ELT Experiences

Experiences for English Language Teaching

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

😃✍️💯 Pass The Second CELTA Written Assignment (Part 2) 💯✍️😃

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

😃✍️💯 Pass The Second CELTA Written Assignment (Part 1) 💯✍️😃

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

😁💯✍️ How To Pass The First CELTA Assignment ✍️💯😁

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. 

By - Martin Sketchley

How To Complete The CELTA Pre-Interview Task

What is the best way to tackle the CELTA pre-interview task? How do you go about dealing with the pre-interview task? Watch this video for tips and run through of a common pre-interview activity.

Last week, I shared a post and video about the CELTA Interview and there were quite a few questions about the CELTA Pre-Interview Task. I created a video detailing how to complete the Pre-Interview Task by walking you through the task and how to answer some of the questions.

By - Martin Sketchley

The CELTA Interview: Common CELTA Interview Questions

Today is Teacher’s Tuesday and we have another video up on YouTube. It is about the CELTA interview and common questions, with some tips about preparing for the course. You can watch it here.

In this video, I share my advice with the CELTA interview and what I experienced during the interview. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas for the interview and what to expect.

By - Martin Sketchley

What Book Do I Need For Online Teaching?

In my previous post, I recommended one book for online teachers which really helped me gain the confidence for online English teaching. In this post, I look at another book which will provide an opportunity for students to interact online via a platform which has been developed to coincide with either their digital online or face-to-face lessons. This book has been co-authored by Lindsay Clandfield and Jill Hadfield and is published with the support of Cambridge University Press, under the series of the Cambridge Handbook for Language Teachers.