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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical, useful guide with tons of insights!,
Larry A. Aiello "Italophile" (Tampa, Florida) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Teach English in Italy (Paperback)This is a practical guide filled with useful information and valuable advice on finding employers, obtaining a work visa, dealing with
students, and the common pitfalls to avoid. For example, the book reveals that teaching abroad is a field inundated by scam artists
selling unnecessary certificate courses promoted by bogus want ads for teachers! This book includes real job openings, and updates are
available at the author's web site. Some people romanticize Italy as "the California of Europe," but this is the only book on the subject I know of offering information that's accurate, balanced and complete.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing book,
BookNerd - See all my reviews
This review is from: Teach English in Italy (Paperback)After years of working as an academic in English-speaking countries I decided to explore the employment opportunities available in other cultures. It's not easy to move to another culture - it takes a lot of courage. But this book shows how many people young and old do it every year.
The book describes how to find work in the different job markets, from university positions to freelance lessons, with very detailed instructions on how to navigate the bureaucracy and avoid costly mistakes. The author doesn't just tell you the official procedures, but describes his personal experience in getting things done and beating the competition.
I corresponded with the author through his web site and discovered that an updated and expanded second edition of this book will soon be available, which includes a new chapter on practical teaching techniques based on the latest research in second language acquisition. The new edition explains that claims of "miracle methods" offered by expensive "TEFL" and similar courses are not supported by empirical data.
The author also offers continuing advice by email without charge every step of the way, something I've never heard of in any other book of its kind.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves an award!,
Marina in Italy - See all my reviews
This review is from: Teach English in Italy (Paperback)This book offers a wealth of detailed information and step-by-step instructions on how to find a job teaching in Italy, such as Italian government web sites that list job openings that would be difficult to find on English search engines.
But the book is being attacked because the author blows the whistle on expensive TEFL certificate courses promoted through false advertising and bogus want-ads from non-existent schools. Be suspicious of critics who claim this book is "useless" while at the same time neglecting to mention the author's valuable advice to watch out for TEFL certificate scams.
Take the time to read this little book before you spend a thousand dollars on any short course that claims to "certify" you to teach abroad.