I'm looking for some advice about teaching. To my regret I signed up for a distance learning TEFL course which I have now completed, I now know that I should have done a CELTA as I feel i learnt very little from the course. However, I have an English degree and a few years ago managed to get a job in a school in Greece teaching 8-16 year olds, from the second class of beginners up to the Michigan proficiency. I taught in this school for 4 months, 36 hours a week, so in actual fact I have had lots of teaching experience to make up for the distance course. For the past couple of years I have been doing private lessons with a variety of levels, but I really feel stuck in a rut now and need guidance on how to improve my teaching. I am about to start teaching a 4 year old and two 7 year olds but I would love to get further into exam teaching, especially the Cambridge exams.
Could you please recommend books for teaching for exams? I feel very over-whelmed by the wealth of esl material available on-line and it takes hours to sort the wheat from the chaff! For example i was trying to find ideas and lesson plans for my first lesson with the four year old and there is no clear answer anywhere! I am very isolated as i live on a small island so it is impossible for me to do an actual course, but i would love to do a distance MA in either TEFL or linguistics. Would this be possible as a private tutor?
Any comments would be much appreciated.