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  1. Teaching ESL Online on

    Want to use +Skype to teach online? Well, this platform is improving and
    in my latest video I introduce the new free features, showing them from the
    perspective of a teacher and a learner, and also talk about recording your

    Check it out!

  2. Teaching ESL Online on

    Want to use +Skype to teach online? Well, this platform is improving and
    in my latest video I introduce the new free features, showing them from the
    perspective of a teacher and a learner, and also talk about recording your

    Check it out!

  3. Here is a video that I’ve just published. It looks at the new free features
    that Skype has implemented and gives an overview of using this platform.

  4. Douglas English Teacher on

    I am using Skype on a PC with Windows 8, which has the Skype app. I don’t
    think the screen sharing is available on the app yet, but apparently you
    can download the desktop version of Skype and it will work in Windows 8. I
    don’t like the Skype app very much anyway.

  5. I got the impression, from comments you have made before, that the video on
    Skype was inferior to some of the other platforms, in terms of reliability,
    and maybe other things too? Have you changed your opinion about that? Do
    you have any comments about comparing skype and google hangouts, for
    example? Thanks!!!

  6. Jack, I thought your video was very informative. I wasn’t aware that you
    could do group lessons on Skype or that they had a screen sharing
    capability. Very cool!

    Do you know what the limit for participants is? I know on Google Hangouts
    it’s 9 and with Zoom it’s 25, but you can only view 4 when screen sharing.

  7. How to record the audio during a Skype session: use QuickTime Player (New
    Audio Recording from File scrolldown menu on the Mac, I am not sure about
    Windows). I believe when I tried to do the same with the video using
    QuickTime, Skype video turned off and we only had the audio. Maybe it’s
    different now – I’ll try it shortly.
    Also, this is a seemingly small thing but it really helped the students who
    have trouble reading small text in the message window: you can increase the
    text size by clicking on “make text bigger’ (under View)
    Under View, you can also choose ‘Enter Full Screen’ to show Ss a nice big
    picture or a video (I share YouTube videos with them this way); you can
    also choose ‘Jump Back’ to previous lessons, starting from the beginning of
    the course. This way you see everything you and the student typed if you
    need to review or remember something.

  8. Thanks for this helpful video. I had difficulty with the sound, even with
    my audio at the fullest. I tried viewing the script, but, it appears to
    be jumbled. I added it to my subscriptions and will try to view it again.
    I will also practice with skype to experience the features. Again,
    thanks, Jack.

  9. Thank you so much for this video! I am hoping to teach English in Japan,
    but I think the concepts you discussed still apply. I love your positive
    and honest perspective.

  10. I am currently in the interview stages for a job in Fuzhu in china. I am so
    excited at the possibility of working in such an interesting place. Luckily
    the things you have described do NOT describe me so happy days! Awesome

  11. I am mixed with Taiwanese and German and have been interested in teaching
    abroad in Asia. I hear that if you have some Asian features, it’s difficult
    to find a job as an ESL teacher. Is this true? It’s too bad that you don’t
    have any sort of affiliates in Taiwan, Japan or Hong Kong. I’ve been to
    China before and while Shanghai was okay, I was not too impressed by the
    other few cities that I went to. I looked on your website, but didn’t see
    anything to do with Hong Kong. Is it because the government had different
    restrictions on Hong Kong, or you just don’t or really never dealt with
    schools in Hong Kong? 

  12. really interesting video it has always been my dream to teach English In
    china I also have many friends who are from china that tell me how
    beautiful the country is. Currently i am a full time student trying to
    obtain my associates degree (and have taken out student loans) so in till i
    have payed it off and acquired my degree i can not full fill my dream :[,
    but none the less a very well informed video thanks.

  13. I like what you had to say. I am working on an AA degree in education and
    taking a TEFL course. But I am in my 50’s will that be a problem. I love
    working with teens and love teaching people. It isn’t my job but I get to
    train people I work with and love it. Is it possible to stay there for many
    years teaching as opposed to just a year or two then leaving. I would love
    to make some connections and stay a while.

  14. Everything you have said is ABSOLUTELY true. I came to Xiamen and the
    first three months were incredibly painful for me, now I just let
    everything roll off my back and laugh at it. My confidence level has
    increased and the language is finally setting in my brain. I will start a
    new job as a spanish/english teacher next week. Like you said, if people
    don’t come here with an open mind, then they’re in for a wild ride.

  15. The harsh fact of the matter is that a lot of people wind up in China
    because they never got a career off the ground back home. Yes, in an ideal
    world every “English Teacher” in China would be sincerely enthusiastic
    about teaching English but this is not an ideal world. So in reality for a
    lot of token English teachers see teaching as a means to an end in that it
    means they can afford restaurants, beers and cafes etc which they cannot
    afford back home. Being the token White person grants half pats (the vast
    majority of “English teachers” in China are half pats not ex pats”) instant
    middle class status and provides an ideal escape from their abortion of a
    life back home. The thing is that there are so many schools and businesses
    in China in second, third and fourth tier cities that can’t afford a real
    career teacher so they resort to employing insincere token English
    teachers. For many half pat drop outs being in a third tier city offers the
    benefit of not being called out on their dodgy cover story on who they were
    and that they did back in the West. In my time in China I got so suspicious
    about Westerners who claimed to be career teachers back home but were
    earning well under 10,000 RMB a month in some back water city and weren’t
    even provided with real apartments. In my opinion it be much more
    respectable for such people to say they were in China because they didn’t
    want to be the nobody they are back home. Seriously a lot of people do jobs
    they don’t care about in factories, pack houses and office buildings in the
    West just to survive so in a way being a token English teacher in China is
    a smarter move. 

  16. Darren MacQueen on

    This is so true! I’ve only been in China for almost 3 months and I’ve
    already met people that some of these apply to! Thankfully, none of this
    applies to me. I’m loving it so far!

  17. Elena Martínez Cornet on

    Very great advice for any university student or teacher living not only in
    China but abroad 🙂 And actually, your advice should be applied to any
    traveller in order to avoid being a mere tourist. 

  18. Hey Derrick (I hope I spelled that correctly!),
    How does your job hunting process work? I’m looking to teach abroad once
    I’m done my associates degree in Information Technology in the spring. I
    briefly glanced over your website, but I’m not completely sure what’s being
    traded up for your service. Thanks!

  19. i am from Egypt and i have friends in Guiyang city pll i really trust and
    we are amazing friends and i wanna go teach English there my only problem
    is that English is not my first language but am still good at it u think
    TEFL certificate gonna help to process ? i heared if the school really
    needs a teacher they can hire you tho i dunno if they give u visa or u have
    to acquire it ur self

  20. japaneselibrarian on

    Those who choose not to cope/ adapt will wear themselves down and exit the
    game, unfortunately not soon enough. The hard part is watching them stain
    the local’s concept of foreigner.

  21. Donovan Malherbe on

    Hello Derick. I would like to teach English in China, however I don’t have
    any qualifications or an ESL qualification. How do I go about starting it?
    Thanks Donovan

  22. By the time I got to the end of the video, I couldn’t say that anything
    honestly stuck to me as an issue. Certainly I would be worried about how
    well I could cope, but not an unwillingness to try. I am interested in
    teaching English overseas, but I am at the beginning of that potential
    journey. I have a cousin that is interested in doing it also, specifically
    in China. I myself am less particular about a given country at this point.
    I’d like to be able to go to several different countries.

  23. Sebastián Sánchez on

    Hi! I’m Argentinan (non-native in English), with no degree and not much of
    an Anglo-Saxon look. Do you think it will be enough with a TEFL certificate
    to get a job in China? Thanks

  24. discardmyfriends on

    None of the things mentioned describes me. But referring to the first
    point, how do you know if you have a passion for teaching if this is your
    first time teaching English? I mean you said to try new things, which is
    sort of contradicting that point.

  25. Cannot agree with you more. I’m an oversea from china and now I live in
    Spain. What you have listed is exactly what I want to tell my people how to
    live overseas CORRECTLY.

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