The BELTA blog has a new URL location




YOU can check out The BELTA blog at its new online location


It’s quite similar, the only difference is, if I’ve dropped the extension in the URL. THAT’S IT… nothing drastic ūüôā

o, and now you can join a forum / community chat to inquire, discuss, and learn about the various aspects pertaining to living and teaching abroad right from people who have done just that.


See you over there! And tell a friend and a stranger too :)D


Secret of a Passionate English Language Teacher



Update: Bookmark and visit the new online location for this blog


I still get nervous butterflies before meeting a new class

I still get nervous butterflies when introducing a new lesson. You never know how its going to go over with the class. If you explanation will go right. If they understand. If they will get what you intend for them to get from the lesson.

I wonder if veterans can vouch if this ever goes away… Guess I’ll find out in time :0

What is ESL? What is EFL? and what is the difference?

ESL stands for “English as a Second Language.” TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language.

Now you may have heard of ESL, EFL, ESOL and/or TESL, TEFL & TESOL.

The “T” always stands for Teaching.¬†

The “E” always stands for English.

The “S” and the “F” is where it may get a bit confusing.

S = Second (Language); F = Foreign (Language)

When the “S” is used (appropriately), it refers to teaching English to non-native English speakers of the language in a country where English is the main language. i.e., You teach ESL to spanish speakers in America.

When the “F” is used (appropriately), it refers to teaching English to non-native speakers of the language outside of an English speaking country, often times in the learners OWN country, i.e. teaching English in South Korea. English is not a second language to them, it is a foreign language.

ESOL = English to Speakers of Other Languages

The future of TEFL / TESL in the U.S. – Advice for new teachers

What does this mean then for English language teaching? First, as already mentioned, it underscores the role of English as an international language for global communication. Secondly, it signals a change in the types of communication required in English. A large and increasing number of people, even if they never set foot in an “English-speaking country,” will be required to use English in highly sophisticated communication and collaboration with people around the world. They will need to be able to write persuasively, critically interpret and analyze information in English, and carry out complex negotiations and collaboration in English.

Apparently, the need for highly advanced communication skills in English is also shaping adult education in the United States. Recently, ESL surpassed Spanish as the main language taught at Berlitz (Rosen, 1999). The expensive Berlitz courses are not taken by immigrant workers, who are the main clientele of adult government-funded ESL programs in the US. Rather, the enrollees are foreign executives, managers, and scientists working in the US, who can communicate on a functional basis without problem, but now find that they need more sophisticated communication skills to carry out their work.

So what does this mean for TESL / TEFL teachers like myself. Well, one thing comes to mind – Business English. During the CELTA course, one of my fellow classmates had taught Business English in the middle east for quite some time and expressed that is solely where the money is. Post the course, I also heard from another TEFL teacher say that “B&B” ¬†business and babies are the two top areas where the most demand is for teachers like myself.

What this means is the need for research and niche positioning is essential in the success of a future within this field. Pinpointing FIRST who is looking to learn English, where they live, what they do and WHY they are learning English will for sure be the key needed to unlock prosperity in this profession in the future. I find almost all of the best jobs overseas that offer housing, medical, reimbursements, vacation, etc. are either in Asia or the Middle East. Looking for a ESL gig back home (in the U.S.) will most likely lead you to Southern California, DMV, or NYC – bottom line. The Business English CELTA option or getting the DELTA through Cambridge are the best ways I can foresee widening your chances of getting a decent full time job in the states. I wouldn’t focus on children all the much because they will learn English through immersion which I’ve seen and witnessed to the point where the kids are teaching the parents.

Business English or Developing your theoretical skills are the 2 ways to find yourself in a better state within the field.

Have thoughts? Let me know… leave a comment below.


Top 10 Languages used in the World 2012

Looks like I need to go get a Spanish book and refresh all that stuff Mrs. Harper taught us.

Mandarin Chinese tops the list of most popular world languages, with over a billion speakers. English trails in third place, with just over 320 million speakers. This data includes all speakers of the languages, not only native speakers.

Language Approx. number
of speakers
 1. Chinese (Mandarin) 1,213,000,000
 2. Spanish 329,000,000
 3. English 328,000,000
 4. Arabic 221,000,000
 5. Hindi1 182,000,000
 6. Bengali 181,000,000
 7. Portuguese 178,000,000
 8. Russian 144,000,000
 9. Japanese 122,000,000
10. German 90,000,000
Source: Ethnologue, 16th Edition.
1. Encompasses multiple dialects.

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