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

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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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Happy teaching!

By - Martin Sketchley

πŸ˜πŸ’―βœοΈ How To Pass The First CELTA Assignment βœοΈπŸ’―πŸ˜

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

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.

By - Martin Sketchley

The Best Book For Online English Teachers

Teaching online is becoming more and more popular, with many English adult and young learner students from around the world taking lessons from their laptop, tablet or smartphone. In this post/video post, I look at the best book for online English teachers.

By - Martin Sketchley

Teaching Tips Episode 10: Ten Reading Tips

One thing that can trouble teachers is how to teach reading skills in an engaging and interesting way. When I was learning French or German at school, my teachers would give us a block of text – not all that I could understand – some comprehension questions and let us get on with it. Fast forward 25 years, and I have created some techniques to ensure that reading is dynamic and exciting.

By - Martin Sketchley

Teaching Tips Episode 9: Nine Ways To Teach Vocabulary

In this Teaching Tips Episode, I look at Nine Ways To Teach VocabularyΒ for the English classroom. In this video, I attempt to share nine ways (not ten ways) to teach vocabulary in the classroom. The nine ideas include:

  1. Using Flashcards
  2. Drawing Pictures on the Whiteboard
  3. Using Word Families
  4. Matching Definitions
  5. Highlighting Wordstress
  6. Removing Vowels
  7. Teaching Common Collocations
  8. Matching Opposite and Related Words
  9. Playing Language Games
  10. THERE IS NO TEN!!! (my mistake)

What do you think is important for students when they are learning vocabulary? How do you teach vocabulary in the ESL / EFL classroom? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Previous Teaching Tips Episode: The Phonemic Chart.

By - Martin Sketchley

Top Ten Tips For Working In Turkey

One of the benefits of being an English language teacher or involved in TEFL is the opportunity to travel around the world. Not many other jobs offer the opportunity for people to travel, learn about a culture or learn more about the language. One country which is very popular for many EFL teachers is Turkey with its rich and immersive culture. In this post, Emre gives his top ten tips for working in Turkey.

By - Martin Sketchley

Top Ten Tips For Observing Teachers

Observing teachers can be quite a challenge, especially if you have limited observation experience. However, it shouldn’t be too stressful and you can also help teachers with the whole process. There are of course different observations which are considered: pop-in observations (where a senior member of staff pops their head through the door to get a general idea of the class), formal observation (which is arranged by the Director of Studies or a senior teacher) and a peer-observation. Each have different objectives and this will be looked at in a future article. In this article, we shall look at ten tips for observing teachers and things to consider.