What is the best advanced learner's dictionary? Best advanced learner's thesaurus? [more inside]
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?
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]
Looking for EFL topic + "show me..." ideas... [more inside]
Letter of Recommendation Filter: Professor said yes, but it's more complicated than that. [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]
Anyone ever worked as an editor/proofreader for science and mathematics articles not written by native English speakers? [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]
After a long period of soul-searching (and trying many different jobs), I've decided on a career path in language learning. [more inside]
English as a foreign language programs in the Northeast U.S.? [more inside]
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]
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]
If you were an ESL student, which Bob Dylan song would you most enjoy a lesson on? [more inside]
Can someone point me to print-out-able readings that are in English but have Spanish translations next to them? [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]
Got a job teaching people in Asia conversational American English over my webcam. Is it legit? [more inside]
Looking for songs with which to teach English. [more inside]
How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
Video (or audio) podcasts: really short (3 - 6 minutes) podcasts about everyday life and situations: advice, business, relationships, cooking, hobbies, etc. Help me help my adult ESL students! [more inside]
What online tools could best simulate reading aloud to a young ESL student? [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`m looking for jokes to tell my (not so advanced) EFL students. They`ve got to be clean, and I`ve found any thing dark doesn`t go over too well. [more inside]
What celebrities (living or dead) do you consider to speak with a "standard" American accent? I'm developing a pronunciation model for use in ESL teaching. [more inside]
What are the funniest-sounding English words to speakers of other languages? If you grew up speaking another language (for some weird reason) what English words still make you giggle?
ESL Writing: What are the best ways to improve my ESL Writing? [more inside]
How much should I charge to author a textbook for a Taiwanese company? A Taiwanese publishing company has asked me to author a short English textbook (the final edit should have around 35,000 words). I have a good amount of experience with ESL (teaching, creating new material, worked on multi-media stuff, etc) and I'm doing my PhD in linguistics now - but I'm no expert. They've asked me tell them how much I'd like to earn. What is a fair price for this? (Either per word or for the entire project.) Should my first offer be a bit higher than what I expect, or is that sleazy somehow? I'd appreciate any advice - Thanks!
Help me find wicked fun resources to use with my esl students. I am making new training material for my school, and I get to have a lot of fun with this project. There are a few things that I am looking for: [more inside]
Where can I find material for young (7-9 yo) ESL students online? [more inside]
What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
EnglishAsASecondLanguageFilter: Does one have matters to attend to or matters to tend to? Justify your answer for extra credit.
What recreational reading books would you recommend for a Spanish-speaking adult to work on her English? [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.
A friend of mine, who is 19 (in college), is planning on taking some money he's saved up (apparently a couple of grand) and moving to Thailand with the intent of teaching English. What are the flaws in his argument, and how can I dissuade him? [more inside]
How can my wife and I arrange for some graded readers for students of English to be sent to a junior high school in central Bhutan? [more inside]
I'm thinking about trying to get into tutoring, particularly English tutoring. I've worked with ESL students via the internet before, but that has been on a mutual basis: I've helped them improve their English while they helped me improve my German. What steps would I need to take to get started in my area? Do I need any particular qualifications? Should I go to the schools, or perhaps to the University in town? How does one get started in tutoring as a part-time job?
Can you recommend a program on DVD or PC for learning English as a second language? [more inside]
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
I'm moving to Incheon, South Korea and I have some questions (and I'm soliciting generic Korea advice). [more inside]
Working in Europe: Visa Conundrum. [more inside]
I'd like some book recommendations for ESL/EFL teachers. [more inside]
Teaching English in Germany, or other jobs for English speakers for a non-German speaker: possible? how? [more inside]
What songs can you recommend that lend themselves to teaching English? [more inside]
Boundaries in conversation with an ESL student? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good workbook for teaching ESL? [more inside]
I am seriously considering moving to somewhere in Latin America to teach English and learn Spanish. [more inside]
I'm told I'm a shoo-in for an ESL job in South Korea. When I graduate with a BA in English next May, I could move down to South Korea and teach English for a year. Known pros are the mobile tech, friendly people, and first chance to see a radically different culture. The pay's supposed to be good ($3k a month) and the program sets my housing up. So what could the cons be? And am I missing any pros? I'd especially appreciate advice from former SK residents.
Questions about learning Russian and SIT-TESOL/CELTA certification... [more inside]
Any ESL 'graduates' out there? What did you love or hate about your tutors? What should I attempt, or avoid, in our first few meetings? [more inside]
What's the best way to teach adult ESL students (Polish engineers) how to use articles ("a" or "the" or nothing)?
So, you're an ESL Student from Mexico, Korea or China. You're fairly new to Canada (specifically, British Columbia). What would be important for you to know about your human rights in your new location? What's the best way to bridge the language gap between you, and the person explaining your rights to you?