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Most people have done interview practice in the past, learning about how to answer common interview questions and how to avoid common mistakes when giving interview answers. However, most articles, workshops, and seminars on the subject of interview technique are aimed at people applying to huge multinationals with skilled and professional recruitment teams.

Ever since I moved to South Korea in 2009 to teach English, I usually get a handful of inquiries every year from new teachers wanting to talk about moving overseas to teach. It’s fun for me—I love re-living my international adventure with prospective ESL teachers, and getting excited vicariously.

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.” – Pericles

After living in Taiwan for a few years there are things I have come to love and not love about the country. It is a wonderful place full of equally wonderful people. As a foreigner I have been treated well by the Taiwanese. Most will agree that Taiwanese people are among the friendliest, and most hospitable in the world.

These are 10 conversation starters that I use in my own classes and which will help you get your students talking. They work well for a “warm-up” at the beginning of a conversation or speaking class if you don’t want to launch right away into serious teaching.

During my time as a teacher in South Korea I visited Taiwan for vacation. The country was quite beautiful, the people were incredibly friendly, and I could see myself having a nice life here. After leaving South Korea I found myself longing to continue living in Asia. I looked for various jobs in Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Through Dave's ESL Cafe I found my first job teaching in Taiwan.

Going home after teaching English abroad can be pretty intimidating, especially the job part of it. If you don’t want to teach ESL in your home country, what exactly can you do for work? In order to see what people were actually doing, I surveyed 55 old friends and random Internet strangers to find out all the details for you (and myself as well!).

After 10 years teaching English in Korea, I’ve decided to return to Canada within the next year. It’s not without trepidation that I make this decision and truth be told, I’m kind of terrified.

I used to teach English abroad. During my time teaching overseas I met some strange people. While most ESL teachers are hardworking folks trying to see the world, start a career and pay down some debts, there are those that are, let’s be honest - station wagons in the Indy 500 of life.


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