November 29, 2012

Learn About the Challenges, Rewards, and Adventures of Teaching English Overseas

Summer Webb

Summer Webb, center, in China.

Have you ever considered living overseas and teaching English? The Department of Linguistics, Division of Continuing Education, and International English Center (IEC) will host the information session “Teaching English Overseas” from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the University Memorial Center, Rooms 415-417.

Featuring a panel of experienced travelers and former teachers, the free event offers students an opportunity to learn about the advantages, challenges, and opportunities of teaching English around the world from people who have done so successfully.

From 2009-2011, Summer Webb taught English in Zhengzhou, Henan, China at an academic intensive English program for students preparing to attend a university abroad.

“It was a wonderful as well as challenging experience. The greatest challenges were working in a cross-cultural work environment and learning Chinese,” said Webb, a graduate student in multicultural and bilingual English and IEC instructor.

“For any undergrad or grad student I would definitely recommend it as a way to grow, learn new things, and have an awesome adventure. After going abroad and teaching, you will never be the same.”

For more than 20 years, IEC instructor Dieter Bruhn has taught English programs all over the world, including Germany, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia and call center training projects in India, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Mexico.

Dieter Bruhn in Costa Rica.

“Teaching abroad is a wonderful way to experience a different culture while doing something meaningful and rewarding,” he said. “There is a great deal to be learned through living and working in a different country, and you can gain skills that are invaluable to your future.

“It can also help you to become a global citizen and to develop a deep appreciation for different cultures and different ways of looking at the world.”

Experienced teachers and travelers, similar to Bruhn and Webb, will be available to elaborate on their experiences and offer insights at the Teaching English Overseas Information Night on Dec. 5.

Students are invited to come listen, learn, and ask questions of the panelists who can offer advice about the adventures that await for students all over the world.



As a follow-up to the information night, the following resources were mentioned at the event and could be a benefit for students seeking teaching positions overseas:

Michael Regan’s Teaching English Overseas Presentation (pdf)

CU-Boulder Career Services Teaching Abroad Page

CU ALTEC Non-Credit Language Classes

Italian Summer Camp

Austrian Teaching Assistant Program


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