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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.

Learn how to teach English (especially to kids) with this practical quick start guide to teaching ESL.


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.

Worker’s Paradise: You Too Can Teach English in China! by Ron Curtis

Are you considering teaching English in China? I have been teaching English in China for 4 years, and this book contains my advice and insights for new teachers. Who should come to China? What kinds of working conditions should you expect? How are the students? How is the food? How can you have fun in China?

Now, more than ever, China is taking a leading role on the international stage. Thousands of expats come every year to experience the amazing culture and make their fortune in the process. The market, however, is becoming more competitive. Let me introduce you to this legendary land, not as it is in the movies or in our imaginations, but as a foreigner in the trenches today. I wish I had read a book like this myself before I came to China.

Table of Contents
1. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Holy Shit! I’m in China!”?
2. Red Scare: An American walks into a Commie Bar. . .
3. Hey Teacher, Go F*** Yourself! What do students really think of foreign teachers?
4. Marco? Polo! Getting into China
5. Saving Face: Your ESL Resume
6. Forbidden Cities: Avoiding Jobs in the Chinese Ghetto
7. Sweatshop Nation: How much do your Chinese counterparts earn?
8. Black Market English: Part-time Work in China
9. You Pay Now! Money Issues in China
10. Me so Horny: The Adult World of China
11. General Tso’s Trippin’: Getting Wasted in the PRC
12. Socializing with Socialists: Making Friends in China
13. Me No Speak-ey No Chiney! Learning The Chinese Language
14. It’s literally Dog-food: Enjoying Chinese Food without the Diarrhea!
15. Yup, they got Jehovah’s Witnesses here, too: Religion in China
16. I didn’t Order the Pupu Platter: Surviving Chinese Bathrooms
17. White Rice or Brown Rice: Racism in China
18. Riding the Chinese Dragon: Transportation
Appendix: Workers, Party! Making the Most of your Time in China

My Review: Real talk when I was just dipping my toe into reading about teaching abroad, I laughed SO hard at the chapter titles in this very short book and I knew it was going to be one of the books I read for my research.

This book may have funny chapter titles but it really dives into each subject and gives you a great understanding of the subject. For example, education is hard in China.

This book is a fantastic guide for those specifically wanting to teach in China, it dives into social norms, what to expect and yes even racism in China. It gives you a deep insight into teaching ESL to Chinese students

I really enjoyed this book and I will read it again once I am ready to go especially if I gain contract in China.


REVIEW: The Ultimate ESL Game Book: Mini-Games and Activities for Young Language Learners

Summary: The Ultimate ESL Game Book is a diverse directory of games and activities created for the ESL classroom with fun and interactive learning in mind. With over 70 individual games and a wide collection of illustrations, there is certainly a game for every classroom occasion. The games provided can quickly infuse any teacher’s valuable learning materials and lesson content with exhilarating mini-games, projects, and activities. Specifically geared towards young learners ages three through ten, the games and activities found in this book aim to stimulate language learning to the extreme.

“The Ultimate ESL Game Book occasionally challenges even the most experienced teachers. Kaplan’s game book is a powerful addition to the arsenal of any ESL teacher. The multitude of games included in the handbook are well-explained, diverse, and certain to make your classroom a more enjoyable and productive learning environment.”
-Read Jay Coburn, Kindergarten Academic Manager in Jinan, China.

“This game book really is the ultimate. It’s a must-buy for any teacher teaching a second language anywhere in the world. The games are well-organized and easily adaptable to students of any age. More importantly, they facilitate an exciting learning environment.”
-Steven Dearholt, Kindergarten Franchise Manager in Haikou, China


My Review:   When I read the title of this book in my TEFL and teaching abroad research I knew it wasn’t quite what I was looking for but I was curious in regards to the idea of teaching English.  I LOVE this guide in fact I am pretty sure this is one of the books I will buy when I am ready to pack up my stuff and move abroad to teach English.     The book let’s you know this is especially effective in Asia, because it is a visual education but the games and practice and can be worked into any curriculum.

Fantastic book that I will buy the physical copy of once I am ready to go (I utilized my Kindle Unlimited membership during my research)