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How to Become a Self-Confident TEFL Teacher - TEFL Blog


Thu, 12 Sep 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences How to Become a Self-Confident TEFL Teacher Self-confidence is not an easy trait to gain, especially when we talk about teachers. Self-confidence is obvious and easy to observe from all people, whether students or other teachers. When the teacher has a lack or weakness in self-confidence, their students or their coworkers will see that during the explanation, when she/he talks in front of the students and answering some questions in the class. Table of Contents Creative Teacher = Confident Teacher Prepared Teacher = Confident Teacher Self-DevelopingTeacher = Confident Teacher Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Walaa S. Please note...  [Read more]

The Role of Parents in ESL Education - TEFL Blog


Wed, 29 Jan 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas The Role of Parents in ESL Education I’m writing this essay from the perspective of young learners (4-10years of age) and the role their parents play on their English learning journey. Table of Contents Generally, which Ingredients are necessary for strong ESL progress? Parents’ role in encouraging participation’, ‘motivation’ and ‘self-study’ Participation Motivation Self-study/homework. Pulling parents in and making them part of the learning experience How do we make parents part of the journey? Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: I have been an ESL teacher for nearly 10 years and I’ve been teaching my private students in my private...  [Read more]

Typical Challenges for Japanese Native Speakers in ESL - TEFL Blog


Wed, 11 Mar 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Typical Challenges for Japanese Native Speakers in ESL This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Daisy C. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Table of Contents Grammar Pronunciation Japanese schools Japanese culture Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: Grammar One problem facing many Japanese students learning English is differentiating between countable and uncountable nouns. In the Japanese language, the same word is often used for ‘much’ and ‘many’. In English, ‘much’ is used to describe countable nouns, and ‘many’ is used to describe uncountable nouns. A problem...  [Read more]

Common Troubles of the Chinese Students You’ll Definitely Notice - TEFL Blog


Thu, 16 May 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Common Troubles of the Chinese Students You’ll Definitely Notice English is one of the most widely spoken languages and it is taught in a lot of countries. Globalization, fast economic development makes many people study English. People learn English for different reasons: business, education, life abroad, traveling, personal interest. Chinese students are not an exception. With the growing economies of China, the need for learning English increased dramatically. What challenges do Chinese students face when learning English? What challenges does the teacher meet teaching Chinese students? What teaching approach can be found? Table of Contents 1. Motivation 2. Education 3. National character 4. Language difference 5. Grammar 6....  [Read more]

6 Reasons Why to Complete a TEFL Course - TEFL Blog


Wed, 08 Jan 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences 6 Reasons Why to Complete a TEFL Course Over the years I have pondered whether or not to try and teach English as a career. Watching countless online videos and reading travel blogs of 'wandering teachers' and articles on sites such as ' Dave's ESL Café, I sort of got mixed emotions about ESL teachers. That is of course until I took the chance and became one myself. Table of Contents Personal Experience Demo Class Why complete a TEFL course? 1. Travel around the world 2. Teaching skills 3. Methodology 4. Working with equipment 5. Proper lesson planning 6. Working with different groups Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Leon G....  [Read more]

What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile? As Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Latin America, it has long been a popular destination for ESL teachers. Jobs can be found in advance via online job boards or by interviewing in person from within the country. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the popular English Opens Doors Program (EODP) that places foreign teachers into schools across Chile on a volunteer basis. Participants on the scheme work as teaching assistants with the aim of improving the English language skills of children ranging from 10 to 18 years old. What are the requirements for the English Opens Doors Program? The EODP is a highly respected program that is sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Education and the...  [Read more]

All You Need to Know About Teaching Beginners - TEFL Blog


Mon, 10 Jun 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas All You Need to Know About Teaching Beginners Teaching English to beginners is a challenge for new and experienced ESL teachers. Although with proper planning, materials, getting the students engaged and motivated in the lessons can make teaching English to beginners fun and rewarding especially when your students start to get the hang of it. It’s a great feeling to see them move from having absolutely no knowledge of English to be able to speak basic English. A few things to think about. Talking a lot is just going to waste your time and leave you frustrated. Two keep your lessons fun with as much talk time as possible for the students, allowing them to practice what they are learning in a fun environment. Always praise your...  [Read more]

The Dependence of Teaching on Students Motivation - TEFL Blog


Tue, 03 Sep 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas The Dependence of Teaching on Students Motivation A highly motivated student is one who is goal-oriented, driven by passion and focused. He/she does things from the bottom of the heart. Motivation can be viewed as an internal impulse that brings us to complete an action. Without motivation, there is no action. Motivation is what moves or inspires the learner to achieve set objectives. It's the motor that drives the student to achieve pedagogical objectives. Hence it's an essential tool to equip students with, so that whatever they do it effectively and with perfection. Table of Contents Behavior and Motivation Efforts and Motivation Get to Know Your Students Get Your Students Involved Vary Your Activities Choose The Best Strategy...  [Read more]

What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What is the English Opens Doors Program for teaching English in Chile? The English Opens Doors Program (EODP) in Chile is an initiative backed by the Chilean government to bolster English proficiency among its youth. This esteemed program recruits foreign educators, primarily as teaching assistants, to collaborate with local educators in public schools across the nation. Focusing on students aged 10 to 18, the EODP's primary mission is to elevate the English language skills of Chilean students. Table of Contents What are the requirements for the English Opens Doors Program? What does the English Opens Doors Program involve? What are the benefits of the English Opens Doors Program? What are the requirements for the English Opens Doors Program? To qualify for Chile's English Opens...  [Read more]

How much can I earn teaching English in China? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


How much can I earn teaching English in China? The job market for ESL teachers in China is simply huge and there is no sign that it is going to slow down anytime soon. With a rapidly growing economy and upwards of 300 million students studying English, China offers countless opportunities for foreign teachers to earn a good salary and to save a considerable amount into the bargain. Throughout the country there are a large variety of jobs available with a wide range of salaries, however, first time teachers can reasonably expect to earn between 6000 RMB and 12000 RMB per month which equates to around $1000 to $2000 US dollars. What other benefits can I expect when teaching English in China? On top of the basic salary, it is also common for teachers to receive free housing or a housing...  [Read more]

Teaching Bigger Groups vs. Individual ESL Learners - TEFL Blog


Fri, 25 Oct 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Teaching Bigger Groups vs. Individual ESL Learners One of the main differences between teaching groups and individual students is the lesson plan. Table of Contents Teaching One-to-One From a Learner’s Perspective What do Teachers Think Lesson Plan for Group Teaching Students Abilities Students Peculiarities Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: Several factors need to be considered when planning a lesson for a single student: The aforementioned factors should be taken into account even when teaching groups but in one-to-one lessons they are crucial. Considering that the whole lesson is dedicated to one individual, material covered should be graded to his/her exact level to achieve the...  [Read more]

10 Crucial Teaching Skills Every Online Teacher Should Have - TEFL Blog


Fri, 28 Oct 2022 Federico Riva TEFL Information Teaching Ideas 10 Crucial Teaching Skills Every Online Teacher Should Have With the advent of online teaching making such a large part of the ESL market, we need to be aware of some teaching skills for that area. Table of Contents Watch the video about this topic Pronunciation Grammar Knowledge Teaching Methodology Classroom Management Online Teaching Skills Monitoring Student Motivation Leson Design Social Media Management Business Development Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! Watch the video about this topic Pronunciation The first skill to consider which is absolutely important for ESL teachers, both native and non-native is...  [Read more]

Rapport as a Skill: How to Get Along With ESL Learners - TEFL Blog


Thu, 14 Nov 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Rapport as a Skill: How to Get Along With ESL Learners Teaching-and-learning is always interactive and intercommunicate. When sitting in a classroom, a student has been part of relationship-building, with teachers as well as with other students. How to establish rapport is therefore important. In this essay, I will focus on how teachers to establish rapport with students step by step in a classroom against the backdrop of my understanding and teaching experiences. Table of Contents Get Acquainted Work on Building Relationships Use of Resources After Class Communication Feedback Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Ruixia B. Please note...  [Read more]

My Plans as an EFL/ESL Teacher - TEFL Blog


Mon, 19 Aug 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas My Plans as an EFL/ESL Teacher When I envision myself in a classroom full of new English learners, I see myself striving to encourage and motivate students through positive student-to-student and student-to-teacher relationships. One of the key components of successfully learning a new topic is to enjoy it and to see a purpose in doing so. Creating a safe and welcoming environment is one of the most important things a teacher can do to ensure student learning by building confidence in every individual. Table of Contents Personal Language Learning Experience Lesson Plan Understanding Students’ Needs Favorite Classes Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: This post was written by our...  [Read more]

How To Write The Perfect ESL Lesson Plan - TEFL Blog


Sun, 23 Dec 2018 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas How To Write The Perfect ESL Lesson Plan Lesson planning is a significant element of everyday life as a teacher in English as a foreign language. A lesson plan acts as a step-by-step guide providing the structure for your lesson. However, too much planning can make lessons rather rigid and stop the teacher being flexible to the needs of the students. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: Why should you plan your lesson? The following should be included in a lesson plan: Keep to your plan but stay flexible Watch the ITTT lesson plan video guide Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! This post was written by our ITTT graduate...  [Read more]

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Our ITTT TEFL and TESOL Alumni Stories How to Structure your Study Phase To Target Productive Skills Shirin Sophy TEFL Information Alumni Experiences This blog post is a suggested procedure that can be taken into account while teaching productive skills after the engagement phase is applied and learners are ready to start the study phase. Native vs. Non-native Speaking EFL Teachers Ahmed Taha TEFL Information Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas This article talks about the question "Which is better: Native vs. Non-native Speaking EFL Teachers?" Do We Consider Multiple Intelligences in the English Classroom? Luciana Maluf TEFL Information Alumni Experiences This article talks about the question: Do We Consider Multiple Intelligences in the English Classroom? ...  [Read more]

7 Suggestions on Increasing Student Confidence - TEFL Blog


Fri, 03 Apr 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas 7 Suggestions on Increasing Student Confidence In learning, self-confidence is one of the important elements of a student. When students are more confident about their ability to do something, they are more likely to readily engage in the activity in the classroom. They will work longer and harder at it than when they doubt their capability. The sense of self-confidence enables them to accomplish tasks perfectly and build motivation. From that, they would be more successful in life. Table of Contents 1. Don't fix students' mistakes too much 2. Praise 3. Application, contact practice 4. Allow students to succeed 5. Use images 6. Make learning-oriented 7. Form and maintain habits from day one Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a...  [Read more]

How to Motivate Students to Learn English? - TEFL Blog


Fri, 06 Sep 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences How to Motivate Students to Learn English? This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Monika B. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Table of Contents There are two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic Tactics to motivate students: 1. The teacher should make the class more communicative 2. The teacher should make English practical 3. The teacher should try to make the class a fun setting 4. The teach should form a relationship 5. The teacher should give feedback Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: There are two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic Extrinsic motivation is a push that comes from outside...  [Read more]

4 Reasons Why Using Songs in the Classroom is Important - TEFL Blog


Wed, 03 Apr 2019 Jon ITTT Alumni Experiences 4 Reasons Why Using Songs in the Classroom is Important We all probably know, that music has no language. It is kindly welcomed by all nations equally, as well as all races, ages and cultures. So how can music or songs help us to teach English and to do it more effectively? Table of Contents Music aids memory Songs can teach vocabulary Music provides clear patterns to follow Using songs and music build rapport Do you want to teach English around the world? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Alena A. Music aids memory Music lets us go deeper into conscious that anything else, it is much more memorable, so the words and grammar structures may be remembered much faster. It...  [Read more]

What is the official TEFL website? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What is the official TEFL website? The British Council estimates there are 1.55 billion English language learners around the world, and at least 10.2 million English teachers. www.theguardian.com/education/2013/nov/07/tefl-for-british-language-learners A fair proportion of these learners will be taught in language schools and through private lessons, including online teaching. There do not appear to be any official figures as to the number of TEFL and TESOL training centers worldwide, but it would be a fair guess to say they number in the thousands. Most countries in the world control education through government regulation and oversight. This is also true of private education provision. This means that each country’s government tends to make the rules and regulations concerning the...  [Read more]

How to be Culturally Sensitive in The Classroom Without Excessive Censorship - TEFL Blog


Wed, 29 Jan 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas How to be Culturally Sensitive in The Classroom Without Excessive Censorship As an EFL teacher, one is expected to create a proper and culturally sensitive atmosphere in the classroom at all times. Unfortunately, this does not happen in every instance because many different errors can occur. To prevent possibly contract terminable offenses, a special mindset and system of preparation must be instituted. When approached correctly, discussing difficult or even controversial ideas in a foreign country can be both culturally sensitive while also not needing excessive censorship. Table of Contents History Awareness The Notion of “Colony” Enforcement Cultural Peculiarities Controversial Topics Do you want to teach English...  [Read more]

Can you teach online with a TEFL certificate? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Can you teach online with a TEFL certificate? Absolutely! Possessing a TEFL certificate significantly enhances your prospects in the online teaching world. Most top-tier online ESL teaching platforms prioritize or even mandate a TEFL certification. Not only does it verify your teaching capabilities, but it also makes you eligible for higher-paying online teaching roles. Table of Contents What are the requirements for most online English teaching jobs? What certification do I need to teach English online? What are the requirements for most online English teaching jobs? In most cases, you will need to meet the following requirements to teach English online: That is all there is to it! There are even some platforms where you can work as an English teacher without a university degree. While...  [Read more]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a non-Native TEFL teacher - TEFL Blog


Thu, 11 Jul 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a non-Native TEFL Teacher When you think of a TEFL teacher you immediately expect it to be a native speaker, but I think it will be surprisingly interesting to have a non-native speaker as a teacher. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: Efforts of Learning Rapport and Explanation Pronunciation Difficulties The Ability to Teach Do you want to teach English all over the world? You can do it! Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Reem A. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Listen to this blog post: Efforts of Learning English is not their first language so in order...  [Read more]

How to Establish Rapport With Students in The ESL Classroom - TEFL Blog


Wed, 05 Aug 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences How to Establish Rapport With Students in The ESL Classroom The relationship a teacher has with their students or clients is critical to their learning experience. It is often overlooked and deemed unimportant, especially compared to the lesson itself. However, the rapport a teacher establishes is the foundation on which the class stands. It affects how the students feel about the class and sometimes helps motivate them as well. Good rapport with the students makes teaching a lot livelier and learning a lot easier. Table of Contents Head of the class Good and bad examples The approach to relationships Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video...  [Read more]

The Difference In Teaching ESL vs. EFL - TEFL Blog


Fri, 22 Feb 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences The Difference In Teaching ESL vs. EFL There are many similarities, but also many differences, in teaching English as a foreign language and teaching English as a second language. Teaching English as a foreign language is when you teach English in a country that does not have English as an official language. Teaching English as a second language is when you teach English to someone who speaks another language as their first language, normally in a country where English is the official language. I have taught both English as a foreign language (EFL) and English as a second language (ESL) and these two experiences had quite a few similarities and quite a few differences. Table of Contents EFL and ESL Example Similarities between EFL...  [Read more]

The Role of Teachers in Students ESL Journey - TEFL Blog


Thu, 26 Dec 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas The Role of Teachers in Students ESL Journey I think the teacher plays an important part in teaching English. And to be an English teacher needed professional teaching methods and cultural background. Because for many learners, the teacher is the font of all knowledge on English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, and in these areas, they have particular responsibility and authority. At the same time, in different lesson parts, teachers need to switch roles to help students learn English. Table of Contents Lesson Stages Teacher’s Comfort Encouragement Skills Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Shu Y. Please note that this blog...  [Read more]

Rapport With Students From Day 1 - TEFL Blog


Fri, 18 Oct 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Rapport With Students From Day 1 Establishing rapport with students can be challenging sometimes, especially if this is a class of students who’ve already had different teachers or the students change around a lot. When there is inconsistency in teaching style or people, it can be more difficult for students to create a more meaningful bond. One of the key things I’ve always found in establishing rapport is to be friendly, positive, kind, consistent and understanding. There are different ways a teacher can show this. The way s/he introduces her/himself and shows interest in students initially, the level of professionalism displayed, the teacher’s attitude towards students, the reward system put in place and the...  [Read more]

How Important is Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom? - TEFL Blog


Tue, 21 Apr 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas How Important is Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom? Teaching English as a second language is a very rewarding experience. It is very rewarding as a teacher to help and watch your students succeed in their lives. The teacher does have to be understanding of several things while teaching in the classroom. One of these things is cultural sensitivity. Table of Contents Cultural Diversity Starting Your ESL Work Etiquette Teacher’s Personal Sensitivity Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Nicholas S. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Cultural Diversity Just as the United...  [Read more]

Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Where do schools interview and hire English teachers in advance? Many employers prefer to interview and hire English teachers ahead of time, directly from their home countries. This approach is especially prevalent in nations such as China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.A.E., among others. The hiring process usually starts with email applications, progressing to interviews conducted via Skype or phone calls. This method is advantageous for novice teachers or those unfamiliar with overseas travel, providing them a secured position before arriving. Table of Contents What are the benefits of getting a TEFL job in advance? Which countries in Asia hire English teachers in advance? Which countries in the Middle East hire English teachers in advance? Which countries in Europe hire...  [Read more]

What is the official TEFL website? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What is the official TEFL website? The British Council estimates there are 1.55 billion English language learners around the world, and at least 10.2 million English teachers. www.theguardian.com/education/2013/nov/07/tefl-for-british-language-learners A fair proportion of these learners will be taught in language schools and through private lessons, including online teaching. There do not appear to be any official figures as to the number of TEFL and TESOL training centers worldwide, but it would be a fair guess to say they number in the thousands. Most countries in the world control education through government regulation and oversight. This is also true of private education provision. This means that each country's government tends to make the rules and regulations concerning the...  [Read more]

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