ELT Experiences

Experiences for English Language Teaching

By - Martin Sketchley

“Teaching English as a Lingua Franca”: Book Review

β€œTeaching 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.

By - Martin Sketchley

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.Β 

Β 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.

By - Martin Sketchley

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

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By - Martin Sketchley

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.

By - Martin Sketchley

πŸ˜ƒβœοΈπŸ’― Pass The Second CELTA Written Assignment (Part 2) πŸ’―βœοΈπŸ˜ƒ

Last week, we looked at the first part of the second CELTA written assignment. This week, we look at the second component of this assignment and what to consider.

By - Martin Sketchley

πŸ˜ƒβœοΈπŸ’― Pass The Second CELTA Written Assignment (Part 1) πŸ’―βœοΈπŸ˜ƒ

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a video about the first CELTA assignment. In this post, I look at how to pass the second CELTA assignment. As this is quite a big task, I have split this video up into 2 parts. The first part (below), details what to consider when writing your essay, how best to complete the task as well as what to do if you have to resubmit your assignment.

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See you next week, at 1pm every Monday with a teaching related video.

Happy teaching!

By - Martin Sketchley

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I have been looking for my original CELTA documents, and good news! I found my documents. I was looking around the house for them for ages. So, I am now able to share my experiences of the first CELTA Written Assignment. In the video above, I look at what I covered during the CELTA written assignment, what I did when I failed the first written assignment initially and what I did to correct it before resubmitting as well as what books to consider getting to help you complete the assignments..

By - Martin Sketchley

Book Review: “30 Role Plays for TEFL”

ELT Planning

In this post, we look at a new eBook which has been published by Peachey Publications: “30 Role Plays for TEFL” by Pete Clements and Richard McCully. It is a new publication which focuses on role play for the English classroom. In the video review below, I look at the first three role plays in the eBook with some ideas and recommendations for consideration for a future update.

I would recommend that you watch the video to gain a better idea of the material available – which is fantastic! All material is accessible by students with their smartphones and the authors have done a great service for offering more material in a role-play for teachers. The materials available are wonderful for letting students gain invaluable experience for a variety of settings and contexts.

By - Martin Sketchley

How To Get Your First EFL Job After The CELTA

Getting your first EFL job can be quite a challenge but needn’t be. In this post, we look at how to get your first EFL job after the CELTA and what resources are available. There is also a YouTube video which accompanies this post.

One of the biggest challenges is seeking a position as a newly certified EFL teacher. There are some opportunities available in certain countries which allow new teachers to flourish.Β