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Key to Resources Compiled and Edited by William Nolting
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Web Editor's Note: See many more ESL Websites, Programs and extensive Featured Articles in Transitions Abroad's Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) section.

  Dave’s ESL Café,, by Dave Sperling. Longstanding website contains a wealth of resources for teachers of English as a Second (or Foreign) Language, plus job listings.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. Applications from U.S. Student Programs, Institute of International Education, 212-984-5330, Over 300 English teaching positions available for graduates in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. Application deadline for current students is in mid-September (or mid-October for “at-large” applicants) for teaching in the following academic year. No fees.


Japan Exchange Teaching Program (JET). Free applications from Office of the JET Program, Embassy of Japan, or contact any Japanese consulate. (Canadian applicants please visit the JET Canada website.This is the largest program for teaching English abroad, with more than 6,000 participants annually. Application deadline early December. No fees.

Apply online with Spanish Government’s Teaching Assistant Program. Program offered by the Spanish government offers paid positions teaching English in Spain.
Teaching English Abroad
Teaching English Abroad: Teach Your Way Around the World by Susan Griffith. This outstanding volume by Transitions Abroad’s work abroad editor gives in-depth information on everything from preparation (including TEFL courses) to the job search. Country-by country coverage worldwide. Many firsthand reports from teachers. Extensive directories of schools with full contact information including email addresses and websites.
Teaching English Overseas: A Job Guide for Americans and Canadians by Jeff Mohamed. 2003. 224 pp. English International. Experienced TEFL teacher covers teaching with and without training, TEFL courses, and contact information for 450 schools worldwide.

William Nolting is an International Center Assistant Director, Education Abroad of the University of Michigan and former Work Abroad and International Educational Editor for Transitions Abroad.
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