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by Kootvela
18 Nov 2007, 18:55
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Course and Syllabus Design
Replies: 1
Views: 12806

I advice to start using the same title coursebook for all levels, so you have continuity. Then copy the contents page and add any extra comments like timing, and you have a syllabus.
by Kootvela
18 Nov 2007, 18:54
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Observing lessons
Replies: 6
Views: 23534

Before the lesson, ask the teacher which aspect of teaching s/he would like you to observe. Observation is not only a formality but also a part for teacher development.
by Kootvela
07 Nov 2007, 15:52
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Certificate not necessary
Replies: 38
Views: 48588

I see what you mean and you are right in a way. It is possible to get a teaching position without a certificate but the chances are higher if you are a native speaker. It is not fair and schools should think about it, that it is improper, but sometimes the demand is so high that they hire everybody ...
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:42
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Certificate not necessary
Replies: 38
Views: 48588

Re: hmmm

. Well, if you want to get started in EFL then why not enter a country as a tourist and offer private lessons (let's say conversation classes). By cutting the middle person (namely so called private language schools) you would earn much better. And it is all cash in hand! In your free time study we...
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:38
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Teaching someone who has never learnt english
Replies: 2
Views: 6450

New Headway Beginner is the best for me for absulute beginners. Also, functional language: name, age, where from, 1-20, ABC is enough to begin with.
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:36
Forum: ELT Management
Topic: Do I sack this teacher?
Replies: 12
Views: 31545

- Have the pay, conditions and chances for career progress that attract good teachers, for example offering teachers the chance to get involved in teacher training or to take on more responsibilities as a way into a management job Though money is not the main reason, it is a good advice. There shou...
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:32
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Courses to be a certified ESL Teacher Trainer
Replies: 4
Views: 6911

In Lithuania it is also a problem. Very few teacher trainers are of any good, and sharing experience with peer teachers is sometimes not enough. The majority of teacher training conferences held by publishing houses are pure promotion. So, this is what I do: 1) I write articles experssing my views o...
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:26
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Accreditation and reputation
Replies: 8
Views: 10089

I also believe that certificates are a good way to make money, so almost each language school offers their own certificate claiming it to be the best :-)

I agree with the post that says that the content is more important than hours.
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:23
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which 120 hour TESL/ESL Cert course to take??
Replies: 6
Views: 7594

First I am happy that a person decided to take a course even though it is not required. But as far as I can tell, it will be helpful and will provide guidelines for the future job ups and downs. I would, however, choose a Cambridge or Oxford certificate because they are quite reliable, I think.
by Kootvela
06 Nov 2007, 18:20
Forum: Business English
Topic: the LCCI Foundation Certificate in Business English
Replies: 2
Views: 13426

Yes, that's the same thing. I got hold of the course outline and it seems very interesting. I've done Business English classes before so that should help me as well. I hope to get the certificate as well so that I can offer Business English courses and earn better salary :-)
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 18:55
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Is it possible to work in Europe without an EU passport.
Replies: 15
Views: 17796

I think with such broad experience and good education background you will be able to get a visa or/and work permit in any serious teaching place.
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 18:49
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Grammar for upper intermediate learners- please help!
Replies: 4
Views: 5348

That's right, conditionals and expressing wishes, ways to suggest ideas, modal verbs (should have done/shouldn't have done) are always good for higher levels. But also make sure the person knows simple things as telling the time.
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 18:46
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Teaching in Moscow
Replies: 6
Views: 9986

Teach private lessons.
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 10:06
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching dogs to speak English
Replies: 12
Views: 13764

I think I missed a Teaching English to Dogs training course...blah...I wouldn't know how to approach this. Tell me if you find out something useful, so that I can teach my dog something as well.
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 10:05
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Grammar for upper intermediate learners- please help!
Replies: 4
Views: 5348

I'll tell you the secret: grammar stops at intermediate level. After that, you recycle, revise and expand their grammar knowledge. So I would not focus much on grammar per se, maybe just ask them a question here and there, but focus on speaking/discussing/problem solving roleplay/etc. to see how wel...
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 08:09
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Certificate not necessary
Replies: 38
Views: 48588

Re: TEFL worth it

To save your money you can also attend FREE or almost free conferences where you can sometimes get practical knowledge and make a lot of contacts. Do you mean conferences held by publishing houses where they invite a few speakers about different things of methodology and language plus do hell of pr...
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 08:06
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Preparing Student for Interview (Business/Adult)
Replies: 3
Views: 7842

Meet somewhere for the introduction and do a kind of placement test to find out her level and problems. Don't charge for that lesson, just get to know her. It can be done in a cafe, that's how I always meet my potential students. If after the meeting we decide not to meet again for some reason, it's...
by Kootvela
28 Oct 2007, 07:59
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Picture request in Application?
Replies: 8
Views: 11355

Let's not kid ourselves here. The real reason this school in Taiwan wants a picture is to make sure he is ... white . Many schools in Taiwan and China would rather hire a white European over a native English-speaking Asian person because to them it's all about image and perception over subtance and...
by Kootvela
24 Oct 2007, 06:30
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: One to One, private...Help!
Replies: 11
Views: 9106

Not really. You can google them up by entering various keywords like "placement test for (insert level or title here). " I use Headway series beginner to the rest, so I ask questions according to the contents gramamr focus to know where my student stops.
by Kootvela
23 Oct 2007, 17:11
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: One to One, private...Help!
Replies: 11
Views: 9106

I think you can give a sort of a placement test to find out the areas for improvement. People usually think they are better in English then they really are because, for example, their vocabulary is good. Also, you should find some exam technique based exercises to work on.