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: 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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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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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!