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Young ESL Learners are young children who are just venturing out into the world and learning new things everyday. Coming to a language school might be a little frightening for some younger ones, so it is important that you create an environment in the classroom which is fun and relaxed.…
“Sarah, what song are we going to listen to next week?” One of the students excitedly asked me after I finished my weekly music class. “You’ll have to wait and see,” I replied with a mischievous grin and walked away, leaving my student hanging on a cliff.  I don’t usually…
 “Teaching pronunciation can be dangerous…” This sentence is not a profound thought – nor is it a conclusion I have reached after long academic research....   I have a small class of three lovely ladies, aged 60, true beginners in the process of learning the English language, who I teach…
If you are an ESL or TEFL teacher, you know that students are often shy about speaking. We cannot blame them for this; speaking English is difficult. Students may feel frustrated that they do not have the vocabulary they need to express themselves. At the same time, students need to…
Pair work is very important in a TEFL classroom. My TEFL course tutors highlighted this very clearly and I experienced it first hand in my own classes. The advantages of pairing students?   The Advantages of Pairing Up ESL Students   - Increase student talking time (each and every student…
Are you a budding TEFL article writer? Do you enjoy teaching and feel you have some good knowledge or ideas you would like to share with other teachers? If you do, then read on...   We are looking for active teachers who have something to share with other teachers to…
When I started English teaching, I generally used music in the classroom as just a listening task; filling in the gaps and maybe as something fun to do on a Friday morning or late afternoon.  However, since then with more experience, and from reading more widely, I have begun to…
My TEFL/TESL teaching years were the most rewarding in my life; probably not so much in terms of cash but invaluable when it came to creating connections and most importantly, the job satisfaction coming from the visible, measurable results: when having a decent conversation in English after a few months…
Believe it or not, I started teaching very young. I must have been about five when I turned my room into a classroom and started teaching other kids. Whenever grown-ups told me I would be a teacher some day, my answer was always 'never'. Serves me right, right?   I…
     by Peter Whitfield    Starting out for the very first time as a TEFL teacher can be very daunting indeed. Not only signing up to do a TEFL course, and all the difficulty involved in the coursework and teaching on the TEFL course, but the uncertainty of finding…

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