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Book Review: The Lazy Teacher’s Guide To TEFL by Ian Leahy


Short on time or money? The Lazy Teacher’s Guide To TEFL is a very simple and practical guide to teaching English as a foreign language. This guide takes the less is more approach to TEFL which can be especially good for newcomers.

It is not meant to overwhelm you by exposing you to too much information. This focuses on teaching you simple and effective tools for the classroom. It is free of theory, grammar study and non-essential classroom tools.

It is not a comprehensive guide to teaching ESL. Again it is simple and its goal is to make entering the ESL classroom much easier. If you don’t have the time, money or the desire to take a TEFL course and would like to enter the classroom with some know-how then this could be for you. It could also be for the person who has taken a course and probably forgot what they learned.

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My Review:

I have been reading a lot of Teach English as a Foreign Language books and I admit most are pretty redundant. This one felt useful as it truly gives an easy way to breakdown and process lesson planning. Granted it is probably a better idea to be a little more detailed in classes but honestly I like how the author explained how the classes should go and gave tips on what to do with bad situations in the classroom. When I am ready to leave I will definitely download this one again as a refresher.

This book offers game ideas as well as ways to break the ice with students.   The author also included a lot of links to videos that I completely going to watch especially before I leave to teach abroad.

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The Lazy Teacher’s Guide To TEFL

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TEFL: The Complete Guide to Teaching English Abroad (2016) (ESL Teaching Series) by Andrew William

Summary: This is an essential resource for both aspiring, and present teachers of English as a second language (ESL). The book covers everything you need to know about teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and is brought to you by an experienced English teacher.

Read on your PC, MAC, smart phone, tablet, Kindle device or buy it on paperback.

The information provided below is a preview of what you will learn from the book:

What to expect from and why you should teach English abroad How to become an ESL teacher Choosing the right TEFL/TESOL certification course The job search and application processes CV editing and Skype interview preparation The best places to teach overseas Factors to consider and research before accepting a position Key qualities needed to become a successful ESL teacher Classroom tips and student management How to get the most out of the expat lifestyle What materials you need to tack with you from your home And much, much more!
If you’re dreaming of making a career change and want to live and work abroad; then this book contains all of the information you will ever need on how to secure a perfect job. Alternatively, if you’re already in the TEFL industry; there are plenty of useful and well researched insights in this book that will add to your teaching arsenal.

My review:   I like how this book makes it clear and reminded me that this was going to be a job when I finally get a teaching job, and that it is not every day travel.  Which I am excited about, I will be able to still experience new places but I will be stationary and not able to go to the next place when I am bored.

This book like other teach abroad book gives you insight into what to expect prior to your departure and asks the question that every book has asked “why do you want to teach abroad?”   I think this question is important and has me constantly thinking about why I want to do it.

Experience a new culture and gain an insight into learning plus it is proven that girls who are educated are more likely to not become victims in sex trafficking in these countries, which is a cause I am passionate about, but that is a WHOLE other topic/issue that  has nothing to do with this book. (This is my answer if you really must know)

The author also gives valuable insight into writing the perfect resume and CV for getting a job abroad which is practical knowledge once you are ready to start finding a job.

He also gives you five countries that are actively seeking teachers and the programs to teach through.  Which is fantastic and I will be coming back to this book once I am ready to start applying for jobs, which I can’t wait!  One year and I can start that!

I will be re-downloading this book once I am ready to start putting my resume out there as this is probably the best source I have found for that particular step in the process.

Teach English Abroad: Change Your Life, Make Friends, and Travel the World by Gregory Forster

Summary: Have you ever thought about teaching English abroad?

If you choose to do so you can change your life, meeting amazing people you never knew existed and travel around the world. All while earning enough money to make a pretty good living. This book focuses on the process of teaching English abroad from the time you make the decision to do so until the time you actually leave your home country and go teach. This period of the process is by far the hardest and the easiest period to talk yourself out of doing it all together. I aim to help you through that process and make sure that you go through with it.

I have been teaching English in South East Asia for the past few years and I love it. This book is about teaching anywhere in the world but the majority of the information is about SE Asia.

If you have always wanted to but never seriously considered teaching abroad I hope you read this book and decide to actually do it.


My Review:  “The hardest part about the process of teaching English abroad is the initial decision to o through with it”

The moment I read this line I knew this book was going to be very honest, short, sweet and to the point.  That is the hardest part about making a decision like this except the boredom from saving money so you can actually leave.

The author is very clear that it is not a book about how to teach English, but to help you make a decision to go through with the decision.

Each chapter is broken into questions which  loved simply because they are questions I have asked myself since making this decision or toying with this decision.

I like the author broke down sections of the world and gave you an idea of what your expectations should be.   The author also broke down the different types of jobs you can find while abroad.

This was a very short informative book that should be on your must read list if you are wanting or even contemplating teaching abroad.

“How do you teach if you don’t speak the local language”

Since I announced this is the number one question I have been asked.  I have been asked “Do you even speak Chinese”  and “How are they going to understand you if you don’t speak Chinese”   It hasn’t been hateful I think my dad was pretty curious and I think my friend really wanted to know.   The response in this chapter is perfect and exactly how I will handle it from now on.

Such a great short book that I highly recommend reading.