It is very common for people to sign up to a TEFL programme expecting it to be one big holiday, this is not the reality. Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a real job that requires you to show up every day and give it your all! So what makes a good TEFL teacher?
A Reflection on Digital Detox Day
If I’m honest I wasn’t planning on taking part in Digital Detox Day. I thought it was a great idea, but I was going to let it just slide by much like I would National Talk Like a Pirate Day.
TEFL Tip Tuesday: 15 Warmers and Coolers That Definitely Work Online
Not every game is suitable for online, but through trial and error I have discovered the ones that definitely do work! Whether you have just started your TEFL journey through online teaching or have had to deal with the headache of transitioning from in-class to online these games and activities are guaranteed to spice up your lesson plans.
TEFL Tip Tuesday: 5 Things I’ve Learned Since Teaching Online.
At the beginning of May my school here in Yangon, Myanmar moved some of its classes online. Despite having been an ESL teacher for two and a half years now I had no experience with teaching online and I was honestly dreading creating my first lesson plan! Now one month in, I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of it. So what have I learned over the past few weeks?
TEFL Tip Tuesday: How to Use Interactive Videos in Online Classes
Since the beginning of May I have been teaching English online and by far one of the most useful resources I have found are the interactive videos available on ISLCollective. These videos have been a life saver for me as my classes are two hours long and I am solely responsible for the content of …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: How To Structure an Introduction Lesson (Grade 1 – 3)
When I first arrived in China and asked the school what they wanted me to teach in my lessons the reply I got was simply; “Have fun, play games.” No topics, no vocab, nothing! From talking to other teachers this is a pretty common instruction and it can leave you feeling a bit lost...
TEFL Tip Tuesday: Top Ten Warmers and Coolers That Can Be Adapted To Any Topic.
Anyone who has studied TEFL will know how important warmers and coolers are; warmers get your students excited and energised for class and coolers keep them coming back for more! There’s no doubt that warmers and coolers are the bread that keep your English Lesson sandwich from falling apart but sometimes it can be hard …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: How To Set Classroom Rules and Why They Are Important
Rules might make you feel like you are sucking the fun out of your classroom but they are absolutely vital in order to establish structure within your lesson. Without them it is going to be hard to have any fun at all!
TEFL Tip Tuesday: My Five School Bag Essentials
The list of things that would make your life easier in the classroom is endless, but these are the five I never leave the house without!
TEFL Tip Tuesday: 5 Games to Play with Middle School Students.
When I first got given my grade eight classes I had no idea how I was going to teach them. Coming from six months of grade one, who were happy to sing baby shark and play “Teacher Says” every lesson, trying to entertain teenagers was an entirely foreign concept to me! It turned out it …
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