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TEFL Life Lessons

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Jul 2015

TEFL Life Lessons

Throughout our lives we learn many lessons along the way and if you become a teacher, although you are teaching others, you are still a student – a student of life. Here are some TEFL life lessons that I learned on my road to becoming a TEFL teacher: Imagine leaving the place where you grew up, with just 2 suitcases and a handful of cash,…

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TEFL Myths

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Jul 2015

TEFL Myths

As with a lot of professions, there are preconceived notions when it comes to TEFL (both good and bad) that aren’t necessarily true. I have listed below a few TEFL myths and the reasoning behind why they are just that. FACT: Although it does help your chances of gaining employment as a TEFL teacher, it certainly isn’t a requirement that you were born and raised…

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TEFL teaching experience

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Jun 2015

TEFL teaching experience

If teaching English as a foreign language (commonly known as TEFL) is something that appeals to you, you may want to know what it’s like before taking the plunge. Here, I am going to give you an insight into a real TEFL teaching experience . John Shepherd was a teacher at Oxbridge TEFL in Barcelona but decided to move on to pastures new and is…

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Jun 2015

ESL teaching and the Internet. The virtual classroom

ESL teaching and the Internet – From Apple’s iPod to Google’s driver-less cars, technology is playing a massive role in the 21st century. This is not to say that it is the solution to 21st century education, but simply a tool to aid education and learning and, although it can be a great tool, any learning concerning technology should be based around the theme and objectives…

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Is grammar important?

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Jun 2015

Is grammar important?

Learning a second language essentially consists of ‘Reading’, ‘Listening’ and ‘Speaking’. ‘Writing’ isn’t particularly necessary unless the student expresses that they want to learn to write and, even then, it can be learned quite easily once the speaking and reading have been mastered. So, is grammar important? Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk to one…

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Teaching Students From Diverse Backgrounds

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Jun 2015

Teaching Students From Diverse Backgrounds

One of the challenges that teachers can encounter is having to teach students from diverse backgrounds in the same class as this makes the teacher obligated to meet the needs of different language students where differentiated instruction is required. This would not always apply to school classes but private classes, where you could have a mixture of students from different countries. It is a fact…

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Teaching English to Beginners: No Spanish, Please!

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May 2015

Teaching English to Beginners: No Spanish, Please!

When teaching any level of any language there are certain things that we teachers need to remember, but how do these things change depending on the level? What is it that changes when teaching English to beginners? That´s the key. It´s vitally important that you know exactly what you need to teach and when. During the early stages of learning any language students need to…

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May 2015

Context clues: Putting language in perspective

xplaining new target language to students in a clear cut manner is a skill all ESL teachers need to master.  Building on the situational language teaching tradition, we could use context clues in order to give insightful examples to our students.  The following video illustrates how context clues work: As we can see, then, context clues are hints (be it directly or indirectly) that students…

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Learning Styles

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May 2015

Learning Styles

In one of my blogs I wrote about teaching styles in ‘The Art of Teaching English‘, today I’m going to write about learning styles. As different teachers have different teaching techniques, different students will have different learning styles. Learning styles refer to the way that people learn and everyone has a mix of learning styles although, some may find that they have a dominant style…

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Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

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May 2015

Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

Following on from the previous two blog posts, which you can read here and here, the third item in conjunction with a student’s success in learning a foreign language is, “using authentic materials”. Authentic materials are basically any materials that exist in the real world for native English speakers. Sources include: books, magazines, newspapers, videos, internet, etc. All of which are available everywhere. If you’re going to…

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