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About the Author

English Teacher X is a 15-year veteran of some of the worst English language schools around the world, and has worked in eight different cities in five different countries. Visit the author at www.englishteacherx.com.
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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466330058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466330054
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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English Teacher X is a 15-year veteran of some of the worst English language schools in the world.

He has lived and worked in eight different cities in seven different countries, including Thailand and Russia.

He no longer believes that travelling hopefully is better than arriving.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Denham on December 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a teacher for 6 years now and have worked at a variety of schools (private language schools, colleges, terrible schools, etc.) in 4 different countries. Everything this man says is true. TEFL is a sordid industry full of even more sordid people. This book reflects that undeniable truth.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pete M on March 24, 2011
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If you're considering teaching English overseas, you MUST read this book. It's extremely well written, humorous and has some great practical suggestions on how to teach.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gustav von Hohenheim on August 6, 2011
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The most common way the enemy can decrease morale is to make us think that we're suffering alone.

We're not suffering alone.

English Teacher X (who also has a blog) might not particularly enjoy making class entertaining for his students, but he certainly can make books entertaining for his readers. He writes his account with an keen wit and honest heart. I read his entire book in one sitting. In a world that thrives on misinformation, English Teacher X tells it like it is. If you've ever taught English abroad, then this book is for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Literature_Fiend on March 17, 2014
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Within the first 6-8 words of the book you will notice that English Teacher X is a terrible human being. He's a bigot, a racist, and a pessimist. He is ribald, indolent, profane, and perverted. He jokes about sex and gives tips for overcoming hangovers more than he gives meaningful teaching advice.

In short, he's the best ESL-teaching guide you could hope for.

English Teacher X's books are brief and quite readable. Assuming, of course, that you don't have a hangover (which you probably do). Each page is dripping with the sagacity of a fifteen-year veteran in the most abominable profession imaginable (you know, except for all of the other professions). ETX tells story after story about his failures as a teacher and informs you of exactly what you should not do either as an ESL teacher or as a person.

All joking aside, what you will find in this book is humor mixed in with a variety of practical teaching strategies. ETX's strategies are more for keeping students busy and parents happy than for promoting the most efficient way to learn a new language. ETX is absolutely not aware of the latest pedagogical developments and probably couldn't spell "developmental psychology" if you duct taped it to his 24-use-a-day reinforced vodka bottle.

To summarize, I don't know where I would be without English Teacher X's advice about the honorable profession of English Language Teaching. Except, you know, probably having a real job somewhere and making enough money to actual make a "living," and have at least some modern amenities like "heat," "food," and "clothing."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Wilbanks on September 22, 2013
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I'm an ESL teacher, though with less experience, and it's reasonably accurate. Sure, the details vary by degree from place to place, but it's all true. X really capured the ways in which this job is shitty, exciting, boring and awesome. I think the appreciation for the life really shines through the bitterness. If he didn't find anything worthwhile about the job, he wouldn't have done it for 15 years. Despite what is in many ways a shitty existence, there are some pretty crazy oppurtunities for a good time...or at least an interesting time. Retired TEFL teachers might be broke, but they've got the best stories.

And I think it's a good warning for would-be TEFLers. There are certainly upsides to teaching, but it's probably a good idea to get a glimpse of some of the grim realities before you sign a one year contract and spend a bunch of money getting visas/plane tickets/work permits/medical tests/background checks and sign a one year contract to work in an occupation where you wont be able to hack it.

Finally, I think I got more useful teaching ideas in this book and "Speaking Activities That Don't Suck," than in my TEFL certification course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard O. Hays on January 12, 2014
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I was looking for real world feedback on teaching english as a foreign language. This book appears to do just that. This guy speaks his mind, but even an old salt like me found some of the vulgarity a little offensive.

Would I recommend this book, Absolutely YES. Those TEFL web sites paint a rosey picture regarding teaching overseas. Can't be that great, else everyone would be doing it..........right?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By uglazniga on November 13, 2012
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I definitely enjoyed reading all of English Teacher X's books about his adventures teaching Englsh abroad. I was seriosuly considering teaching abroad, but after reading his ultra informative and brutally honest exploits, I have reconsidered my plans. I feel like I've learned so much from his travels just by reading through his books. His style of writing is engaging and I quickly read through his works because of how funny and crazy his stories were. Thanks ETX!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh on January 25, 2014
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Hilarious and informative. I've enjoyed reading it thoroughly and have learned a great deal about the subject matter. If you wanted to learn about TEFL from a first hand account this is the one to get it from.
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