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    A rough guide to Arabic for ESL teachers

    A rough guide to Arabic for ESL teachers

    Arabic is a Semitic language which is spoken by over 220 million speakers. Although there are many dialects, only Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is universally used throughout the Arab world. Novice ESL teachers who hope to teach in the Arab world should familiarise themselves with a few aspects of the Arabic language (MSA) if they hope to teach Arabic speakers more effectively. Here are a few points worth remembering.

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    A rough guide to Chinese for ESL teachers

    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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    A rough guide to Spanish for ESL teachers

    A rough guide to Spanish for ESL teachers

    Spanish is one of the romance languages, and it is spoken primarily in Spain and all of Latin America with the exception of Brazil. Like Brazil, the whole of Latin America is a popular ESL teaching destination, and novice ESL teachers should familiarise themselves with a few aspects of the Spanish language if they hope to teach Spanish speakers more effectively. Here are a few points worth remembering.

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    Teaching ESL abroad

    Teaching ESL abroad

    Guide to Teaching ESL Abroad For the trainee or novice ESL teacher, working abroad is an experience that truly shouldn’t be missed. You will get the opportunity to see wonderful sights, meet and make new friends, travel to exotic places, and experience different world cultures first hand.

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    Homesickness – don’t let it get you down

    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 Portuguese for ESL teachers

    A rough guide to Portuguese for ESL teachers

    Portuguese is one of the romance languages, and it is spoken primarily in Portugal and Brazil: there are about 200 million Portuguese speakers in Brazil alone. Brazil is also a popular ESL teaching destination, and novice ESL teachers should familiarise themselves with a few aspects of the Portuguese language if they hope to teach Portuguese speakers more effectively. Here are a few points worth remembering.

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    Culture shock

    Culture shock

    Overseas ESL Teaching is an exciting and stimulating experience; although most individuals, including novice and experienced ESL teachers, may be affected by a phenomenon known as ‘culture shock’.

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    Teaching abroad myths

    Teaching abroad myths

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, the idea of working abroad will probably be a very appealing proposition, but you will meet those who will try to dissuade you with all sorts of wild stories.

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    Summer camps in Brighton

    Summer camps in Brighton

    Brighton is a seaside city in England with a fair amount of language schools. For this reason it’s a popular destination for European teenagers to spend their summer learning English. Groups of teenagers are sent over to Brighton for a couple of weeks in June and July to brush up on their English.

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    Why teach in Cambridge?

    Why teach in Cambridge?

    Cambridge is a beautiful, picturesque little city. It has historic buildings, quaint pubs and a lovely river running through its centre.

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