How to Become an ESL Teacher…almost there!
Jan13

How to Become an ESL Teacher…almost there!

This should hopefully be my last post warning you of the arrival of How to Become an ESL teacher: a step by step guide to landing your first TEFL job teaching English abroad. At the moment it’s being proofread, so it should be ready for publication by the end of the month. This is the book cover (for some reason my photos are showing up a bit weird but I’m onto the technical guys at wordpress). Below is a book description...

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How to become an ESL teacher, 2nd draft done!
Dec05

How to become an ESL teacher, 2nd draft done!

My next book, How to become an ESL teacher, will be out soon. My original plan was to have it ready for the end of November, but it’s just taken longer than I thought. I guess the book I read about writing a non-fiction book in 21 days wasn’t applicable to this one. It was probably a bit far-fetched anyway to be honest. I found it relatively easy to bash out the 1st draft, but as always editing the 2nd has taken its toll....

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CELTA Resources: Best resources to find CELTA courses
Oct21

CELTA Resources: Best resources to find CELTA courses

With almost 10,000 people doing a CELTA each year, there must be some demand for a blog of CELTA resources.  I did a CELTA way back 13 years ago, when there weren’t even whiteboards, markers, or even post-its. Not that post-its are a real essential for becoming an ESL teacher, although they do come in handy for a few things. Nothing like a bunch of resources to help you find the perfect CELTA course for starting off your ESL...

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How to become an ESL teacher
Oct14

How to become an ESL teacher

So, you’ve heard of this job called ‘TEFL’ where you can teach English as a foreign language while you swan around the world, doing a bit of travelling, and maybe work a little while you earn a living. Maybe you are stuck in a rut in a dull office job (like I was), where you only see daylight when you pop out for lunch to the local jacket potato place, or grab a hard crusty roll from Wenzel’s and need a job, a life, a career,...

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This month’s top ESL posts: CELTA lesson plans, teach in Spain, and IELTS speaking
Aug08

This month’s top ESL posts: CELTA lesson plans, teach in Spain, and IELTS speaking

Here’s my monthly post of the best, most useful, or most entertaining blogs I’ve read recently. Teach English in Spain Thinking of coming to teach English in Spain? Don’t bother, it’s too bloody hot. But if you’ve got your heart set on it, then check out this blog titled Guide to Teaching Abroad in Spain on Sangria Stained Lips. Not sure about working abroad? There’s a useful article on the...

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5 more reasons to do a CELTA
Aug05

5 more reasons to do a CELTA

Following on from my popular most blog, 5 reasons to do a CELTA, which I posted over 4 years ago, here are 5 more updated reasons to do a CELTA and become a TEFL teacher. Loads has changed for me in the last 4 years, and the more I think about it, the more I realise what a life changing event doing the CELTA was. I’d like to think that after 13 years teaching I know a hell of a lot about English, both how the language works and how to...

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