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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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