Alana MacPherson
I am a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, where I studied International Business along with Marketing. I’m in my 20’s and have a huge interest in world travel, social goings-on, culture, marketing, photography and sports. I’m currently involved with TEFL Org UK –

Entries by Alana MacPherson

TEFL Destinations and Surprising New Year Traditions

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (12:33)

Dreary weather, lack of job opportunities and long office hours are driving thousands of Brits to move abroad every year. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is becoming a very popular way to take the plunge and move abroad and start an exciting new career in the sun while...

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The Upward Turn for English Language Teachers in Turkey

(2) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (17:28)

Over the last while Turkey has emerged as a prominent and highly sought after destination in the TEFL market, with an enormous demand for native speaking English teachers.

Turkey has seen a dramatic increase in tourism over recent years, perhaps fuelling a demand for the English language. On...

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The Importance of English Grammar

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (16:54)

The newly introduced testing of school pupils throughout England in a bid to determine their understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation has sparked widespread debate about grammar in general. How much do we know about our language? How can we learn it? And does it even matter?

You may not...

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The Celebrity Tutor Phenomenon

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (15:55)

Teachers are a hugely undervalued community. We've all had a teacher; some will have played a huge role in our educational experiences and some will have passed relatively unnoticed and unappreciated through our lives. But wherever you were taught and whoever your teachers were, I can almost guarantee that none...

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Travel Broadens the Mind as Well as Your Career Prospects

(1) Comments | Posted 28 January 2013 | (11:06)

I was recently made aware of an important initiative doing some really great work during Scotland's Year of Study Abroad. Scotland Goes Global is a project funded by the Scottish Government, primarily led by NUS Scotland. The aim is to ultimately build upon the work previously done by...

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Is Working in a Summer Camp for You?

(1) Comments | Posted 15 January 2013 | (12:50)

Running about in the sunshine, playing games all day, singing, laughing, a great wage, meals included, free accommodation...

Sound good? This is generally what life at a European summer camp is like. There may be the odd moment where it's cloudy or rainy, or a few tense language barrier moments...

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The Value of Volunteering

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (11:49)

It may not be for everyone but the work that volunteers do is extremely inspiring. Whether you do it at home or abroad, for a few weeks or a few years, the value of volunteering is enormous. You can have a truly significant impact on the lives of others.


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Working in Japan Without a Degree - It Is Possible!

(2) Comments | Posted 28 December 2012 | (23:55)

Lots of people want to work in Japan. It's an incredibly intriguing place, now positioned as the world's third largest economy and playing a vital role in the global community. It's no wonder people want to live there and see what it's like. Unfortunately those without a degree are very...

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The Demand for Native English Speaking Graduates in Asia

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2012 | (15:30)

Recent data gathered by TEFL England highlighted some of the most highly sought after travel and TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) destinations overseas. The data was gathered from approximately 3000 people from all over the UK and conveyed some interesting results. The more popular destinations included India, Malaysia,...

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All Eyes On Rio: 2016

(4) Comments | Posted 12 September 2012 | (09:53)

With the enormous success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the pressure is very much on Brazil to deliver something that surpasses London's performance as host, or at the very least, equals it.

The games are being fully embraced by the next host city, not just as a...

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Spanish Schools Defy The Economic Crisis As Demand For English Teachers Soars

(3) Comments | Posted 28 August 2012 | (12:10)

Amidst the European debt crisis, Spain are in an economic slump. The combination of problems in banking, output, employment and real-estate is creating a huge amount of difficulty in terms of the country's development. The decline is predicted to continue into 2013 by 0.6%,with 2012 seeing approximate economic contractions of...

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Miss Out on a Place at University? Now is Your Chance to Try Something a Bit Different...

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2012 | (12:52)

It's that time of year again, when thousands of students all over the UK receive their exam results and are left either ecstatic because they've achieved a place at University, or disappointed in the fact that this year, they haven't quite made the grade.

As members of what David Milliband...

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