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What does Brexit mean for TEFL?

The answer is, of course, that nobody knows because it all depends on various negotiations and maybe individual policies of the countries involved on working visas, but here are some possibilities: Americans finally have equal opportunities with Brits when it comes to … Continue reading

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Why I’m a TEFLer who doesn’t worry about money

Given the crappy pay and job prospects, a lot of TEFLer understandably have money worries. Not me! And unlike most TEFLers who don’t worry about money, it’s not because I haven’t thought about the future. The way I see it, … Continue reading

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TEFLtastic attempts at humour in 2014

I was too busy following my own recommendations on Kaizen TEFL and endlessly polishing up worksheets to see the funny side very much in 2014, but I did come up with these when I was really trying to take a … Continue reading

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Freelance teachers’ survival kit

Perhaps the saddest of the many things I like about being freelance is that packing up for a day out and about teaching reminds me somewhat of setting out on a camping or backpacking trip. Here’s a list of things … Continue reading

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More realistic lesson aims

One of the strongest criticism of PPP is that it never achieves typical lesson aims like “Students will be able to produce Future Continuous and use it in communication”. Or at least it seems like a strong criticism until you … Continue reading

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13 reasons why chairs with flaps are better than tables

1. When beating out word and sentence stress, chairs with flaps allows for more Stomp-style variations such as shaking the whole chair and flapping the flaps up and down. 2. The dropping and picking up of various classroom accoutrements helps … Continue reading

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A great warmer for managers who have to cover classes

This is based on an activity which managers in a chain of school that I work for love passing onto teachers in teacher training workshops. In order to repay the favour, I’ve adapted it to be more suitable for said … Continue reading

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My computer corrected me in class!

In one of the schools I work for the computers in the classroom make a strange bing-bong noise when the screensaver starts, one which sounds a lot like the sound that a wrong answer gets in a quiz show. It’s usually … Continue reading

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Adding spirituality to teaching English

Something that has struck me while I’ve been finally following my own recommendation to download Australian Radio National podcasts is how many of them are about spirituality, a word which even the religious programmes on BBC radio tend to avoid. … Continue reading

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How to cash in on Scottish independence – a guide for TEFLers

I have no idea what it might be like for an independent Scotland or the remaining “rump UK”, but the Scotch going it alone could be a real boon for people in TEFL like us. Here are some ideas how … Continue reading

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