Native TEFL Teachers – Here’s The Problem

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.

TEFL Teaching – How To Get Over Your Nerves

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.

FCE and CAE Speaking Practice Activity – Just A Minute

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!

Professional TEFL Teachers Never Do These Things

Your job as a TEFL teacher is to help your learners advance in English, be it for an exam or simply to improve their skills in the language. Be wary of anything that could inhibit their progress or damage your professionalism. 

Teaching Pronunciation To Adult Learners

People are far more willing and likely to forgive grammatical errors than they are to forgive pronunciation faux pas. 

Owing to this, many speaking examiners will give a lot of credit to a candidate who attempts to produce natural sounding language. Making pronunciation a key part of language lessons and exam preparation. If you don’t dedicate much time to this aspect in your classes, now would be a good time to start!

What Makes A Bad TEFL Teacher…And How To Avoid Their Mistakes!

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.

My Experience On The CELTA – Getting a Pass B

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. 

Using Persuasion In The EFL Classroom

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”

Appropriate Language For Essay Writing

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”

Young Learners (YLE) A Useful Process Or An Unnecessary Qualification?

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?”