ELL and Teaching Abroad

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Group Members:
Sheila Terry
Jen Harkness
Shea Johnson
Rachel Armock
Hannah Nagi

ELL in the US:

Teaching Abroad:

What do we want to know about teaching abroad?

  1. What do you wish you knew before teaching abroad?
  2. Who is funding your materials (i.e.: books, pencils, paper)?
  3. Do you use any of your own materials?
  4. What is it like to teach students from such different cultures?
  5. How do you find a "common ground" with your students in order to connect to students personally, intellectually, or otherwise?

Prospective Interviewees:

  1. Liz Rago - Works on the administrative end of a non-American, English-speaking school in Queretaro, Mexico.
  2. Sean Addley - Brand new TESOL teacher in Dubai.
  3. Severino Polanco - Community member and parent of a student in an English-speaking school in the Dominican Republic.
  4. Brad Kingston - Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English and aiding the English department in a school in Mongolica.

Helpful Resources

International Teaching Employment

International Schools Services

University of Northern Iowa Overseas Placement Service for Educators

Teach Abroad

Oxford Seminars-TESOL Certification

Council on International Educational Exchange
CIEE website

International Teaching Volunteer Opportunities

Peace Corps

World Teach

International Teaching Organizations

      • NAFSA/Association of International Educators
1307 New York Avenue, NW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20005-4701
Tel: 202/737-3699
Fax: 202/737-3657
Email: inbox@nafsa.org
      • Friends of World Teaching
Maintains up-dated lists of more than1,000 English-speaking schools and colleges abroad that offer teaching and administrative positions to American and Canadian educators. State certification is not always necessary. There is a small fee for application information for the countries of your choice. To obtain a free descriptive brochure, write to:
P.O. Box 1049
San Diego, CA 92112-1049
Tel: 800/503-7436 or 619/224-2365
      • Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Provides opportunities to qualified teachers currently employed in schools, colleges, and universities to participate in a 1-year (sometimes 1-semester) direct exchange of positions with teachers from other countries during an academic year or to attend seminars abroad during the summer.
      • International Schools Services (ISS)
A private, non-profit organization founded in 1955 to serve American international schools overseas. The Princeton office of ISS is staffed by professionals experienced in the field of international education. ISS also employs teachers and administrators in the schools it operates worldwide. ISS services include establishing and operating international schools, recruiting and placing teachers and administrators, consulting, financial management, purchasing and shipping instructional materials, supplies, and equipment for schools, colleges, and universities, publishing, foundations management, and facility planning.
15 Roszel Road
P.O. Box 5910
Princeton, NJ 08543
Tel: 609/452-0990
E-mail: iss@iss.edu
      • U.S. Department of Defense Teacher Recruitment
Information on opportunities for employment in elementary and secondary schools on United States military bases around the world and application forms are provided in annual editions of the booklet, Overseas Employment Opportunities for Educators, available from:
Department of Defense Dependents Schools
Recruitment Unit
4040 North Fairfax drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1634
Tel: 703/696-3067
      • U.S. Department of State
Listings of private schools overseas with programs from preschool through secondary levels and names of school personnel to contact are available in the booklet, Overseas American-Sponsored Elementary Schools Assisted by the U.S. Department of State. Fact Sheets with details on the schools listed in the booklet are also available. Send requests to:
Office of Overseas Schools
Room 245 SA-29
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20522-2902
Tel: 703/875-7800

I made a google doc of sites I found (I noticed some overlap, but we can sort that out later). I hope it works! If not, I'll just copy and paste it again.