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5 Problems for Chinese Speakers of English

We can fill in a form, or fill out a form. A slim chance and a fat chance are the same thing, but a wise man and a wise guy are opposites. There is no pine in pineapple, ham in hamburger, or egg in eggplant. We are all taught i before e except after c only to be told that that actually isn’t true.  Ghoti can be pronoun...[Read More]

12 Quick & Easy Classroom Games for Teaching English to Children!

Need a little inspiration to inject fun back into your TEFL classroom? Want some quick and easy classroom games for teaching English to children? Then you’ve come to the right place! This blog has been guest-written by TEFL teacher Ciara, who has tried and tested these games herself! So, take your pick, and thank her l...[Read More]

Teaching English during COVID: What Has Changed?

The last few years have wreaked havoc on people’s lives all across the globe thanks to COVID-19. Many of us have started working from home, which has been both a blessing and a curse. Some of our job roles have changed, and some of us have changed jobs completely. Many TEFL teachers had to adapt to teaching English as ...[Read More]

The 10 Happiest Countries in the World to Teach in

Have you ever thought about what the happiest country in the world is? Where in the world do the happiest people live? Why are they so happy? And can I teach there? We have often pondered this, so we thought we should find out! What do we mean by “the happiest country in the world”? Every year – since 2012 – the United...[Read More]

7 Tips You Need to Know to Complete Any Online Course

COVID 19 has influenced many of us to turn to online education. What else can we do while being locked up with relatives with no chance of escape? Completing online courses, however, has proven to be a hard task. Lack of organization, motivation and external situations lead to missed deadlines, failed quizzes, and even...[Read More]

TEFL Online: The Ultimate Guide to Online Teaching Jobs

Teaching English online is an amazing opportunity for absolutely anyone! Whether you’re a full-time worker, who’s fed up with the 9-5 world of work and want to be your own boss, a recent graduate, who’s looking to kick-start a new career, a full-time parent, who wants to earn a little extra on the side, or an explorer,...[Read More]

The TEFL Academy reviews – from our students’ mouths

Choosing a TEFL course can be an overwhelming decision. One simple google and you will realise there are hundreds of TEFL course providers to choose from. To make it even more difficult, there are so many differing reviews online, including The TEFL Academy reviews. So which TEFL course should you choose? The one from ...[Read More]

Teaching Teenagers Using Flow

Of all the age groups we can find ourselves teaching in a TEFL classroom, teens are often thought of the most challenging. Of course, this can be different for different teachers. Some teachers prefer teaching kindergarten while others would rather pluck their eyebrows than teach a Young Learner! But more often than no...[Read More]

You’re Never Too Old to Teach English – Meet TEFL Teacher Laurie

After a successful career in the travel industry, Laurie was forced to change course because of the global pandemic. Teaching English online was a retirement plan but is now a reality. Laurie gives us a glimpse into her life in the travel industry as a TEFL teacher at 60, showing us you’re never too old to teach Englis...[Read More]

5 Ways to get your TEFL students ready to learn

You’re the teacher. So, this means your students will hang onto your every word as soon as you walk through the door. Right? Hmm… well… we don’t want to scare you but… (whisper it quickly) they might not. True, TEFL teachers rarely have to deal with the sorts of behaviour issues you might find in a UK classroom, but it...[Read More]

How to become an Online ESL Teacher

First of all, what does being an online ESL teacher even mean?! Well, ESL stands for English as a Second Language, so teaching ESL online is basically just a different way of saying TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) online. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s find out how you actually become an online ESL...[Read More]

6 Differences Between Teaching Adults and Young Learners

Thinking about teaching English as a Foreign Language to adults and Young Learners? Not sure what to expect?  You’re not alone – we’ve all been there. Because we have some experience under our belt, we can tell you that one of the best things about being a TEFL teacher is the fact that you could find yourself in a rang...[Read More]

5 Reasons To Avoid a Cheap TEFL Course

Are you thinking of becoming a teacher of English as a Foreign Language? Congratulations on taking the first step to changing your life! So you’re probably looking into doing a TEFL course. After all, that’s your ticket to a life of travel, adventure….and teaching, of course! But if you’ve started looking at your diffe...[Read More]

7 Fall ESL Activities to Swoon Over

The aroma of the recently released pumpkin spice latte is too much to handle. That’s why you need to cave in and bid your official adieu to the summer season (it was a good one, no?). And since your love for all things cozy-and-autumnal is hard to hide—cute boots BTW—we think you should translate your love for the seas...[Read More]

Teaching Abroad as an Older Teacher: Am I Too Old?

At Premier TEFL, we get plenty of questions about whether someone can teach English as a foreign language. People will ask whether not being a native speaker or not having a Bachelor’s Degree disqualifies them from teaching English online or abroad. Pro tip: it doesn’t. This time, the big question is whether you can be...[Read More]

The New Kid on the Block: Universal Design for Learning

With so many different teaching techniques and methods evolving all the time in the field of teaching English as a Foreign Language, it can be difficult to keep up. Which is why we’re here: to save you precious time and keep you updated on everything you need to know about TEFL. Read more: 3 Teaching Methods for the EF...[Read More]

Can You Teach in China? Interview with Abeo Lewis

Abeo Lewis is from the wonderful Trinidad and Tobago and has been living in Shanghai, to fulfill her dream to teach in China. We caught up with her to hear about the challenges she has faced and her experiences of living in China throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Hello Abeo! Tell us more about you before you decided...[Read More]

Important Information for Students Enrolling on the Toronto Classroom Course

Recent mandatory government COVID-19 restrictions require will require our trainees to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of their vaccination status to attend our courses starting September 22, 2021. Upon arrival to the course, the venue will require proof of your vaccination status and ide...[Read More]

Teaching English Online as a South African TEFL teacher

Want to know all about teaching English online as a South African? Well, this is the blog for you! South African TEFL teacher Rosland is one of our amazing i-to-i graduates! As she’s been through the whole process and is now a successful online TEFL teacher, we asked her to answer some of your burning questions! We cov...[Read More]

20 Online companies that don’t require their TEFL teachers to have a degree

Have you been thinking that you can’t teach English online without a degree? Well, think again! There are tons of online TEFL companies that do not require their TEFL teachers to have a degree. To prove it, we’ve pulled together a list of the best 20 companies/platforms, to make it easier for you to get started teachin...[Read More]

TEFL destinations that you may not have considered

So you’ve decided you want to teach abroad, but do you want to branch out from the regular TEFL hotspots? Here’s our key list of some unusual, but amazing, TEFL destinations that probably won’t have made your bucket list yet. We guarantee that once you’ve looked into them, flights WILL be booked… 1. The Magic of Myanma...[Read More]

9 Alternative TEFL Destinations

Vietnam. South Korea. Spain. The UAE. As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, there is no doubt that the world is your oyster. However, though this may be the case, there are still certain countries that grab the lion’s share of attention in the TEFL world. These countries are popular with TEFL teachers either f...[Read More]

8 Requirements When Applying to Teach English Online

Teaching English online is as good as it sounds—make [decent] money while at home, secretly wearing your pajama bottoms? Moving abroad and sustaining a life full of travel? Paying off student loans with a side hustle? Yes yes YES! But hold your horses! We’re here to ensure that you have everything you need to get the r...[Read More]

How Much Can I Make Teaching English Online

Want to make money from home? Or on the move from your van while traveling Europe? Here’s one simple trick to achieve that. Sounds like a spam email, right?. Well, teaching English online is an incredibly viable option for those who are looking to make money from home, especially during these times of uncertainty. With...[Read More]

Different TEFL Levels and What They Mean

The world of teaching English abroad can be a confusing place when you’re starting out. Before you start looking for work, you’ll need to book an accredited TEFL course and get yourself qualified – but there are so many different TEFL levels! Where do you start? Which level of TEFL course do you need? Basically, it all...[Read More]

What’s Going on in China? A TEFL in China Update

Teaching English as a Foreign Language in China has been popular for a number of years already. With such a large population and the increasing need to be able to speak English to participate on the global stage, there has been a massive demand for TEFL teachers in China. In fact, with an estimated 400 million English ...[Read More]

Top 8 online TEFL employers for South Africans

You asked for it, so here it is! We know, as a South African, finding work as an online TEFL teacher can seem almost impossible at times but, honestly, it’s not! Heaps of our South African TEFL graduates are happily teaching English online and you can too! We’ve dug deep for you to find the Top 8 online TEFL employers ...[Read More]

Is 30 Too Old to Teach English Abroad?

Back in the day, we used to finish school, study at university, get a job and stay at that job until the end of time. These days, fortunately, our work environments have changed. It is not uncommon for people to have more than one job in their lifetime – even three or four. In fact, research has shown that the average ...[Read More]

Teaching English Abroad in Your Gap Year

Have you just graduated from high school or university? Are you unsure of what you want to study at university or where you want to work? Do you want to take a break from the books and the office and travel the world before settling down? Then perhaps teaching English as a Foreign Language abroad is just what you are l...[Read More]

The Best TEFL Resources for Teaching English to Refugees

We’ve gotten so many calls lately looking for advice for teaching refugees and migrants. The usual questions are what do I need to teach English followed by what are the best TEFL resource for teaching English to refugees? We want to share our knowledge with you to help you change someone’s life, today. When considerin...[Read More]

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