In this post I’m focusing on some of the most common ways that teachers get in their own way, and stop their learners from reaching their full potential. As well as thinking about some possible solutions for such problems.
In September of this year, I subjected myself to the Cambridge CELTA course at a centre in Northern Spain. This is an overview of my experience.
Persuasion is sometimes called an art, the idea of convincing the reader to agree with the speaker or writer. It’s a technique that learners of any level, to some degree, should practise. It takes many wonderful forms, so even a beginner can start to use it in their speaking or writing. More advanced candidates areContinue reading “Using Persuasion In The EFL Classroom”
If your students are taking an official exam, it’s likely that they will need to produce at least one longer piece of writing. Whether it be an essay, a letter, a report, a story, or even a complaint or an application, there are lots of possibilities. Chances are that one of these will need toContinue reading “Appropriate Language For Essay Writing”
Since its introduction in 1997, the young learners exams have become extremely popular. Schools, especially international ones, are starting to offer them automatically as a part of the course. Parents, who realise the importance of learning English from a young age, view it as saving the kids time in the future, a way to getContinue reading “Young Learners (YLE) A Useful Process Or An Unnecessary Qualification?”
TED Talks are fantastic for listening practice, for advanced level learners especially. There are several reasons for this. TED Talks are usually quite short, and so the learners don’t get bored or tired. They are always on really interesting topics, offering the possibility for class discussions and debates on the opinions expressed. You can makeContinue reading “TED Talks for ESL Advanced Listening Practice (With Examples)”
Despised globally, often neglected, the importance of motivating your adult students to work outside the classroom.
So this month I’ll be doing my CELTA course, in the hopes that it will compliment my professional experience. As a part of the lead up to the course, I was required to complete the pre-course task, which I have copied below. I hope it’s useful for checking your own answers! I’ll also be postingContinue reading “CELTA Pre-Course Task Answer Key”
Any good language course will, at some point, focus on writing skills. Whether it’s simple, short notes, or longer essays and editorials. A lot of this might depend on the learner’s real world needs. Maybe they’re doing a course tailored for their job, in which case they might need direction on how to write businessContinue reading “Teaching EFL Writing”
For most teachers, whether they teach adults or young learners, there will be a few students they have problems with. Maybe they have a passive attitude to learning, they constantly interrupt, they talk with their fellow learners, or maybe it even rises to the levels of the teacher being undermined and losing authority. Apart fromContinue reading “How To Deal With Problem Students”