Help me be as good a (low-level, ESL) literature teacher as I can! [more inside]
I teach teenagers ESL. I've been building a small library including graphic novels and books (The Stonekeeper, American born Chinese, Anya's ghost, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, In real life, The cartoon guides, Adrian Mole, Klutz book of inventions etc. - even drawing manuals) but also DVDS (Simpsons, Futurama, Father ted, Flight of the Conchords, Amandla, Secret of Kells...) and Cds (Elizabeth mitchell, They might be giants, Jack Johnson, The rutles...). [more inside]
I'm an ESL teacher with several years of experience teaching adult ed. I'm transitioning to the public school system. I have my license but in order to interview well and actually teach public school students, I feel like I need to read up! I haven't had any formal education in teaching and I want to get myself up to speed this summer. What books and blogs would you recommend for a newish teacher? What books are read as part of Masters in Ed programs that are actually useful? [more inside]
One of my pupils is visually impaired. I need to brush up on my teaching skills. [more inside]
Asking for my son. He has been teaching English as a Second Language in a few countries but is interested in moving to Shanghai for a teaching job. He has lots of experience, is very good with teaching young children, but does not have advanced certification. Anyone with helpful info and advice they might share about Shanghai and teaching there?
I have a job interview for an ESL teaching position with a US government organization in Southeast Asia. What kinds of questions will I be asked? What should I ask them? How should I prepare otherwise? [more inside]
It was recently sprung on me that I will be teaching not only my usual group of adult ESL students next week, but also their children. I need some ideas. [more inside]
I teach English in Spain and would like to incorporate some conversation stimulating short films in my adult classes. [more inside]
I'm planning to move to Seattle in the fall and hope to work with the international/refugee population there, specifically Somalis. Which organizations are the best for international/ESL/refugee education or support for women and children? [more inside]
I've been informally tutoring my friends' kids in preparing for the New York State English standardized tests, and my friends have been happy enough with how it's going that they have now proposed another arrangement. They would like me to teach a beginning ESL class for a small group of their business's employees who are struggling with English skills. I would teach a 2-hour class of about 4-5 people once a week. My friends don't know what the going rate for that kind of instruction is in NYC, and I don't either. [more inside]
Can you please help explain to me some techniques and procedures for teaching English to students with whom you don't share a common language? Its private tutoring and the students in this instance are two 10 year olds and they need to be speaking as much as they can in the next couple of months... and I will have them twice a week for an hour. I have an Ipad, a white board, and a copy machine....
I'm interested in possibly becoming an esl teacher. I know I can move to another country, but I might just end up staying in the states and teach to adults. Good idea? Is it in demand? Opportunity for growth? Other questions.... [more inside]
I am teaching English to a 4 and a 7 year old (separately) and I am looking for tips, games, ipad apps, or resources. [more inside]
Hi! I often eat in a certain restaurant, and one of the people who works there asked if I would help her with her writing in English. I am very happy to help, but I have no idea how to do this. She speaks very good English, but she said her writing is very bad. (Her first language is Spanish.) I am meeting with her (and maybe a few of her co-workers) for the first time this week -- any ideas on what we should do? I thought I'd start out with dictation, but any ideas would be much appreciated!
Hi people with ALT experience, finding work in Japan sure is tough. Finding work with your girlfriend? Much harder. Where should a pair of people go to teach English in Japan? We are spending our time trying to get anywhere we can (We hear being near a city increases our happiness), however, we have been rooting for a position in Nagoya, Kanagawa as a close second. We keep hitting dead ends and are getting desperate. It looks like at this rate, we are going to save up $2,000 a piece and take a plane there in mid-april, 3 months from now, hopefully finding work in the 90 days we are legally allowed there. [more inside]
I'm looking for specific book recommendations for high school exchange students. [more inside]
Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
What to do with very advanced adult ESL students? [more inside]
I'm getting my CELTA in July in Germany, and I'd like to teach English there afterwards. Help me be a good applicant for teaching jobs and an attractive tutor for freelance work! [more inside]
I'm in Korea and I have an interview coming up with an institute (hagwon) as an English instructor. I have no teaching experience but my recruiter would like me to prepare something to say about the curriculum I intend to use... [more inside]
I am interested in a career in teaching, and would love to teach abroad for some time. Immediatly, I must find a way to live in Fiji for the next 6-12+ months (Fiancee is Fijian). ESL, Tutoring, etc. sounds like a viable option, especially if it helps my long term career goals. But currently have no teaching experience. Need advice, how might I do this? [more inside]
I'm looking for a fun medium to long term project for an advanced ESL student. [more inside]
I'm looking for a fully online MA program in TESOL or a related field like Applied Linguistics, that is NOT meant for K-12 public school teaching, with the aim of professionalizing myself as an English tutor. I found the New School's program here, that would certainly cover all my bases, but I simply wouldn't be able to afford the cost. Can you help me find other options? [more inside]
I am a special education teacher in the USA who wants to teach English abroad in Asia, then return to the States to join a doctoral program in education and continue teaching. How can I make this experience a step up in my development as an educator, rather than just an adventure? [more inside]
I am going to be teaching a short course on "Teaching and Presenting in English" to some Spanish postgraduate students (in Spain). They will be going on in the future to present at international conferences or maybe teaching in English speaking universities. Please help me hive-mind... especially those of you who have taught/presented/been taught/presented at in a second language. What do you wish you had known beforehand? What advice would you give someone about to present in English? Is there anything an English speaking audience would expect that, say, a Spanish speaking audience wouldn't?
Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner? [more inside]
Advice on teaching English in Lithuania? [more inside]
I'm looking for a software that has "live avatar" or "real time lip sync" functionality for my students to use in my ESL classroom. Any ideas? [more inside]
I teach ESL to new refugees and they have expressed a desire to see movies that tell them about or show America. They want to know about the different landscapes, accents, lifestyles, etc. I'm looking for suggestions for simple, visually descriptive films that feature a wide variety of geographical locations and Americans. Can you think of any? [more inside]
I'm looking for tips, advice, and resources on creating conversational ESL lessons for a third grade Korean boy. [more inside]
Teaching English Online? So I hear about people making okay money teaching English online through Skype or Google Chat, etc and taking payments through PayPal. Anyone have experience with this? I'm considering a transition to becoming an ESL teacher and wanted to know if this was a good way to get my feet wet or a waste of time.
Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
Curriculum recommendations for teaching English (ESL kids, ages 3-5, 6-7, and 10-11) [more inside]
Is teaching English abroad a feasible and realistic career plan? [more inside]
Advice on making reading palatable to a disgruntled ESL 10-year-old. [more inside]
What are good volunteer opportunities for someone who moves from city to city several times a year? [more inside]
In a few days I'll be interviewing for a job providing academic support to university-level ESL students. Help me prepare! [more inside]
Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know? [more inside]
In about a month I'm going to be teaching English to a bunch of 4th grade South Korean kids. Awesome. However, I've never taught anything, let alone a language. I'm looking for books, courses, tips, tricks, suggestions and anything else that might give me a little confidence. [more inside]
ESL Textbook Recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
Should I stay an English teacher or move on to a new career? I have been working in the ESL industry for eight years. I have a Bachelor's degree and CELTA. I have taught babies, young children, as a high school teacher, Business English, and IELTS preparation classes. I am an IELTS invigilator, and have curriculum design experience. I will be moving to Toronto soon, and I'm wondering what the next step in my career ought to be. I feel as though I've reached the limit of what I can do as a classroom teacher, and am interested in a counselling or international marketing role. Has anyone made this transition? What qualifications or re-training were needed? Am I on the totally wrong track? Should I just make a totally different move into a new industry? [more inside]
ESL teaching for non-professional teachers! Help me teach native Farsi speakers with intermediate to advanced spoken English skills how to write grammatically correct business English. Example correspondence and other documents needed. [more inside]
FirstTimeTutorFilter: I'm plan to start tutoring Math, Chemistry, Physics and possibly ESL in January. Only problem is, I have *no idea what I'm doing*. Anyone have any textbooks, general teaching books, online certification courses, etc to recommend? [more inside]
How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
I want to teach English. TEFL, TESOL, TESL, CELTA, ESOL: what, exactly, is the difference? Which ones are the most highly respected? [more inside]
I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
I'm moving to Incheon, South Korea and I have some questions (and I'm soliciting generic Korea advice). [more inside]
Teaching English in Germany, or other jobs for English speakers for a non-German speaker: possible? how? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good workbook for teaching ESL? [more inside]
What's the best way to teach adult ESL students (Polish engineers) how to use articles ("a" or "the" or nothing)?
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