Best TEFL and ESL forums
Oct28

Best TEFL and ESL forums

Fancy a moan, need some advice, or have a strange urge to give some tips to new TEFL or ESL teachers? Here’s a list of the best, most useful, and sexy TEFL and ESL forums on the internet. Use them wisely because they may come back to bite you on the ear lobe. TEFL net Check out TEFL.net‘s forums for categories on grammar, young learners, adults, business, management, and games and activities. To register all you need is a...

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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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Best websites and blogs to write about TEFL!
Sep26

Best websites and blogs to write about TEFL!

I’m still not sure there’s a whole lot of cash to be made for writing about TEFL. I reckon the big cash must come from writing text books, but from what I’ve heard I don’t think I could cope with having to write in a set way for a publisher with them nitpicking my ideas. So I figured there must be another way to make some cash from writing about TEFL, hence this blog. There doesn’t seem to be a way where...

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ESL Resources: How to teach FCE writing
Sep16

ESL Resources: How to teach FCE writing

As a writer, I love teaching writing, but it’s also one of my frustrations. I think minly because I’m quite motivated about writing and showing my students how to get better, using synoyms, giving them sound advice on how to edit and make their writing better, but there’s only ever one or two in the class who really take heed of my, or the coursebooks, tips. So how can you actually teach FCE students to write better?...

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ESL Resources: How to mark FCE writings

I just tried to become an FCE writing examiner, but sadly you have to be based in the UK, hence the reason it takes so long to get them marked I guess. Anyway, the main reason I did was because last term quite a few of my students did worse in the writing part of the FCE exam than I’d expected. I was hoping that by becoming an FCE writing examiner I could then help my students improve, just like I have done as a speaking...

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PET Resources: Complete PET review and resources units 9 to 12
Aug01

PET Resources: Complete PET review and resources units 9 to 12

So, I finished teaching the Complete PET book in a month, well, 3 weeks actually. It was a hard grind and the book did get quite repetitive towards the end, especially the speaking sections, and the grammar was very draining for the students. Saying that, it did the job. The authors went through all the grammar and relevant vocabulary, taught effectively the skills, even if I did have to add my own ideas now and then, and I think...

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