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Great short stories to read aloud for ESL teens

I'm looking for a few short stories to read aloud to ESL students between 13 and 16 years old, each divisible into a few 15- to 20-minute chunks, and each engaging. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jun 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Using ten days to prepare for an online course, then acing it?

I’m about to start a six-month-long online course that I'd like to do really well on. The next ten days are very quiet at work. How can I use this time to help myself prepare, given that I’ll need to be in the office for part of each of the ten days...and then keep up with the course while going back to full-time teaching? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Working in Japan as an ALT with a girlfriend

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]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Jan 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Entry level jobs for FEMA, the red cross or an ESL position in South America?

I want to travel, one way I have heard to do this is through organizations such as FEMA and the red cross. I am graduating with a Bachelors in English in 3 weeks and am 24 years old. There are no entry level jobs that I saw available on their websites, am I doing something wrong? Does anyone know where I can find entry level positions? I had thought about teaching English in a Spanish speaking country, does anyone know of some reputable programs for someone wish bare-bones Spanish knowledge looking to improve?
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Apr 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Like the Krypton Factor but with fewer tracksuits.

I'm looking for ideas for activities to do during a pub quiz/activities evening for ESL/EFL adult students. In addition to having "what's that film?" or "name that tune" rounds, what else can we *do* that would challenge them to use more English, be competitive, and have a great time? This is in Poland, by the way. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Feb 28, 2012 - 5 answers

What Spanish speaking country should this CELTA grad work in?

Follow up to this question… I'm going to have my CELTA in two weeks and want to teach English in a Spanish speaking country…where should I go? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Feb 26, 2012 - 3 answers

What are the best websites out there?

If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 3, 2011 - 14 answers

"I will now read aloud from the Oxford English Dictionary, the most exciting dictionary there is."

This Friday, I have to give a one-hour lecture to a group of Chinese 14-year-olds about American culture and learning English. What should I teach? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Jun 19, 2011 - 11 answers

TEFL in Lithuania?

Advice on teaching English in Lithuania? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Apr 6, 2011 - 2 answers

I want to go, but I'm afraid...

I want to go overseas. I'm terrified of the prospect. Um, help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Feb 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Free online EFL resources?

Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
posted by people? I ain't people! on Sep 19, 2010 - 6 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

"Class, take out your babushkas..."

Need help brainstorming a list of ~15 nested/related concepts on virtually any topic, in the style of a Matroyshka doll or an onion. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 13, 2010 - 7 answers

bland clips about school?

I need to find TV and movie clips depicting conversations about school. They must be intelligible out of context, and appropriate for 12 year olds. Either show or episode recommendations would be great. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Apr 2, 2010 - 5 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

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

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

teach me how to teach, please!

How do I become an amazing, inspiring, organized, respected, and effective teacher? What did your favorite teacher do that set him/her apart? Your tips, anecdotes, and resources (particularly online) are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Sep 13, 2009 - 22 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

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

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

Show me some mystery objects.

Are there any good online resources for "Mystery Object" games? [more inside]
posted by djstig on May 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Helping an ESL student with a lisp

How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Oct 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Jokes for EFL students

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]
posted by Sar on Sep 20, 2007 - 25 answers

ESL Writing: What are the best ways to improve my ESL Writing?

ESL Writing: What are the best ways to improve my ESL Writing? [more inside]
posted by clsubmit on Jul 16, 2007 - 19 answers

What blues/jazz songs to teach my EFL class?

[SchoolOfRockFilter] I'm teaching an EFL class of four high school students in rural Taiwan. There's a reading on music history about early African-American musical idioms (blues, gospel, ragtime, early jazz). It's TERRIBLY dull reading, especially considering names like Duke Ellington and Ma Rainey mean absolutely nothing to them. To liven it up a bit, I'd like to make a mix CD with 5-6 songs, print up the lyrics, and teach them that. What songs would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by alidarbac on Feb 4, 2007 - 10 answers

826Indonesia?

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]
posted by mdonley on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Teaching in China for just a few months?

I'd like to teach English in China, but only for a couple months. [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Dec 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Alexander, could you pass the ribs?

If you could invite *anyone* from all of history to your house for dinner, who would you invite, and why? Further details, and reasons why this isn't chatfilter: [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Nov 3, 2006 - 69 answers

Recommended reading for a new ESL teacher?

I'd like some book recommendations for ESL/EFL teachers. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 18, 2006 - 6 answers

moving to Latin America, languages galore

I am seriously considering moving to somewhere in Latin America to teach English and learn Spanish. [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents on Sep 7, 2005 - 10 answers

Teaching English in Vietnam

Teaching English in Vietnam: Have you or has someone you know ever worked in Vietnam? I'm teaching EFL in Chiang Mai, Thailand now, and considering a move to Hanoi, where I hear the pay is better. I've visited Hanoi before and loved it. I'm seeking your experiences and informed advice.
posted by squirrel on Aug 4, 2004 - 2 answers

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