Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Teaching English Internationally

SIG Leadership

Lisa Pye, Chair
Questions? E-mail: tei@nystesol.org

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past Events

A NYS TESOL Teaching English Internationally SIG Discussion
Held on: Monday, September 30, 2013 at Nassau Community College

Event information: Have you lived overseas and experienced trouble readjusting on your return? Are you curious about teaching overseas and want information about the “reentry” process? Are you interested in the experience of culture shock generally?

The Teaching English Internationally SIG held a discussion titled Reverse Culture Shock: Coming Home on September 30th, 2013 at Nassau Community College. We discussed definitions of reverse culture shock and some research pertaining to it; we also shared experiences, questions and resources regarding the experience of repatriation and the sometimes difficult adjustments that it can entail. It was a great conversation among participants who have lived overseas or were curious about international living and the effects of the return home.

Teaching Education Internationally (TEI) SIG - Discussion Group
Monday September 30,2013, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Nassau Community College, North Annex room 218

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The Tunisian Association of Teachers of English (TATE)
First National Conference on May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2013

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****April 11th, 2013 TEI Salon Postponed*****
A NYS TESOL SIG event this April: The Teaching English Internationally (TEI) Special Interest Group (SIG) is having their Salon on April 11, 2013.


The Brazil and Portugal Administrator Exchange Programs provide a professional development opportunity for U.S. and Brazilian or Portuguese school administrators to work together on issues of mutual interest to their communities, schools and students (the grant covers all program costs including airfare, lodging, stipend, etc.). Brazilian or Portuguese administrators spend three weeks with their U.S. partner during the fall and the U.S. administrators travel to Brazil or Portugal the following summer to continue the exchange. Participants often receive press during both sides of their visit and bring a lot of positive attention to their schools and districts. Apply by April 1, 2013 at the Brazil Program Web Site.

A TEI Salon Event

  • Date: May 21, 2012
  • Time: 5-7pm
  • Location: A warm residence in Nassau County, Long Island
  • The topic: Are you curious about teaching overseas? Do you wonder what the experience is really like? A seasoned university ESL/EFL instructor will share anecdotes and information about living and teaching internationally

On May 21, 2012, the TEI SIG held a salon on Long Island. The facilitator, Elizabeth Fonseca, shared anecdotes about life abroad in the UAE as inspiration for sharing goals and information about living and teaching overseas. Avenues and options for people considering teaching overseas were discussed, and particiapnts went over some resources related to overseas life in general, teaching English overseas, and job search information. It was a small but enthusiastic group and discussion and questions flowed. All of the attendees agreed it was a great way to share information and meet new people.

The Teaching English Internationally hosted its first Salon in Buffalo on March 14, 2012. A small group of educators with varying international experiences gathered to share stories, voice concerns, and discuss practical things to know before you go. The event started off with Melissa sharing some lessons learned while teaching in Asia for a few years. First on the list, always find out the VISA requirements before you book a flight. Second, Ben Franklin was right when he said only death and taxes were a certainty in life; find out the protocol for taxes while abroad. The conversation slowly made its way to social networking and community support. Signing up for local language classes or joining the local karate dojo is a great way to build a support system that can guide you through the local ways of life and possibly lead you to future jobs. 

I found the Salon to be very useful as it gave me important information to share with education majors about teaching abroad in Asia.
-Kate Klaiber, ESL and English instructor, Genesee Community College

presentation given by Rutgers' Program in American Language Studies (PALS) at the 2011 NYS TESOL conference. Log-in to the members only site for the full presentation.

Teaching English Internationally: Finding Opportunities and the Application Process


Explore these fully funded programs that are supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education!

    The Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to teachers and administrators from around the world, for 2-3 week reciprocal exchange programs and one-way professional development programs. Participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Uruguay for reciprocal exchanges and Greece, India, and Italy for one-way programs. All Educational Seminars provide airfare, training, travel health care, and living costs. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/es or email:  edseminars@americancouncils.org.

    Upcoming Program Application Deadlines: January 6 and March 30, 2012
    Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/isli or email: isli@americancouncils.org.

    Program Application Deadline: March 2, 2012

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