ESL articles, editorials and views from the field

Hiring and Retaining ESL / EFL Teachers

Let's look first at an overall view of good hiring practice. Remember that your teachers are moving from the known to the unknown and need a good support network to enable them to deal with the challenges of teaching students well. A basic package should include the following: a nine month/ year long contract (depending on the circumstances of your school), a paid return airfare, a reasonable number of paid holidays, comfortable accommodation...


IELTS and TOEFL - What They Are, What They Mean to You

The IELTS and TOEFL exams are known and feared by English language students worldwide. Both exams are used by universities to assess the English language ability of applicants. IELTS is widely used...

Have your Teachers take this Free TEFL Certificate course

If you've got an uncertified teacher on your staff, and it's just not possible for them to get their TEFL certificate, they can at least take this free teaching ESL/EFL course offered by About.com's...

IELTS Resources

There is a wonderful array of resources to choose from when it comes to teaching students about IELTS and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) in general. Many universities provide excellent...

The Current Growth of the EAP Market

The current growth in the EAP market is matched only by the massive expansion of courses for young learners. Both in Asia and in the ever expanding EU, parents are becoming increasingly aware of the...

Mentoring for New ESL Hires

Have you ever thought about assigning some of your more experienced teachers, or qualified staff members, to act as mentors for your new hires? Studies show that new teachers are most likely to...

Certification for current ESL Teaching staff?

A primary reason that teachers often leave a teaching environment is a lack of confidence in their skills. Combat this problem by making sure that your teachers stay current with their skills and...

The ESL Industry --> Fast Foward 10 Years

New research, based on a computer model and conducted by the British Council, shows that half of the world's population will speak English by the year 2015. That's in ten years! That means that at...

The ESL / EFL Job Interview

If you were ever fortunate enough to travel to the coast of Slovenia in the summer time, and if you happened to be in the port town of Koper one afternoon in August of 2003, you might have found...

What is the single most effective technique for hiring a qualified ESL teacher?

A language school in Taiwan recently faced a typical problem. A teacher had been hired from the UK on the strength of his faxed CV. He held the Cert TEFLA and had a few months' experience of...