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English teaching resources: Adjective formation

English teaching resources: Adjective formation

English level: B2 / A1 Objective: Being able to express feelings, views and opinions in a varied way. Introduction Many words are used to express feelings, views and opinions. For example, look at how the adjective 'unexciting' is formed. We add the prefix 'un-' and...

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Story telling 8:  Life is too short to waste time

Story telling 8: Life is too short to waste time

The day had come, the Trinity College CertTESOL course was about to start, and I, Melanie from Perth in Australia, was in the bathroom getting ready for the first day of training of how to teach English. I was born in Perth 25 years ago, and I haven´t travelled a lot....

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English teaching resources: Idioms

English teaching resources: Idioms

English level: A1 Objective: Trying to understand some frequently used idioms in English writing and speaking. Introduction When teaching English abroad, you'll notice that most students at a high level are quite interested in idioms and would like to know their exact...

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TEFL vs TESOL and what they really mean

TEFL vs TESOL and what they really mean

The acronym "TEFL" stands for "Teaching English as a Foreign Language". TEFL is what you do when teaching English in a country where they have their mother tongue or first language. You can TEFL in countries like Spain, France, Argentina, Greece, The Philippines,...

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Story telling 6:  “Could you turn off the heat, please?”

Story telling 6: “Could you turn off the heat, please?”

I had applied and been accepted on the Trinity College CertTESOL course in August, in Madrid. By the way, I´m Mike (Michael), and I´m from Minnesota in the USA. I am 24 years old, and I graduated from college three months ago. I have a degree in Finance. I have always...

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English Teaching Resources: Describing Dishes

English Teaching Resources: Describing Dishes

English level: A1- B2 Objective: Describe what dishes in different countries contain and how they are made. Introduction: Have you ever tried to describe or translate a foreign dish to someone? You may have experienced that it could be rather complicated, especially...

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All you need to know for a TEFL job interview – Part 2

All you need to know for a TEFL job interview – Part 2

What are the main areas English language recruiters want to know about? Here’s a list of some common TEFL interview questions. Prepare for these, and you’ll give yourself the best chance of success in your interview. This article covers the main areas recruiters want to know about, your language awareness, teaching and classroom management knowledge, skills and experience, interests, expectations, and aspirations. These are pretty broad areas, so we examine some example questions and how you should answer them.

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All you need to know for a TEFL job interview – Part 1

All you need to know for a TEFL job interview – Part 1

You have made it to the interview stage, which is your door opener, and now you need to give an excellent impression to convince the DOS (Director of Studies), who is usually the one conducting the interview, that you are the one for the job. Here are the tips that will enhance your chances of bagging that dream TEFL job! This article is based on EBC’s Job Workshop, where you are told about TEFL interviews, what the interviewer may ask, how you should answer these questions, how you should dress, act, etc. You feel ever so prepared until the first email or phone call asking you to come for an interview!

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Learn to speak Spanish in record time with these tips.

Learn to speak Spanish in record time with these tips.

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...

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