What To Look For in Your TEFL Online Certification

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel Online certification is a great way to obtain your TEFL certification in your own time and at your own pace.  Online certifications are widespread, as they cater to those with tighter budgets or little time off from work, but not all online certifications are equal, nor will they all […]

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Plagiarism in the EFL Classroom – Right, Wrong or Cultural?

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel Most English-speaking countries put great emphasis on using your own thoughts and ideas and citing the source of those that are not your own.  This does not just stem from laws regarding copyright and intellectual properties.  This comes from centuries of personal genius, hard work, research and a […]

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EFL students in a mixed proficiency classroom.

Handling Mixed-Proficiency EFL Classrooms

This post was written by Matthew Clark No two learners are exactly alike. As English teachers, we should be able to identify these differences and adapt our lessons to suit the individual needs of our students. One such learner difference is proficiency. Although it is generally preferred to create homogenous groups, this can be difficult […]

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The Downside to Teaching EFL Using the Translation Method

There are two schools of thought about teaching EFL using translation. The direct translation/grammar translation method was used extensively for reading and interpreting texts, usually in the field of academia. In fact my husband used this method when he wrote his thesis on Hegel (way back in 1975!!!). He did not have to be conversant in German to interpret […]

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The Truth About Cats and Dogs – Taking Your Pet Overseas

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel If you’re attached to your loving fuzz ball as much as most of us are, you will probably have a hard time parting with them when heading abroad.  Fear not!  If you do you research on where you are heading and plan in advance, you can likely take your […]

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The Good, The Bad and the Bugly – Staying Healthy While Abroad

  Modern, first-world countries have made a hefty effort in the past century to thwart some of nature’s most evil of villains.  We get our required booster shots and immunizations as children, making us as safe as can be from a variety of microscopic menaces.  The worst we deal with in childhood is the chicken […]

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What’s the Opposite? It Depends! Teaching English Vocabulary with Gradable Opposites

This post was written by Denise Kray What’s the opposite? It Depends! Before reading, watch this video for more tips on Teaching Vocabulary with Gradable Opposites: What happens when you ask a student, “What’s the opposite of ‘hot’”? Most likely the student says, “cold.”  One way we English teachers deal with meaning is to teach with […]

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Teaching ESL – Tips for Preparing Lesson Plans

This post was written by Laura Greenwood Well, if you read my blog about teaching large English classes you might have surmised I have strong views on how to be a successful ESL/EFL teacher. My views are based on experience in the field and specifically my job of teaching both the CELTA and BridgeTEFL’s IDELT, […]

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The Japanese Classroom – What I Learned Teaching English in Japan

This post was written by Laura Greenwood – Guest post by: Marisa Brooks As I prepared for my very first trip to Japan right after college, I tried to do as much research as I could. I learned about the food, a bit about the language, and some of the customs and culture of my host […]

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Teaching a large English classroom

Teaching Large English Classes

This post was written by Laura Greenwood First day of ESL class scenario: Walk in and 50 students are staring at me! OMG! As many of you have experienced, the meaning of large varies around the globe and the reality is, English classes of 30-70 students is the norm in many parts of the world. What is a large […]

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