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Teaching One Lesson Across Multiple Class Sessions homework reflection review May 09, 2022

Imagine this scenario: You’ve started a brand new lesson (from our toolkit or elsewhere), and you teach it throughout the entire class, but it takes longer than expected, and you now need to finish this lesson in the next class.

How are you going to do that? What happens if you don’t...

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High-Impact Changes in the EFL Classroom error correction instructions participation stt May 02, 2022

Trying to implement new changes in the EFL classroom can be a tricky task– how do you do it, analyze if it’s been successful, and decide what’s next? It can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! This week on the blog, we’re highlighting a few changes you can...

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Common EFL Teacher Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!) grammar instructions new to teaching professional development reflection teacher talking time ttt Apr 18, 2022

A big part of being a great teacher is learning. Teachers who learn how to perfect their skills, understand their students’ learning styles, and appreciate the learning process better ultimately have the most engaged students and deliver the best quality lessons. Getting to that point takes...

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Encouraging Learners to Use English Outside the Classroom activity adult learners homework Apr 11, 2022

Most adults have a limited amount of time they can dedicate to studying English in a given week, and many of them take that time and try their best to spend it in synchronous classes with a teacher who can guide and correct them as needed. Once they’re out of class, however, life takes back...

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Tips to Feel Prepared for a Grammar Lesson error correction grammar Mar 28, 2022

English grammar is quite a beast and knowing all the ins and outs of every grammar point is not something that is expected of you as an EFL teacher. However, it’s important to come to class prepared so that you can clearly express to your learners how the lesson’s target language...

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Choosing the Right Teaching Certificate to Start Your English Teaching Career celta new to teaching professional development tefl certificate tesol Mar 21, 2022

If you’ve decided to pursue EFL teaching but are unsure where to start when it comes to obtaining a teaching certificate, let us guide you with some tips we feel are missing in the sea of TEFL certificate advice out there.

The thing we tell everyone entering this field: It’s important...

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Introducing: The TEFL Lab’s Glossary of Common Acronyms professional development Mar 07, 2022

Whether you’re brand new to the EFL career path or have been around for a while, there’s no denying the confusion that exists around the countless acronyms that plaster the lesson plans, job postings, certification courses, staff meetings, and social media posts that we encounter...

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Strategies to Boost STT in Low-Level Learners participation rapport silence stt student talking time teacher talking time ttt Feb 28, 2022

Teaching low-level English learners is a challenge that some teachers shy away from, while others dive right in.  The truth is that, while it can be intimidating to teach a new beginner (especially if you don’t speak their L1), it doesn’t have to be scary or frustrating! Many...

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Introducing: The TEFL Lab’s Learner Needs Analysis adult learners assessment rapport Feb 14, 2022

Most learners today have specific needs and, regardless of their level, want to feel that those needs are addressed in their English courses. That can sound daunting to a new EFL teacher, but have no fear! You can do quite a bit of customization for a learners needs even while working with our...

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Introducing: The TEFL Lab’s Level Assessment Tool activity assessment error correction stt Feb 07, 2022

Part of having a great first class with a student is knowing where to start. Being able to teach students effectively and build rapport along the way lies in your ability to quickly discover what they already know and what they need to learn through your facilitation. When working with...

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Three Low-Prep Warm-Up Strategies activity ccqs rapport warm up Jan 31, 2022

Warming up at the beginning of an English class is an essential step, but have you ever stopped and thought about all the things it really does?

The humble warm-up at the start of a class does so many things! It helps your learners transition into class mode (or English-speaking mode) from...

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Introducing: The TEFL Lab’s Course Checkpoint Tool adult learners Jan 17, 2022

Whether your course feels like a quick sprint or a year-long marathon, it’s important to check in with your learners every so often to see what their perception is of the course so far and if there are any new needs or interests that have arisen in their English learning journey. Sometimes...

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