Emphasizing Oral Language

The Importance of Emphasizing Oral Language with English Learners No one knows the intricacies of the English language better than a student who is learning it for the first time. English Learners, or ELs, need support in mastering all aspects of the language. While educators may be inclined to focus […]

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You know you’re a TEFL teacher when… (TEFAL)

You know you’re a TEFL teacher when… …you watch Eastenders and want to correct their pronunciation and grammar. …you think it’s perfectly fine to say close the light. …you meet the parents and understand immediately why the child is the way it is. …you want to correct the apostrophes outside […]

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WordWeb (CALL Software)

WordWeb is an extremely useful piece of freeware dictionary and thesaurus software. It installs on your Windows PC or as an Android App (however, it’s not available for Macs) and runs in the background. Then, each time you want the definition or the spelling of a word, a simple hotkey […]

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Why MOOCs Fail

A recent article in the New York Times has highlighted a number of disturbing statistics that shake the current craze for those free online educational courses known as MOOCs. Basically put, an appalling number of students are dropping out. MOOCs are being abandoned in droves. But why is this happening […]

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What Teachers Say (TEFAL)

Teachers mess up as well. Many of us have spent time teaching in a foreign country and grappling with the problems of the local language. Here are a few problems which arise:     A class were playing a word game where they had to explain a word to the […]

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