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The Case for Non-Native English Speakers

Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! We were in the middle of a nomadic move last week that brought a new home in a new corner of the world! This week, we’re back at the keyboard to bring you another blog post. This week’s blog was inspired by a great deal of interest that I’ve received from non-native English speakers (NNES) who have been turned away for many jobs despite excellent qualifications, strong experience, and a neutral accent. This week, we’re going to outline some of the benefits to learning English with NNES, and explore roadblocks that many NNES face in

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Five Great Working Vacations for Digital Nomads

Throw your laptop in a bag and get on the road for one of these amazing working vacations! Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of teaching English online is the chance to work from anywhere in the world. Settling down for few months (or a few years) in a spot with a low cost of living, a great lifestyle, and stable WiFi is something most digital nomads are chasing. Even when you’re living in one of these idyllic locations, the urge to get away on a vacation doesn’t leave you. This week’s blog focuses on

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Acing the Mock Class with Whales English

Being well-prepared can help make your interview and demo class go as smoothly as possible! Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! This week’s blog is aimed at getting you through your mock class with Whales English. There are a ton of companies hiring at the moment and Whales happens to be one of them. Like many other companies, applicants are required to pass an interview which includes a short mock class. These mock classes cause a lot of nerves for prospective teachers and can be made worse if you don’t know what to expect during the process. This week’s blog will

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Encouraging Critical Thinking in Your Online Classes

Effectively scaffolding instruction for your students can help them develop their critical thinking skills! Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! We’ve covered a variety of topics in the past few weeks, from visas & travel to finance & tax. At the heart of what we do is teaching, so we’re doubling back to an important topic on education- getting students to think critically. Many companies out there have been pushing teachers to help develop students’ critical thinking skills in their lessons. This week we want to present teachers with some strategies for how we can better get our students to engage

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Earn Your Florida State Teaching Certification While Teaching for VIPkid (or other online companies)

Become a Professionally Certified Teacher in Less Than One Year!!! Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! This week, we are going to share another path to professional development whilst teaching online- the opportunity to earn a professional certificate from the state of Florida through the Teacher Ready program. Just in case you’re wondering, we are not affiliated with Teacher Ready, nor do we receive any compensation from them. This post is purely informational.   What is Teacher Ready?   Teacher Ready is an alternative certification program for those who have not graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than

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Five Countries Where You Can Work as a Digital Nomad on a Legit Visa

Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain makes a great place to settle down! Being a digital nomad is an awesome lifestyle. You get to pick up and go at any moment you choose, and you never have to spend too long in one place. What if you’re looking for a new place to call home? This week, we looked at countries where it is easy to relocate and settle as a digital nomad. Let’s be clear, working as a digital nomad ESL teacher, the world really is your oyster. You can go anywhere. Just remember that you may not be able to

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Earning Extra Income Outside Your Teaching

There are a variety of ways to earn extra money!!! Whether you’re trying to save for an early retirement or just want some extra cash to help you travel to your next digital nomad destination, a little extra income never hurt anyone. This week, we’re going to introduce you to several ideas that can help you pad your bank account. No doubt you’ve seen tons of easy money ideas on the internet, so we’re going to rate and tell you some of the pros and cons of each one. We’re going to start with some of the best options, move

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Advancing Your ESL Career with an Online Master’s in TESOL

Boost Your Earnings Potential With an MA in TESOL. Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! If you’re reading this posting, chances are you’re at least thinking about advancing your online teaching career. A Master’s Degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics can really help you get ahead. Much like teaching from the comfort of home, a number of graduate degrees can now be completed entirely online. In this week’s blog, we’re going to break down five of the most popular choices for aspiring ESL professionals. We’ve considered price, ease of completion, as well as the nature and scope of the institution and

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Avoiding Controversial Topics in Your Online English Classes

There have been a lot of headlines lately about online ESL teachers being the subject of punitive action for making comments of a politically and socially sensitive nature. There is a lot of buzz about this on social media, so the ESL Gypsy is making this the subject of our current week’s blog. My First Experience as an American Expat   Perhaps ironically, my first job teaching English online was also my first ESL job ever! I moved to Indonesia in 2007 to teach English online in Bali. Before that, I had taught for two years in America. I’d spent

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TPR: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Am I using TPR? Or am I teaching in an invisible box? Welcome back to ESL Gypsy! We’re shifting gears this week away from finances & FIRE and moving toward issues related to pedagogy. Today, we are going to discuss some of the misconceptions surrounding Total Physical Response- or TPR.   I first started teaching online over a decade ago, and at this time it was largely conversation classes with adults who were fairly fluent in the English language. Even four years ago, when I began teaching Chinese children online, most students were proficient in English and looking to further

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