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Mar 2015

ESL – Common Mistakes Students Make

In my last blog post I listed a few ‘false friends’ – English words that students confuse with words from their own language – in this one, I’m going to talk about common mistakes. Every single day, at least one student will say ‘he’ when they mean ‘she’ and vice versa. They also tend to say ‘he’ when talking about an animal whose gender they…

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12

Mar 2015

Games people play: No-prep ESL games for all ages

ake a moment & think about what you have learnt through simply playing a game – any game.  While you´re at it, notice that people play everywhere - so why not in the classroom?  Today we will help you spruce up your classes with an extensive list of no-prep ESL games our teachers use in their own classes.  The emphasis here is on hassle-free fun which…

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10

Mar 2015

False Friend

For anyone who’s never taught English or taken an advanced English course, you could be forgiven for assuming that a ‘false friend’ is someone who pretends to like you when they don’t. However, a false friend is in fact a word or phrase in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning.  I’ve listed below some…

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Dealing with disruptive or difficult students

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Mar 2015

Dealing with disruptive or difficult students

Whatever kind of teacher you are, be it a maths teacher, an art teacher or a teacher of karate, there will come a time when you will have problems managing your class/group of students and if you cannot find a way to do it effectively your students can become uninterested, unmotivated or quiet, and will seldom reach your desired goal. By using rules, teachers can…

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24

Feb 2015

Teacher student interaction: teachers are learners too!

So, you’ve completed your TEFL course, gained your certificate and procured a job. The next part is, how do you do it vs how do you do it well. I personally don’t think there is a wrong and right way of teaching as everyone has their own way and each way works for them; providing the students are learning what they’ve set out to learn…

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20

Feb 2015

Teaching new vocabulary: 7 fail-safe strategies

If teaching grammar forms the frame for language acquisition, teaching new vocabulary provides students with the building blocks. It is therefore the teacher’s responsibility to bring home the value of these building blocks by presenting them in perspective - that is, in a way that is relevant and useful for the students. In order to do this, educators can use the following 3 broad categories for teaching new vocabulary.  …

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The trials and tribulations of being a TEFL teacher

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Feb 2015

The trials and tribulations of being a TEFL teacher

If you’re thinking of becoming a TEFL teacher you might want some information of what you get out of it from someone who has firsthand experience of being one. Helping people to learn another language is a great feeling. Seeing students understand what you’ve explained to them gives you a sense of satisfaction – it’s like teaching a child to ride a bike, you do…

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13

Feb 2015

ESL error correction techniques for the classroom

As any experienced ESL teacher knows, the type of language errors students make are as diverse as the students themselves & their attitude toward learning.  This in turn will dictate which of the ESL error correction techniques will be most applicable (if any should be used).  Today we will consider techniques to increase students accuracy & improve their awareness in order to promote self-correction.  In order to illustrate the different techniques…

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ESL teaching through the eyes of Cynthia Amuneke from Nigeria

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Feb 2015

ESL teaching through the eyes of Cynthia Amuneke from Nigeria

My name is Cynthia Chinonso Amuneke. I am 29 years old, Nigerian by birth  and a public relations officer by profession. I love meeting with people and relating with them in different circumstances and situations and also see how I can be  of use to them and the organization I work for. I have also had  teaching experience when I freshly graduated from the university and was waiting for…

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06

Feb 2015

Setting effective boundaries in the classroom

ESL teachers could face disruptive behaviour from their students on a daily basis and this can lead to distress, tension and/or anxiety.  For this reason it is important for teachers to take charge to ensure that they are setting effective boundaries because by simply ignoring it, it will get worse. Robin Booth proposes that a boundary is something that the teacher puts in place in…

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