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General » Teaching in South East Asia without a degree.
Hello Donald! I am the Director of Eastern Canada TESOL for Global and am based in the Toronto office. We regularly send people to China for job placements - and they have no degree and no job experience. Their English must be perfect and several employers insist that the graduate hold a Global TESOL Teaching certificate (as three women discovered when they took our class after being rejected by a Middle Eastern employer claiming their other institution was not recognized, and promptly placed in a teaching job within a week of completing our program). The degree is required in some cities in China but is not in others. We know where we are going to place people at the time they apply to take our training and we know the employers that have hired our grads for many years - they know we deliver good quality grads.
The Diploma is also helpful as is previous teaching/coaching experience. Our job guarantee is what attracts people to us since we follow through - although we cannot guarantee any specific country.
Hopefully, this information is of some assistance. Please email me should you wish some further information or help with placements.

Jim Pellegrini, Regional Director
Global TESOL College - Toronto Office
Countries » applying for work
The beautiful thing with our program is that the Orange Book has a sample resume with clear instructions. During the course, students can submit their resumes to the instructor, but after the course - the book is a great reference. The posting sites are all self-explanatory - be patient and try it carefully.
By the way, there are still amazing jobs in China and these agents are not too concerned about the "perfect" resume. Contact us at if you are ready to leave in the next few weeks and have our TESOL certification!
General » Resume reviewing, is it part of your service or out of good will?
Resume writing is part of the course and resumes, along with employment contracts are noted in the Employment Handbook provided to all students. I request that students in my class email resumes to me rather than bring in hard copies so that I may review and comment via email. After there are revisions made, if any, the student re-sends the final version along with a picture, and I at times forward the resumes to select employers. The service by the instructor does not go on forever as it is part of the course during the time of the delivery of the course. The Academic Dept also reviews resumes when assisting applicants with job placements but the primary work of resume preparation should take place during the course.
General » Is Tesol office closed down?
Hi everyone - I handle TESOL programs in Eastern Canada - specifically, Toronto and surrounding areas, as well as Montreal. In Toronto, we had been located in one location for over 8 years. Recently, I made the decision that this office located in downtown Toronto was not an ideal location for the delivery of the TESOL course. Heating and air conditioning were a problem and not having direct subway access was also causing time delays and other public transit challenges. Parking costs were outrageous. Consequently, we moved to a site in the north part of the city, in a luxurious office tower with flat-screen Tv's, wireless internet, reduced rate parking and direct transit access. Since we use the location for the delivery of the course and not as a set office, we are also able to host information nights in other areas of the city and even deliver courses in various locations instead of being locked in to one specific location. Shortly after we made this decision, Edmonton did the same after they conducted their own feasibility studies and responded to the survey and course evaluations submitted by students/graduates. Consequently, Edmonton also moved from their set location and deliver the programs in a location which is perhaps more cost-effective and better meets the needs of the the students. While other smaller TESOL delivery organizations have increased tuition fees, we have not in spite of increases in market sectors which affect us (leases, costs of fuel, book costs, etc.). So while we hold the line, we continue to find cost-effective strategies which enable more people to participate in this training while delivering the courses in a comfortable and modern facility. So, no worries, Yvonne - we are very much "present"!
General » Searching for a job starting May1,2010
We have many jobs in China available. With or without a degree. The key is to go through one of our offices since going directly to an individual may or may not be the best idea. Contact either or One of the websites which many people from Toronto obtain jobs is

Also, for anyone holding a degree, we have jobs in the Shanghai public school system which requires teachers to teach for only 15 hours per week. Send your resume and Picture to and we will evaluate and forward to the Shanghai hiring office. Jobs may be had for one semester or for one week. We have 16 teachers currently teaching there. Best regards.
General » Will be in Beijing From June 10th 2010
Congratulations Linda!!! It was such a pleasure to have had you in the Toronto class and know that you will be an amazing teacher! Best wishes always, Jim
General » Immediate Jobs in Shanghai - Start March - Degree required
Teach in the Public School system in Shanghai, China. Pay is approx $2000.00 Canadian per month. Accommodation not included but available from approx $200.00 Cdn per month. TESOL certificate (120 hours) required PLUS University Degree. (Diplomas from Colleges are NOT acceptable). Air fare is paid. Other perks including transportation. Working hours - the best in Asia, approx 15 hours per week!!! 6 Jobs for March and many more for September. Apply by sending resume and picture (mandatory) to No phone calls please. Thanks. Jim
General » requirement...Associates Degree??????
Hi Nicole....I am the Director of Eastern Canada operations and have taught the course many times. I also have been working with various Universities including a U.S. University in New York which recognizes our courses for credit. They offer Associate University degrees. I attended a meeting in which a Chinese rep was hiring University graduates and when I asked what the status was of an Associate Degree (which you quite correctly noted as being the equivalent of two years of a University degree in Canda) he stated that as long as the application stated "degree" they would be hired in government schools. My associate Heidy provided a very detailed and informative answer in her posting re: applying for Taiwan. She is correct that some countries don't know the difference between diploma or degree - but others do. In case you wish to pursue an Associate Degree and wish to have advanced standing based on your previous work, send me an email and I will assist. Many people from Toronto are doing this and have found that they only need to complete a few courses - and on line - in order to finish an Associate Degree since they have diploma courses, plus our Foundation and several specializations which are credits. Indicate your interest by sending your contact info to me at Jim
General » Global TESOL teachers departing for Shanghai!
Last Saturday in Toronto, we hosted a pre-departure briefing and reception for 16 Global TESOL graduate teachers departing within the next few weeks for one year contracts in Shanghai. In between the pizza, beer and wine, the teachers heard from three of our teachers - all trained via the Toronto office - who are currently teaching in Shanghai. The three teachers - Alana, Paul and June - have all renewed their contracts for another year in Shanghai. These contracts are for teaching in the public school system in Shanghai. A university degree is required along with Global TESOL certificate or diploma. In return, the contracts are some of the best contracts in Asia, all for working 15 hours per week! The positions for September are now closed but if anyone wishes to apply for the second semester or for next September, please email your resume AND picture, along with the issue date of your Global TESOL certificate to No phone calls please. We will review and acknolwedge your resume and forward to Shanghai. Best wishes and bon voyage to the 16 graduates from the Toronto office and best wishes for an exciting year ahead. Thanks to Alana, Paul and June for sharing the survival tips and joys of working in Shanghai! Shanghai will also host the World's Fair next year so it's a great time to be there!
General » Beware of Scams in Teacher Hiring!
I just received an email from a graduate of our Toronto TESOL program who is currently teaching in Beijing, but looking to teach in Spain. She had posted her resume and the agency sent a "contract" to her. The contract, stated an end-of-contract bonus - but clearly omitted the salary! This point alone should have triggered alterts!!!The agency further demands an "up-front" fee to cover "advance work" and are also requiring her to pay half of a solicitor's fee in order to "process a visa". Absolute nonsense. Any true teaching job does not require advance monies to be sent in to an agency. Visa fees are often paid by the teacher directly to the appropriate consulate and, depending on the type of contract, re-embursed by the employer. Be aware of such scams. These offers are not real.