When I first started out as a teacher, I was very unsure about the amount of contact hours I should be doing, that is, the hours I was working in class with actual students. I also had no idea how much time I would need to plan and prepare all of said lessons.
Since then, I like to think I have become quite savvy about the conditions that one should be looking for when thinking about a career in TEFL, and the conditions that you’ll be likely to actually find. So here’s my take on it.
As you may have guessed from my previous posts, I really love playing games with my classes! Especially if they’ve … More
If the textbook is a little dull, and the subject matter confusing anyway, how do I make it entertaining? A game of course!
This is more advanced knowledge for your higher level students. Great for making writing more formal and easy to learn … More
Teaching English as a foreign language is a great job, since starting out on this career path, I haven’t had … More
Get your students to practice their topical vocabulary with this fun and engaging classroom game!
What are the problems with hiring a native speaker to teach English? As a native myself, I recognise that in many areas, we have to work harder than our bilingual counterparts. Here are my thoughts.
Every teacher feels nervous when they start teaching, move to a different school, or start a new type of class that’s perhaps a bit unfamiliar. How do you get over this, and be the best teacher possible? I’ve put together some tips that I have found useful over the years.
Direct methods, such as Callan, are sold as a fun and engaging way to learn English. There are schools all over the world that are dedicated to Callan or other, similar methods. But it is as effective as some people say?
In the game the panellists, in this case your students, are invited to speak about a topic for one minute without hesitation, deviation, or repetition. Exactly the things that they should avoid doing in their speaking exam. It’s the perfect game!