ESL Teacher Blog Stories & Resources for Teaching English

Welcome to the ESL Expat Blog.

Browse our collection of ESL teacher blog stories and other articles about teaching English abroad. Discover useful tips for teaching and learning English. All of the content on the blog is written by experienced teachers and TESOL professionals.

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ESL Teacher Blog Articles (by Category)

ESL Teacher Blog Articles (by Destination)

The blog features stories and articles about teaching English in the countries listed below.

Follow the links to read about any destination that you are interested in.

Japan
Japan (7)

South Korea
South Korea (4)

China
China (8)

Taiwan
Taiwan (2)

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Southeast Asia (8)

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The Middle East (2)

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Europe (3)

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ESL Expat Blog: Teacher Stories and Resources

Recent ESL Teacher Blog Stories & Resources

Living in Japan - Airport

Living in Japan as a foreigner with a Japanese face

⋯ By Thomas Chang ⋯ Japan is a very unique country and there’s no doubt that everybody that moves here ...
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Vocab Victor Rank

Using Vocab Victor in your blended classroom

⋯  By Heidi Brumbaugh, PhD ⋯ A blended classroom is a learning environment that incorporates technology in a supporting role ...
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Understanding English - Notebook

ESL Students Have Difficulties Learning English… Here’s Why

For students and professionals hailing from countries that don’t have English as their primary language, having to learn how to ...
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China Visa Guide

Guide to Securing a Teaching Visa for China

⋯ By David O Connor ⋯ Securing a teaching visa for China is not black and white – there’s an ...
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Travel and Student Loans

How to Pay Off Student Loans While You Travel

Student loans are very helpful for anyone interested in advancing their education, but have you ever thought of how hectic ...
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Indigenous Languages - Dreamcatcher

Translation as a Way to Save Indigenous Languages

⋯ By Melisa Marzett ⋯ Most of the indigenous languages of the Americas are becoming instinct; meanwhile, others do not ...
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Teaching in South Korea - Myeongdong, Seoul

The True Definition of a Hagwon in South Korea

⋯ By Jun Won Lee ⋯ Parents in South Korea put pressure on their own kids. They make sure they ...
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Teaching English in Thailand - Student

Life Before and After Teaching English in Thailand

⋯ By Adam Gootnick ⋯ "No matter what age you are or what your goal or passion is, go and ...
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Teaching English in Moscow - Kremlin

My Embarrassingly Honest Summary of Teaching in Moscow

● Teaching Location: Moscow, Russia ● Type of Teaching Job: Freelance ● Student Age Group: Adults ● Monthly Salary: 100,000 ...
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Teach English Abroad

Escape The Millennial Trap by Teaching English Abroad

⋯ By Adam Gootnick and Lauren Brose ⋯ “You’re not supposed to like your first job,” my previous roommate once told ...
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Teaching in Chongqing - Birthday

Teaching English Through Music in China

● Teaching Location: Chongqing (China) ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten, Music ● Student Age Group: Kids ● Monthly Salary: ...
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Fun Ways of Teaching English as a Second Language

3 Fun Ways of Teaching English as a Second Language

⋯ By Johanna Cider ⋯ Every day, more expats are taking up the enterprise of teaching English as a second ...
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Teaching English in Germany - Classroom

5 Unique Things About Teaching English in Germany

⋯ By Raquel ⋯ The United States shares many similarities with Germany because of a strong heritage connection. However, when it ...
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Tips for Teaching English

5 Tips for Teaching English the Fun Way

⋯ By Todd Persaud ⋯ Many реорlе аrоund thе wоrld are looking for unique wауѕ to lеаrn a foreign language, аnd ...
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Top Apps to Learn English

Top 3 Apps to Learn English for Free

⋯ By Anna Kokkali ⋯ Turning to language apps has changed the way people learn and retain a new language. With ...
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TEFL Classroom

Why Getting a TEFL Certificate is Worth It

Thinking of landing your dream teaching job abroad? If the answer is yes, then you will likely need at least ...
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How to Learn English Fast: Set Goals

How to Learn English Fast and Effectively by Yourself

⋯ By Melisa Marzett ⋯ Everyone has language ability. Even people who are linguistically challenged can talk, read, and write. However, ...
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Southeast Asia

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Southeast Asia (2019)

Are you thinking of teaching English somewhere in Southeast Asia? While it is more common for expats to teach in ...
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Culture Shock Teaching English Abroad

Managing Culture Shock When Working Abroad

⋯ By Will Perrins ⋯ Moving overseas to teach is one of the most unique and exciting experiences you’ll have. Not ...
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Taiwan

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Taiwan (2019)

When it comes to teaching English in Asia, Taiwan is a favorable destination for many people due to its warm ...
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Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

2 Amazing Years Teaching English in China

● Teaching Location: Guangzhou, China ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten ● Student Age Group: Kids ● Monthly Salary: 11,000 ...
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in China

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in China (2019)

The ESL job market in China is on the rise. If you are interested in teaching English in China, there ...
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Teaching English in Taiwan - Cooking Class

10 Things Every ESL Teacher Must Be Prepared for in Taiwan

⋯ By Bryn Thomas ⋯ So you’ve decided to make the leap into ESL. It is a brave and rewarding choice ...
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Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Experiencing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

● Teaching Location: Jouf, Tabuk and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ● Type of Teaching Job: Universities and Private Language ...
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Korea

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Korea (2019)

For people who first start teaching English abroad, South Korea is a popular destination. The salary for teaching English in ...
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Japan

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Japan (2019)

Are you looking for a new job teaching English in Japan? There are many sites online with job postings. Your ...
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Sushi in Japan

A Reluctant English Teacher Living in Japan

● Teaching Location: Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, and Kagawa Prefecture, Japan ● Type of Teaching Job: English conversation schools, ...
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Students in Vietnam

A Helping Hand Teaching English in Vietnam

● Teaching Location: Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh) ● Type of Teaching Job: Language centre ● Student Age Group: ...
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Mt. Fuji

My Time Teaching English in Japan

● Teaching Location: Yokohama, Japan ● Type of Teaching Job: English Conversation School (IB Japan) ● Student Age Group: Kids, ...
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Baegun Lake, South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea: Y.O.K.O. (You Only Korea Once)

● Teaching Location: Seoul, South Korea ● Type of Teaching Job: Academy, Private Elementary School ● Student Age Group: Kids ...
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Kris and Kate

Kate and Kris Teach English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

● Teaching Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ● Type of Teaching Job: Language academy and an international university ● ...
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Galicia, Spain

Spain: To Teach or Not to Teach?

● Teaching Location: Logrono, Spain ● Type of Teaching Job: Teacher in an Academy ● Student Age Group: KIds, Teens ...
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Teaching in Japan

Once Upon a Time Japan Was a Dream Place to Be

● Teaching Location: Harima-cho, Japan ● Type of Teaching Job: Sister City- Public Junior High School ● Student Age Group: ...
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Teaching English in China by Gayle Aggiss

An Australian Teaching English in Fuzhou, China

● Teaching Location: Fuzhou, China ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten to mid-teens ● Student Age Group: 4-16 ● Monthly ...
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Teaching English in Laos

Teaching English in Laid Back Laos

● Teaching Location: Luang Prabang, Laos ● Type of Teaching Job: Voluntary project work at a UK-Based school to educate ...
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Friends in Japan

Teaching English on the JET Program in Japan

● Teaching Location: Fukui Prefecture, Japan ● Type of Teaching Job: ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) at elementary & junior high ...
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NYU Campus in Shanghai

Experiences Teaching English at a University in Shanghai

● Teaching Location: Shanghai, China ● Type of Teaching Job: University (undergraduate/graduate) ● Student Age Group: Young adults and post-graduate ...
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Classroom in Vietnam

My Love/Hate Relationship of Teaching English in Vietnam

● Teaching Location: Hanoi, Vietnam ● Type of Teaching Job: After-school language centre ● Student Age Group: 5-15 years old ...
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Students in Thailand

Teaching in Thailand: Best Students, Amazing Lunches, Strict Bosses

● Teaching Location: Bangkok, Thailand ● Type of Teaching Job: Private Catholic School ● Student Age Group: Elementary ● Monthly ...
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Japan Blog Story

When in Japan: Teaching English in Nagoya

● Teaching Location: Nagoya, Japan ● Type of Teaching Job: Company Teaching Job (ECC) ● Student Age Group: Every Age ...
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Korean Folk Village

The Real Story About Teaching English in South Korea

● Teaching Location: Seoul, South Korea ● Type of Teaching Job: Kindergarten ● Student Age Group: Kids ● Monthly Salary: ...
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Sports Day in Nanjing, China

Teaching English in China: The March of the Volunteers

● Teaching Location: Nanjing, China ● Type of Teaching Job: High School ● Student Age Group: Teens ● Monthly Salary: ...
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Camels in the UAE

The Pros and Cons of Teaching English in the UAE

● Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ● Type of Teaching Job: Public School: Abu Dhabi Education Council; ...
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