An overview of travelling and teaching in Asia. | Nikolas John Cakebread | Skillshare

An overview of travelling and teaching in Asia.

Nikolas John Cakebread, Experience is the teacher of all things

An overview of travelling and teaching in Asia.

Nikolas John Cakebread, Experience is the teacher of all things

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
1 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Final thoughts on teaching and travelling in Asia

      26:08
  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.

8

Students

--

Projects

About This Class

The student will understand the processes involved in getting out to different countries and what is expected from teachers to get a job, live and teach here.

In this class, I will go through my experiences in traveling and working in and around Asia. The student will have an understanding of what is expected of them before they travel when they arrive, and how to organize and prepare themselves for the classroom. I will share my knowledge of different countries and the different situations that may arise to help reduce culture shock. Moreover, I will give an in-depth guide on what you need to do and prepare to be the most successful traveler and teacher.

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Nikolas John Cakebread

Experience is the teacher of all things

Teacher

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
    0%
  • Yes
    0%
  • Somewhat
    0%
  • Not really
    0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Your creative journey starts here.

  • Unlimited access to every class
  • Supportive online creative community
  • Learn offline with Skillshare’s app

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.

phone

Transcripts

1. Final thoughts on teaching and travelling in Asia: Hi, guys. Welcome to the end section. Thank you so much for following me in this course has been a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, but we're finally here at the end. Now, I just want to talk to you about my experiences here in Asia teaching. So I'm going to go through some general tips and knowledge on hopefully give you guys an idea of what to expect when you come out here. Okay, so here we go. Anybody can teach English abroad. Approximately one billion people are learning English worldwide at the moment. The demand for native English speakers is insatiable. On virtually any native or fluent English speaker can gain employment teaching English abroad. But remember, do your research. Every country is different and nowadays lots of different countries have different requirements. When I first started 10 years ago, I went to China on China. Did not need any degree, any tear ful or any experience in teaching. I came off the plane and I was offered jobs left, right and center. It was very easy to get a job then. Nowadays it is different. So that's why you need to do your research places like Cambodia, Thailand are very lax on who they let in at the moment. This may change in the future, but those are good places where people who maybe don't have a degree or maybe do not have a Tafel. You will still be able to get jobs there depending on the company that you go through. Depending on the school that hired you, you should be able to get a visa. And you should be able to find work easy enough. Countries like China, Japan and Korea, Vietnam have all become really strict over the last four or five years. Now you need a degree. You need your careful. You need a background criminal check on. Do you need to get all your documents notarized and legalized at the embassies? So it is a good idea to get your tearful certificate. Even if you haven't got a degree, getting your tearful certificate will give you a foot in the door. With many different companies across Asia, obviously is better to have a degree, but a lot of companies will accept a terrible certificate on a couple of years experience. So maybe you would be able to do some volunteer work for a year. I have some travel experience at the same time and then land a permanent job with your experience on your tearful. Getting the careful is very easy. You can do on line, or you could do it in a classroom. Some schools are a little picky on. Expect you to have classroom hours with your tear foe. Now those are available in more cities. On When I did my tear ful, I will have the option of traveling to many cities in the UK to sit for two or three days in a classroom on, do the lectures there and get my certificate that way. I, however, chose to do online, and you could find many reputable online dealers that do the careful certificate. I chose careful dot com, but I know there are many others and give you good deals. But make sure you do the 120 hour course because 90% of employers will look for the 120 hour plus course. So that's the one you want to go for. Don't be tempted by the cheaper 50 hour course are 80 hour course options. When you got your course and when everything is sorted, then you need to start thinking about where you want to teach and what school. There are many websites that you could look at thieves. E S L kaffee is a very good one. Even Tafel dot com is a very good one to look at job boards. You can look on Reddit. Reddit has many job offers there as well. Look around. See what companies are offering now you can go in an organized program or you can go in separately. Are you could take a chance on go with some of the people that will find jobs for you? These air called recruiters. Now I have had many different stories about recruiters and personally, I would not recommend it. There probably are many good recruiters out there. And in my old job, when I was boss, I was hiring teachers. We used quite a few recruiters on. They did finally brought his very good teachers and everything went well. But I have heard many horror stories off. People who have used recruiters on money has been lost or deals have been made and broken, or the teacher arrives on the deal that they made wasn't the same as what it discussed before they got there. So you need to be very careful about where and who you get the job from. Try to speak to the schools themselves. Try and find the school's website. Speak to them personally. Find out from the people who are at the school what the school is like. What does the school offer? Does it offer accommodation? Does it offer reimbursement for flights? What are the bonuses? What hours will you be expected to work? All of these questions are reasonable questions. Have a recruiter or of a school of refuses to answer these questions. Then that's a red flag, and you should be very careful. Try to find reviews on the school or line. Many other people will have worked there, especially it was a bigger school. Many other people will have opinions on will be able to give you good advice or bad advice about what that school is like. So have a look. Take your time. Don't rush into that This issue. The hiring and interview procedures will vary difference girls, different countries. Everyone will have their own way of doing things, so you may need a Skype account. If you do not have one already, it's free. You condone with it for your phone, your iPad, your laptop, your computer or wherever. Skype is probably the most expected form of doing interviews, especially if you are not in that country. I have done many Skype interviews, and some of them are very intense where they get you to fill questionnaires and the Sanji exam questions, and then my even ask you to do a demo on Skype in front of them. Others are very relaxed. You just talked to the guy or the girl, the recruiter and you discuss the job on. They give you an idea of what is expected off you. But just be aware that these air different ways of doing the interview. Some will even just be email interview. They will write you and email. You'll write a few emails back, and that will be enough. But it is usually better to try and see them face to face, speaks them, find out their personality, find out the people you're going to be working with. We want to make money. That's why we're here, not just for the love of teaching for the love of traveling and new experiences. New places, new things to do. Ah, life less ordinary. We want to make some money, but at the start, you have to be aware. If you are a new teacher, you're going to be starting at the bottom. If you're an experienced teacher and you're listening to this, you'll know this already that when you first come out, it's very difficult to get a high paying job right away. You have to get your foot in the door. Coming out to a new country is very difficult. You need the visa and you need the reputation, and that's something that you need to build up once you're out here and you work for six months to a year, then you can start looking at the other options available on there will be other options. There are people everywhere looking for international school teachers, training school teachers, one and one private work teachers. So the weak jobs available. You just need to get here first. Don't expect the big money straightaway. That's the thing that's going to take time. When I first come up, give up to China. I was earning very little on over time, I was able to build up, build up and build it up. Now different countries are going to offer different wages. Everybody wants to live in Thailand. Thailand is paradise. It's beach sun, beautiful. There are so many teachers and expats there, they are able to teach that the schools offer very little money. The economy is quite poor as well. So combined the two than the wage for teaching is quite low, not saying that you cannot live there. You can many people do, and many people live on work there and teach there and have a great life there. But don't expect big money places like China, Japan and Korea and even Vietnam. This is where you'll start to earn bigger money. Maybe $1,000,500.2000 dollars, $2500 on in China, some places up to $6500. So as Asian countries go, those are the countries where you can expect to make a bit more money. But like I said, for experienced teachers at the beginning, more schools will offer you a lower wage to test you out to see your skills to see how committed you are to see if you're going to stay on, make it worthwhile, them giving you the better money as well as this. There are other countries besides Asia that paid well. I have no experience, but I have known many people who have come from Kuwait or the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia on. People tell me the wages there are brilliant, so that is also something to consider. Speaking of money, you need to be prepared for the start up costs now. I had a personal experience with this this year due to the fact that I was in China for a bunch of years, and then I had to come home for six months due to family reasons when I came whole instead of go back up to China. I have some friends in Vietnam, and I decided I wanted to go out there and try working out there for a while because I had heard so beautiful, such a relaxed and easy lifestyle. I was definitely interested in seeing what it was like. However, I was not prepared for the start up costs, so I had to get my degree, my Tafel on my police check, all notarized from the local solicitors. Then I had to get them sent away to the legalized Asian office in the UK and that was all recorded delivery. And I was 100 quid pair document. Then they send it back on. Then I had to pay another 30 quid pair document to send it to the Vietnamese Embassy. All in all, that process took nearly 2.5 months. Once I've got him back, I had to apply for a business visa via the company that had agreed, agreed to hire me, which I had to pay for at the airport. Then I obviously had to buy my ticket, which was another £700. So there's £1000 I've spent straight away easily £1000 many a little more just to get on the plane. Then you arrive in the country. Now, bear in mind, you're not going to be getting a wage straight away. You're gonna be either doing training like I waas or you're gonna be starting the weekend after you get there are a week after you get there to be paid the next month. So you need to have money for start up costs like food. You close for work if you need, though a place to stay. Ah, hotel. Even just going yo and seeing things and doing things. All of these things are included and start up costs. So yes, be prepared. Just be prepared. Take out as much money as you can Remember, If you want a flat for a year, most places are going to demand six months deposit, three months deposit. If you're lucky, it might just be a one month deposit like I got on. Sometimes the skills are willing to help you with so these costs, but they won't take it off your next week. So the first couple of months, maybe 1st 3 months is going to be tight living. Unless you've got savings, which you can dip into, it's going to be very, very tight. So you need to be aware of that. Cruyff. Okay, so that's a general advice about getting started. The things you need to think about before coming out to the country you're going to choose to teach. Now let's talk about some more classroom related things that you might need to think about as well. I'll give you some ideas of the things that I use in costume on a day to day basis. So what items do I need in my classroom? Well, there are a whole load of obvious words once I use every day every time I teach, So I like to keep a big supply off them in my classroom at all times. Sometimes you won't have your own classroom, so these are the sort of things that you will need a bag to carry around in your bag, things like markers. Now the school will probably have markers, but I like to bring my own. I like to have different color markers so we can play different games. Some kids will be team blue. Some kids will be t read. Some kids will be teen black, and we can do different types of games with the different colors of lockers as well as this . I have magnets, different colors of magnets for the same exact reason. They're very useful to stick onwards, have a race sticking on the right word. Sit down, make a word. Make a letter off the magnets. These are all very fun and easy things that you could have at your disposal. Sticky balls. Sticky balls are amazing on their so many brilliant games. You could play with them. I'm sure you quite a few in the different videos throughout. This course that I use is sticky balls with, and you can make up your own. Just a simple as a target through it makes some points. The kids will love it. Paper color paper. Now, depending on your class set up, some classes will last on our You won't have much time. Other classes are two hours, and in those two hour classes I often find the last 10 minutes. I like to have a project. I like to do something a bit more fun on creative and crafty with the kids, so I give him the color paper. I give them a topic. I let them draw and write sentences. Label in English, different colors. Different kids will like different colors on. It just makes it more fun on At the end. You can stick it up on your wall and display their work Candies on stickers on like money. Some schools have specific dollars that they'll exchange for president Stuff front. All this is great. Make sure you don't go overboard and make sure the kids don't expect it every single week. But these are things that are good to have in your classroom, right? Let's go through set up tips for your classroom. Now make sure when you go into the classroom, everything is ready. You do not want to be ill prepared for a class, because when the class starts, it's all about the Children cannot take your focus off them for one second, or misbehavior will happen. So make sure the chairs air neat. I correctly priest with enough for the Children on teachers. If you have extra teachers in there, make sure you correctly right the lesson plan on the board and clean the board of any other kinds of markets. This is especially good for newer teachers. Instead of looking at a book that you've written your lesson plan on or a piece of paper if you forget where you are, you congrats at the board and it's already there written for you. Just see Andi, it shoes, teachers, other parents and students that you're well prepared for the class in rooms that have Windows, I would suggest close the blinds and closed cartoons. No, only can you see the computer and the board better, especially if it's a bright day. Avoids distractions. Children will love to sit and look out the window. If there's a view off, there's noise or others something happening that's more interesting than your class. They will become easily distracted. Make sure you have everything ready to go. And don't waste time in class actually a wrong and trying to get the PPT to work or find those six red bulls that you need for your game. Have it all ready to go. So know all classrooms are going to have a computer. But if you do have a computer, you must remember to set up a swell. Computers are generally huge sailing points for schools and getting the most all of them is extremely important for you on for the class. So before the class, make sure the volume is right. So when you play a song, it doesn't blast out and scare everybody, but also make sure it's not too low, so you don't have to fiddle around with volume with song starts. Make sure to say the touch screen pointer in these new boards a lot from our touch screens . And if they're off of a king, touches something. It doesn't work, probably, and you can spend a few moments trying to rectify that. And that's a waste of time. Make sure nothing is blocking the view for the Children, so no tables or chairs or in the way our new and teachers standing in front of it are new. Other Children are standing in front of it, either, and set a computer playlist. If you have songs on a PPT and stuff ready to go, make sure is all set up with a click of a button. You don't have to mess around looking for things on the computer during the class. Encourage your tease, your teaching assistants to say the words and sentences with you. So when you say a word, they repeat. This is effective because some classes are very quiet, especially younger learners, maybe a classroom full of little girls on a few small, quiet boys. If you show tow the world apple and nobody really speaks or one or two kids is it's not a very good atmosphere, but If the TA is repeating the words with you, this will encourage the Children to speak. I don't make for a better atmosphere, so smile on. Encourage them all times. Don't lean over them. Don't power over them. Come down to their level. Look at him in the eye and smile. Be friendly, nor what steps you need to do in the time comes. If you're going to do a new game, do an example with the TA first on. Make it seem so fun. Even if it's just a silly run and pick something up game, do the example with the teacher in the room on Do it Well, make it look like it's the best game ever. The kids will follow you. They will copy what you do. If you're excited, they will be exciting to never walk in front of any of the teachers on. You can tell your tea is this is well, Do no walk in front of you, especially when you have the classes attention this breaks attention on. It's just generally not done. Try not to focus on any one student unless told otherwise. Trying to focus on groups of students are if you're doing one on one drills. Make sure you do. Everybody do not leave Children out. Sometimes a school say there's a V I. P student. Maybe they're trying to get money from the parents. Maybe they're trying to get money for the parents on their friends. So sometimes you might need to pay a little bit more attention to a particular student. But in general, the classes there as a whole. When you give stickers, don't put them on their hands, trying to put them on their clothes, on their front, on their chest or even at the tops of their arms. If you put it on their hands, there would be distracted by them and they will pick at them. And then it will be become a distraction for the rest of the class as well. Linking sentence sees. This is very much like we talked about earlier in this course with the whole brain method. But the linking saying this is what they do is the cut down the dead time between activities. So if you're going from a drill to a game and in that time, you need to go and pick up, say, a ball or who you could use. One of thes sentence sees to get the kids to repeat, so there's no time when you've got your back to them and they're sitting doing nothing. So the drill ends and you say hands are these the kids will say hands our needs. And then, as you're walking over to pick up the hoop on the ball or wherever else you need for the game, you will say, Look, look less and less it for low the teachers, all of the teachers. So there is absolutely no dead time in between activities as well as this, ever. Any point you forget your lesson plan or you forget where you are. Are you just need a moment to think. Use thes sentences. If you use them enough, they'll become second nature to you, and you won't need to think about saying them while you're seeing them. You can think about where you are or what you need to do next. There we go. Guys, Thank you so much for washing. I really appreciate it. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I wish you all the best of luck in your travels on whatever you decide to do. I know you're going to be awesome. Thank you so much again. See you soon.