10 Books on Teaching Abroad

Here are 10 books on teaching abroad. Others that I did not include delve in-depth into techniques for teaching English abroad.

  • Teaching English Abroad: Your Expert Guide to Teaching English Around the World, by Susan Griffith, 16th Edition, 2017. “Susan Griffith is the author of a number of bestselling travel titles including Gap Years for Grown-ups, Your Gap Year, and Summer Jobs Worldwide. Susan is the foremost authority on the subject of travel work, with over 25 years experience in this field.” An earlier edition was highly rated.
  • A Broad Abroad: An Expat Life, by Marilyn Connors. “This non-fiction book describes thirty-two years that the American author and her husband spent living and working in international schools in Iran, Japan, Cote D’Ivoire, and England. Along the way they raised three children, all of whom only knew the USA as a summer vacation venue until each chose to attend a US university following high school graduation overseas. The author’s experiences range from humorous to tragic, dangerous to joyful, and dramatic to unbelievable.”
  • Teaching Abroad: International Education and the Cross-Cultural Classroom. By  Gordon E. Slethaug. This book “addresses the question of moving abroad to teach in a cross-cultural university classroom. It discusses the recent flourishing of international education and developments in educational structures and practice and traces the historical development of, and recent changes in, university education in China. This book explores systemic differences between communitarian and individualistic values as they affect the classrooms of the East and West, as well as in the students’ emotional and intellectual sense of themselves and their education.”
  • A Guide to Landing an English Teaching Job Abroad, by Nicole Brewer. “Intended for the newcomer in the field of teaching English abroad. Its purpose is to not only assist with finding the best English teaching job for you around the world, but also for the reader to gain insight on a host of countries for teaching abroad such as South Korea, Taiwan, Oman, UAE and more.
  • Teach English Abroad: Some Guy’s Quick and Straightforward How-To Guide for Teaching English Overseas Along with Tips and Tricks to Be Successful at It. “My name is Jeremy Rasmussen, and I am just “Some Guy.” I have spent the past seven or eight years of my life traveling the world and teaching English. I have lived and taught English in Japan, Spain, and I currently reside in China, teaching at a local high school. I love talking about my adventures and experiences abroad. I have also authored the Japanese grammar textbook “Learn Japanese From Some Guy.” Thanks for taking an interest in my book!”
  • Our International Education: Stories of Living, Teaching and Parenting Abroad. “What makes a person pack up and move to another country? What does she or he hope to gain from the experience? How do children fit into the picture? Our International Education presents the stories of three American women, a university professor, a high school math teacher, and a high school English as a second language teacher, who move to Hungary for a year to teach. Each woman brings her young children and enrolls them in local Hungarian public schools though none of them speak Hungarian at the beginning of the experience. The autoethnographic stories that make up Our International Education weave together the personal and professional dimensions of life abroad, illuminating not only the realities of negotiating work, school, and family life in another country but also the complexities of cultural adjustment and second language acquisition. First-person storytelling makes this book a compelling read for those considering a move abroad with their family, and an excellent supplemental narrative for those studying second language acquisition, acculturation, autoethnography, and international education.”
  • College Teaching Abroad: A Handbook of Strategies for Successful Cross-Cultural Exchanges, by Pamela Gale George, 1994. This book may be dated, but was well-reviewed as of 2016. 
  • Notes from the Jungle: Teaching Abroad in an International School, by John Price. The Headmaster of Jerudong International School in Brunei “tells the whole truth about teaching in the Far East. Notes from the Jungle is packed with cautionary anecdotes for the unwary. He takes a wry look at British education abroad and examines the rocky relationship between international schools and the educational establishment in the United Kingdom.”
  • How I Realized My Dream of Teaching Abroad, by  Maisha Samuel. “Are you stuck in a rut? Not sure of how to get out? Do you know that you were meant for more than you are living in this life?…Join Maisha Samuel as she shares about the courage, vision, and planning that it took to realize her dream of teaching abroad. Follow her as she shares about her transition from New York City, USA to Dubai, UAE where she lived an exciting, fulfilling life for four years. Her message is that you do not get to come back and live this life again, wake up today and live your dreams whatever they may be. You have too much to lose by staying in your comfort zone and a whole lot to gain by taking the chance.”
  • How to Work Overseas: The Recent Grad’s Guide To Landing An International Job Fast By Teaching English Abroad by Dylan Alford. “A guide designed to help recent college graduates land an international job as fast as possible. Working abroad can be one of the most rewarding ways to kick-start a young career – and this guide shows you exactly the steps to take to find an international job and start working overseas within a few months of graduating. It doesn’t matter what your major was in college or what kind of grades you got. You can work overseas in a good-paying job that allows you to build a great resume, travel the world and meet interesting people along the way. Recent grads should feel empowered to take control of their careers. And working abroad is one of the best ways to do that.”

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