Teaching English abroad experiences blog writing help and tips

We all (EBC graduates and staff) look forward to hearing what you have to say about your teaching English abroad experiences.

We would like to bring together everyone who has been through the EBC program and create a great source of public information and shared experiences about teaching English abroad.

One of our 2004 Madrid graduates, Victorio Korjhan, sums it up the best:

“Your new project is truly a wonderful way of bringing together so many of your former TEFL graduates to share their experiences. I will, of course, be looking forward to periodically contributing some of my own experiences to share with you, and with so many of your former students.” Victorio Korjhan

Get a contributing author id

Before recounting your teaching English abroad experiences, you will need a contributing author id.

If you want to write about your teaching English abroad experiences and do not have a contributing author id, contact us.

When your contributing author id is set up, we will email you your id, password and the web page to access your contributing author account.

Access your contributing author account

After you login, you will see a vertical menu bar on the left.

  • To write your article, click Posts, then Add new and start writing.
  • You can save your work at any time and then resume writing at a later time,
  • To save your work for later, click the Save draft button.
  • To resume writing, click All posts and then select the one you want to edit.
  • When you are happy with your article, click Submit.

The only technical requirement is that your teaching English abroad experiences articles should have at least 300 words. More than 300 is even better.

If you have photos you would like to add, just email them to EBC and we’ll add them in. Please make sure that they are your own photos or the copyright police may come knocking on the door.

Stuck for what to write about your teaching English abroad experiences? Here are some suggestions

Here are some suggestions for articles describing your teaching English abroad experiences.

They are in the form of questions you could answer or think about to get your creative juices flowing.

If you remember the first day of your TEFL course, we gave you a list of suggested topics for your first two lessons. This works the same way.

Personal information

  • How old are you?
  • What is your nationality?
  • What city are you from?
  • What is your education level and background?
  • Did you have work experience before you joined the course?
  • If you had before you joined the course, in which sector did you work, what did you do, for how long did you work?
  • If you were working before you joined the course, why did you leave your job to go and teach English abroad?

Previous travel/studies

  • Have you ever travelled abroad before?
  • If you have travelled abroad, where did you go, what did you see, what were your experiences?
  • Have you studied abroad before?
  • If you have studied abroad before, where did you study, what were your experiences?

Teaching English abroad experiences – impressions about teaching English abroad

  • What got you interested in teaching English abroad?
  • What did your friends and family think about you going abroad to train/teach English?
  • What were your main concerns about teaching English abroad?
  • Where did you choose to teach English abroad and why?
  • What research did you do before you chose EBC?
  • Why did you choose EBC?

Teaching English abroad experiences – the TEFL course

  • Which TEFL course did you take?
  • In which city did you take the TEFL course?
  • In what month did you take the TEFL course?
  • How did you like the TEFL course?
  • How were your classmates?
  • Did you make new friends on the TEFL course?
  • Are you still in contact with these friends?

Teaching English abroad experiences – work teaching English abroad

  • Did the EBC job placement program help you get your first job?
  • If it did, how did it help?
  • Have you used the EBC job placement program more than once?
  • If you have never used the EBC job placement program or only used it one, why (it is a lifetime service)?
  • What was the interview process for getting your first job teaching English abroad?
  • Where are you teaching?
  • What school(s) do you work for?
  • Are your students good to work with?
  • Does/do the school/s treat you fairly and pay you on-time?
  • How is the pay and how many hours a week do you work?
  • How has your TEFL training helped you in your current teaching position?
  • Do you earn enough to live on?
  • Did you get a student visa?
  • Did you get a work visa?
  • If you did not get any type of work papers, what is it like working off the books?
  • What kind of classroom challenges have you faced?
  • What is the most memorable/rewarding lesson you have taught?
  • What teaching techniques have you found work well or do not work well?
  • Do you find that some teaching techniques work well with some groups and not with others?
  • Are your students appreciative of your work?
  • Do you have any tips about specific areas of teaching (presenting, testing, vocabulary, verb tenses, etc.)?
  • What are common challenges when teaching beginner, intermediate or advanced level students?
  • What have you found is the most difficult area for beginner, intermediate or advanced level students to master?

Teaching English abroad experiences – the country or countries where you teach or have taught

  • In how many countries have you been teaching English abroad?
  • How long have you been in your current country and how much longer do you think you will stay?
  • How is the food, social life, entertainment and availability of things to do?
  • What surprised you most about the local culture when you arrived?
  • What do you when you aren’t working?
  • Can you travel around easily?
  • What were some of the major challenges you faced during your first months?
  • What country specific tips would you give to people who are thinking about teaching English abroad in the countries where you taught English?
  • What general tips would you give to people who are thinking about teaching English abroad?

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Highly Recommended! Everyone is helpful and the course itself was very helpful, especially for people who have no teaching background and would like to change careers.
Cheyenne Albon
08:00 10 Oct 18
I had a good time doing my TEFL here in Madrid with EBC. The classes always started on time with a very realistic approach used to teach. I would recommend people to do TEFL from EBC to learn good ways to teach English and make it fun for students.
gaurav swamy
12:52 05 Oct 18
i learned a lot of strategies in teaching.I took the intensive 1 month course and it was really hard work but it was well worth it. Thanks a lot to our amazing teacher. I was so happy to receive my Certificate.Thanks alot EBC for everything.
lhiz Velasco Cabales
08:27 05 Sep 18
EBC is a wonderful academy. I attended an intensive course to gain my TEFL/TESOL qualification. The teaching was in-depth, covering skills, general and business English, as well as how to teach children and adults. All of this was imparted by our professional guide, John. Thank you to all the staff who went out of their way to be encouraging and helpful. It has been a memorable experience!
Michelle Fernández
18:00 02 Sep 18
Great course with an awesome staff. All aspects of teaching, grammar, finding work and even living in Spain are covered in great detail. Would recommend highly to anyone looking to do their TEFL.
Joe Kemp
12:53 31 Aug 18
Excellent and very comprehensive programme. Our instructor taught us everything we need to know about teaching English. The practice teaching sessions we did are great experience for the real world and I now feel confident that I can teach professionally. Thank you John for your commitment and dedication.
Susi Santorelli
12:03 31 Aug 18
Totally recommend EBC. A thorough course, well worth the money and with highly qualified instructors. I had never taught before taking this course, but the 8 hours teaching practice makes you feel so prepared. They answered every single one of my questions and made me feel confident to make this investment. Don't hesitate taking this course!
Kathryn Royal
11:59 31 Aug 18
Great course! You'll work very hard (it's very intensive) but definitely worth it. I totally recommend it.
Sol Montaser
09:00 27 Jul 18
The class was very good. The instructor John is friendly and very thorough with his classes. William, in the front office, is a joy and is very helpful with all of my course needs. Tita, is very nice and was helpful in explaining different options for working and staying in Madrid.
Jaime Tully
08:59 27 Jul 18
John is a good teacher and he puts efforts inorder to understand your requirements. He teaches you in the right ways, like how to present the language in a simple way, how to keep the motivation on, etc.It´s a intensive course but it´s really worth !!Willam is a good administrator. Thanks for all the help and support. 🙂
Tanya Bhagat
11:41 18 May 18
The course is very intensive but IT IS REALY WORTH! If you are looking for a course that teaches you how to become an English teacher, well this is the best one. You really get the better skills for teaching English at all levels with a clear knowledge about what you are doing. The staff of the course is really nice and helpful. He is a really nice person who helps you whatever you need.Teachers here at really good and they really know how to train you as a English teacher very well.
Dro !
11:24 18 May 18
I am very pleased with my experience at EBC Madrid. Professor John was an amazing mentor that really prepared my classmates and I to teach English. I feel confident going into the job market and finding a teaching job.
Elizabeth Wohlford
15:28 08 Mar 18
EBC Madrid had equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills I need to be better in teaching. William is so nice and is very accommodating to us students. And, John is the best teacher who can simplify and make the students understand even the most complicated grammatical concept. Kudos!
Anne Marnelli
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is very intensive but it helps a lot to bring out the best in me. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. I'm very thankful for all the guidance and help that I received from EBC. I highly recommend it.
Roxanne A.
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is really useful. It makes you equipped with the right knowledge, training and attitude. Things you need to have that confidence to go out and face the world as an English teacher. Highly recommended!
Pedi Dela Cruz
14:25 08 Mar 18
This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
Adam Schreiber
12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
Michele Buitron
11:57 14 Dec 17
I've just finished my EBC TEFL course. It was a great experience. I definitely recommend this course. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. It was just a pleasure. Thank you so much and good luck!
Natalia Egorova
15:04 10 Nov 17
The course has been really useful and the teacher, John, made the classes so much fun and very interesting. It is has been a great experience and has helped me realise how much I really enjoy teaching. It has also been a bit intense at times but I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to become an English teacher.
Natasha Jimenez
20:17 05 Oct 17
Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
Ashley Kabanda
11:14 31 Aug 17

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