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by footballmad
23 Jul 2016, 17:33
Forum: Business English
Topic: Advice sought for teaching high level bizEnglish students
Replies: 3
Views: 7355

Re: Advice sought for teaching high level bizEnglish students

If they are Advanced then they should have a very clear idea about what they need, what they find difficult and what they are unsure about. At that level they need to tell YOU, but of course you will be able to input as well if you spot things to pick up on. They may well need / want to be up to spe...
by footballmad
23 Jul 2016, 17:21
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Question about Cambridge DELTA and salary
Replies: 2
Views: 2500

Re: Question about Cambridge DELTA and salary

With a Delta you should be in line for a DoS position, which carries a bit more dosh. The Cambridge Delta is IMO extremely good, but even then it doesn't cover enough - there are many practical and effective teaching techniques it doesn't cover. I always ask my students this question about their Eng...
by footballmad
23 Jul 2016, 17:10
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: my student is forgetful
Replies: 9
Views: 5764

Re: my student is forgetful

Hi there. I'm not sure how folk can offer solutions without knowing why your student is forgetful. Can you enlighten us a little more about him / her ?
You say you have worked so hard teaching......but what about the student ? What is his/ her contribution to the learning ?
by footballmad
23 Jul 2016, 17:05
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New to teaching - please help
Replies: 2
Views: 2203

Re: New to teaching - please help

Need much more info about your interview / the class before I can offer any help.
If you really don't have any more info at all about your interview, then I'd dump them PDQ and find a decent school.
by footballmad
25 Feb 2016, 09:29
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: CELTA+ No Degree
Replies: 4
Views: 3104

Re: CELTA+ No Degree

I haven't got a degree and have a CELTA and the Delta. Even when I just had the CELTA, I never had any problem getting teaching work whether in language school, in company or freelance at home. Probably the reason is that I have a commercial management background, and it seems that students/learners...
by footballmad
05 Feb 2016, 19:42
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help with ideas re: context and error correction
Replies: 1
Views: 2039

Re: Help with ideas re: context and error correction

Here’s my tuppence worth... In my quite a few years, I can never remember hearing any of my SS say that they had an interesting lesson because of the ‘context’ topic. I have never heard any S say that it was really interesting to read about / listen to a text about shoes, or gold, or China etc. My b...
by footballmad
27 Jul 2015, 19:07
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: They don't do homework...
Replies: 5
Views: 5795

Re: They don't do homework...

Just checking - is the homework you give them really integrated (ie as an integral part of their lessons / course ) ? Also, is the homework part of some activity the next day ? eg prepare to give a short talk on your favourite....... or maybe a couple/small group of students could prepare something ...
by footballmad
07 Jul 2015, 11:00
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Black lists .is there one for Teachers or indeed Centres?
Replies: 9
Views: 6002

Re: Black lists .is there one for Teachers or indeed Centres?

TEFL organigrams are based on the lines of "ah, you can serve a good gin and tonic at 30,000ft so we'll let you fly the plane!" Because of this many of the folk running TEFL are useless, and I don't know of any DoS who has had any relevant training for the job, apart from actual teacher training (se...
by footballmad
07 Jul 2015, 10:51
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: One-to one book/material suggestions
Replies: 1
Views: 3008

Re: One-to one book/material suggestions

For that kind of learner, I'd try my old favourites: International Express (with video), and Intelligent Business (more businessy). But they both might hit the spot as many of the business topics are of general interest too. If you can only do one, then International Express has a nice mix and good ...
by footballmad
07 Jul 2015, 10:41
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: General Advice to a Newbie
Replies: 1
Views: 3062

Re: General Advice to a Newbie

My General Advice would be: you've got a great degree, but it depends on what your career goals are. If you want a job in Industry & Commerce (ie using your degree), then my advice is don't, ever, go into TEFL. It won't help your career search, nor will it look good on your CV. But, if you would lik...
by footballmad
15 Feb 2015, 21:48
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**
Replies: 8
Views: 10472

Re: **HOW TO ACHIEVE A VERY GOOD GRADE IN CELTA COURSE?**

Hi. It's really good to set yourself a goal like you have. As someone said, the grade is probably not important for getting work though. To prepare, thinking back to my CELTA 10 years ago, I would do some revision or study on teaching from coursebooks - what material do you use, what do you discard,...
by footballmad
15 Feb 2015, 21:37
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: TEFL teaching working conditions in the UK
Replies: 1
Views: 3352

Re: TEFL teaching working conditions in the UK

Salaries are poor. Period. It's not surprising when you look at how TEFL is run and by whom.
by footballmad
15 Feb 2015, 21:35
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Doing Delta modules 1 and 3 independently with no course
Replies: 8
Views: 13438

Re: Doing Delta modules 1 and 3 independently with no course

I did my Mods 1 and 3 with Distance Delta. As I have no academic background and am no spring chicken, I needed all the tutor guidance I could get. Frankly, I don't think classroom experience alone is always good enough as a solid base ( I had about 6 years) - the Delta was a huge wake-up call for me !
by footballmad
28 Sep 2014, 17:39
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: The real scoop on CELTA
Replies: 37
Views: 58695

Re: The real scoop on CELTA

Feel sympathy with anyone who has failed the CELTA, but if you can, do it again. It's well worth the effort. Not only does it give a broad base of the basics of TEFL, but it comes with a certificate entitled "Cambridge University" and is respected in the business. I don't agree with negative comment...
by footballmad
10 Jul 2013, 08:04
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: What does CELTA cover?
Replies: 3
Views: 5683

Re: What does CELTA cover?

The Cambridge CELTA is an excellent course as it covers all the main bases for TEFL and comes with a Cambridge University certificate (worth having !). But for someone like yourself, perhaps your aim after CELTA should be the Cambridge Delta. This is Masters Degree level, and really explores teachin...
by footballmad
10 Jul 2013, 07:53
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA - UK or abroad
Replies: 4
Views: 6690

Re: CELTA - UK or abroad

There is no doubt that choosing a well-established and successful (in candidate results) Centre is very important when you are going to spend your hard-earned cash. Commited, exacting and supportive tutors are a must. You would think that a Centre appointed by Cambridge University ESOL/ English woul...
by footballmad
12 Feb 2013, 12:31
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Experience needed before pursuing a DELTA? + Centres.
Replies: 10
Views: 10434

Re: Experience needed before pursuing a DELTA? + Centres.

Hi. The Delta is a very demanding course, and the Cambridge Handbook leaves a lot to be desired in terms of some basic guidance for potential candidates. Regarding teaching experience, it is useful to have been teaching full-time for 2-3 years, but more important than that is your academic ability. ...