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.
This is more advanced knowledge for your higher level students. Great for making writing more formal and easy to learn … More
Get your students to practice their topical vocabulary with this fun and engaging classroom game!
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!
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!
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.
If your students are taking an official exam, it’s likely that they will need to produce at least one longer … More
TED Talks are fantastic for listening practice, for advanced level learners especially. There are several reasons for this. TED Talks … More
Despised globally, often neglected, the importance of motivating your adult students to work outside the classroom.