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.

TEFL TIPS #2 – Encouraging Casual English

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

TEFL TIPS #1 – The Almighty Flashcard (1)

A flashcard is to an ESL teacher is like the Batmobile to Batman—no ESL teacher I know would be without them! I think the core of their popularity is largely due to the teacher/student language barriers inherent in ESL education, especially when working with beginners or younger students. A flashcard of an apple portrays an … Continue reading TEFL TIPS #1 – The Almighty Flashcard (1)

Teaching in Thailand: Part 5 – All Good Things Come to an End

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 people who are 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

Teaching in Thailand: Part 4 – Six Months in Monkey City

Moving is stressful. However, 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

Teaching In Thailand: Part 2 – Teacher Liam

Teaching a bunch of kids English, how hard can it be? That was the dominant thought in my mind, every time I discussed the idea of a TEFL career when I was back in Wales. However, that pre-imagined vision soon vanished when I was stood in front of a class of 30 children, all staring at … Continue reading Teaching In Thailand: Part 2 – Teacher Liam

Teaching In Thailand: Part 1 – The Arrival

In May 2013, I left my cold and monotonous lifestyle in the Welsh valleys and embarked on a career as an ESL teacher. Here is how it all began.... 26/05/2013 Uncomfortably positioned between an attractive young Indian woman, and a very fidgety old one, on a flight from Heathrow, it hit me like a ton … Continue reading Teaching In Thailand: Part 1 – The Arrival