I set up my teaching gig through the Princeton-in-Asia program. Although the program is associated with Princeton University, you do not have to be a Princeton student to apply. PIA sends students to Teach English Abroad Recruiting, Japan , Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, South Korea , Malaysia , Singapore, Taiwan , Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. They set up teaching positions and journalism, NGO, and business internships. There is a $30 application fee ($20 if you're a Princeton student) and, if you're accepted to the program, a $300 fee. Teachers and interns should be prepared to pay for transportation to and from the country they're assigned to and for all visa fees.
TWO BOOKS AND TWO WEBSITES I COULD NOT HAVE LIVED WITHOUT:
Discussion Strategies: Beyond Everyday Conversation, by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe (Pro Lingua Associates; $16). This book is a series of 30 activities with stories, questions, and discussion topics. The exercises give students tips about phrases and ways to improve their conversational English. (The book can be used as a student book or as a teacher book, but I copied the exercises onto separate sheets of paper to hand out to my students.)
21st Century Guide to Improving Your Writing, edited by the Princeton Language Institute (Laurel; $19). This guide explains grammar in a very straightforward and user-friendly way. It also discusses sentence, paragraph, and essay structure, as well as instructions on how to write a resume, business and personal letters, and novels and short stories all in 251 pages. Perfect for writing classes.
I could have used ESL Lounge (www.esl-lounge.com) as a resource for every lesson plan for the year. Activities are divided by student level and task.
Boggle's World (www.bogglesworld.com) has lesson ideas for every age level, from children to adults.