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on March 04, 2011 :
This book about traveling and teaching at various places around the world is a terrific read if you are an EFL teacher, as I am. Mr. Jenkins writes very effectively about life “abroad” as it really is, not necessarily as we like to see it.
His descriptions are ironic and amusing at times, challenging and provocative at others.
You should find this book meaningful if you are planning a teaching career.
As the author suggests at least twice in his narrative, “Success (as a teacher) is a journey, not a destination”. I believe he means that we are always improving, adjusting our methods and learning as we go along. This book is rather short on preaching “how to” do it; however, it is long enough on telling how it’s done. He knows what he’s talking about. I have been teaching overseas for 8 years and have lived in two of the four countries that the author describes.
While not perfect—it wanders a bit—once I opened my mind without expectations, I began to really enjoy the journey. The writing is sharp, the view wide, and the cultural insights deep.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)