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?
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: 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 – Top Five Resources For Any ESL Teacher
I’ve been teaching English for about a year and a half now and in that time I have discovered a few resources that I find myself returning to again and again. Whether it be for lesson inspiration, warmer and cooler ideas or worksheet creation, these are the books and websites that supply me with engaging …
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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!
TEFL Tip Tuesday: A Year of Teaching English, What Has it Taught Me?
A year ago today I landed in China, I had no idea what to expect. My original plan was to spend six months teaching in China and then move onto Vietnam. There I would spend another six months teaching and move onto Australia for a year before finally heading home to the U.K. It’s safe …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: Cultural Differences and How to Handle Them
If you are a TEFL teacher then you are probably about to move to a completely new country with completely new and sometimes confusing cultural differences. The first thing I want to say is; don’t see this a bad thing. It can be and is a wonderful learning experience and a way to open your …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: The Power of Pictionary
Pictionary; the Christmas day family games sesh is never complete without it but in the classroom it becomes more than a party game, this is where Pictionary becomes a powerful tool for learning. Pictionary is great for teaching English because it requires the whole class to participate. It is the perfect game to get students …
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TEFL Tip Tuesday: Laughter is the Best Teaching Method
It doesn’t matter if you are teaching six-year olds, teenagers or adults; if your lessons are entertaining then your students will be engaged from the word Hello. One of the easiest ways to make a lesson entertaining is to use material that will get them laughing. How you do this is really up to you …
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