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Teaching English to kindergarten children is now the fastest growing job type in China. What's more, for me, it's also the age where I personally get the most job satisfaction. If you are a creative person, who enjoys making things, painting things, inventing songs and getting your hands mucky; basically,…
As an ESL teacher I often try to think of new ways to capture the attention of my students and keep their interest and enthusiasm levels as high as possible. I have always been fond of using songs in my lessons to not only teach vocabulary but also to teach…
So, you've decided that you want to become a qualified TEFL teacher? Maybe you have a love for language, training and working with people, need to get certified for your visa application or perhaps you want to pack up your stuff and see the world, whatever your reason for teaching…
Ways of Teaching the Alphabet with ABC Flashcards   With 48 young students in a big class, I was thinking are there any activities which involve all the students while teaching them the alphabet. All I have to use are basically flashcards and the ABC book. Teaching the alphabet with…
An 'Open Door' lesson is an opportunity for your children’s parents to view a regular class which showcases what the children have learned highlighting the standard class structure.  'Open Door' classes are usually rated by the parents and can have a dramatic effect for your pay and review if done…
I never believed in Santa Clause. The story was illogical. Even if reindeer did fly, how could one man single-handedly land on the rooftop of every child’s house across the world in one night, squeeze down their chimneys, and leave presents for the good ones? Even with the time lag…
To become innovative, we need to look at the situation from a new angle, never used before. There are thousands of English Language Training Centers (LTCs) in China using a multitude of different methods for teaching English with a rather limited success. I believe that there are a couple reasons…
The subject of an excellent Penny Ur book, Teaching Listening Comprehension, listening is the most commonly used communication skill, yet the least explicitly taught in many classrooms.  Listening is a skill often taken for granted and overlooked by teachers, so I hope that this article (and part book review) will help…
We dropped by to speak to Gareth Corona, who manages the foreign department and teaches English at the wonderful Giraffe American English School in Xi'an, China.    Hi Gareth, can you say a little about yourself and where you are from?    Sure, my name is Gareth Corona and I…
Exciting things are happening in Xi’an! With a growing population of expats and global businesses based in Xi’an, so grows the need for more diverse education options for the families and students living here.  As programs like the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)…
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