What’s it like teaching English in Thailand?
Mar03

What’s it like teaching English in Thailand?

Blooming Marvellous. I was there for 7 months and loved it. I loved the students, the country, the lifestyle, it was a fantastic experience that I would recommend to any ESL teacher. Interested in finding out more detail? Then look at my latest article for ESL Expat titled Best Students, Amazing Lunches, but Strict Bosses. In the article I talk about general information, plus details on what I loved and hated while I was there. There...

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How to be a travelling ESL teacher…
Feb27

How to be a travelling ESL teacher…

Ever wanted to travel round the world, stopping on the way to teach English? If so, then check out my latest article for Teaching House where I talk about How I taught English in four countries over two years. In the article I give some tips and advice on how you can do the same. I talk about the importance of planning ahead, why being frugal could be essential, how to leave each job on good terms, and why you should never give up, no...

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How important is mentoring and coaching for ESL teachers?
Jan20

How important is mentoring and coaching for ESL teachers?

To progress in any great career, training and coaching is essential. This is the same for becoming a decent ESL teacher. Over my 13 year career I’ve done the CELTA, Delta, and had tons and tons of training for the company I work for ELI, here in Seville. I honestly believe that the more you learn, the better teacher you’ll be able to deal with your students and help them improve their English. A few years back I guess I...

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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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10 reasons you should use video in your ESL class
Nov28

10 reasons you should use video in your ESL class

Video can be such a powerful tool for the ESL classroom. I’m a huge fan of using video to improve my students English, but find it tricky to get the time, or the right video, to express what I want to do and link it with the lesson somehow. Recently I’ve been using video more, either squeezing it in at the start or end of class, not only to break up the routine, but provide a valuable learning experience. Here are a few reasons why...

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