Bad Language in Children’s Books

In a recent article attention was drawn to the deteriorating standard of language used on social media websites. While this referred primarily to the use of profane and obscene words, it might well have been extended to bad spelling (in spite of spell checkers), punctuation and the use of various pidgin dialects. While some might excuse such phenomena as free expression and adult realism, few would condone such language in writing intended to be read by children. Young people are free to surf the web and it might be argued that it is impossible to provide a completely effective shield to prevent them stumbling upon much that their parents would prefer them not to see. Nevertheless, most would agree that all that is produced specifically for juvenile consumption should be of the highest quality.

Children’s books are written to serve a variety of purposes that are all supplied to varying degrees within each production. While the primary purpose is to entertain, amuse and, perhaps, settle for sleep, there is usually an intention to encourage reading and extend education in a number of directions such as basic science, technology, history and geography, and perhaps above all, an understanding of human behaviour. While building vocabulary may be a primary concern of authors and parents, this desire hardly extends to words and expressions which most parents refrain from using in conversations with their offspring and which could cause embarrassment if encountered in a book at bedtime.

The editing of all books, now assisted by electronic aids, can ensure correct spelling and punctuation, and apart from the occasional and inevitable typographical error, all children’s books should be perfect in these respects. Any shortcomings that remain are entirely the fault of the author; it is up to him or her to determine to what degree his/her work is upgrading and enlightening. This does not mean that slang and dialectical expressions should not be used, but that where they are used, it should be clear to the reader that they are peculiar to, and characteristic of, a certain minority group of English speakers and not part of the core language.

Vietnamese traders travel to China to buy goods to retail back in Vietnam but they do not conduct the business in Vietnamese or Chinese, they converse in English, which is the first foreign language taught in school in both countries. All writers in English have the additional responsibility that derives from English being adopted as the international medium of communication in economic, social and cultural interactions. Children’s books thus assume an important role in helping to facilitate the learning of English throughout the globe. It is therefore essential that the language should be standardised and above reproach.

Saint George, Rusty Knight, and Monster Tamer is a series of nine self-contained historical short stories which introduces George, a hapless knight who has an unusual skill for monster taming, and which, with wit and delightful aplomb takes the young reader on an adventurous journey though some significant moments in history.

Historical Novel Society, February 2016

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Can You Still Teach Overseas Without a Degree?

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Student Loans – Financial Aid for Students

When looking for student loans, the question about financial aid always comes up. To come straight to the point, yes, financial aid is readily available for those students who wish to take advantage of it.

Financial aid can come in many different forms such as Scholarships, Employment opportunities, Private Loans, Government Loans and Grants.

Monetary aid is always available for students who have been approved or who meet the necessary criteria from the lending institutions.

Aid is also renewable each year that you remain at the educational institution and keep studying.

Also there can be money provided for you to fill in the difference (or shortfall) between you and any other family resources you may have access to.

Great

The great thing about this type of aid is that it is there so as to allow those financially disadvantages students the opportunity to be educated. As long as the student continues to remain eligible on a yearly basis, then the aid is always there for them.

It is also true that any aid you may be granted is only intended to help supplement any other financial support you may have from other sources.

Available

It is available from Government, state, Educational institutions and private companies. The purpose of this aid is to help with the educational expenses which include many things such as fees, school books, accommodation, transportation costs and other expenses the student may incur.

Provide that the student qualifies with the conditions of the loan provider and also as long as the student is capable of meeting the financial needs to service the loan on a monthly basis then financial aid can be obtained.

Many

Monetary aid can be obtained from many different sources and if you are a doctoral student, then you may be eligible for a full scholarship.

As mentioned above this aid can be It is usually provided by private companies, Government both Federal and State., and by the educational institutions themselves.

Research

It is always important of course that you conduct your own research into the types of financial aid that your require because no-one knows your situation as good as you.

One of the best places to gain more useful information is the educational facility itself, these places always have councilors who are armed with the latest information about what financial aid is available.

The last place you can go to is the internet, why go here last? The reason is so that once you have received the information from your educational institute, you can then use the internet as a ‘double check’.

I hope you have gained a little more insight about student loans and financial aid.

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Child Care: A Modern Dilemma

Someone once said life is just a dream. But, for Sarah Jenkins her world is anything but. The days of wine and roses have long since disappeared. From her first marriage which produced two children but ended abruptly to her second which unlike the first ended tragically Sarah is as the expression goes stuck between a rock and a hard place. With two infants in tow and being a single mother Sarah is faced with the fact that her life has turned upside down.

The reality of Sarah’s predicament is not unique nor is it unusual in today’s society. Single mothers today have become more of the norm compared to a society some 50 years ago. Back then many thought that this nation prided itself as the pinnacle of success in regarding the upbringing of children. It showed because public education at that time the United States was unmatched. This nation had the highest ranking of all the industrial nations in all the major subjects from elementary education on. But, that was back in a period when the norm of society was the two parent family and marriage between a man and women was more sacred than it is today. Times have changed though and today many women like Sarah are faced with many obstacles toward attaining a better quality of life for themselves and their children.

With this past years election brought even more obstacles that not only Sarah has to confront but every single parent across the entire country will be adversely affected if the Republican led Congress has their way. The harsh reality today is that some of the decisions Sarah has made left her with little choice to which direction she took. To work or stay at home, get on government assistance like Food Stamps or live a life of impoverished means all have a very negative impact not only on Sarah but her children as well. Let’s remind everyone Sarah is not alone here either. All across the country women and men are forced to make hard choices when raising their children. When Sarah’s first child was born there were two choices. Either go back to work or stay at home to raise her child. But, with today’s high cost of daycare and a job that really doesn’t pay enough the cost of daycare would strip away whatever wages she earned. Daycare today costs like college tuition have skyrocketed.

With proposed cuts to Plan Parenthood and all the other social service agencies that provide a vital and crucial safety net for millions of women and even men single parents today find themselves in financial and economic distress. Compounding this is the fact that all across the country there are so many communities whose tax base is not sufficient to take care of all the public services that were once well funded. The first one is public education. For the past 25 years tax bases have shrunk leaving public education having to do with less revenue like teachers salaries, supplies and the list goes on. All of this has a dramatic negative impact on the quality of education that the United States is experiencing. This does nothing for the well being of our nations youth who are unwitting victims of governmental policies that continually favor the wealthy.

In the state of Florida and by the way Florida still lags behind every state when it comes raising the minimum wage but the cost of living today is one of the highest in the nation is just one obstacle that working parents have to face. The available jobs in the southern states too many their wages don’t even come close to cover the cost of child care, housing, and generally the cost of living to maintain a lifestyle free from relying on some sort of government assistance. For Sarah even though she earned a degree in education teachers salaries have yet to keep pace with the ever increasing costs of maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. Were not talking about extravagance but a wage where she is able to fulfill the Williams Theory of Economic Evolution is as elusive as ever here and all across the country.

When her first son was born Sarah left the work force to take care of her infant son. Fortunately her husband at the time was also employed. But, by the time her second child was born Sarah had two infants now to take care of but no other support. A divorced mother of two out of work for more that a year with no income to speak of and by the way this is happening too often all across the country tough choices have to be made. But, when governmental policies, those safety nets, are being reduced and eliminated it is always the children who suffer the most.

Many don’t really know the true cost of child care today. Typically, daycare centers will only take infants that are six months or older. For the first six months the mother or father are the sole supporter of that infant. Let’s examine the costs of infant care today. Dippers alone will cost over $75 per week or about $1,000 per year not to mention all the other costs like crib, car seat, clothes, food and the list goes on. Day care itself the cost varies. The younger the child is, say at six months starts at $250 per week while older children that are at pre-school age average at about $200 per week and upwards from there.

If Sarah manages to return to teaching her salary would start at $29,000 per year or around $2,400 per month. Now, factor in day care costs. With two infants at $250 per child per week that equates to $2,000 per month. So right now there is no way Sarah can go back to work in a profession she is trained to do and have her children taken care of while she is performing her trade. See the problem here. There are tens of thousands of mothers and parents who would like to contribute to the overall tax base but with the available jobs that don’t equate to afford the child care that is so necessary for them to contribute to their community leaves them with having to rely on the governmental safety nets that had they been able to go back to work would support others who are unable to find work.to take care of their children.

Now when you have a Republican led Congress and a newly elected President who doesn’t have a clue to what millions of Americans are faced with each day those safety nets that are currently in place will be reduced to a point that millions across the country will be faced with an economic and financial calamity that ultimately will adversely affect to many of our nations youth. It is quite evident that when social services are gutted and the tax base is constantly shrinking communities no longer have the financial means to provide quality education in public schools. Teachers salaries are now most always insufficient, meanwhile programs are always eliminated leaving students with lacking a full educational experience. This all has and is resulting in a decline of our educational standards that were once the gold standard for the world.

We must point out that back in the early 1970’s teacher salaries if one had a Bachelors degree that starting salary was around $26,000. If one had a Masters they could command $37,000. Now, when you compare what teachers were making in the period when the United States had the highest educational standards in the world you see a vast discrepancy. Look at what teachers are making today. The cost of living has more than quadrupled while salaries are almost the same as they were back 45 years ago. That is just part of the problem. The educational experience for our nations youth and for the teachers has deteriorated to the point of what we are seeing today. Many employment opportunities are being unfilled because of the lack of continuing the education standards that were in place some 50 years ago. Consequently when people like Sarah who would much rather contribute to the tax base now is left to be the one of millions like her to have to rely on governmental assistance just so that her children will have some sort of stability in their lives.

A modern day dilemma for sure is the reality of today. And when we have the mentality of today’s Republican mindset in Washington it looks like for people like Sarah those tough choices will be the ones she and others have to make. Avery sad commentary for our nations youth and for the future of the United States.

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A Peep Into the Future Tech Innovations at CES 2017

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held every year in January at Las Vegas is a premier electronic convention held annually for showcasing exceptional technological advancements in the consumer electronics industry. This year, the 4-day event held from January 5 through January 8, 2017, marked its 50th anniversary with 3,886 exhibitors showing off myriad revolutionary tech trends and avant-garde gadgets that will drive the future of technology globally.

It goes without saying that Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence voice assistant ‘Alexa’ has been the star of the show as several Alexa-enabled next-generation devices including voice-controlled smart-home gadgets, cars, and robots were displayed at the event. Alexa, which has outperformed Google Assistant and Siri can be programmed to perform multiple functions such as starting your car, locking doors, adjusting thermostats, controlling lights, and finding locations.

Now let’s throw light on the futuristic innovations witnessed at CES 2017 that will have a major impact in the coming years.

1. Tech innovations in Smartphones: Qualcomm unveiled its latest processor named Snapdragon 835 for revolutionizing mobile technology. Snapdragon 835 aims to bring High Dynamic Range to smartphones besides facilitating better virtual experience by enhancing sight and sound for mobile Virtual Reality. The new processor will also enable smartphones to produce high-resolution photos even in poor lighting conditions. It will also facilitate faster connection by paving the way towards 5G network. Moreover, the chip also guarantees longer battery life as it consumes 50% less power compared to Snapdragon 801. Additionally, biometric sensors embedded in the 835 promises better security to smartphone users.

World’s first smartphone with molecular-sensors “H2” was also unveiled at CES. This 6-inch Android phone can scan any object to provide you with instant feedback on its chemical composition, be it food items or medicines.

2. A Glimpse Into the 5G future: Qualcomm demonstrated the various ways its technology is going to empower the 5G future. At CES, the CEO of Qualcomm Stephen Mollenkopf asserted that 5g will be a ground-breaking network that will support a wide array of devices with exceptional speed and scale. Moreover, it will have a significant impact on world economy.

At the convention, American technology company Intel too launched its 5G Modem which can deliver 5G in both mmWave spectrum and 6GHz bands. Besides this, Intel also unveiled its new automotive 5G platform named Intel Go to support automated driving.

3. Cloud-Based Innovations: CES 2017 also witnessed numerous cloud-based announcements. Nvidia grabbed the attention of PC gamers by launching its cloud program ‘GeForce Now’ for PC and Mac that will enable gamers to transform their PC into a sophisticated gaming rig to stream and play the latest games of their choice.

Besides this, world’s first cloud-based keyboard ‘the 5Q’ also made its debut at the event. The special function of this keyboard is that it will be connected to the cloud and display color-coded email notifications, sports updates, and stock quotes on the keys of the keyboard.

4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stole the Show: AI undoubtedly took centre stage throughout CES 2017. AI has been featured as an integral part of almost everything- from smart jeans that show directions, and smart pet collars to feel your pet’s emotions, to smart gloves for stroke victims and smart vehicles. These computerized brains are empowering humans to replicate virtual worlds besides endowing computers with the intelligence to comprehend the real world.

· AI-powered Cars: Automobile companies are focusing on AI-powered vehicles as the day is not far when customers will seek self-driving cars. Smart car manufacturers will soon come up with AI-powered cars that can generate their own emotions because soon customers will opt for cars with which they can establish the best emotional relationship. CES 2017 saw the launch of many AI-powered emotional cars including Honda’s NeuV that features HANA (Honda’s Automated Network Assistant) to personalize the driver’s experience. HANA’s face recognition technology and heart-rate monitor assist the electric car to understand your happy and melancholic moods. It can also suggest music based on your mood besides remembering your favorite places such as cafe’s, parks, etc.

Toyota too released its futuristic car the “Concept-I”, powered by AI technology that can comprehend the need of the driver as well as passengers. Likewise, Nvidia introduced its self-driving car system named Drive PX designed to comprehend the driver’s mood, the car’s environment and figure out what is going on in the interior of the car.

· AI-powered Health-tech Devices: In order to incorporate advanced technology and new-age thinking to the workout routine of fitness freaks, fitness technology companies unveiled a range of sophisticated fitness wearable devices at the CES. For example,Boltt, a Mumbai-based fitness tech company unveiled AI-packed fitness trackers, smart shoes embedded with stride sensor, and a virtual health assistant named “B” that provides users with real-time feedback and voice coaching on health and fitness.

The show also displayed digestive trackers to help users determine the type of diet that is ideal for their body, and a smart hairbrush embedded with sensors that can detect how you brush your hair so that it can train you to correctly brush your hair by sending data to your connected smartphone.

The world’s first smart toothbrush Kolibree Ara was also launched at the show. It features deep machine learning algorithms to understand and provide feedback about your brushing habits even if it is not connected to your smartphone. What’s more, CES 2017 also saw the launch of Sleep Number 360 bed which has been designed to prevent snoring.

5. Humanoid Robots: CES 2017 also introduced the world to the mind-blowing capabilities of human-like robots. At the event, LG unveiled three robots- to mow your lawn, to take care of your daily chores, and to welcome you at the airport. Besides this, quite a few educational robots were also displayed at the event for children. Additionally, there were a lot of humanoid robots designed for making your coffee, folding clothes, pouring candy, singing lullabies to your kids and taking photos of your pet when you are away. World’s first robotic suitcase Cowarobot also stole the limelight as this four-wheel suitcase with a laser and a camera can follow its owner like a puppy.

So these are some of the futuristic trends witnessed at the CES 2017. This year the CES focused mainly on digital interactivity. This is evident from the fact that a majority of exhibitors at the show were looking to leverage the concept of interactivity for financial gain.

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Cultural Education of The Youth: The Vehicle For Sustainable National Development

The knowledge on cultural practices that are beneficial for society and nation building has been the lasting treasures of the old sages in various communities. They were fortunate to have been enlightened and tutored by their fathers and other old family members. The means of cultural education was through informal means and settings. This included evening gatherings, society meetings, and during communal works and interactions with the elderly members of the community. The regular tutoring that was received by the current old generation through these informal avenues abreast them with the time-tested cultural practices that ensure good relationships, good work ethics and the exhibition of good moral behavior.

It is sad that the current generation of youths is not privileged as their elderly generation. The majority of these youngsters are poor in the knowledge of these relevant cultural practices. It is as if the informal channels of tutoring have been blocked. If care is not taken to arrest this anomaly, modern societies would soon experience the wiping out of the elderly generation who are the holders of the knowledge of the cultural practices. This would invariably result in the loss of all the knowledge regarding the cultural practices. Therefore, pragmatic measures must be taken by cultural institutions, educational institutions, and governments to roll out diverse means through which the cultural education of the rich cultural heritage of the forebears would be relayed to the youth in various communities.

Cultural practices like proverbs, the narration of folklores, stories and myths were models of cultural instruction that offered powerful behavioral lessons for the young ones in societies. After the narration of the morally charged proverb or story, the elders who served as the instructors asked the youths various questions that helped them to reason and glean the import of the narrative. This groomed their sense of judgment, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Also, the lessons learned from the cultural practices deepened the resolve of the youth in that age to demonstrate good traits such as honesty, diligence, respect for the elderly, use of good speech while abhorring bad traits like stealing, use of bad speech crowded with profane expressions, disrespect, and laziness. As a cultural anthropologist, I am of the view that this might have accounted for the high development in economics, environment and other spheres of life in the early years of humanity. It might have also been the secret behind the long earthly life attained by the morally upright predecessors.

The tutoring of the youth about the cultural practices is lacking in modern societies. The elderly members of communities are attributing it to the spread of the modern forms of entertainment like the watching of television and films. Others are attributing it to the wrong perceptions of the younger generation that the cultural practices were promulgated by the forebears due to their lack of civilization. This is gradually causing the erosion and the possible extinction of this precious, multi-faceted knowledge associated with the cultural practices. There must be an immediate arrest of the situation by intensifying cultural education of the youth.

This can be carried out by using the educational institutions as avenues for teaching the youth about their cultural heritage. The educational curriculum must be structured to include these proverbial sayings and other forms of cultural practices to instruct the youth of powerful moral lessons that promotes development. The old and exemplary old members of societies can be targeted as resource persons in schools to teach the young ones about their culture. The television and entertainment industry must use the old stories, myths and proverbs as plots or story lines for some of their films to indirectly help the youth to attain the cultural knowledge. Gradually, this would help in correcting the wrong perception that most of the youth have concerning the cultural practices as belonging to the past and as such not relevant to society living in the modern age. It would essentially help in the sustenance, preservation, and promotion of the cultural practices that instilled good morals in the youth in the early generation of mankind who are now the elderly generation. When this cultural education of the youth is attained, the younger and future generations would be privileged to have a society with members of heightened moral behaviors and its associated maximization in society and national development.

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How Educational Apps Are Helping Children With Autism

At Emma Cooper’s home in downtown Denver, emotional and social learning is a much discussed issue. Emma’s six-year old son Alec, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was two, can’t always pick up social cues naturally. Emma was always on the lookout for creative ways to help her son enhance his social skills. Since Alec loved to fiddle with his mother’s iPad, Emma was pleased to download the “Math on the Farm” and Make Sentences” autism educational apps for her son.

But before she could allow Alec use the two apps, Emma herself sat down to check the content of the two autism apps for his son. She found that the content was just perfect for him. Both the apps were fun to play with. The navigation buttons were a little tricky to use at the beginning. But as soon Alec got accustomed to them, the rest was pretty much easy. It has been a smooth sailing ever since.

Emma loved the two autism education apps because they kept Alec engaged and also encouraged discussion. For instance, users can input their names and record sounds. This could be a happy or a sad sound. You may really get silly if you want, like Alec, who loves to record robot-like sounds.

The design of “Math on the Farm” and Make Sentences” autism educational apps is clean. None of the apps are over-stimulating. The sound effects and music is far from annoying. You can turn them off easily. The stories in the autism apps, like in real life, give multiple choices to the user to resolve social situations, and don’t give just a single solution, irrespective of the circumstances.

The “Math on the Farm” and Make Sentences” autism educational apps have been designed in a way to help autistic children in elementary school to understand social expectations.

The developers behind these two apps had interacted with the parents of children having autism to understand what the kids really want. They also spoke to parents of children diagnosed with high-functioning autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In fact, the apps reinforce the old adage: “necessity is the mother of invention.”

The most important part of these two apps is that they encourage critical thinking and imparts valuable skills. In fact, the “Math on the Farm” and Make Sentences” autism educational apps have almost become a trendsetter, with many companies coming up with similar products.

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Learning Apps for Autistic People

People with autism have a need and right to access the same communication apps that’s available to everybody else. Most people use multiple digital devices to address their communication needs. A single device is often unable to meet all the communication requirements. It also doesn’t make much sense. While some needs can be met with a mainstream device, others require techniques and accessories that are particularly designed for people with autism. These include interactive learning apps for children with autism, like “Just Match” and “Math on the Farm”.

Devices like iPads, smartphones and tabs have proved to be very useful interactive learning apps for children with autism. They are unlike the assistive communication devices of the past that were very cumbersome to use. A hand-held device is portable and can be easily carried. Besides, interactive learning apps for children with autism promotes peer acceptance. The “Just Match” and “Math on the Farm” apps have a responsive layout and touch screen operation so that individuals with learning difficulties or lack of coordination skills can use them easily. Tapping and sliding are much easier than typing.

Using devices like tablets and other hand-held devices are useful tools, because they are flexible and portable unlike other dedicated AAC devices that often can be heavy and cumbersome. A hand-held device is easily carried and can promote peer acceptance. The touch screen and layout are more accessible for individuals with coordination or learning difficulties-sliding and tapping are easier than typing. Technology can improve communication with others by the timely use of email or texting, which has a cost and time savings. Technology allows for adaptability and motivation.

Many people with autism spectrum disorder are visual thinkers. Pictures are often their first language, while words come second. As literal, concrete, and visual thinkers, they can process information in a much better way by looking at pictures. The “Just Match” and “Math on the Farm” interactive learning apps for children with autism does just that. Honestly speaking, technology has made a world of difference to people on the autism spectrum by making visual images more accessible. The computer graphics of interactive learning apps for children with autism capture their attention.

There have been several apps close on the heels of “Just Match” and “Math on the Farm”. It has made their world much easier. The interactive learning apps for children with autism are doing their bit for special needs education.

The Math on the Farm app helps autistic children to pick up mathematical skills. The Just Match app, on its part, helps children match a figure to an outline

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Student Loans – How to Choose a Lender

When you are applying for student loans it is extremely important that you choose your lender carefully, make sure that you have thoroughly researched the company that you will be dealing with for the next few years.

There are many choices that are available to you and, really, it is a buyers’ market. In other words, there are many loan companies that will be trying hard to get your business. This is a good thing because it means that due to the competition that many companies will be offering very competitive rates.

Keep in mind that ‘oils ain’t oils’ and that the quality of lenders can differ vastly.

Tips For Choosing a Good Lender

Consider all the options. It is a good idea to make a spreadsheet or even just note things down on a piece of paper what the pros and cons are for each lending organization.
Get Help. If you are at odds as what company to eventually use for your funding, then it may be an idea to ask your school councilors as they will have the latest information.
Ask Someone. Before you commit to signing up for a loan, find out what other student from your organization has also used this company. Ask their opinion about the service and helpfulness of the loan company.
Double Check. It is also a good idea, after you have been armed with a boatload of information from your educational institution, to then, do your own research. Do a further search on the internet to find out if the information you have received is accurate.
Benefits. Look at all the different benefits that the lenders are offering and work out the ones that will benefit you the most.
Rates. Check to see what rates that each company is offering, although they should all be fairly close to each other, there still may be room for you to ‘negotiate’ a little more.
Fees. Some lenders will also look at decreasing your fees, find out which ones will do it.
Terms. Some terms will be more favorable than others, you need to check to see what is the longest term available for your loan.
Flexible. What help will the loan company offer if there are some hiccups along the way.
Choosing the right lender is extremely important. The bottom line in the loan process, is that you must always ensure you double check your research before you sign. I hope this article about student loans has been of help.

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Can You Still Teach Overseas Without a Degree?

It seems as though I get an email asking that question in an email almost every week. The answer is a ‘qualified’ yes… for now. More and more countries are not granting work/teaching visas to anyone unless they have a degree. Some countries are more bureaucratic than others. Here is an example:

In Thailand, where I taught for 14 years, three ministries are involved in the process: Education, Immigration and Labour. You can’t teach officially without all of their stamps of approval. Let’s say you receive a job offer from a school in Thailand. What you then do is go to the nearest Thai embassy or consulate and get 3-month Non-Immigrant B visa. The ‘B’ allows you to travel to Thailand and work while your documents are being verified and processed. You also have to get a letter from your local police department stating that you are a good person and not on anybody’s wanted list. Once you get to Thailand, your school should be able to do most of the legwork for you… if you are to be employed by a government, private or International school. Some employ so many foreign teachers that they have a specific department set up to process visas, renewals, etc. They send your papers to the Ministry of Education. Until that ministry approves them, you cannot get your work permit. Something for all aspiring teachers to note is that Thailand and some other countries are now demanding your original documents: Degree, transcripts, and diplomas. If you only bring over copies, you would face delays so always find out exactly what you need to bring. In South Korea, you can bring copies that have been certified by the nearest South Korean embassy or consulate.

BTW – the Ministries of Education are up to speed on diploma mill degrees so don’t even think about trying that route.

In some countries, there are still ways to teach without a degree.

Option 1: If you don’t have a degree and want to teach, there are opportunities in countries such as China, Vietnam and some Eastern European countries. I believe these will eventually tighten their requirements as well but for the moment, opportunities still exist though perhaps not in the larger centers. These change all the time so you would have to find out from the nearest embassy or consulate. Most of these would also be online. Having a TESOL or TEYL Certificate will help your cause.

Option 2: You can try to find a teaching position in a corporation. Almost all companies want their managers, supervisors and anyone who has to deal with overseas customers, suppliers, Head Office, branch offices, visiting dignitaries, etc., to be able to communicate in English. While many send their people to local English schools, some find it more cost-effective to hire in-house trainers. If you are lucky enough to fall into a corporate teaching job, you go a different route to get your government approvals, being added to their staff as a ‘specialist’ and a degree, while helpful, is not always a prerequisite. Having a TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) will definitely help. It shows that you have actual training that will benefit you in modern classrooms.

How would you find these opportunities? You could either search on the internet or take a trip over to the country and explore while there (presumably as a tourist). If you found a position while there, it might entail a trip out of the country and coming in on a different visa. Be prepared for that. Countries vary considerably in their requirements. If you happen to get an interview, be sure you ‘dress the part’. Look like a teacher. Have your resume ready, neat, grammatically correct and a photo on it (required overseas). Overseas teachers generally wear a suit and tie. Knee length skirt and a conservative blouse for ladies.

Option 3: Do you have specialized knowledge that a particular school might need? This might be as an aircraft technician, for example. If a company needed someone with your knowledge and skills, this would be another way that you could get hired as a ‘specialist’ with special dispensation for you to work/teach in the country.

Option 4: Contact organizations that are looking for volunteers to teach in certain countries. See what their education requirements are and ask for their advice. Maybe you can get on with them as and see what comes up while you are overseas. As a volunteer you would not usually get paid but accommodation and meals would be covered. Who knows what teaching opportunities might come up?

Non-Options: I mention these because some people try to skirt the law by coming in to a country on visas such as Tourist, Education or Retirement. None of these permit you to work/teach… at least not in Thailand. A few of these visa-holders want to stay longer than their visa allows, or than their budget permits, so they seek out schools where they can teach and earn money to allow them to stay longer. Some schools are less interested in the regulations than they are in teachers at a bargain price. These may be amenable to hiring teachers willing to work for less than the going rate as their qualifications are not enough or who is a friend of a friend. They would not be listed as teachers on the school’s payroll and would be paid in cash under the table. I know this happens but I do not advocate using this plan. Claiming ignorance of the law is not enough. You could end up being jailed or deported.

I highly recommend that you find a way to pursue your degree. If you are lucky enough to find employment, you can take your degree online over a period of time. Even many of the old, established brick and mortar institutions offer online degrees now. If you are serious about teaching, you should also be serious about advancing your education. I believe that. In my experience, the best teachers are lifelong learners and I hope you will become one.

In addition to your degree, I mentioned earlier that having a TESOL or TEFL Certificate is good. Many schools are asking for one of these now in addition to a degree. There are other valuable teaching certificates out there as well:

CELTA – Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (British)

TEFLA – Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. (similar to CELTA)

TEYL – Teaching English to Young Learners

These three are specific to one age group and so are great as add-on qualifications. Initially you need a broader certificate – TESOL or TEFL. Why do I say that? Many schools specifically ask for one of these two qualifications and even though your goal may be “to teach adults in Europe”, for example, the reality is that most schools will be looking for someone who can step into a position in primary or secondary classes. FYI – Western Europe is difficult to break into in for new teachers and schools there generally want British qualifications. Fine if you have them but I always suggest that you “fish where the fish are”. In other words, look for a teaching job where there are lots of openings. You have a much better chance of finding a position and if you don’t have all the qualifications that other places would require, you have a better chance where supply and demand are tilted in your favour. Look on it as an opportunity to a) find out if you like teaching, b) gain practical experience and c) work towards your degree. Once you get hired, you will find opportunities to teach adults being offered to you for evening or weekend work if you want it. Take it. It is more experience for you and a step towards your ultimate goal. Any moonlight money earned could be put in a special account towards that elusive degree.

Every week, I post new ESL job listing on my ESL job board and China leads the pack with 200 + jobs needing to be filled most weeks.

Final thoughts…

As a teacher, you will want your students to respect you. If you are teaching them and do not even have a bachelor’s degree, are you going to gain that respect? There are many reasons why people do not attend college/university right after high school. Many cannot afford it. Four years university studies can run as high as $100,000 + and leave you with a huge debt to repay. Not such a grand way to begin your working life, is it? I did not get my Bachelor’s degree until I was in my forties. While teaching overseas, I went on to complete my Master’s and then my Doctorate.

So, can you teach overseas without a degree? In some countries you still can but opportunities are becoming scarcer by the minute. My best advice is to first get your TESOL or TEFL Certificate. This is a qualification schools look for. Then, search for one of these teaching opportunities so you can find out quickly if teaching is for you. Once you have your certificate, go to Google, Yahoo or Bing and search for “Teaching jobs in ____”. (try China or Vietnam first). Send politely-worded inquiries to schools with a one-page Resume Extract. Be absolutely sure that you use proper English in your covering letter and resume/CV. Remember that you are applying for a position as someone who is qualified to teach English. Your inquiry letter and resume must reflect that! Spelling mistakes will get your application thrown out quickly. Tell schools that you are working on completing your degree. Once you get hired and start working you can do that – even if it takes a few years to complete as mine did. You will feel much better about yourself. You will set a good example for your students. Self respect is good to have and it will reflect on your students as you encourage them not to drop out of school or to be satisfied with a high school/secondary diploma. Your degree will also open many more doors to better jobs so I urge you to do yourself and your future students a favour and work towards a degree. Become an inspiring teacher and a lifelong learner. Thousands of students are waiting to learn from you.

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