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Orientalism is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Middle Eastern peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. (West).

I hope to help anyone reading this to overcome any prejudices they may have about the Middle East or answer any questions they may have about it.

I would be a big, fat liar if I said that TESOLers who blow their money drive me bonkers. In reality, I know how exhilarating it can be to spend all that shiny, new cash we make from teaching on clothes, dining out, drinks, and whatever else suits our fancies. Spending money is fun, but what I've come to realize, is that saving money is oh-so-much-more gratifying.

(Editor's Note - This article was written by a teacher who was victimized by a Nigerian scammer posing as an ESL School director. For reasons that will become obvious, she wishes to remain anonymous.)

Hope Springs Eternal: Confessions of a “Fraud” Victim

English is a notoriously difficult language to learn. There are many phrases, homophones, and colloquialisms that can prove tricky to English language learners. Anyone who has traveled to a non-English speaking country (or even some places in English speaking countries) has probably seen some fantastically bad translations or business names.

Hello All:

I have been settled back in the USA now for over half of a week, having flown back, with my departing from Abu Dhabi at 1:40AM on 1/8. I still have the sense that my internal clock requires further fine-tuning, such that I am waking up earlier than I expect to and becoming quite tired earlier than I usually do.

Spending holidays abroad can be on the most difficult parts of ESL jobs abroad. Many people find themselves in a state of culture shock and feel lonely and sad that they aren't back at home unwrapping gifts and gorging on food with their family and friends. But spending holidays abroad doesn't have to be all sadness and tears.

Hello everyone!

So, here are some updates:

1) Re: the CRCC China Internship, I was ultimately not selected. However, I had made it to the "finalist" list, with there being ten of us on that e-mail, from out of over 500 applicants initially. I noted that I was a "finalist" on my CV, and they agreed that they could verify so if needed.

Michael Lewis is a financial contributor who writes about business, money management, financial planning, and tax tips.

Overseas jobs for certified teachers can be an incredibly lucrative way to make some money, see the world, and advance their career. While jobs aren't as plentiful as they are in the traditional ESL market, international public school teaching jobs are possible to find. Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, and Kazakhstan are three places looking to hire qualified public school teachers abroad.


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