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: 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: In-class vs Online TEFL courses, which is better?
I have completed two courses since I began my TEFL journey way back in October 2017. The first was an online 120 hour TEFL course which I completed in my own time back in Scotland and the second was an in-class 120 hour TESOL course which I completed in Thailand with 14 other participants and …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: Why Your First Day of Teaching Will Probably be a Disaster and Why That’s Ok!
It's been a while but I'm back with another TEFL Tip Tuesday. This post was inspired by a recent Q&A we held at the language centre I work in. It was for new teachers arriving in Myanmar and teaching English for the first time, we were asked to give them one piece of advice about the job and well without even hesitating I said "Your first day will most likely be a complete disaster, but that's half the fun!" and speaking from personal experience it's the most honest advice I could give!