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 -
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 -
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.
posted by anonymous
on Jul 28, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Do you know of any good online resources to learn English on your own? [more inside]
posted by maca
on Mar 30, 2009 -
Adult ESL fun activities, for groups and especially for private students. [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Mar 5, 2009 -
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 -
I'm a college senior who wants to move to Berlin next year. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by null14
on Jan 28, 2009 -
ESL-filter: Where can a fairly advanced ESL student practice her English for free? [more inside]
posted by ambrosia
on Jan 25, 2009 -
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 -
What is the best advanced learner's dictionary? Best advanced learner's thesaurus? [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Jan 19, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by mariokrat
on Aug 31, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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]
posted by anonymoose
on Dec 17, 2007 -
Got a job teaching people in Asia conversational American English over my webcam. Is it legit? [more inside]
posted by Rykey
on Dec 2, 2007 -
How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer
on Oct 23, 2007 -
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]
posted by mosessis
on Oct 17, 2007 -
I want to teach English. TEFL, TESOL, TESL, CELTA, ESOL: what, exactly, is the difference? Which ones are the most highly respected? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta
on Oct 1, 2007 -
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 -
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.
posted by strangeguitars
on Sep 4, 2007 -
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?
posted by paul_smatatoes
on Aug 23, 2007 -
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 -
posted by mateuslee
on Jun 9, 2007 -
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]
posted by Knigel
on Jun 3, 2007 -
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 -
EnglishAsASecondLanguageFilter: Does one have matters to attend to
or matters to tend to
? Justify your answer for extra credit.
posted by falameufilho
on Jan 3, 2007 -
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.
posted by Knigel
on Oct 24, 2006 -
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]
posted by matkline
on Oct 15, 2006 -
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]
posted by zootramp
on Aug 15, 2006 -