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Posted by mitchell on 10/11/2009 at 17:46

hi all. looking not to return to the 'home' country too soon and would like to maybe teach english in malaysia for 6-9 months to continue the trip after.
any ideas about just showing up in kl(or another place) in december and finding enough work to start saving some money within 2 months say?
i have years of experience in teaching english conversation in japan, taiwan, and argentina to children to adults.
thanx for any advice

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Posted by chopin on 22/11/2009 at 23:28

English is the 2nd language in Malaysia, and most adult Malaysians whose livelihood depends on English would have acquired it pretty well, so I think you might not find a good prospect to teach english conversation here. movies and tvs here show english programs un-dubbed (but with subtitles), just to give you an idea. You might have better chance if you can teach english as a second language in a school or college environment: written and spoken, most likely following a syllabus like O-level or A-level. One place that you can find out is to log-on to, the best job site in malaysia, and find out about job availability in this area. Good news is we have many private colleges and international schools, that might need english teachers.

But then I could be wrong, as there might be people who really need a native english speaker to be their personal tutor (expatriate workers from japan, taiwan, korea, etc. and their children come to my mind), but generally you will find more opportunity like this in japan and thailand and taiwan than in malaysia.

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Posted by Precious24 on 23/11/2009 at 11:23

Why not try Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand? There are good opportunities in these countries for native English teachers.

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Posted by 29lovelyme on 11/12/2009 at 15:51

Posted from within Vietnam.

wow people in malaysia speaks good english!

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Posted by mitchell on 13/12/2009 at 21:59

yeah, its just that i will exit indonesia into kl and thought to give it a go. things arent so hot in taiwan anymore, korea too damn cold, japan too expensive to start up and thailand you cant save money.

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 14/12/2009 at 22:08 TF writer

You're better off looking for an ESL job in Indonesia than in Malaysia. Regardless, you need to be qualified (minimum of a degree, TEFL and experience for a good position) for a job in either country.

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