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10 Real Reasons to do a TEFL Course in Spain

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Jul 2017

10 Real Reasons to do a TEFL Course in Spain

TEFL Course in Spain – The time is now! July and August are the best months to decide to make the step into sunshine by signing yourself up to a TEFL course in September here in Spain. It’s the perfect time to start something new. If you are a native English speaker or bilingual and you have an upbeat, positive attitude towards life then it’s time…

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Mar 2017

How to… engage students in the classroom & beyond

How do we engage students? Well, first of all we need to know what we mean. According to The Glossary of Education Reform, student engagement refers to:   The degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education. Believe it or not, being…

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Jul 2016

Can a non-native teach English? No way!

“Where are you from?” is usually one of the first questions I get when I meet students for the first time. I am from the Netherlands (which isn’t Holland by the way but that’s a different story). “But English is not the official language of the Netherlands, right?” Yes, that’s right. Our official language is Dutch but I speak English as well. Ok… Is it…

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Jul 2016

Are you capable of learning English?

One of my students told me after his two-hour class by videoconference that he felt very comfortable because he was able to follow most of it. Still he didn’t feel comfortable enough to speak at any time. He is at a beginner’s level but far from a beginner. I am talking about a middle-aged man who has been studying English almost his entire life but for…

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Jun 2016

Why don’t we translate while we teach English?

“… and all other things.” I saw the look in his eyes: panic. “Things? What is things?” Oops, I didn’t know this was a new word. Mentally slapping myself in the face for my own stupidity, I started explaining the word “thing”. I pointed at different objects in the room while using the word “thing” and referred to myself and him as people not things….

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Apr 2015

How to… set up audio-visual discussion topics

one are the days where we simply slam open a book, get students to read a text and then throw a comprehension test at them.  As time has gone by these activities have transformed into audio-visual discussion topics where we use any source ranging from video or audio clips to online articles, photo posts on social networks and any other form of figure, stats or poll….

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Mar 2015

New teaching techniques: Sparking inspiration

The era of “chalk and talk” is over.  We as teachers know that we need to incorporate new teaching techniques seeing that nowadays simply presenting information to our students is just not enough.  Students have to engross themselves in what they are being taught, they need to discover the worth of what we teach them and it is our job to ignite that interest. The…

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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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Mar 2015

Tiers for fears & choosing words to teach

Any conscientious teacher knows that choosing words to teach is not as easy as it seems.  Sure you can deal out words left, right & center.  However, would your students understand, grow & be empowered?  Fortunately, there is a nifty little 3 tier model that helps teachers enable their students to broaden their language capacity.   Examples: come, hear, happy, bed The first tier refers to…

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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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