There are 6 ways that the Select Teachers ESL community for people Teaching English as a Foreign Language can help you.
Search the whole website quickly for what you need
Search the site for anything related to teaching English as a foreign language. Maybe you’re looking for a new ESL job? A TEFL certification course? Want to find out about a particular city or English school? Perhaps you just want to ask a question or get some advice. You can also search for teacher recruiters. The whole of the site is searchable to help you find exactly what you need without endlessly clicking through pages.
Ask questions and get answers
Select Teachers uses two concepts for creating discussion and asking or answering questions. Forums you are probably familiar with, a place where you can create a topic under a specific forum category and then ask questions about specific issues pertaining to that subject. The second is groups, each group has a forum but the group works in a slightly different way. A group is essentially a discussion feed. You can use a group; for example if you just want to let others know that you live in a certain city or are moving there and want to meet others that live there and they can connect with you.
Connect and talk privately
Select Teachers has a concept of members, like any professional network. Once you join you are a member and you can search and connect to other members, once connected you become friends with other members and you can send and receive private email and share media files. This is most useful when maybe you see a job or school you are interested in, but want to ask some questions before applying. Simply connect first and ask your questions directly and privately.
View consolidated ratings and reviews
Create your own reviews of cities, schools and TEFL certification courses. We encourage members to get involved and share your knowledge and experience of the Teaching English as a Second Language world. Once you have created a review you can also rate that city, school or course, then others can also rate it, this builds into a consolidated ratings system also with comments by those who are rating.
Gain kudos for your knowledge
As you get involved in our ESL community you can expect to be awarded badges. Badges are achievements that will go on your profile. You can also share your badges on social media if you wish. Badges let other teachers, recruiters and schools know your experience in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. You can read our article on member badges and the different types available. Badges are found in your activity stream for everyone to see and under your achievements tab in your profile.
Get published and improve your CV
Lastly, we love getting blog articles from our members, our aim is to build a blog of useful articles of a high quality that are uniquely valuable to our members. So if you have topic related to teaching English as a Foreign Language that you are passionate about and would like us to publish for you please get in touch and we can help you get your “name in lights”. You will also get achievement badges for that as well and you and others can share your article on LinkedIn or you can put it on your CV as a published article making your CV stand out.
We hope you will find the Select Teachers ESL Website useful. If you have an ideas how we can make the site more useful, please do get in touch via the contact us form.
For an industry employing so many people either in their home countries or working overseas we have no voice. No global community, no best standards of practice, and no global body to support us in our goal to teach English. Our industry is hugely fragmented from single schools and universities, to private for profit organizations with a multi-national presence.
It’s hard to say how many ESL teachers there are in the world, there seems very little data on the subject. (Another reason for this survey!). One estimate from international TEFL academy puts the number of people working overseas from English speaking countries at 250,000, but what about all those of you not working overseas or are not 1st language English speaker? We are talking into the millions.
Our aim is to learn on a global scale about class sizes, technology in the classroom, your plans for the future and what you think of our industry. This information will then be consolidated and a report shared with anyone who would like to read it. We hope that the information will be invaluable to you in giving insights into our industry, and where you stand in it.
We would like make the State of the ESL Industry Survey a standardized survey, answered once a year by as many ESL teachers as possible, so we can build a trend overtime to share with the participants.
The questionnaire is 15 mostly multiple choice questions which should take no more than 5 minutes to answer. It’s completely anonymous if you want it to be, we won’t even ask your name.
So we ask you to please get involved and take the survey and if you would like to help more, please click the social sharing buttons below and share this article, so that more people take the State of the ESL Industry Survey and we will have great results to share with you. Thank you.
Welcome to our community. At least that’s what we want this website to be. A community. A place you can find colleagues and ESL professionals around the world or around the corner, share ideas, ask questions and have discussions. Having worked in ESL for over 10 years I found it amazing that for such a large industry we have no voice. We are fragmented across companies, educational institutes and NGO’s across the world. With this goal in mind as well as launching this website, we are also launching the first state of the ESL industry survey. Our goal is share knowledge with you about class sizes, technology used and what places are popular to teach English as a Second Language. Please read that post for more information and how to take part.
More than just a community of discussion we also want to offer you useful content, so we have job vacancies and certification course information, as you would expect. On top of that we have reviews; one feature of this site is that you can review certification courses, the cities that you live in from an ESL perspective and the places that you work. Anyone who posts an article or review can grade that organization or place. Then in turn, those that comment on the post can also grade that place or organization. This then builds into a consolidated score that others can easily see. You can see my Shanghai ESL review here, and let me know what you think, or why not have a go at writing one for your city.
We really want you to be actively involved within our community, whether you’re a teacher, a manager, a recruiter or a course provider we ask you to get involved and get published. Start a group or ask a question in a forum. Maybe you have some experience and can help answer a question. The more you get involved the more achievements you will get in the form of badges. These badges will be visible on your profile, giving you status within the community and recruiters and colleagues can also see them. The more you get involved the more you will get out of it.
Lastly if you have any ideas for our community, we would love to hear them. Please drop us a line through the contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you have an idea for an article for this blog, please also let us know through the contact us form.
Once again welcome to your new community. We hope you will make it something special and unique within the world of ESL.
Join the community
We work in a fragmented business, all over the world, from high schools, universities and private ESL schools. Lets share our knowledge and learn more together.
Your next step
Thinking of moving to another city or country? Why not ask ESL teachers that live there what its like first and make some contacts before you arrive.
Something to say
Let others know what you think of a city, school or course you have taken by writing, commenting or scoring a review. Then share directly on social media if you want.
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