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Making the Most of The TEFL Lab’s PDF Support Materials homework writing Sep 08, 2023

If you’ve been working with The TEFL Lab’s ready-to-teach lessons for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen a series of PDFs that are included in each module. What are they there for?

We’ve included these handy PDF support materials as a way for you to have a...

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Tips for Teaching 1-on-1 Lessons assessment games rapport reflection stt May 15, 2023

While it’s true that group class dynamics can require some special attention from a teacher, it’s equally true that a 1-on-1 class requires a strategic approach from the teacher.

How are 1-on-1 classes different from group classes?

Most group classes have a range of...

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Teacher Skills to Implement During Speaking Activities error correction participation rapport stt Apr 03, 2023

There’s a common misconception that teaching conversation classes or conducting speaking activities with intermediate to advanced level learners requires less effort than teaching, say, grammar to a beginner student. While we’d agree that working with a student who has a strong...

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Customizing Learning without Building Custom Content assessment authentic materials homework vocabulary Feb 20, 2023

Adult learners often have very specific ideas about how they’ll use English as their foreign language and why they need it. That, in turn, leads to sometimes specific requests. Sometimes they’re REALLY specific– intellectual property legal terms? Salmon farming vocabulary?...

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Online Group Class Dynamics ccqs group classes instructions participation rapport stt ttt wait time Jan 09, 2023

A lot can happen in a group class, and they can be a lot to manage at times– even if you’re teaching adults. While the rich interactions, questions, insights, and challenges that arise in group classes can be amazing, they still require some management strategies here and there.
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The TEFL Lab’s B1 Curriculum Structure authentic materials homework listening reading stt Nov 14, 2022

If you’re anything like us, you’re hyped to hear that the B1 curriculum is ready to go straight into the classroom with you (right after you’ve checked the teacher notes, of course)! But if you’ve already taught with our A1 and A2 level materials, you’ll notice some...

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How to Encourage Frustrated Learners adult learners authentic materials error correction praise vocabulary Oct 24, 2022

Language learning as an adult is a huge challenge to undertake. It doesn’t help that there is tons of marketing out there, from institutes to apps and everything in between, that says there is a proven, painless method. For those of us that work in language education, and especially those...

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6 Quality Conversation Starters to Ask at the Beginning of Your Lesson adult learners participation stt vocabulary warm up Sep 26, 2022

How was your weekend? Ah, that old tried and true question you ask at the beginning of class. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon, if you’re meeting with your student for the first time since the weekend, it’s a natural question to ask. But week...

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The TEFL Lab’s Guide to Teaching with Authentic Materials activity adult learners authentic materials homework listening reading vocabulary Sep 05, 2022

If you’ve been in the classroom for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard from other teachers, your own teacher training, or other places that authentic material is a must for English language classes. But what actually counts as authentic material, and how can you use it...

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Teaching Relevant Vocabulary adult learners reading stt vocabulary Jul 11, 2022

When you’re preparing to teach a new student, it’s important to consider the learner’s intended use of the language. If a learner is studying a foreign language for fun or travel, they’ll likely be looking for vocabulary within the context of meeting new people,...

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9 Things Adult EFL Learners Want from Their Classes adult learners error correction homework praise rapport stt Jun 13, 2022

Whether you’re teaching adult learners as your first assignment or are transitioning from teaching kids, we’ve rounded up 9 important things that adult learners want in the language classroom.  Check out the list below to get a better idea of how to meet the needs and...

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What to Do with Extra Time at the End of a Lesson activity error correction games homework May 16, 2022

You just finished the last activity in your lesson plan and you’re feeling great about both your students’ performance in class as well as your own. The lesson flowed well, your students were engaged and were quick to learn the target language and now you’re ready to wrap up the...

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