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Homesickness - don't let it get you down

One of the unfortunate effects of working abroad is – homesickness. As a novice ESL teacher, this is something that you are quite likely to experience after about one or two months of living in your new country. You should be aware that you will feel more homesick in foreign countries where there are greater cultural difference between your home country and the host country: this occurs because the phenomenon of cultural shock intensifies homesickness.

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A rough guide to Chinese for ESL teachers

You may not know it, but Standard Chinese is the official language spoken in Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC): this standardised version of Chinese is also known by the more familiar name of Mandarin. China is another popular ESL teaching destination, and novice ESL teachers should familiarise themselves with a few aspects of the Chinese language if they hope to teach Chinese speakers more effectively. Here are a few points worth remembering.  

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