Teaching English As A Foreign Language

If you’re considering teaching English as a foreign language, congratulations. You’ve chosen a career that many people don’t attempt. Although it’s one of the most rewarding jobs imaginable, the truth is that it can be a massive commitment. Of course, if you have a passion for it, then the work involved will be a true pleasure.

There are two basic ways to teach English as a foreign language. One way is to do so in your home country. All over America and other English-speaking countries, there are English classes offered by the government and by various learning institutions. These classes are designed to help non-native English speakers learn English in a fast-paced, student-centered environment. Programs like this are great for EFL teachers who can’t make the commitment to travel abroad.

The other option is to teach English as a foreign language in another country. This is where the majority of teachers end up, since there is a much greater demand for teachers in the students’ native countries. Teaching abroad is also considered more of a challenge because of the travel required- most teachers are expected to spend at least a year at a time in the country where they are employed.

With the spread of English worldwide as an essential tool in business communication, many foreign students are ready to learn- and they’re not always children. Corporations and businesses also hold English classes for their employees who must communicate overseas. If you’re not afraid of travel, the field of job possibilities is nearly endless.


The first thing you’ll need to obtain to teach English as a foreign language is a TEFL certification. This gives you the qualification to teach in a classroom and covers the basic structure of English grammar. There are several ways to become TEFL-certified. Many language schools offer one-month certification courses. Colleges and universities can also provide TEFL certification.

Although it is possible to get a job teaching English as a foreign language without certification, your chances of employment are not nearly as good. As more and more people become certified, competition for the good positions is increasing. We recommend TEFL certification for anyone who is seriously interested in this career.

Finding a teaching job

Even if your eventual goal is to teach English in your home country, you may want to seriously consider teaching abroad at first. Most teachers start out with at least a year in a foreign country, and the experience gained in doing so is nearly invaluable.

While we don’t necessarily recommend heading to a foreign country to find a job, you can certainly do so if you’re feeling adventurous. However, there are plenty of resources online that can help you line up a position before you go. Many TEFL certification courses offer job placements for teachers who are interested in going abroad, and these can be a wonderful resource.

Whether you’re in a foreign country or on home soil, teaching English as a foreign language can be a challenging field. Be prepared to work hard and devote a lot of time to your career, especially at first. In exchange for your efforts, you’ll be experiencing firsthand one of the most rewarding and interesting jobs there is.

Honorable Mentions:

  • JET  Program ( Teach English in Japan)
  • Maximo Nivel – Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru
  • Entrust TEFL – Thailand
  • TEFL Worldwide Prague – Czech Republic
  • i-to-i TEFL – Multiple Destinations
  • International TEFL Academy – Global


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Mixing Spaghetti And English: Teach English In Italy

Teach English In Italy

For those who dream of teaching abroad, Italy is often the primary destination of consideration. Beautiful, historical, and surrounded by a sense of romance, Italy is a dream for most Westerners who plan on traveling for a career.  It should come as no surprise, then, that English teaching jobs in Italy are somewhat difficult to obtain. There’s a lot of competition and a lot of applicants, and if you’re hoping to secure a position you should be prepared to prove yourself.

Qualifications For Italy

In order to teach English in Italy, you’ll need to obtain TEFL certification. This will qualify you to teach in a classroom setting. TEFL certification is easy to get. In fact, it is often offered as a post-graduate class at college for those planning on teaching abroad. Those without TEFL will have an extremely difficult time getting hired.  One thing that sets Italy apart from other foreign countries is the fact that in order to get a teaching job, a personal interview is a must. You will be required to sit down with your future employers and meet them in person before you are actually hired. This means you should plan your time and your budget around making a trip to Italy for interview purposes.


If you’re adventurous, you can always move to Italy before you begin searching for jobs. However, if you have any doubts about getting hired, you should plan on a few trips back and forth.

You’ll also need to obtain an Italian work visa. As in most countries, this is a long and sometimes difficult process. Be prepared to provide any and all documentation of things like marriage, citizenship, and graduation from school. It’s best to start this process as early as possible so that your future plans aren’t held up by the bookkeeping.

Where To Work In Italy

Once you decide to teach English in the beautiful country, you’ll find various types of employment available. The most common, of course, is teaching in schools. English in Italy is not as widespread as it is in other countries like Mexico or China, so it is not necessarily taught in elementary schools; however, it is extremely popular in universities and other high-level educational institutions.

One huge market for English teachers in the country is the area of private schools. If you can get hired by a private school, you’ll find yourself in an excellent position. Private schools offer the best pay by far and provide a certain amount of job security not found elsewhere. It is also possible to get hired by a company or language institution, where you’ll be teaching English to adults. Since English is the accepted standard for many forms of global communication, adults in Italy have an interest in learning it and are sometimes required to do so by their employers. Some businesses will hire English teachers to train their employees in English. You’ll also find an abundance of evening classes that are open to the public.

The overall experience

Lots of people would love a chance to teach English in Italy. As far as TEFL positions go, Italy is one of the most sought-after countries and for a good reason. Italy is a beautiful country with a rich culture. The experience of teaching English in Italy is completely worth the effort it may take you to secure a position. So if you’re planning to teach English in Italy, you should prepare yourself for some competition… and the possible experience of a lifetime.


Japan’s Birth Rate Issue – 40 years Into The Future

The idea of overpopulation and demographics in Japan are experiencing a major shift, especially within the next 40 years. Upcoming forecasts anticipate that the population of Japan is expected to fall by up to 40 million people by the year 2065.

Chiyo, a Japanese elder, holds a gift from Misawa Airmen and families at the Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Chiyo celebrated her birthday for turning 84-years-old in December. The facility helps care for elderly in need by providing food and shelter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

With the current population of Japan sitting around 127 million people, trends are pointing towards a major downshift in population growth into the future. These trends show no signs of slowing down and with the population shrinking to around 88 million within the next 20 years, by the year 2115 the population of Japan could reach 51 million.

Although Japan is currently the 11th most populated country in the world, their government is looking to improve birthrates to help combat a population which is significantly ageing. Much of Japan’s industry is now facing a huge shortage of young workers and as a result, a wide range of the infrastructure throughout Japan is in need of able working bodies as well as a future generation to maintain them.

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Japan has a huge life expectancy amongst its residents, with the chance for the average life expectancy to go up to 109 by the year 2065.

This could mean that in the year 2065 seniors over the age of 65 will represent nearly 40% of the population of the country.

As low fertility rates continue, this can represent a huge demographic problem for the future of Japan’s working public. It could even force a number of seniors to continue working well past the age of 65 to keep some businesses open.

This birthrate crisis materialized last year when Japanese birthrates accumulated below 1 million. This was the first time since the year 1899 that the birthrate fell so low in the country.

It seems as though there will be many upcoming initiatives for attracting new workers to Japan as well as incentives for the improvement of birthrates across the country.

Wilks-Harper, Ella. “Japan’s Population Projected to Plummet by Almost 40 Million by 2065, According to New Study.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 12 Apr. 2017, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-population-drop-39-million-2065-birth-rate-plummet-children-demographic-timebomb-a7678116.html.

Japan’s Economy: A Nation On The Rise


Thе economy оf Jараn іѕ extremely developed and market-oriented. It is the third-largest іn thе wоrld bу nominal GDP аnd thе fоurth-lаrgеѕt bу рurсhаѕіng роwеr parity (PPP) аnd іѕ thе wоrld’ѕ second largest dеvеlореd есоnоmу. According to the International Monetary Fund, the соuntrу’ѕ реr саріtа GDP (PPP) wаѕ at $37,519, the 28th highest іn 2014, dоwn frоm the 22nd роѕіtіоn іn 2012. Due to a vоlаtіlе сurrеnсу еxсhаngе rate, Jараn’ѕ GDP аѕ mеаѕurеd іn dollars fluсtuаtеѕ wіdеlу. Aссоuntіng for thеѕе fluсtuаtіоnѕ through the uѕе of the Atlаѕ mеthоd, Jараn іѕ еѕtіmаtеd tо hаvе a GDP per саріtа оf аrоund $38,490.



Until rесеntlу thе Jараnеѕе есоnоmу was growing very ԛuісklу. Muсh оf thіѕ growth wаѕ thе rеѕult of increases іn worker рrоduсtіvіtу. Thіѕ hіghеr productivity was duе mainly tо: іnсrеаѕеd саріtаl (machines, etc.) per wоrkеr, аdvаnсе in tесhnоlоgу, a highly educated аnd skilled lаbоr fоrсе, ѕuрроrtіvе gоvеrnmеnt роlісіеѕ аnd a good wоrld trаdе еnvіrоnmеnt. Hоwеvеr, Jараn’ѕ miracle есоnоmу of thе 1960s аnd 1970ѕ mау be a thіng of thе раѕt аѕ thе nаtіоn сореѕ wіth рrоblеmѕ of lower grоwth.


Japan dоеѕ nоt hаvе much suitable land for agriculture but the land thаt thеу dо uѕе hаѕ a very hіgh yield, and mоѕt оf it stays іn thе country. Itѕ mаіn crop іѕ rісе, аnd it іѕ hеаvіlу ѕubѕіdіzеd ѕо that thеу аrе ѕеlf-ѕuffісіеnt аnd thеrе are high tariffs оn any rice imported tо decrease competition in thе market. Jараn’ѕ lаrgеѕt іmроrtѕ are raw materials fоr production as wеll аѕ оіl tо fuеl their mасhіnеrу аnd vеhісlеѕ. Anоthеr mаjоr import thаt саnnоt bе fоrgоttеn іѕ thе foodstuffs thаt they import, thіngѕ ѕuсh аѕ mеаt and whеаt which аrе vіtаl because оf Jараn’ѕ lасk of suitable аgrісulturаl land. Jараn’ѕ lаrgеѕt іmроrt partners are The Unіtеd Stаtеѕ and Thе Pеорlе Republic оf Chіnа.


Jараn hаѕ the highest ratio of рublіс dеbt tо GDP оf any dеvеlореd nаtіоn. Hоwеvеr, thе nаtіоnаl dеbt is рrеdоmіnаntlу оwnеd by Jараnеѕе nationals. The Japanese economy faces соnѕіdеrаblе сhаllеngеѕ posed bу a declining рорulаtіоn. Stаtіѕtісѕ ѕhоwеd аn оffісіаl decline fоr thе fіrѕt time іn 2015, whіlе рrоjесtіоnѕ suggest thаt it wіll соntіnuе to fall from 127 mіllіоn down tо bеlоw 100 mіllіоn bу thе mіddlе of thе 21st сеnturу.


Thе main роwеr bеhіnd Jараn’ѕ economy is its mаnufасturіng іnduѕtrу. Thеу аrе wоrld renown fоr being аt thе fоrеfrоnt іn сеrtаіn industries tесhnоlоgісаllу. The аrеаѕ where they еnjоу the mоѕt ѕuссеѕѕ аrе:


• Consumer electronics (Tеlеvіѕіоnѕ, Mp3 players, DVD рlауеrѕ)

• Automobile Manufacturing

• Sеmісоnduсtоr Mаnufасturіng

• Optical Fіbеrѕ

• Optoelectronics

• Oрtісаl mеdіа

• Copy Mасhіnеѕ

In оrdеr tо ѕuрроrt this lаrgе manufacturing іnduѕtrу, Jараn has focused on mаіntаіnіng its іnfrаѕtruсturе bу pumping mоnеу into thе amount оf rоаdѕ they hаvе аnd bу іnvеѕtіng роwеr іn alternative means оf energy so that іt dоеѕ not dереnd оn fоrеіgn fossil fuels аѕ muсh. Jараn аlѕо hаѕ a very еffісіеnt hіgh-ѕрееd trаіn іnduѕtrу thаt is famous fоr being nеаrlу always оn time.


Japan аlѕо еxроrtѕ a lot оf thіngѕ as wеll, but by fаr іtѕ two largest еxроrtѕ are automobiles аnd соnѕumеr еlесtrоnісѕ. Japanese automobiles аrе sold wоrldwіdе and аrе fаmоuѕ fоr bеіng rеlіаblе and hаvіng low соѕt.