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  If you talk to most ESL students, they will tell you that speaking is the area they feel they need improvement in. If you search the internet for ESL conversation starters, you will receive hundreds of links with ideas for conversation topics. Some examples are: What was your best…
  The four o'clock bell rings and the stampede begins. A nine-year-old's backpack narrowly misses demolishing the carefully constructed tower of course books in my arms. The TEFL industry has become so competitive that many language schools are now bringing the classroom to the client. A lot of teaching jobs…
Unusual Days Off in China I have been teaching since 2004 as an EFL teacher in the UK and in Italy for a couple of years, and I moved to China in October 2012. At first I was in Guangxi for a month, but since then I have been living…
Giving English Names to Your Students I have settled into my routine at the kindergarten and the training centre, I’m learning many things about very young learners and young learners; their attention span is very short, they love repetition, they have an extremely high tolerance for it, but they often…
I Lost My Voice Teaching! I came down with a second virus a couple of weeks ago, the first one gave me laryngitis, and just as I was recovering, I was hit with another one. I was not aware that teaching kindergarten could take such a toll on the voice,…
TEFL Roleplays We all know the drill, role plays are supposed to be an integral part of the way in which we teach English. They are supposed to give the students the chance to practise and ultimately present what they have learnt to you and their peers. So the questions…
RAY English Teacher Referral Program We love teacher referrals here at RAY English. Are you one of the many of ESL teachers we have placed in China? Have you been pleased with our personal service to you? Have you been happy with the TEFL job we found you? Then please…
Preparing for your TEFL Skype interview Well then, you have slogged out your guts and completed your TEFL course (hardest four weeks ever, right?), have applied for English teaching jobs you've found online, sent off your documents and now have been offered an interview for a teaching job. Exciting stuff!…
Teaching English with No Materials Yes, you've received a phone call to come in and teach with no time to prepare your lesson...PANIC!! There can be times when you may need to teach a lesson with no materials. As English teachers, we always strive to plan good lessons, but sometimes…
Forget Facebook, forget Whatsapp, forget Line, easily the best mobile phone app for communication has to be WeChat (or Weixin in Chinese). WeChat has close to 600 million users in China, meaning pretty much anyone living in China with a phone uses WeChat to chat with friends.  More than just a…

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