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Teaching English Abroad (8th Edition) (2006) (ELT / TEFL) Paperback – 26 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vacation - Work; 8th Revised edition edition (26 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854583522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854583529
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Griffith is a freelance editor and writer who has specialized for more than 30 years in writing books and articles about travel, especially working and volunteering abroad. The first edition of her best known book Work Your Way Around the World was researched in 1982 mainly by listening attentively to the stories of travellers met abroad. At that time she had plenty of personal experience of working abroad since she had left her native Canada after doing a degree in English at the University of Toronto to study at Oxford and then decided to stay on working in England. Susan has also been a contributing editor to Transitions Abroad since the early days of its publication and contributes occasional articles to the travel pages of The Independent.

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"Your best single source for training and finding a job."-- "The Guardian""Has to be the finest directory available for ELT job-hunting"-- "English Teaching Professional""""If you are thinking of embarking on a TEFL career - or have already been teaching but are thinking of branching further afield - this is probably the only reference source you will need."-- "Overseas Jobs Express."

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Teaching English Abroad covers all the essentials for anyone considering working as an English teacher overseas, including:

• Deciding to go and preparation.
• Training as an EFL teacher with details of 380 TELF courses in the USA and around the world.
• The different ways of finding a job.
• A specific guide to the opportunities in 88 countries.

Invaluable background information in the book includes a section on training as an EFL teacher on courses that last for periods from a weekend to two years; it also advises on the preparations to make before leaving to take up a job and on how to cope with any problems that may arise once actually working.
Essential information provided by Teaching English Abroad on finding a job includes:

• A directory giving the teacher requirements of more than 700 language schools worldwide.
• Over 1,000 additional language school addresses to contact for jobs.
• Recruitment organisations and useful websites.
• How to set yourself up as a freelance teacher.
• Finding jobs on the spot once abroad.

In addition the country guide in Teaching English Abroad covers 88 countries around the world where EFL is a major industry, giving information on the local prospects in each country for qualified and unqualified teachers, the red tape involved in taking up work, conditions of employment etc.

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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By books4parents on 11 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book contains a wealth of detailed information and reflects a great deal of research but it also promotes the short but expensive (and completely unnecessary) "TEFL" certificate courses sold on the web. Such courses claim to "qualify" you to teach English as a foreign language and are frequently promoted through false advertising on the web: "You'll need this to get a job," and even bogus want-ads: "Teacher wanted - TEFL required" from non-existent schools.

The author is a Canadian who taught in Britain so her personal experience in teaching abroad is rather limited, but I would imagine that after so many editions she should be fully aware of the TEFL fraud and refuse to promote it. Books like "Teach English in Italy," although more narrow in scope, document that most genuine employers don't even request, let alone require, any short certificates, and may even laugh at an applicant's TEFL "qualification."

I would have preferred to read a book describing the author's personal experience as a foreigner teaching in Britain, since that's what she knows best, and many Americans would love to teach in the UK.
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By Philip K on 14 Jan. 2015
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prompt delivery. as described. excellent.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
WHAT A JOKE. 28 Dec. 2006
By Salvador Minuchin - Published on
Format: Paperback
In Part II, on page 344, in the section on Middle East, under the heading Saudi Arabia, Philip Dray is quoted:

"I decided against Saudi Arabia. The money was most appealing, but I could not think myself into a situation where there was no nightlife, limited conact with women and no culture or history. A year may seem short when you say it fast, but you could get very depressed in a situation like that. Money is nearly everything but it can't buy you peace of mind. So I opted for a job at a school for boys in the U.A.E. which, from the description, sounds sociable, inviting and accessible."

Griffith elaborates on Dray's quote above, "After Philip's arrival at the Oasis Residence in Dubai, he was well pleased with his decision, since living conditions in his luxury apartment complex complete with pool, steam room, squash court and gym, were just as lavish as he would have been given in Saudi. High salaries can also be earned in the United Arab Emirates."

That is all the author has to say about the U.A.E. She goes into great detail describing how to get a job in Saudi Arabia and many other countries, while warning that you'll probably hate it. She has a separate section for each such country. Then she says under the Saudi Arabia section that the best option is definitely the U.A.E. And yet she made no section for it, and gave no contacts, as she did with the others.

That is not a funny joke played on the earnest reader.

Also, the author agrees with another source I have concerning Poland. Griffith says on page 293, first sentence under the section on Poland, "Prospects for English teachers in Poland, western Poland in particular, remain MORE PROMISING THAN ALMOST ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD."

However, she does not mention how much a teacher can save per month on average (as she does with most other countries). And from the looks of the numbers that ARE quoted, it doesn't seem like you could save anything, compared with the $1000 to $1500 per month you could save in the Middle East or Japan, or the $1000 you could save in Korea, etc.

The author does give some seemingly useful tips, but it's difficult to trust the author who gives you all the information you could ever want on the countries you'd never want to visit, and none of the info you really want on the countries you want to visit.

By the way, I am an American, but I have no gripe against the book being geared toward Brits, and I hardly think it could be more useful to either. The author does a fine job making it accessible to anyone with half a brain.
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Decent book, but not a necessity if you want to teach overseas 5 Nov. 2009
By David Small - Published on
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I bought this before going to teach in Spain. It was helpful to an extent but I learned more talking to people and doing online research. Definitely recommend getting a used version at least to save a buck or two.
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