Taking Time Out in Arabia


. . . when you have a break from teaching, planning, scheduling, managing students’ online webpages, marking writing notebooks for JOURNALs, preparing/viewing/grading constant assessments, invigilating quizzes and exams, handling record-keeping and meetings for student advisory responsibilities, preparing graded rubrics, organizing/photocopying/distributing handouts for weekly lessons, supervising student teachers’ assistant trainees, etc.

IMG_7982IMG_7981IMG_7984   Ride the bus to work.

IMG_7976IMG_7975IMG_7974  Take a weekend bus trip to Al Khobar where one can have breakfast, and/or tea, at places like this one.

IMG_7987IMG_7988IMG_7989  Take an after-work dinner break with a colleague at Steakhouse Restaurant.


IMG_7996  Have an after-work mango-lemonade, and a view, at the local Chili’s.

Then, return to the Dormitory and do more work:  IMG_6228[1]

Before going back to travel2 the next morning and Sunday-Thursday.

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Teaching English in Spain

Rennert New York TESOL Center | TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification

We often interview colleagues and graduates of our TESOL program about what life is like abroad. This will be the first installment of a series on teaching and living in other countries: The Inside Scoop. If you live abroad and have information you would like to share, feel free to contact me or leave a comment on the blog!

This month we will hear from Maria about her summer teaching in Spain:


“Some seasons are easier to find work in than others. Summer is especially hard because many schools are closed. However, even in summer there are some language schools open because regular schools are closed and parents send their kids to language school for something to do. I found work in summer, but I had to hustle – I found out online where the schools were and then went from door to door. It took me 3-4 weeks to…

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TEFL – What is it?

TEFL; source: Wikipedia
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. TEFL usually occurs in the student’s own country, either within the state school system, or privately, e.g., in an after-hours language school or with a tutor. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English.