LanguageCorps Writes New Article on Myths About Teaching English Abroad

Mar 02, 2011, 06:00 ET from LanguageCorps

STOW, Mass., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LanguageCorps, a leading TESOL and TEFL certification and job placement program for teaching English abroad, announced today it has posted a new informational article on its site,, titled "Dispelling Myths About Teaching English Abroad."

"Having the chance to teach English abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but unfortunately many great candidates are dissuaded by misconceptions within the industry," said Virginia Layton-Leal, Director of Admissions at LanguageCorps. "We hope this article will clear up some of the myths of teaching English abroad, and give more potential teachers the information they need to make their dream of teaching abroad a reality."

One of the most commonly believed myths about teaching English abroad is that teachers must know how to speak the local language of the country where they are going to teach. The real truth is nearly all schools hiring TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers do not expect that they will speak the local language. They are generally more concerned that their teachers are native or native-level English speakers, and that they have been thoroughly trained in TESOL methodology.

"Most schools actually prefer that their teachers not speak the local language," said Layton-Leal. "This creates a real world English environment and heightens students' focus on the language."

"Dispelling Myths About Teaching English Abroad" also details some characteristics needed to qualify for the LanguageCorps program, and explains some of the qualities good teachers possess.

To read the rest of the myths in the article "Dispelling Myths About Teaching English Abroad," or for more information on teaching English abroad with LanguageCorps, visit

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About LanguageCorps:

LanguageCorps offers a variety of programs for talented people who want to travel, gain international experience, and teach English abroad. Programs are offered in 21 locations in 18 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America, including programs to teach English in Italy, teach English in China, teach English in Spain and teaching English in Vietnam. All LanguageCorps programs include an intensive, four-week TESOL/TEFL training and certification program, pre-departure support, and job placement assistance. Some programs include local language and cultural training, guaranteed job placement, accommodations, excursions, and other support services.

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