Category Archives: TESOL

Should IATEFL and TESOL do more to stop abuse of their names?

I’ve had a reasonable amount of success myself with chasing up the misuse and downright abuse of the names of these two venerable (but vulnerable?) institutions. UniTEFL took away the “recognised/ approved by” bit above their names after I mentioned it here … Continue reading

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Become (more of) a Webhead with free online training

with TESOL’s Electronic Village Online project, no less. Registration starts tomorrow and finishes on 10 January, so get there and get signed up. I was just about to sign on for Become a Webhead, Online games for ESL/EFL and/ or … Continue reading

Posted in CPD, Distance learning, Interactive whiteboard, links, online games, Teacher associations, Teacher training, Technology, TESOL | 1 Comment

Can teacher development make you happy?

I’m reading The Developing Teacher by Duncan Foord, the latest title from the always interesting Delta Publishing (get hold of free TEFL books like this yourself by clicking here) and it popped into my head that teacher development does provide a … Continue reading

Posted in CPD, Delta Publishing, ELT publishing, Lesson observations, mentoring, Peer observations, Teacher training, TEFL, TEFL career planning, TESOL | Leave a comment

What to do with morphases.com

Morphases is a face photo manipulation programme that is easy to use and was the biggest hit of the month with my 8 to 11 year olds, with them fighting to speak English to tell me how to change the … Continue reading

Posted in Adjectives, Appearance vocabulary, Body parts vocabulary, Grammar, links, possessive s, Speaking, Teaching teenagers, Teaching young learners, Technology, TEFL, TEFL games, TESOL, Vocabulary, Vocabulary games | Tagged | Leave a comment

How’s your ultimate job and/ or life going?

Not got either, you say? Well, maybe you should try a job with is “the most exciting employment opportunity of your life” which is “not hard” and “pays well”. Apparently you can “forget the commute, over-time …missed lunches… jammed photocopiers and … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Veldhuisen, Dodgy TEFL courses, finding good TEFL jobs, first TEFL job, links, Teacher training, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Thailand, TEFL, TEFL career planning, TEFL celebs/ TEFL heroes and villains, TEFL certificate, TEFL International, TEFL qualifications, TEFL scams, TESOL, Working conditions | Tagged | 2 Comments

New ELT articles May 2009

15 ways of making writing interactive 15 countable and uncountable noun games 15 fun activities for prepositions of time (and boy do we need ways of making this fun!) As a brief aside, I’ve been having a brief clash with David … Continue reading

Posted in countable and uncountable nouns, Grammar, Linguistics, applied linguistics and SLA, links, Prepositions, prepositions of time, Skills, TEFL, TEFL celebs/ TEFL heroes and villains, TEFL games, TEFL heroes- David Crystal, TESOL, Writing | Leave a comment

New photocopiable worksheets May 2009

These ones on Usingenglish.com: Timetable Battleships (telling the time, Present Simple for routines and school subjects- for young learners and beginner adults) Telephoning Communication Breakdowns Roleplays (see my telephoning worksheets for more of the same) Present Simple and Continuous Taboo Topics … Continue reading

Posted in Adjectives, Business English and ESP, Business English games, countable and uncountable nouns, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Food vocabulary, Grammar, Materials, nationality adjectives, Photocopiable worksheets, postcards, Prepositions, prepositions of position, Present simple/ continuous, Present tenses, Teaching young learners, TEFL, TEFL games, Telephoning, TESOL, Usingenglish, Vocabulary, Writing, Writing games | Tagged | 3 Comments

How to really improve the standard of TEFL courses

The Guardian reports (uncritically, as ever when it comes to TEFL) on the setting up of yet another organisation meant to, apparently, boost the standards of TEFL in the UK- this one called The Association for the Promotion of Quality … Continue reading

Posted in British Council, British Council accreditation, Cambridge ESOL, CELTA, Dodgy TEFL courses, Guardian TEFL, links, Teacher training, TEFL, TEFL certificate, TEFL in the UK, TEFL qualifications, TEFL scams, TESOL, Trinity, Trinity CertTESOL | 6 Comments

New TEFL articles etc Jan 2009

Can’t I get someone to write this for me as a guest post as well? No? Oh well, while I wait for Chomsky to do this 50,000 word guest article, let’s just make it a list of links with no … Continue reading

Posted in Body language in the classroom, Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Eliciting, TEFL, TESOL | Tagged , | 9 Comments

6 Ways TEFL Certificate Course Providers Try to Rip You Off – Part 2

by guest writer “TEFLista” 3. Call Anyone a Trainer (and count on most people not asking about their qualifications). Arguably, the most important part of a good TEFL course is its trainers. Good trainers might be able to save a … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge Delta, Cambridge ESOL, CELTA, Dodgy TEFL courses, links, MA Applied Linguistics, MA TESOL, PGCE in TEFL, SIT TESOL, Teacher training, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Asia, Teaching English in Indonesia, Teaching English in Thailand, Teaching English in Vietnam, TEFL, TEFL career planning, TEFL certificate, TEFL qualifications, TEFL scams, TESOL, Trinity, Trinity CertTESOL | Tagged | 35 Comments