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by Awalls86
27 Jun 2016, 22:47
Forum: Business English
Topic: Advice sought for teaching high level bizEnglish students
Replies: 3
Views: 5070

Re: Advice sought for teaching high level bizEnglish students

Ask them... I would do an initial needs assessment in the first class - this can be a simple form asking them about how they use English and what they want to know (look for examples in Google). Then after getting them to fill it individually, I would also go through it as a group and try to open th...
by Awalls86
27 Jun 2016, 22:32
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Starting an EFL class - help!
Replies: 8
Views: 14258

Re: Starting an EFL class - help!

Jeremy Harmer and Jim Scrivener are essential reading if you will continue on to Celta so well worth it.
Another popular author is Scott Thornbury, who makes a lot of theory understandable in a classroom context.
by Awalls86
27 Jun 2016, 22:27
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: NEW AT TEACHING
Replies: 4
Views: 3087

Re: NEW AT TEACHING

The degree is really the stumbling block. Most countries won't give out visas to those without degrees. Generally any degree will do. Some countries you may be ok. As a citizen of ROI you of course have free movement in the EU though not much to be earnt in Tefl there. Of course there may be jobs in...
by Awalls86
12 Jun 2016, 12:28
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: late Summer Camp jobs
Replies: 3
Views: 5533

Re: late Summer Camp jobs

You're bound to find somewhere... many places don't get the quota of teachers they set out to employ in my experience, or they get let down at the last minute.. so don't give up.
by Awalls86
03 Jun 2016, 21:09
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: alpahbet for young Russians
Replies: 4
Views: 10157

Re: alpahbet for young Russians

I'd present lower case first if I was you. Get them to associate letters with words - a - apple, b- ball, c - cat, etc. Don't do all the letters in one go Simple games like putting the letters on the board and getting them to race to the front to slap the one you call out is pretty effective and fun...
by Awalls86
03 Jun 2016, 21:02
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Which Course for Qualified Teacher?
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

Re: Which Course for Qualified Teacher?

Hi. With your PGCE, experience of teaching in secondary school and gap year experience, you are probably already more qualified than any of these certifications will make you. What they might be useful for is to update you on changes in TEFL since your experiences, and also to provide some ideas on ...
by Awalls86
03 Jun 2016, 20:46
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: my student is forgetful
Replies: 9
Views: 3946

Re: my student is forgetful

Regular practice is key. Is he studying the sounds daily? This would help. Give him not just the sounds but a word to say to link it too. Finally, he doesn't have to do all the sounds in one go... break it down into fewer sounds if it helps.
by Awalls86
18 Jun 2015, 18:08
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Working in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 3
Views: 5083

Re: Working in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

I visited Bishkek 18 months ago whilst working across the border. Although I'm not going to say you are wrong I would like to balance your account with my own of working in Central Asia reflecting some of your points. Firstly, agreed Kyrgyzstan, and Central Asia generally, is a nice place. I don't t...
by Awalls86
18 Jun 2015, 17:18
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What is a 'neutral accent'?
Replies: 7
Views: 5471

Re: What is a 'neutral accent'?

I think the view that neutral accent = RP/Queens English/BBC English is narrow-minded. Certainly a neutral accent is one that is not regionally bound, and therefore is more likely to be understood by all. RP is generally agreed to fit that description. But is it the only neutral accent? I would disa...
by Awalls86
04 Jun 2015, 17:04
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The admin side: advice on student records
Replies: 3
Views: 2941

Re: The admin side: advice on student records

Perhaps a simple solution is just to use windows itself which allows you to add tags to office documents. For windows 7: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/tag-your-files-for-easier-searches-in-windows-7/ Alternatively, how about more of a portfolio approach? You encourage your stud...
by Awalls86
21 May 2015, 15:04
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The world of TEFL quiz
Replies: 2
Views: 2635

Re: The world of TEFL quiz

If only the grammar questions you raise in 2 were as hard as they get - but I do recall that was about the limit of grammar knowledge I had leaving compulsory education. 5 also happened to me kind of. I was invited to attend the local college of pedagogy for an event, to which I responded maybe and ...
by Awalls86
23 Apr 2015, 15:17
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Known Scams - Do not respond to these!!!
Replies: 51
Views: 48467

Re: Known Scams - Do not respond to these!!!

Could ask the barrister when he was called to the bar, which inns of court he attended and then check it here - http://www.legalhub.co.uk
As expected - no Duke Cole.
by Awalls86
23 Apr 2015, 14:47
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Planning Private Lessons for Advanced Adults?
Replies: 5
Views: 13968

Re: Planning Private Lessons for Advanced Adults?

I would use the first lesson to really drill down to where the student uses language and where they feel they are inadequate. Then I would set tasks around what it is that they feel less than confident in doing. If I was unable to get appropriate responses I would suggest that the student could keep...
by Awalls86
23 Apr 2015, 14:34
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: I need some initial advice please?
Replies: 1
Views: 2011

Re: I need some initial advice please?

1. Bearing in mind I will not initially have any prior teaching experience, what calibre of job can I initially expect with my degree and TEFL qualification. And am I realistically an employable candidate? Depends on the country - some countries have such a demand for native English teachers that th...
by Awalls86
06 Apr 2015, 17:44
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Is Wall Street English Or China Racist - Or Both?
Replies: 11
Views: 4993

Re: Is Wall Street English Or China Racist - Or Both?

What I find a bit unsettling is that American teachers that would be protesting them back in America are collecting paychecks from them here in China... How do you know that these particular teachers would protest in America? Or is it patriotic idealism? I'm sceptical of the amount of truth in rant...
by Awalls86
06 Apr 2015, 17:13
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Getting started as an ESL teacher?
Replies: 1
Views: 2145

Re: Getting started as an ESL teacher?

China requires teachers to have two years post grad experience (any field). Many employers falsify CVs and degree certificates if they have to, but if you are below 23, they know the authorities in China will not be fooled. For many teflers this is fine anyway because they are often career changers ...
by Awalls86
13 Mar 2015, 14:28
Forum: Business English
Topic: Why bother teaching Business English ?
Replies: 6
Views: 9828

Re: Why bother teaching Business English ?

Further to the previous answer, essentially the vocabulary and functions involved in business are different (perhaps more narrowly defined) than for general English. Ultimately though the students do still need general English. I did see a joke where someone was teaching the Present Perfect when a s...
by Awalls86
13 Mar 2015, 14:07
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Online English Learning System Recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 3261

Re: Online English Learning System Recommendations

I'm enjoying using Memrise.com for learning vocabulary in other languages - so your students may enjoy this too.
by Awalls86
06 Mar 2015, 16:03
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: what to teach in a 12h intensive course
Replies: 2
Views: 6765

Re: what to teach in a 12h intensive course

Focus on what the student needs... get them to do a needs assessment before hand. It doesn't have to be purely grammar. If they are only doing 12 hours over 2 weeks also, then get them to do a lot of extra stuff to immerse them in language too like watching films or reading when they are not learnin...
by Awalls86
06 Mar 2015, 15:54
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: The Best Paying China Foreign Teacher Jobs - Where To Find Them?
Replies: 3
Views: 2186

Re: The Best Paying China Foreign Teacher Jobs - Where To Find Them?

The typical if it sounds too good to be true, then it almost certainly is.
Astro perhaps you can share a link to the white list?
I would say it's better to go for a reputable company... but then Disney English are I guess the exception to the rule.