the same feeling from older kids and even people your age you work with, though. ^^ You know, the feeling that you're doing something right and they appreciate it, even though they don't always show it. XD

(My biggest fear of working with people older than 12 is that they might get violent and then it's a bit worse than 'he pulled my hair!!11').
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From:holmes_3000
Date:September 21st, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
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Though I have yet to think about future jobs, but i think that is a great idea ><
Well... My Mum has been nagging to me about my future... she suggested me to go to USA to teach CHINESE = =
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Really?? Lol, can you come to Canada instead? Then we can hang out!! Ah the joy of Asian parents and their forever worrying for our futures xDD
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From:holmes_3000
Date:September 21st, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Haha~~ canada seems a nice option XD
Parents...
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From:sakitokun
Date:September 21st, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
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This is off topic but...

I just watch Gravitation OVA's and I loved them! Made me so sad. Now that's whatI call an ending lol. Also I watched Kizuna and I'ma bit confused, the story changes at the end, what happened to the kid?
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From:sakitokun
Date:September 21st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh I forgot that I also want more of Fake! I love that anime! I adore it lol, so burn some more when you get a chance!
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From:sakitokun
Date:September 21st, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh it's me again, I also like Papa Kiss in the Dark (I think that's what it's called lol) I love it!!! *hugs* Thanksso much.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 21st, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Ok,
1) Kizuna the manga goes way more into detail over what's happening and more plot development, the anime is just sort of "let's satisfy fangirls by bringing the characters to the screen" sort of deal.

2) There's no more FAKE, it's a 1eps OVA, so that's all there is to it.

3) I think what I'm gonna do is leave the computer to burn stuff at night, while I sleep. Otherwise, the chances of the discs getting messed up is higher if I'm using programs and burning at the same time.

Don't forget to do school work while watching anime!! I'm not responsible if you fail your classes cuz you spent all your time watching stuff I burned for ya!! xDDD
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From:sakitokun
Date:September 21st, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
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1. Yeah,I have to find the Manga for that, I really do love it!

2. Awe, that does suck, I do loveit so much!

3. Oh okay, doesn't have to be right away, I'm only on the first disk lol, I am starting to watch Loveless right now. ^.^

Oh I know, I just started to watch everything last night and some today (it's my day off). Thanks again for burning it!! Oh and do you have the sequel to "Only the Ring Finger Knows"? I would love to borrow it!

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