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6 Tips for Teaching Small Groups Online activity online teaching reflection teacher talking time ttt wait time warm up Jan 10, 2022

The world of TEFL is full of a huge combination of classroom configurations.  Teachers go to social media groups and online forums all the time to seek advice, but the truth is that every teacher has a unique experience!  Someone who only teaches 1-on-1 classes with children will have a...

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A New Year of Teaching professional development reflection Dec 27, 2021

As many of us have learned from previous years, New Year’s resolutions tend to fall flat if there isn’t a firm plan in place to support them. No matter how motivated you may be on January 1st to achieve all of your 2022 goals, things may seem quite different by the end of the month....

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How to Break Out of a Teaching Rut error correction praise professional development reflection Dec 20, 2021

It’s no secret that teaching can be an incredibly fulfilling job, but creating a positive learning environment and delivering stellar lessons day after day requires a high level of effort, commitment, and heart. All of that hard work can wear us down and take a toll, so if you’re...

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Types of error correction and tips for getting it right error correction praise stt ttt Dec 13, 2021

We all make mistakes sometimes, especially when we’re learning new things. And for some reason, a lot of us have developed this idea that making mistakes is embarrassing, uncomfortable, and just plain bad. If you’ve ever received quality feedback or guidance on how to improve...

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Formative Assessment in the EFL Classroom ccqs comprehension stt Dec 06, 2021

Let me tell you about a time I understood absolutely nothing. It was in my very first statistics class. I was nervous but excited to go in and take diligent notes. I went in and found a great seat, got my notebook out, and was ready to go when our professor walked in, briefly introduced himself,...

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How to gain teaching experience as a newly certified EFL teacher new to teaching professional development Nov 22, 2021

Are you a newly certified EFL teacher ready to transform TEFL theory into practice? If so, congrats and welcome to the growing global workforce of EFL/ESL teachers! Now that you’re here, you might be ready for a teaching job, but maybe you’d like to wear your new EFL teacher title a...

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Where do pronunciation problems come from? error correction pronunciation Nov 01, 2021

Where do accents come from in a learner’s second language (L2)?  Research shows that the accent someone uses in their L2 is related to their L1.  Based on a learner’s L1, the challenges they face regarding pronunciation may vary.  Teaching pronunciation and addressing...

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6 reasons for EFL teachers to learn a second language professional development Oct 25, 2021

You might have heard that it’s not necessary to speak your students’ L1 to be able to teach them, and while that’s certainly true, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn ANY language! Check out these 6 reasons you might want to learn another language as a teacher.

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Self Reflection: The Path to Improvement instructions participation professional development reflection stt ttt wait time Oct 18, 2021

We put so much time and effort into preparing for our lessons but we can sometimes forget about an equally important part of teaching – reflection. But what is it? Self-reflection is the process of evaluating a lesson you just taught. When you practice self-reflection after a lesson, you...

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17 Easy Ways to Extend Lesson Activities On the Spot activity grammar listening reading stt student talking time vocabulary Oct 11, 2021

Part of being an effective teacher is being able to make a decision on the spot to extend an activity or increase the difficulty right then and there. Fortunately, this is a skill that you can hone with a little practice and the tips we’ve put together for you on this list.

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Transitioning from Teaching Children to Teaching Adults adult learners instructions teaching children Oct 04, 2021

If you’ve gotten your start in the world of EFL for kids, pat yourself on the back. Teaching children is equal parts challenging and rewarding, and by now you’ve likely found several tips and tricks that you keep up your sleeve when planning lessons and teaching. But if you’ve...

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How do I build rapport with students? error correction participation praise rapport Sep 27, 2021

Learning a new language, especially as an adult, is a unique experience. There aren’t too many other instances in life that can reduce your ability to communicate to that of an infant. The language learning process is, in reality, rife with anxiety, frustration, and never-ending...

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