Spanish is derived from the country’s name Spain so it’s not surprising that if someone wants to learn the Spanish “de la madre patria” (from the mother country), they study on the Road2Spain programme. And learn to teach English in Madrid at the same time they improve their Spanish. Afterschool activities At EBC, we organiseRead More »Learn to speak Spanish in record time with these tips.
TEFL Teaching Skills
English level: B1/B2 Objective: To train the students to hear the difference between sounds that seem the same. A lot of English language students have a hard time distinguishing between the two different sounds in words like “may” /ei / and “my” /ai /. They might get some help from the context, but what ifRead More »English teaching resources: Minimal pairs, the /ei /versus the /ai / sounds
English level: A2, B1/B2 Objective: To understand the meanings of words from its context. Introduction: Already during the Teaching Practice classes at the EBC TEFL course, we realise that English pronunciation is not at all easy for foreigners. In addition, the lack of consistency between spelling and sound sinks in. A lot of words inRead More »English teaching resources: Words with similar sounds, but different spellings and meanings.
English level: B2/C1 (Intermediate/Advanced) Topic: Amazing art. Objective: To be able to express impressions and feelings regarding art. Intro A lesson about art, is normally appropriate for students at an advanced level of TEFL training. You can tell the students to bring a copy/print out/photo of their favourite piece of art, or you (as aRead More »English teaching resources: Amazing art, expressing impressions and feelings
What’s a great way to break ice on your first day of teaching English? Have fun with animals! Learning techniques to motivate students is one of the many things a TEFL course can do for English teachers who choose EBC. Animals can be useful creatures, they provide us with milk, wool, meat etc, but theyRead More »What’s a great way to break ice on your first day of teaching English?
English teaching resources: The conditionals English Level: Advanced (B2-C1) Objective: Practice using conditional sentences in imaginary or real situations Intro Traditionally grammar practising has been done in writing and gives the students time to think about what is right or wrong. The problem is that when you speak, you must come up with the properRead More »English teaching resources: The conditionals
Some people like stories to read or to listen to. Some of these intriguing stories are myths. Here is the Norse creation myth. Before there was a world, there was a cold place in the north called Niflheim. There was snow and ice. In the south there was a hot place called Muspell. There wasRead More »Stories for TEFL classes: the Norse creation myth
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 inRead More »TEFL teachers: Taken by surprise…
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 rockRead More »Music in Foreign Language Learning
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 canRead More »Free Writes from Personal Experiences