Saturday, July 23

TOEFL Tip #18

When applying to a U.S. college, you must complete an application package. Your TOEFL score will be part of that package. You must also submit credits from previous schools, SAT scores, letters of recommendation, etc., and a personal essay. Many of my students ask me for advice before writing this essay. They say, "Professor Stirling, help! I want to go to M.I.T. How do I structure my personal essay? What should I say? What should I do?"

I say, "Write a TOEFL independent essay." Why? Because a personal essay is really just another name for the TOEFL independent essay. If you can write a TOEFL independent essay, you can write a personal essay for a college application package. Simple, right? Right.

There is a plethora of books and web sites on how to write a personal essay for a college application. Many of these books and links say your personal essay should be original. Original means your voice sets you apart from the other candidates. This is good advice for native English speakers, but if your first language is not English, don't try and be original. Why not? First, the school simply wants to know if you, the foreign student, can write a personal, American-style essay in English. Second, the school wants to know if you have a clear purpose for wanting to attend. That's all. You do not have to reinvent the wheel.

Remember: When writing your personal essay, use the KISS rule: Keep it simple stupid.

Want to learn how to write an independent essay you can also use for a personal essay for your college application package?

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Wednesday, July 13

ESL Jobs Around the World

Africa - Master Teacher/Center Director, Morocco
Asia and Oceania
  Diplomatic Language Services - EFL Instructor - UAE, United Arab Emirates
  Higher Colleges of Technology - English Faculty, United Arab Emirates
  Beijing Huijia(IB) Private School - TESOL teachers needed for K-12 School -Beijing Huijia (IB) Private School, China
  Disney English - Disney English Foreign Trainer, China
  Deloitte - Deloitte Communication Excellence Learning Lead - Senior Manager, India
  Akita International University - English-for-Academic-Purposes: Full-time Position (Assistant Professor / Lecturer), Japan
  Akita International University - English-for-Academic-Purposes: Full-time Position (Professor), Japan
  Language School - Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Japan
  St. Mary College/Nunoike Gaigo Senmon Gakko - EFL Instructor, Japan
  Korea University - Full time instructor - Korea University Sejong Campus, South Korea
  University of Macau - Director of the English Language Centre, Macau
  AMIDEAST - Director of English Language Programs, Saudi Arabia
  Booz Allen Hamilton - English Language Educational Technology Specialist, Saudi Arabia
  Booz Allen Hamilton - English Language Deputy Team Leader, Saudi Arabia
  Booz Allen Hamilton - English Language Instructor, Saudi Arabia
  Education Experts Company - ESL/EFL Teacher, Saudi Arabia
  INTERLINK Language Centers - ESL Teaching Positions, Saudi Arabia
  International Group For Training - IGIT - English Teacher, Saudi Arabia
  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - ESP (English Specific Purposes) Instructor, Saudi Arabia
  English Language Fellow Program - Distance Education/Teacher Trainer in Thailand, Thailand
  Istanbul Kemerburgaz University - EFL / EAP INSTRUCTOR, Turkey
Central and South America
  Politecnico Internacional, Costa Rica - English instructor, Costa Rica
North America
  INTERLINK Language Centers - Full-Time ESL Instructors INTERLINK Language Center, United States
  Lone Star College System - Continuing Education Instructor - ESOL (LSC - Vietnam) (#1572), United States
  The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - EFL Positions at the Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village, Daegu South Korea, United States
  Web International - Exciting Teaching Opportunities in China, United States
  Education First EF - Director of Psychometrics,
  Education First EF - Director of Assessment Development and Research,
  TASIS The American School in England - Upper School ESL,
  Arkansas State University - Director of English as a Second Language Program, United States
  ELS Language Center - ELS Language Center, United States
  Center for English as a Second Language - U Ariz. - Adjunct Instructor/Assessment Coordinator, United States
  California State University, Fullerton - American Language Program, Full-Time Lecturer, Non-Tenure Track, United States
  Soka University of America - Human Resources - ESL Instructor (one year contract, non-renewable), United States
  UC Irvine Extension - ESL Teacher (7 openings), United States
  USC Language Academy - Academic Director, United States
  GAP Solutions, Inc. - Senior Program Officer, United States
  Anita - Job Representative, United States
  Intensive English Program at the University Of Miami - Lecturer, Intensive English Program, United States
  University of Florida English Language Institute - Cultural Immersion Program Coordinator, United States
  Iowa State University - Iowa State University IEP Lecturershp, United States
  University of Idaho - Program Manager, United States
  Bentley University - Adjunct Lecturer - ESOL Expository Writing Fall 2011, United States
  Northeastern University - NU Global - ESL Instructors, United States
  Ferris State University - Intensive English Program Faculty/Coordinator - F42237, United States
  Ferris State University - Intensive English Program Faculty (FT Temporary - 12 Mo) - F42236, United States
  Montana State University Billings - Assistant Coordinator & Lead Instructor - ESL Programs, United States
  University at Buffalo, SUNY - Director, English Language Institute, United States
  Voxy - Online Community Manager, United States
  Voxy - English Language Learning Curriculum Materials Creator / Writer, United States
  Voxy - Spanish Editor, United States
  Intensive English Program, University of Dayton - Instructor, United States
  Miami University - Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor ESL Composition, 2 positions, United States
  ELP, University of Pennsylvania - Associate Director of Business Development, United States
  Graduate Education, University of Pennsylvania - Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics, United States
  University of Pennsylvania - Advising Specialist, United States
  Teach Memphis - Dual Language, Spanish Speaking Elementary Teachers Needed! Teach Memphis., United States
  University of North Texas - ESL Instructor, United States
  Saint Michael's College - Full-time Instructor - Applied Linguistics, United States
  Bellingham Public School District - ELL Specialist, United States
  District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) - Special Education Teacher - DC Public Schools, United States

Monday, July 11

TOEFL Pro News!

Speaking and Writing Strategies for the TOEFL iBT is now available for all Apple products.

500 Words, Phrases, and Idioms for the TOEFL iBT Plus Typing Strategies is now available for all Apple products.