TEFL TIPS #4 – Verb of the Day

Verbs are the skeleton of any language. Most ESL learners know the basics:. 'eat,' 'go', 'play' etc., but expanding this list is vital to those working towards achieving a higher level of both spoken and written English. In my classroom, I introduced a method I call 'verb of the day'. It's pretty simple but effective. … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #4 – Verb of the Day

TEFL TIPS #3 – Storybots

If you are lucky enough to have internet access in your classroom, you'd be stupid not to take advantage of it. Youtube is full of useful ESL videos that you can play to your class to assist with teaching. While relying heavily on videos may be a cop out, using them selectively can help create … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #3 – Storybots

TEFL TIPS #10 – THE ALMIGHTY FLASHCARD (2)

For this TEFL Tip, I'm going to write another post on flashcard activities. You can find my first post here Activity – Run to the ______ (Listening) Age – Pre-K, K, Primary Level – Beginner This activity mainly focuses on listening and is one of the most simple but effective listening games you can play. You … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #10 – THE ALMIGHTY FLASHCARD (2)

TEFL TIPS #9 – CLASS THEMES

Class Themes When you peek inside the classrooms around you, chances are you find a lot of the same, especially in elementary schools—bright colors, number lines, and those same “motivational” banners that lose their appeal by day three. It can be hard to make your classroom stand out and to avoid having your space become … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #9 – CLASS THEMES

TEFL TIPS #8 – PLAYDOUGH

In order to inspire creative thinking and maintain active engagement in the classroom, teachers need to sustain a dynamic environment. One great way to get kids involved is to involve more tactile activities and there are so many fun ways to include playdough in an ESL classroom! Not just for kids, either—even my adult learners … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #8 – PLAYDOUGH

TEFL TIPS #6 – Increase your cash: Start Tutoring

So you’ve taken the leap and decided to teach abroad: you found a great job, set up your apartment, and found the means to keep yourself fed, washed, and comfortable. Like many TEFL teachers you’ll discover rent, food, and utilities always run a bit higher than you expected and you’re itching for some spending cash. … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #6 – Increase your cash: Start Tutoring

TEFL TIPS #5 – Asking the right questions.

An important goal of TEFL teaching is to keep students talking, getting them to practice new words and reinforce those they’ve learned. A simple tactic for doing this is asking questions about what they have, whether it be a drawing, a book, or a toy. However many teachers, myself included, often fall into a rut … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #5 – Asking the right questions.