English teaching robots, operated remotely from the Philippines by Filipinos are now being used in Korea. Read the story here.
While Korea – currently – does not require any training at all for the teachers they place in their schools, they have for many years had difficulty getting enough good teachers. You can guess that as this technology improves the use will become more widespread.
I noticed during my last tenure at a university in Korea (’02-’04 academic years) that there were advertisements all over campus for people to study English in the Philippines. During my previous visit (’92-94) everyone was going to the USA, UK, Canada and the trend was toward Australia. But – now it is the Philippines and Singapore also.
This is not a happy trend for the industry – make sure you are BETTER than a robot from the Philippines! Get some training.
TED’s Tips™ #1: Countries and even individual schools are growing fatigued with teachers that don’t know how to teach. Get at least some basic training to help you know what to do in the classroom.
TEFL Boot Camp is offering a couple free eBooks to help introduce you to the TEFLing world.
The first is the old stand by How to Teach English Overseas for sale for US$9.95 over at TEFL eBooks – but free through TEFL Boot Camp. The book is essentially a ten week guide to getting yourself a job and heading overseas.
Easy to do if you know how. Difficult if you don’t and this eBook takes you through the whole process – even applying for a passport if you don’t have one yet.
You can sign up to get this eBook free.
The second free eBook on offer, they send it to you about a week later, is a great job search guide called Teaching English Abroad: What you Must Know for an Effective Job Search.
The last guide is called Seven Secrets to Success Abroad. It is more or less a review of things that I have seen over 20 years overseas – that make people succeed or fail.
It is a guide to intercultural adaptation and success – which believe it or not – is just as important as your teaching skills.
Many people come apart at the seams overseas, but this book will help you see things from a different perspective.
HERE is where you sign up for all three eBooks. Go get ’em – loads of free help.
TED’s Tips™ #1: Free Resources – you can’t ask for a better deal. I wrote all three of these eBooks and they have lots of good tips in them.