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Welcome to ELTS’ CELTA blog!

May 28, 2010

Welcome to the ELTSCELTA Blog. This blog is specially designed to showcase the successes of trainees from Swansea University’s Professional CELTA Course and to update present and past trainees with job opportunities, news and EFL information.


Paid teaching opportunity in Italy, starting after Easter

March 14, 2018

Nicky Partridge from Peartree Languages, Cardiff has dropped me a short and to the point note:

“One of our Italian partners has won a great contract to teach conversational English (paid) in secondary schools, starting after Easter, and is one teacher short! 

I would be really grateful if you could post this information on any social media / forums that you may use for CELTA / TESOL graduates and if they require any further information, please feel free to put my email address and I will refer them on to the Italian school. “


Nicky Partridge

Centre Manager

I am also available on Skype: nicky-partridge-peartree

Read me on Twitter: @NickyPeartree

Teachers, South Korea, China, Thailand, online – ongoing

March 10, 2018

Shanna Zaarour, a Marketing Intern with Flying Cows, a UK based agency, has written with details of teaching jobs in Asian destinations.

“We have some great positions available in Korea, China, Thailand and teaching English online to Chinese students. We would be delighted if you would share these with your students and graduates. Please find details attached.

Teaching in South Korea

Having a TEFL/CELTA qualification is not an essential requirement when applying for the relevant visa for Korea but we recommend that candidates have one. We know from experience that having a teaching qualification greatly benefits both the employer and the teacher. In order to obtain the teaching visa for Korea you need to have a passport from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa. This is not a policy we support and we have petitioned the immigration office in Korea on many occasions over the last decade but to no avail. We have hopes that this situation will change in the near future.  

Teaching in China

To obtain a teaching visa for China you need to have a minimum of a 120-hour teaching qualification. Native and non-native English speaking candidates are eligible to obtain the teaching visa for China but non-native English speaking candidates are required to have studied at degree level in a native English speaking country.  

Teaching in Thailand

To teach in Thailand it is not essential for candidates to have a teaching qualification but we do recommend it.  Candidates can be native or non-native English speakers. Non-native English speakers may be required to submit an introduction video of themselves to demonstrate their English level.   

Teaching English Online

To teach English online candidates are required to have a teaching qualification or experience of teaching. Candidates can be native or non-native English speakers.  

Flying Cows ESL has been in operation since 2004.  We help graduates find great teaching positions overseas and have spent many years developing relationships with reliable schools overseas.   The schools we work with are required to have a high level of transparency and must allow prospective teachers to talk directly to current teachers before the sign a contract.  

Please be assured that we do not support recruitment methods that exclude any nationalities but we are forced to work within immigration laws.  

If you have any questions or would like us to send you any leaflets or posters please feel free to let me know. Also, please do join us on social media:  




Teach in China – Flying CowsTeach in South Korea – Flying CowsTeach in Thailand – Flying Cows

Teach in China – Flying Cows

Teach in South Korea – Flying Cows

Teach in Thailand – Flying Cows

Teachers for 2018 summer courses, UKLC, England

March 10, 2018

Carolyn, the Recruitment Manager for UK Language Courses has written with details of summer recruitment.

We are currently looking for EFL Teachers to work at our summer centres throughout the UK this July and August.  We run English and activity courses for foreign students from 8 – 17 years old.  Teaching staff are required to be educated to degree level, have a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity TESOL qualification, be enthusiastic, motivated and full of energy! 

I have attached our advert which gives more details about where we operate from and when.  

If anybody is interested in joining the UKLC team, they can email with an up-to-date copy of their CV and we’ll get back to them as soon as we can.

UKLC Teaching Staff and Sports Coaches Advert 2018

Trainee Teachers, British Council, Egypt – ongoing

March 10, 2018

The British Council teaching centres in Egypt are looking to recruit full time trainee teachers to work in their two Cairo centres in Agouza and Heliopolis and in Alexandria.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a newly qualified teacher, since this fast track programme is very well supported and leads to a possible teaching Diploma. Opportunities in the British Council and the wider TESOL teaching world then open up considerably.

“The Teacher Support Programme (TSP) is the British Council Egypt’s well-established training and mentoring programme for newly qualified teachers. The year-long TSP includes regular input, peer observations, and observations and lesson planning support from an experienced, trained mentor, and the teachers’ have reduced teaching hours for the duration of the TSP. Input and observations are organised around different teaching skills and the programme works to build teachers’ skills, confidence and independence. It is a fast-track professional development programme, with many teachers going on to doing a teaching Diploma soon after completing the TSP and there are now many TSP graduates in management positions around the British Council network.”

A great deal of further information is attached. Start dates are shown as ASAP, and recruitment is described as “ongoing”.

For a newly qualified teacher with ambition and enthusiasm, this is an opportunity to consider very seriously. It’s a direct route to the heart of the industry.

Cairo Recruitment Powerpoint 2016 (2)RP-EGY-T-0451VI-EGY-T-0451





Teacher, MondragonLingua, Northern Spain, for April 2018

March 10, 2018

 Emma Kieran, the DOS at MondragonLingua writes with a request for a new teacher:

I’m getting in touch because we are currently looking for a qualified English teacher to start working with us at MondragonLingua on 9th April.  Could I ask you to pass on information about the post to your CELTA trainees and graduates?  Here is also a link to a video about working at MondragonLingua, which applicants find useful.  

Advert April 2018

Opportunities for NQT in Vietnam with International House

March 10, 2018

Tim Barker, the Recruitment and Engagement Manager of Apollo Education and Training Organization, writes from Hanoi:

Summer school in Hanoi or Hai Phong, Vietnam (

Apollo English (International House Vietnam) is seeking candidates for our summer programmes in Hanoi and Hai Phong, as well as full-time 12-month positions. Vietnam is always at the top of the lists of destinations to teach English abroad, and teachers value highly the great food, great people and safe environment. It is also a beautiful country to explore with an optimistic future and a fascinating history.

The summer programme is a great first teaching job for NQT or a nice break from regular teaching positions for those with some experience. There is great academic support with a 3-day induction period and ongoing professional development opportunities. All Apollo centres have a permanent Academic Manager and larger centres also have senior or mentor teachers. Summer teachers are often assigned a full-time buddy to make the transition even easier. Our staff rooms are great for generating ideas and making lasting friendships.

Accommodation is included for all summer positions in single rooms, and our HR team will arrange the visa and arrival process to make for an easy and stress-free arrival into Vietnam. We also provide some relocation support and an end of contract bonus. Teachers will have support in setting up a Vietnamese bank account.

Full-time positions are available at the end of the contract if teachers enjoy the experience and all teachers will have the benefit of 3 – 4 months of International House teaching experience on their CVs.

Candidates should have a CELTA or equivalent teaching certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree. The positions are teaching young learners from 4 – 16 so a willingness to learn about teaching these ages is a must. Enthusiasm and desire to learn and develop are valued highly at Apollo. 

Please see the attached poster for more information, interested candidates should contact Tim Barker ( or to arrange an interview.


Survey: teacher identity within the EFL industry – March 2018

March 6, 2018

Today, we have a request for help from three Swansea University undergraduates with their final year dissertation project. This needs English teachers to complete an anonymous on line survey. It is about your view of different aspects comprising your identity as an English teacher. I think it is well put together and of interest as a study but also as a vehicle for expression and reflection.

They’d be delighted if you felt you could complete this survey, wherever you are and whatever English teaching context  you are engaged in. The broader the better. Please share as widely as possible too.



“We are English Language and TESOL students at Swansea University. 

For our undergraduate dissertation, we are exploring the concept of teacher identity within the EFL industry. 

We would be so grateful if you could take a small chunk of time out of your day to share your own experiences as a teacher and answer some interesting questions. 

There are two ways to access the questionnaire:

If you think that some of your colleagues or friends from the industry might also be interested then please forward this email on. 

Thank you so much for your time. We am grateful for any participation or support given. 

Kind Regards, 

Ellie McHugh