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The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners

For Teachers Overseas

While most of the materials on this site are applicable to teachers anywhere, individuals who teach abroad face some unique challenges. Beyond the normal classroom issues, they must figure out what to pack, how to teach with limited resources at their disposal, how to build up their personal resource libraries, where to get aspirin for the killer headache that's raging when they find themselves surrounded by 25 screaming preschoolers five hours after their plane lands (and after 30+ hours of traveling), etc. Of course, there are many different places in the world such as Cancun, Paris, Hawaii or Punta Cana Dominican Republic, where the information can be different, but the information below should give you a great start. What's more, many of those who choose to teach abroad have little or no formal background in education and have to learn "on the job." Hopefully, the pages in this section will make life a little easier, especially for newcomers to the international teaching scene.

As for more experienced teachers, you'll quickly note that my experience has been limited to Korea. If you can expand on the information supplied here, please take time to do so. Simply click here to e-mail your submissions. 

Packing List Packing List
If you've just signed a contract and are staring at an empty suitcase and a room or apartment full of stuff, this page is for you.
Getting Materials Finding Materials
Resources vary from school to school. Some have resource libraries teachers are actually allowed to use. Some have resource libraries for show purposes only. Some have nothing more than textbooks. And some lack even those. Regardless of what the school does or doesn't supply, most teachers will eventually find themselves thinking "I wish I had ______." This article will help you get the materials you need and/or want. Because of its length, it is broken down into four sub-sections:

Getting Material from Home

Taking Advantage of Online Services

Shopping Locally

Capitalizing on Freebies


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