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
So you’re about to embark on your journey as a TEFL teacher: you’ve secured a cool job, found some cheap flights, made a checklist for your rucksack, and figured out your visa situation. Congratulations! Now all that’s left is the trickiest part: telling your parents without them totally freaking out. To be blunt, this is … Continue reading How to Tell Your Folks You’re Moving Abroad
This post is the second part to - https://tefltravelling.com/2016/01/26/the-korean-hogwan/ EPIK (English Program in Korea) is a program set up to help students learn English throughout the South Korea. EPIK has been in existence since 1995 and has been used by thousands of teachers and students. Run by the Korean government, it is operated in public schools … Continue reading EPIK
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
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.
One challenge that I’ve found working with my youngest students is encouraging them to use English to communicate with each other. They’ll answer my questions, parrot my sentences, and in general express their needs to their foreign teachers using English vocabulary. However, when it comes to speaking with their peers it doesn’t occur to them … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #2 – Encouraging Casual English
A flashcard is to an ESL teacher is like the Batmobile to Batman—no ESL teacher I know would be without them!
23/11/2014- I left South East Asia after almost 18 months of teaching in Thailand, and travelling around its neighboring countries. I did a lot; I saw a lot. If you get the chance, just do it! My main tip to anyone who is thinking about moving to Thailand and teaching is not to believe a … Continue reading Teaching in Thailand: Part 5 – All Good Things Come to an End
Moving is stressful! Yet, when everything you own fits into a backpack, that stress significantly decreases. In truth, my move from Nakon Nayok to Lopburi wasn't stressful at all. It was exciting! Soon enough I'd get a new apartment, meet new people and start a new job. I was ready. Lopburi is not an unheard … Continue reading Teaching in Thailand: Part 4 – Six Months in Monkey City
April 2014. "I've been in Thailand a year. WOW, that went quick." An overwhelming sense of accomplishment is gladly welcomed after you finish something after a long period of time. If you enjoyed that something, it's combined with a great sense of sadness too. I'm not going to continue this with the monsoon of clichés … Continue reading Teaching in Thailand: Part 3 – Reflection, one year on.