Student story: Daniel, California

Student story: Daniel, California Hi, I´m Danny (Daniel) from California, USA. I took the Trinity College CertTESOL course one year ago, and spent a lovely time in Madrid, meeting a lot of great people, and making a lot of good friends. After the course I travelled around Europe for a while (I can tell you…

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TEFL teachers: Taken by surprise…

TEFL teachers: Taken by surprise… Occasionally student (or others) may ask you about the meaning of words and expressions you commonly use, and while you are trying to give some explanations or definitions, you realise that this is not easy at all. Here are some examples. Prepositional phrases: -What is the difference in meaning between…

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Music in Foreign Language Learning

Music in Foreign Language Learning I remember from secondary school that some of my classmates who weren´t any good at school, and in addition quite lazy, would score high grades in English, especially in communicative and oral English. How come? It showed that they all either listened to a lot of English/American pop or rock…

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Teaching with humour: howlers

Teaching with humour: howlers What Is A Howler? “Howler” is a British word. Broadly speaking, a howler is a kind of blunder. A howler is like, but not exactly the same as, other members of the blunders family. The blunders family includes bloomers, bloopers, breaks, bulls, flubs, fluffs, gaffes, and similar words, each with a…

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Improve your English conversation classes

Improve your English conversation classes There is an ongoing flow vibrating in the air. People talking, expressing themselves, their needs, their ideas, their world. The marvelous world of communication is taking place among English learners and English native speakers. The communicative competence The ability to communicate through the use of language is natural to humankind.…

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Free Writes from Personal Experiences

Free Writes from Personal Experiences Continuing our series of articles on improving conversation in ESL classes through writing, in this article we present a way to encourage students to exercise their creativity from a more personal point of view: ‘free writing’ from personal experiences. This can be used with students at all levels, and can…

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Games for Writing to Speaking

Games for Writing to Speaking In the previous article “From Writing to Speaking: Enhancing Conversation” we presented an approach that suggests educational progression in ESL classes from writing to speech, as opposed to the more widespread conception in which speaking normally precedes writing. There have been many approaches suggesting educational progression in ESL classes. An…

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Three years teaching English in Madrid

Three years teaching English in Madrid I started the EBC TEFL/TESOL program in Madrid after a five years stint teaching English in Japan. I thought coming in that I already knew everything about being an ESL teacher abroad. I thought the course would be some lecture, some tests, maybe a practice lesson and then “congratulations,…

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Is CELTA better than TEFL?

Is CELTA better than TEFL? is a question that comes up quite frequently. A CELTA course is a TEFL course so the question cannot be answered. Read more …

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