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?
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.
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.
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?
With everything that had happened since I arrived in Myanmar and the situation at home becoming increasingly apocalyptic I started to question whether I had made the right decision in returning to Asia. Should I have stayed at home? Could I have predicted any of this? I felt myself spiralling into an overthinking black hole!
Christmas was banned! Cancelled! Forbidden! Basically the Chinese government has told schools that they must focus on Chinese culture and as a result our school decided that there would be no celebrating Christmas of any kind, including the foreign teacher giving a lesson on the subject.
I can’t quite believe that December has come around so quickly, I feel like it was only last week I was on my way up to Harbin to celebrate New Year and see the famous Ice Festival but nope, it was a whole year ago!
1st of December - 7th December Posting this a day late from my phone as my VPN refuses to work on my computer! In China, more often than not, events that must take weeks of organising are something that foreign teachers find out about as they are happening. This means that it is very likely …
Sunday night saw me locked out of my apartment after realising my key was not in my bag when I returned from the supermarket. The night before my first week back teaching in China!! This was almost a disaster...
I've never really been a superstitious person but this week might have changed my mind!