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Can you help me put my GED class together?

I'm putting together a GED class for ESL adults. How many 3-4 hour sessions would you imagine it would take to prepare them (there will probably be ~10 people)? Since I will have no funding for the class (books, worksheets, etc.), would anyone happen to know of any online instructional resources? Does anyone have any other tips?
posted by tomtheblackbear on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Marking essays with a red pen -- on the computer?!

Is there any quick, easy way to mark essays in a word processor so that they end resulted is again to a handwritten paper, torn apart by a red pen??? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Jul 5, 2010 - 13 answers

creatively extend and speechify tefl/esl coursebook material?

I'm using textbooks for my tefl/esl classes (teaching English to adults). I'm looking for ways to use the coursebook material more creatively and extend practise time, and how to create speaking material from it. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 23, 2010 - 3 answers

I need some phonics resources for an ESL student.

I have to help a Korean ESL student get his English in shape. I'm looking for resources pertaining to speech, particularly in phonics and pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

I know what I know but I don't know how I know it.

I've been asked to give private English tuition to a twenty-something Brazilian acquaintance who currently has nothing more than a most basic grasp of the language. Essentially, we would be starting at zero. I'm a native English speaker but, although I have had brief stints teaching English as a second language to groups, I have no idea where to begin when it comes to teaching privately. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jun 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Irish Songbook

I'd like to sing some good Irish songs with a bunch of kids (I play the guitar) to have them learn something about Irish culture. Could you point at some meaningful, beautiful, traditional Irish songs ? (Tabs, melody, lyrics and background resources welcomed).
posted by nicolin on May 5, 2010 - 11 answers

My poor English ability will continue to hold me back professionally and life in general if I don't find a way to improve it.

Poor English is holding my American Dream hostage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2010 - 58 answers

Kind of like teaching an upset, 10-year old sack of potatoes to read.

Advice on making reading palatable to a disgruntled ESL 10-year-old. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Interactive vocabulary software for a teenaged ESL student?

Interactive vocabulary software for a teenaged ESL student who wants to prepare for the SAT but still needs to learn pre-SAT level vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Apr 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Considering teaching ESL in Korea

I'm considering going to Korea to teach English, but am having some doubts. Should I still do this? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 17, 2010 - 21 answers

let's NOT do goldilocks, for once.

Help me, a teacher, help my energetic, funny and amazing 10-year-old EFL students write and direct a pair of plays. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Teaching English, reading and writing to a 15 yr old street kid who's never been to school.

Do you have any advice for teaching English comprehension, as well as reading and writing, to a fifteen year old Filipino street kid who's never been to school a day in his life? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Who needs help, but just for a little while?

What are good volunteer opportunities for someone who moves from city to city several times a year? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Interviewing for a position providing ESL support to university students--help!

In a few days I'll be interviewing for a job providing academic support to university-level ESL students. Help me prepare! [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover on Oct 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Do we stay (in NYC) or do we go (to Budapest)?

Following the trail of adventure and windborne caution, my boyfriend and I are kicking around the idea of moving to Budapest next year. Pipe dream or feasible goal? Questions about teaching ESL abroad (ten years after the Central European expat boom, no less!), expat experiences in 2009, Eastern European culture, general questions about Hungary, and... [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

pop songs for young esl students

What pop songs are great to use with young ESL learners in Spain? [more inside]
posted by maca on Sep 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Recommendations for good ESL or EFL materials?

Can anyone recommend some good ESL/EFL curriculum materials, both for the child and adult level? Bonus points if they are not so western-centric. [more inside]
posted by wander on Sep 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Suggest my escape plan

Where might I expect to find a job teaching English currently? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Sep 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know?

Most likely relocating to Iraqi Kurdistan. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Need Moar Advice on Being a Competent Para

I'm looking for your thoughts on how to be a good paraprofessional (a.k.a. teacher's aide, teaching assistant) at a high school. [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror on Aug 30, 2009 - 6 answers

Any questions not answered in #2 pencil will receive a score of zero

Grammarfilter! Oh my. Is it "X and Y are two side of the same coin" or "X and Y two sides of the same coin"? This was an SAT sample question, and I, a poor girl's tutor, swore that "sides" must be plural in this context. Then the sample test website told me I was wrong, that it's "two side". [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Aug 13, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I become a better writer in English?

Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
posted by papalotl on Jul 30, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I teach English to a bunch of South Korean 4th graders?

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]
posted by GilloD on Jul 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Help me negotiate a simple salary

We are talking small beans here, but it's my beans, so please hear me out... I'm an ESL teacher/tutor with 3 undergrad degrees, certification through Oxford and 5 years experience. I have been offered a job in Shanghai. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Free educational material for youngins: where to find it?

Where can I find quality printable (free) online (Spanish) literacy, math, and ESL material for kids? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jun 19, 2009 - 6 answers

A Few Questions About ESL in Korea

I'm going to be teaching in Korea soon, so I'm looking to ask people who have already done it (perhaps are currently doing it) a few burning questions. I've googled these questions extensively, but never found answers that were both unambiguous and current. [more inside]
posted by Chasuk on May 22, 2009 - 4 answers

I want to make money this year (and learn the guitar)

I want to spend a year or so making money and practicing guitar...separately that is. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Apr 24, 2009 - 7 answers

ESL Textbook Recommendations

ESL Textbook Recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Me fail English? That's unpossible!

I have an essay due. I have to write to what extent I agree or disagree with the following sentence: "In The Descent of Man, Darwin noted that human beings, for all their sensibilities and “god-like intellect”, still bear in their bodily frame the indelible stamp of their lowly origin." I'm having ESL problems, because I understand (I think) what each word means, but I don't understand what the sentence put together is saying. Can anyone explain it to me?
posted by shaka, when the walls fell on Apr 3, 2009 - 13 answers

How to learn English online?

Do you know of any good online resources to learn English on your own? [more inside]
posted by maca on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Fun adult ESL activities for tutoring or classes

Adult ESL fun activities, for groups and especially for private students. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Movies for ESL students

Please recommend some movies that would be good to show a class of ESL students. [more inside]
posted by miraimatt on Feb 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Fun activities for ~5 y.o. ESL kids: Writing and Speaking

More Kindergarden/ESL questions: Fun activities with writing and teaching to kids with limited english capabilities [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me get back to Berlin

I'm a college senior who wants to move to Berlin next year. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by null14 on Jan 28, 2009 - 5 answers

English practice for ESL students in Northern Virginia?

ESL-filter: Where can a fairly advanced ESL student practice her English for free? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Jan 25, 2009 - 5 answers

Teaching American Culture abroad

What online resources/examples would you use to teach a class about American Culture to ESL students? [more inside]
posted by maca on Jan 21, 2009 - 7 answers

The best in ESL dictionaries / thesauri

What is the best advanced learner's dictionary? Best advanced learner's thesaurus? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 19, 2009 - 4 answers

What's the best way to secure an English teaching job in Spain?

I'm a qualified British TEFL teacher with about 2 years experience living in the UK. I want to teach in Spain and have applied for a few jobs online in the last month but heard nothing. I am thinking of just moving to Madrid to find work, is that the only realistic way of getting a job quickly (I don't have a lot of cash) or should I hold on and try and secure a job before I leave?
posted by aikidoka on Jan 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Where does the new Lost Generation live?

I'm a monolingual American trying to choose a foreign city to teach English in after I graduate from college. I'd like to go somewhere with a strong literary community (preferably expat Anglophone, though local would be better than nothing), but I'm having trouble finding out what cities livable on an EFL salary have that on offer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2008 - 9 answers

topic + "show me..." role-playing classes

Looking for EFL topic + "show me..." ideas... [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Nov 9, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I get around this minor Letter of Rec issue?

Letter of Recommendation Filter: Professor said yes, but it's more complicated than that. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Oct 11, 2008 - 15 answers

ESL Career Crisis!

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]
posted by mariokrat on Aug 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Editing math papers for spelling and grammar - worth it?

Anyone ever worked as an editor/proofreader for science and mathematics articles not written by native English speakers? [more inside]
posted by number9dream on Jul 20, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I teach intermediate-advanced (spoken) ESL students how to write?

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]
posted by thewalrus on Jun 29, 2008 - 5 answers

career in language learning

After a long period of soul-searching (and trying many different jobs), I've decided on a career path in language learning. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jun 12, 2008 - 3 answers

English as a foreign language programs in the Northeast U.S.?

English as a foreign language programs in the Northeast U.S.? [more inside]
posted by vincele on May 10, 2008 - 6 answers

ESL jobs in NYC?

I'm coming to New York in the fall for school. I want a part-time job teaching ESL. I have some credentials and experience, but I need pointers. [more inside]
posted by limon on Apr 5, 2008 - 1 answer

My feet are fit

What are some totally awesome free online ESL resources that focus specifically on how to produce the correct sounds in English words for people whose native languages don't contain them? [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Apr 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Hopefully a different effect than when he played for that kindergarten class.

If you were an ESL student, which Bob Dylan song would you most enjoy a lesson on? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Feb 27, 2008 - 33 answers

Spanish English readings

Can someone point me to print-out-able readings that are in English but have Spanish translations next to them? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Feb 21, 2008 - 4 answers

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