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by becki
06 Aug 2014, 05:42
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: B2 Adult Fiction Books recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 11926

Re: B2 Adult Fiction Books recommendations

I recommend using Graded Readers from Oxford. https://elt.oup.com/cat/subjects/graded_reading/all/?cc=global&selLanguage=en It's a great resource because you can choose books appropriate for your students' English level. On the website, you can choose student level, type of book, and other variables.
by becki
06 Aug 2014, 05:27
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: China Foreign Teachers - Where Is The Best City To Work?
Replies: 1
Views: 3473

Re: China Foreign Teachers - Where Is The Best City To Work?

I actually taught in Hangzhou, so I thought I would reply. Yes, it's a very nice city. The area around West Lake is gorgeous and there's so much to do. Riding a bicycle is very safe and easy because most of the roads have designated bike lanes. I often went cycling in the mountains and visited tea f...
by becki
20 Jun 2014, 05:17
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Japan/Taiwan - Advice on University or Adult ESL Employers?
Replies: 1
Views: 3405

Re: Japan/Taiwan - Advice on University or Adult ESL Employe

Hi Matt, If you are new to teaching in Japan, you might have to start with a job at a language school. These are not the best jobs and will probably not meet your criteria. You can find a typical schedule of 9-5 PM at schools or universities, but not at language schools. K-12 schools might not be wh...
by becki
09 May 2014, 04:52
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Re: In What Country Can I Earn Most Money Teaching English?
Replies: 7
Views: 8698

Re: In What Country Can I Earn Most Money Teaching English?

Does anyone know what it's like savings wise in Bangkok? I can save about the same rate of 60% in Bangkok as Japan, but with some differences. Most employers in Thailand don't give a housing subsidy or a transportation allowance. However, overall cost of living is low (i.e., rent, cell phone, inter...
by becki
13 Apr 2014, 08:43
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Re: In What Country Can I Earn Most Money Teaching English?
Replies: 7
Views: 8698

Re: In What Country Can I Earn Most Money Teaching English?

if anyone has any other incites on Japan, Korea, or Europe I'd love to know! In Japan, I usually have 60% of my wages left over for personal use after all bills. Most Japanese companies pay housing subsidies and transportation to/from work, so this really helps out. Even though everyone says Japan ...
by becki
13 Apr 2014, 08:27
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Tips for conversational group/Icebreakers needed!
Replies: 7
Views: 12969

Re: Tips for conversational group/Icebreakers needed!

A conversation group is usually pretty informal. The main goal is just to get the students to speak English. I like to put the responsibility on the students to come up with the topics for class. To do this, tell the students to research something in English and report about it in the next class. Th...
by becki
28 Feb 2014, 09:00
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Want To Venture Abroad For The First Time To Asia
Replies: 3
Views: 4523

Re: Want To Venture Abroad For The First Time To Asia

It sounds to me like you have the qualifications to teach abroad. With a Bachelor's degree and a TEFL certificate, you can work at most language schools and public/private schools. Decide on where you want to go, and then do some searches online for jobs.

Good luck!
by becki
28 Feb 2014, 08:54
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Reading Lesson Plan ideas to English Facts & Figures
Replies: 3
Views: 10998

Re: Reading Lesson Plan ideas to English Facts & Figures

As a warmer, you could put the students into groups and have them brainstorm countries where English is the official language. They might be surprised!

For your own reference, you can get a list of countries from Wikipedia by searching, "List of countries where English is an official language."
by becki
17 Jan 2014, 08:40
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: any tips on teaching for the first time
Replies: 3
Views: 5767

Re: any tips on teaching for the first time

Stand at the front, take a couple of deep breaths, smile, and say "hello". Students are usually forgiving of the teacher if they feel that you truly care.

On a side note, I think you should try another TEFL course. The courses offer a lot of advice for first-time teachers.
by becki
17 Jan 2014, 08:33
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New Job! Help Please!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 6868

Re: New Job! Help Please!!!

I agree with doing a needs analysis. Unlike teaching children, you can ask adults what they need to study. Prepare a list of questions in advance and give them plenty of time to think about their answers. It's best if they do it individually first, because they might just agree with whatever the fir...
by becki
09 Dec 2013, 08:32
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: Teaching large classes any ideas?
Replies: 2
Views: 14086

Re: Teaching large classes any ideas?

Groups of 10 might be too large. It'll be easy for some students in the groups to not participate. You might want to try smaller groups, such as six. It is a good idea to assign a group leader, but equally important is to assign roles for the other students. That way everyone feels like they are con...
by becki
18 Nov 2013, 08:40
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How to make grammar interesting
Replies: 8
Views: 10299

Re: How to make grammar interesting

Students get bored when they are simply sitting and taking notes. Worksheets offer a bit more excitement, but fill-in-the-blank and cloze exercises don't allow for "real" communication. I suggest teaching the grammar and having some controlled practice, but then giving the students time to have free...
by becki
03 Oct 2013, 14:28
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Where to work overseas is a daunting task?
Replies: 1
Views: 5461

Re: Where to work overseas is a daunting task?

I have experience teaching in Thailand, and I found it to be a nice place. The climate is tropical and you can make more than $400 a month. The average salary is about $1000 a month. If you work near the beaches, the salary might be a bit lower than in Bangkok.
by becki
02 Sep 2013, 06:47
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: What are my chances?
Replies: 1
Views: 4412

Re: What are my chances?

If you are a native speaker and have a BA, then you are qualified to teach EFL in most countries. Your concentration area in undergrad doesn't matter so much. A TEFL certificate will improve your chances of getting a higher-paying job or a job at a higher-quality school. I would definitely recommend...
by becki
19 Aug 2013, 02:20
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Teaching Chinese Universtiy students
Replies: 1
Views: 4444

Re: Teaching Chinese Universtiy students

University students in China can be quite demanding. They are interested in learning and like to be challenged. I recommend starting the term off by doing a thorough "Needs Analysis". Directly ask the class what they want to learn and how they want to do it. In general, the Chinese students work wel...
by becki
22 Jul 2013, 02:15
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 9876

Re: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan

With 20 years' experience, I would highly recommend starting your own business in the US or try freelance work through Craig's List. The ESL job market in the US is quite tough. It is necessary to have a minimum of a BS/BA. Other certifications will help, such as a TESOL certificate or a CELTA. Most...
by becki
03 Jul 2013, 04:36
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Teaching English abroad? Initial questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 6090

Re: Teaching English abroad? Initial questions.

A TEFL qualification is a must, especially if you want to teach in Japan. You can get away with not having one in China and possibly other places in Southeast Asia, but it is worth getting one to get a quality job (better hours, better pay, return airfare, etc.) and also to have an idea of what to d...
by becki
31 May 2013, 06:28
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Teaching in Thailand - Course Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 4969

Re: Teaching in Thailand - Course Advice

I completely agree with Susan. It's not only about having the qualification to get the job, but the skills you will learn and be able to use once you have the job. I've worked in Thailand at a few different places, and I've found that they are becoming a lot pickier about who they are hiring. I thin...
by becki
01 May 2013, 07:40
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: OK guys newb here got a few questions.
Replies: 1
Views: 3676

Re: OK guys newb here got a few questions.

The minimum qualification to teach English in most countries, including Thailand and China, is a 4-year degree. It's not just the school that requires the degree. It's actually a requirement by the country. When the school applies for your work permit, they need to submit your original degree. They ...
by becki
24 Mar 2013, 07:34
Forum: Games & Activities
Topic: Warm Up Exercises?
Replies: 13
Views: 129626

Re: Warm Up Exercises?

I've got some speaking warmers at http://www.eflsensei.com/?category=20.

All the best!

Becki