Sunday, April 5, 2015

Teach Abroad Blog Carnival: Which age group is best to teach?

This month I'm hosting the Reach To Teach Teach Abroad Blog Carnival, a monthly series that focuses on providing helpful tips and advice to ESL teachers around the globe. 

This month's topic is: Who is best to teach? Adults? Teens? Kindergarten? Which group do you love teaching and why?

Here are the responses from ESL teachers around the world:

Dean Barnes | Reach to Teach

Entry: The Best Age to Teach

Post Description: Teaching ESL abroad can bring you many different experiences, especially in the classroom. In general teaching is split into teaching with Adults (18+), kindergarten (0-6) or in between, generally around 6-17 years old. There are crossovers with the groups, some positions will have you teaching a mix, and what some countries consider kindergarten age will differ.

Author Bio: My name is Dean, I have been traveling for around four years now with a small stint back in my home country. I’m from the UK and I began my teaching career on the island of Bali. I then made the move to Taiwan where I currently reside. Here I have the joy to fulfill my passion for writing by providing ESL/travel-related articles for the Reach To Teach website.

Nathan Magyar | Korealizations

Post Description: Planning a career in ESL and wondering which age group is right for you? Consider the pros and cons presented in this article for teaching kindergartners, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults!

Author Bio: Nathan is an American living and teaching English in Ulsan, South Korea. When he's not busy playing English games in the classroom, he also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling and updating his friends and family back home about his latest adventures via his blog, Korealizations!

Abigail Nedeau-Owen | Bodging for Apples II

Post Description: A short abstract on how age affects learning and teaching motivations.

Author Bio: Abigail prefers walking to motorized vehicles and likes the idea of slow travel, getting to know a place by building up a routine that absorbs the new culture. Her interests include illustration, editing (film & writing), reviews, boston terriers, artist books, and iPhonography.

Rebecca Thering | Rebe With a Clause

Entry: Why I Enjoyed Teaching Elementary Students in Korea

Post Description: I had never taught a full class of elementary students before I taught in Korea, but after a year of doing so, I'm so glad that's where I was placed. Here are nine reasons why I enjoyed teaching elementary-aged students in Korea.

Author Bio: Rebecca is a freelance writer and editor who has lived abroad teaching ESL in Spain and South Korea. Valuing education and things that aren't things, she inspires and helps others by writing about her experiences abroad, cultural insights and self-improvement pursuits at her blog, Rebe With a Clause.

If you’d like to contribute to next month’s Blog Carnival, please get in touch with Dean at, and he'll let you know how you can start participating!
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  1. My teaching in Malta was focused on adults in the main. Teaching the teenage groups was often a task bestowed upon the newer/younger teachers. I think that there is definitely more of a psychic energy drain when you're working with a class full of antsy teens.

  2. once i met in Dubai a Japanese women who was an English teacher, sadly she could barely speak English...