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    Learning is the process of acquiring any information that modifies a person's behavior, values and knowledge base. An ongoing process that starts as early as the fetal stages in humans, learning occurs in many forms including instinctive, experiential, conscious, and purposed learning. Personal experiences, formal education, and controlled training are some of the general scenarios within which learning can be administered. Some types of learning--such as native language skills--occur over time as part of the learner's daily social interactions. Some--like martial arts training--are consciously undertaken by learners who are motivated by various reasons to learn a particular subject, discipline, or skill. Others such as primary education, are mandated by governments and as such, are compulsory activities.

    While it is no secret that certain regions make it more difficult for TEFL instructors of a certain age to find work, there are still various markets who value the experience that comes with hiring more mature TEFL instructors.  Focusing your job search on these markets will help the process along, but freelance teaching (i.e. tutoring without a third party school involved) and using your experience to specialize in teaching a target market (i.e. teaching business English) are also great ways for these candidates to get your foot in the door.

    Teaching young learners English as a second language has a number of challenging aspects that are rarely encountered in teaching English to older children and adults. Younger children are restless and may not give their teacher their full attention which makes learning new vocabulary and grammar very difficult.  Younger children often have very little reason or need to learn a foreign language. 

    Children love stories. They can remain enthralled for hours listening to fantastic, scary or funny tales. Stories are an important part of bedtime and some kids can’t go to sleep without their bedtime story. Given this love for storytelling, it’s not hard to understand why storytelling is an effective tool for teaching English to early foreign language classes.  Why should teachers use stories?

    Strong vocabulary skills are the foundation to successful reading comprehension. Research has shown that kids who have weak vocabulary when they enter kindergarten are more likely to struggle when learning to read. Kindergartners will learn about 3,000 new words in a single school year so it is imperative for any educator to help young learners learn as much vocabulary skills as they need to be successful.  The National Reading Panel identified four types of vocabulary.

    Everyone can recall those pleasant moments when they were young and there was nothing more important to do than spend countless hours playing. Many of us remember our childhood imaginary friends, and all the adventures we spent outside or even inside the house. Play is a meaningful experience and it is very satisfying for children.

    Six Types of Young ESL Learners

    Admin - Jan 09 2016

    ESL educators who teach kids should be aware of young students’ preferred learning styles and how these differ from one child to another. This is because identifying and empathizing with the different types of young learners in any given classroom will help teachers effectively introduce and reinforce language concepts.  There are six basic types of learners.

    Songs and stories are some of the most effective teaching tools ESL and EFL educators can deploy in just about any classroom level. This is especially true for kids who will not only pile up their stash of English words but will also improve their listening skills.  Language educators focusing on young learners often use a hybrid narrative form that melds different elements of songs, poems and stories

    While China remains a good career destination for native English speakers planning to teach English abroad, it also poses a slew of challenges that might intimidate novice ESL or EFL practitioners. On top of travel and immigration hurdles, the language classroom itself constitutes a challenging environment, according to veteran educators who have first-hand knowledge of the field.

    The Future of ESL Employment

    Admin - Dec 22 2015

    English is now the global language of business and the dominant language used in the Internet. There is now very little doubt that people in the future will work and communicate ideas in English. Given this certainty, the demand for ESL educators will not only spike up but will also be increasingly characterized by the use of different learning technologies. As this ESL employment scenario unfolds, the market for ESL resources will bustle with activity and fueled by spurts in the development of new and better teaching environments and methodologies.

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