Category Archives: Teaching English in Turkey

Using L1 in class (or not)

I basically don’t, but I have observed a few teachers who do so well (amongst the vast majority who do so badly) and look back on some of my own ways of avoiding it as a waste of time and … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles etc October 2009

Chuseok holiday came just at the right point for me, so for once you can actually read my articles in the month which they are supposed to be for: Natural Interactions (in HLT magazine for the first time in many … Continue reading

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How to choose a good summer school

If teaching is more important than saving money or accommodation being included, the first thing to do when choosing a summer school is to avoid actual summer schools altogether. If I was in the same position of looking for a … Continue reading

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Do you need teacher training and qualifications before your first TEFL job?

I was a trainer on 4 week certificate in teaching English to adults courses (similar to the Cambridge CELTA) where some of the trainees already had teaching experience before they came on the course, mostly because they had decided it was … Continue reading

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To CELTA or not to CELTA?

It’s an often asked question and I’m getting bored of answering it, so here’s absolutely my last word on the matter* To CELTA or not to CELTA?- The “final” word  I have been a trainer on 4 week certificate in … Continue reading

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