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How To Fail The CELTA Course

Hello and welcome to a new episode of CELTA Tips. Many of my videos on this playlist look at various ways to pass the CELTA but today we are going to look at how to fail the course. You may be wondering why I want to share some ideas on failing the course but I want you to know some things to consider when doing the course so you make sure that you are not doing them.

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Episode 5: How To Teach A Grammar Auction

A few days ago, I decided for the first time ever to deliver a grammar auction activity to my group of learners. I had never done this activity before but had done variations from it: awarding points for correct answers, etc. In this blog post (and video below), I would like to share my tips to ensure that you are able to deliver a fantastic grammar auction lesson.

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Episode 4: Five ESL Word Games with No Material

In this episode of TEFL Tips, I share my five favourite word games that I like to incorporate in my classes at those final ten or fifteen minutes of the lesson when you don’t know what to do. It is an essential skill to know at least five games that you can start using with minimal preparation or planning required. 

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Episode 3: Six Ways to Teach Vocabulary Effectively

In today’s episode of TEFL Tips, we are going to look at what to include when teaching vocabulary with students. The key to communicating in any language is having vocabulary to assist in expressing meaning. Watch this video below to learn how I teach vocabulary in the EFL classroom.

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Episode 2: Five Ways To Introduce A Topic For Students

Hello and welcome to Episode 2 of TEFL Tips. Today we are looking at five ways to introduce a topic for students.

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Episode 1: How To Reduce L1 in the Classroom

In almost all TEFL training courses, trainees are told that L1 (also known as the first language that students speak) must be reduced and the students’ L2 (this being English). If you have studied a foreign language and you share the classroom with other students who use the same L1 as yourself, then you may feel more inclined to communicate in that language. This can be the same for your students and you may find it challenging to get your students to speak English. In this blog post, I share five tips to reduce L1 in the English classroom.

Watch the video above to learn more about how I try to reduce L1 in the classroom. If you have any ideas about reducing L1 in the classroom, please share below.

If you haven’t Subscribed to my Channel yet, then please do and also Like the video. Many thanks for your support and Happy Teaching. 😀 

“Teaching English as a Lingua Franca”: Book Review

“Teaching English as a Lingua Franca: The journey from EFL to ELF”, published by DELTA Publishing, is the latest in their teacher development series and is authored by Marek Kiczkowiak and Robert Lowe. As you would expect with the DELTA teacher development series, this book follows the well-known and respected formula as with other books. If you have purchased this book for the first time, then you will notice that it is split into 3 parts: with Part A provides the description and background of English as a Lingua Franca (henceforth ELF), Part B offers teaching ideas and suggested material to assist with developing an ELF mindset and the skills required, while Part C suggests further consideration of ELF within particular contexts with supplementary reading.

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A Day in the Life of an English Language Teacher

In today’s post, I wanted to share my vlog which looks at the day in the life of an English Language Teacher. I have been thinking about doing this type of video for quite a while and I had been putting it off, but after the weekend, I decided that I would persevere and film. 

 In this video, I shall a typical day for me as an English teacher with a new group of Chinese students. During the day, I share common difficulties that I face on a day-to-day basis, such as encouraging students to communicate in English, juggling between planning and delivering lessons as well as the general commute to and from work.

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Ten Websites To Help Students Improve Their Listening

What do you do to improve your students listening? What are the best websites to consider? In today’s video, we look at ten websites to help your English students improve their listening.

For students, improving their listening can be quite challenging and it can take time for some. I would always recommend students to listen to as much as possible and there are a lot of resources available for students nowadays, particularly online.

Here are my ten favourite websites that I recommend students to look at in their own time.

1. ELLLO: http://www.elllo.org/
2. ESL Video: https://www.eslvideo.com/
3. BBC Learning English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/
4. Breaking News English: https://breakingnewsenglish.com/
5. Memrise: https://www.memrise.com/
6. Lyrics Training: https://lyricstraining.com/
7. Many Things: http://www.manythings.org/
8. VOA: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/
9. TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/
10. Rachel’s English: https://rachelsenglish.com

Other Videos to watch:
a. How To Become An English Language Teacher: https://youtu.be/9iQ8ffPGkYM
b. Five Top Grammar Books For The CELTA Course: https://youtu.be/iaZZcgxoro8

Do not forget to Like and Subscribe should you enjoy this video. If you have a question, please leave a comment and I will try to answer.

Happy Teaching! 👨‍🏫👩‍🏫

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Why I Quit My Last Job

There have been quite a few blog posts and articles regarding the working conditions for many private English language schools in the UK and abroad. Most of the constructive feedback regarding the private EFL industry revolve around remuneration, or the lack of it. I wanted to share my experiences of working in the UK EFL industry and what made me quit my permanent job.

I should say that this blog post is not a wholly critical look at the EFL industry but rather (I hope) a balanced view of my experiences and what led up to me leaving my last employers.

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