Category Archives: Teaching English in Spain

Plenty of TEFL jobs in Spain despite the recession?

This piece of PR fluff not even trying to pretend to be journalism doesn’t provide any evidence at all for its claim that  “there is currently a high demand for English teachers here”, but it is certainly conceivable when even … Continue reading

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New articles on teaching English to adults and kids July 2012

Been a while since I did one of these posts, so quite a long list this time. Young learners Adding useful language to craftwork activities – LINK FIXED Fun food lessons for kids Teaching shapes to EFL kids – LINK FIXED Teaching … Continue reading

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Minimal pairs for Spanish speaking learners of English

Ones in blue linked to graded lists of minimal pairs. Will add more as more lists go up. Article on pronunciation for Spanish speakers also coming soon. Updated 3 June 2020. If you like this and want more, please support … Continue reading

Posted in minimal pairs, Teaching English in Spain | 4 Comments – Even more b.s. than usual!

Oh, where to start with this one? Well, they’ve got some of the usual suspects: Typos and grammar mistakes “Our goal is to be among the Worlds best in English language teaching and training;” Completely incoherent sentences: “Designed around established … Continue reading

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Even celebrities hate TEFLers

“The year before was a bloody disaster – I was rambling around the streets of Los Angeles, drinking way too many frappucinos and wondering what the hell I was doing here. I had no work and my mother was threatening … Continue reading

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Why are so many Spanish neurotic about their English?

They ain’t the Dutch or Danish, they are probably right when they repeat over and over that they have worse listening comprehension than the Portuguese because most things are dubbed in Spain, and no one is going to outdo the … Continue reading

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The most TEFLtastic attempts at humour in 2009

Wasn’t a great year for humour on TEFLtastic (must be taking my job seriously in my old age?!), but I did manage my most successful spoof yet, if not quite up to the standard of UN to Ban Unnecessary Languages: Don’t Do the … Continue reading

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A fireside chat with Sandy McManus

He’s been the most famous/ notorious online TEFL figure for around five years, and the age of Twitter doesn’t seem to have calmed him down at all. In this exclusive TEFLtastic interview, Sandy shows his sensitive side

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Six things to do as soon as you finish your TEFL course

A bit of that SixThings magic on TEFLtastic with a guest piece from the author of  that blog, Lindsay Clandfield: “1. Celebrate and decompress Especially true if you’ve done an intensive course in English language teaching. It’s probably been a … Continue reading

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CLIL is no longer a punishment

This is a story I’ve been following for a while but didn’t get around to writing about until it was finished– Catholics in Valencia have tried to sabotage a new civics course that seemed too liberal for them (what wouldn’t be??) … Continue reading

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