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?
Stranded in Myanmar: Did I Make the Right Decision?
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!
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...
China Diaries: “Where is my Chinese teacher?!”
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 …
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China Diaries: This Was Almost a Disaster
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...
China Diaries: I’m Cursed!
I've never really been a superstitious person but this week might have changed my mind!
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: 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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