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Terrible Translations: ¿Comer que? Eat what?!

Terrible Translations: ¿Comer que? Eat what?!

If you haven’t tried Rueda de ahumados, you should. It’s a delicious Spanish treat and very popular among Spaniards. In English, it means a selection of smoked canapés served on a platter or tray. But the sad thing is the translation somehow removed the deliciousness....

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Do I need to Speak the Local Language to TEFL or TESOL?

Do I need to Speak the Local Language to TEFL or TESOL?

Hello, Hola, Bonjour, Kumusta, Hei, Cześć, Yassas, Shalom, Mhoro Privet, Annyeong Haseyo It's nice to understand what people are saying …. One common question asked by people wanting to teach English abroad is, "Do I need to speak the local language?" "I'm going to...

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Student visa renewal steps for Language Assistants in Spain

Student visa renewal steps for Language Assistants in Spain

How to renew your Student Visa if you are a Language Assistant in Spain. Many Language Assistants in Spain are left high and dry at the end of their state school contract. They do not know how to renew their Student Visa. Failing to renew on time or not doing it correctly almost certainly guarantees that your Student Visa renewal will be rejected. EBC is an expert In first-time Student Visa applications and subsequent Student Visa renewals. Here are the steps you should follow.

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Avoid TEFL job scams and what to look out for

Avoid TEFL job scams and what to look out for

Avoid TEFL job scams and what to look out for. Moving abroad to teach English has become a popular career path for people of all ages and backgrounds worldwide. There are many TEFL and TESOL jobs on offer, but how do you know which are for real? Some look too good to be true! Find out what scams are around and how to avoid them.

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Seniors – Teaching English abroad is your new calling!

Seniors – Teaching English abroad is your new calling!

Where should seniors go to teach English abroad? Are you looking for your next adventure? Are you retired and at least 65 years “young”? How about getting to know other countries and their cultures or maybe learning a new language and living life to the max! Teaching abroad is an excellent way for you to do all these things while earning a living. So it’s time to bring new meaning to the “Senior English Teacher.”

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Do employers recognise online TEFL courses?

Do employers recognise online TEFL courses?

Do employers recognise online TEFL courses? If you want to know if employers recognise online TEFL courses, don’t jump into the exciting world of TEFL just yet. First, you should get certified in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). And not just any Online TEFL certificate but one recognised and accepted by the British Council. This recognition translates into worldwide acceptance from employers, language schools, colleges and universities offering EFL and ESL to their students and professional clients. No need to guess any further; we’re talking about the Online Trinity College CertTESOL certificate.

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Teaching IELTS, everything you need to know

Teaching IELTS, everything you need to know

Teaching IELTS, everything you need to know. What if there was a way to ensure not just a permanently exciting future for yourself but also for your students? With the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), you could help someone live in an English-speaking country, open different horizons for your students, or help people advance in their careers within certain businesses. So, what is it, how can you get involved, and what does it involve?

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Jan and his experiences as an EFL teacher in Argentina

Jan and his experiences as an EFL teacher in Argentina

Hi, my name is Jan, and I was born in Norway 25 years ago. I finished my studies in Anthropology last year. However, I needed some freedom and new experiences before looking for jobs. Maybe some months of backpacking in Asia could be what I needed? Or I could take the train through Mongolia and end up in China? However, in the end, I wound up in wonderful Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Are there any free TEFL courses for the unemployed?

Are there any free TEFL courses for the unemployed?

Are there any free TEFL courses for the unemployed? The short answer is no. There are some TEFL volunteering opportunities where you go and teach English for an agreed term through an organisation. However, you will not get TEFL certified; you will not be paid for your time but may receive accommodation and food as compensation. Look at your TEFL certificate as an investment. Many organisations are willing to help you; go out and find them. Ask a family member, friend, or even your local benefits office if they can invest in you taking a TEFL course and making yourself more employable.

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