Teach English abroad without certification or experience!
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Find jobs anywhere that will pay your airfare, accommodation and salary - no certification or experience required!
3.9 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,069 students enrolled
Created by Val Rendel
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • find and get a job teaching English in the country of their choice.
  • teach fun and engaging lessons in reading, writing, listening, and conversation to non-native students of English.
  • follow sample lesson plans and use them to design their own teaching materials.
  • overcome culture clashes and other challenges in and out of the classroom.
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  • Students should have reliable internet access and an eagerness for adventure - nothing more is required!

Please note: the price for this course will increase to $79 on Jan. 21, 2015.

Do you dream of seeing the world but have no way to finance it? Would you like to experience the adventure of a lifetime while making enough money to pay off your debt or build your savings? Do you speak the most in-demand language in the world…English? If the answer to these is yes, then a job teaching English as a Foreign Language is the key to getting your dreams off the ground at last!

No, you don’t need to be a career English teacher or a grammar expert. In fact, the demand for native English speakers is so high that 100,000 EFL teaching positions will open all over the world this year…and there aren’t enough teachers to fill them!

I've taught in South Korea, Bolivia, and Lithuania, all without having TESOL/TEFL certification or a specialized degree in English as a Foreign Language. What I did was find opportunities and seize them...and it'll be even easier for you. This comprehensive 2 1/2-hour course includes a basic toolkit of international teaching job resources, lots of information on specific types of jobs in different countries, a guide to essential EFL terms and concepts, ideas for planning and delivering lessons, lots of sample lessons, handouts, activities and games, and occasional silliness. No quizzes, no homework – but be sure to pay careful attention to the videos and slideshows, take notes, bookmark websites, and get ready to take off on your journey into teaching abroad!

  • More than 500 million (some estimates approach 1 billion) non-native English speakers take some form of English class each year, including more than 100 million in China alone.
  • Eighty percent of English teachers abroad in non-native English speaking countries – particularly in public schools – are not native English speakers themselves because there are simply not enough native English speaking teachers to meet demand.
  • In both China and South Korea, approximately 1,000 new English teachers are hired each month. In China, this number will double in the coming years.
  • In 2011, Turkey announced plans to recruit 40,000 foreign English teachers in the next five years.
  • ·Because nearly half of all English teachers abroad will leave their position and return to their home country at the end of each year, this means more than 100,000 positions for English teachers abroad become available each year:

    All of this means that schools and language institutes are constantly facing a need to hire new teachers.

Now is your chance – whether you're just finishing school, looking for a mid-career change, or want the ultimate retirement experience. I've met people of all ages and backgrounds who heeded the call to an international teaching and travel adventure. The one thing they all had in common was the courage, the creativity, and the caring to be excellent teachers. You can do it too.

Go ahead and enroll NOW to make your dream of teaching, traveling, and earning a reality in 2015! You have a 30-day money-back guarantee...what have you got to lose?

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for fluent speakers of English who want to travel the world, find new friends and adventures, and get paid for it!
  • This course is not designed for EFL students to use as a language instruction course..
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Welcome! Introduction to the course (and to me)
1 Lecture 03:31

Learn how I've spent years teaching in Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe, all without TESOL certificaiton.

Preview 03:31
So You Want to Teach English Overseas?
3 Lectures 23:54

Let's face it: the internet is full of happy fluff about how great teaching overseas is. And it CAN be, with the right preparation and attitude, but it's best to know what you're getting into. I'll give you a warning...er, overview of some potential issues you may encounter, as well as tips on how to avoid, ignore, or deal with them (if you must).

Real talk: FAQs and what to be wary of

What's in it for you? Lots, as it turns out: learning about different cultures, paying off debt, building savings, adventure, independence, and lots and lots of delicious food. (And drinks!)

Preview 04:03

What's all this about TEFL certification? (How) do I get a work visa? Do I really have to take these malaria pills?

Practical matters: documents and other requirements
Finding a job (the easiest part)
2 Lectures 11:06

Here's your comprehensive guide to websites, organizations, job boards, programs, and other resources that might just hold the perfect job for you.

How to find work

This is different from "how" (above) - I offer recommendations about various types of EFL jobs, broken down by country/region. Which places pay the most? Which have the most jobs? What ages/levels suit you best? And what kind of cultural experience do you want to have?

Where to find work
1 Lecture 03:06

Sounds easy, right? Now the hard part...and the most fun.

Preview 03:06
In the classroom
10 Lectures 01:08:37

All cultures respect teachers...right? RIGHT? Yes, but sometimes in wildly varying ways. Earn respect on Day #1 by showing that you understand what students expect from you, as well as their own learning goals.

Building a classroom community: management strategies and approaches

Sometimes "Because that's just how we say it" isn't the most convincing answer. Here's your secret toolbox of terminology and behind-the-scenes workings of the English language that you can rely on to help clarify odd rules, irregularities, or things that are nearly impossible to explain.

Key concepts

Understanding the principles and purposes of active listening can make your classroom discussions much richer and more rewarding. Watch them make progress by following these strategies.

EFL listening: methods and sample lessons

What's the difference between previewing, skimming, and scanning? Find out how these methods can make reading easier and more fun for your students (and for you).

EFL reading: methods and sample lessons

Learn ways to get your class to enjoy writing, and and why you do NOT have to correct every error students make (in fact, you shouldn't).

EFL writing: methods and sample lessons

Follow these sample lessons and methods, and you'll have far less trouble getting your students to speak in class than getting them to be quiet.

EFL speaking: methods and sample lessons

Asking and telling time, getting and giving directions, dating, family relationships, eating in a restaurant, cooking, greetings and farewells, pets, friends, holidays, idioms and metaphors, jokes, shopping, business, and all sorts of "real world" English.

Situational (context-based) lessons

Helping students identify individual (and cultural) error patterns, and why "correcting" them may not be the best approach even if they really, really, really, really want you to. How to grade student writing without banging your head against a wall.

Preview 04:42

"Cheating" means different things in different cultures. Navigate these tricky waters with care, and turn plagiarism into a teaching moment.

A note about cheating

You're ready to start your adventure! Go look at the job boards and websites, find the one that appeals to you, and start packing!

Review and wrap-up
Sample lessons and handouts
1 Lecture 00:00
Lesson plans
34 pages
Lesson transcripts
1 Lecture 00:00
Transcripts of lessons 1-7
9 pages
About the Instructor
Val Rendel
3.2 Average rating
20 Reviews
1,213 Students
2 Courses
Ph.D., recovering English professor, freelance writer

Greetings! I love writing, literature, and language, so much that I spent 18 years as a college professor and administrator. What I didn’t love was the limitations of higher education, or the way I could only reach the students who were sitting in my classroom. So I leaped from the ivory tower to embrace my alter-ego as the Writing Doctor. Now I use my superpowers to share my passion with students all over the world and offer copywriting services for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Believe me, I have read enough terrible student essays, faculty reports, business letters and strategic plans to last me a lifetime. And I’ve learned a lot from them - knowing what not to do is as important as knowing the right steps to take. I’ve also seen people make amazing improvement in writing with genuine hard work and diligence, Many people fear and/or loathe writing because they think they can’t do it well, that good writers are “born,” not “made.” The truth is: writing IS a superpower, but even superheroes need to train to stay in shape.

I can help build your own writing muscles, whether you’re a 90-pound weakling or an experienced pro who simply wants to keep in shape. There’s no shortcut, sorry – no gamma rays or radioactive spiders – but I can give you valuable tools to keep in your own writing utility belt. Once you see how good writing can benefit your business, your grades, your career and even your personal life, you’ll be able to write prose that soars above the crowd, proofread like a mad genius, and be able to leap over writer’s block in a single bound.