10 ways to use listening recordings from the course book for young learners
Nov21

10 ways to use listening recordings from the course book for young learners

Most young learner course books have one or two listening recordings in each chapter, but what’s the best way to use them? Some may be too difficult, extremely dull, completely above our students knowledge, or way away from their level of interest, but there are plenty of ways to get something from most of them. The following activities can be used with any songs, dialogues, or stories from young learner course books. Prediction...

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Pet hates as a TEFL teacher, and how to get round them!
Oct07

Pet hates as a TEFL teacher, and how to get round them!

It happened to me just the other day, during my second week with a new class, all in their teens, all aware that class starts at 18.50. I walked in my room, in quite a jolly mood, and there was no one there. I checked my watch, no one? At all? I peeked back down the corridor to see if anyone was following me in the class. Not a face in sight. So I started to fume a little. Then I remembered the week before they were a bit late as...

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What you shouldn’t do in your first week with new class as a TEFL teacher
Sep09

What you shouldn’t do in your first week with new class as a TEFL teacher

Following on from my last blog about things you should do in your first week with a new class as a TEFL teacher, here are a few things you definitely shouldn’t do, and smile is not on the list. Play any sort of game If your students are in Spain, or anywhere in Western Europe, then they’ve probably had a summer long enough to improve their Play Station and snap playing skills, so why do they need more games straight away? The main...

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What you should do in your first week with a new class as a TEFL teacher
Sep05

What you should do in your first week with a new class as a TEFL teacher

Thousands of experienced TEFL teachers would say that you shouldn’t smile, but I beg to differ. Scowling is better than just not smiling, take the hard, Robert De Niro stance as in Taxi Driver and you should definitely get their attention (unfortunately a few complaints as well). To be fair, it’s probably best not to walk in with a bandana and machine gun to your first class, although I heard of a TEFL teacher who did once, but he’s...

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ESL Tips: Using a thesaurus to boost student’s vocab
May27

ESL Tips: Using a thesaurus to boost student’s vocab

How much time do you spend banging on at your students about expanding and amplifying their vocabulary? I get sick of hearing myself saying and writing it. Vocab, vocab, vocab. Improve it, make it better, use more synonyms, write something meaningful and make me reach for the dictionary, and this is just to my beginners. Then one afternoon as I was watching a couple of sparrows pecking the crap out of each other in my patio, I had one...

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ESL TIPS: Flawless way to record and recap vocabulary
May13

ESL TIPS: Flawless way to record and recap vocabulary

Are you one of those teachers who tries to recap and review vocab but either forgets, gets too bogged down with the next lesson, or just hasn’t worked out an organised system yet? Well, if so, then join the blooming club. I know how important revising vocabulary is on a regular basis, and I try, honestly I do, but sometimes I just forget and focus on what’s coming next, rather than going back to make sure my students really understand...

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