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    Re: Key Issues related to assessment (views: 494)

    - - Sun, 09 Jun 2019 Posted by GG

    Reading, Writing, Speaking or Listening? What should I learn first? I think this is a debate that will often be heard. My perspective upon English language acquisition is that each area of English is equally important and the development of one area tends to accelerate learning in another. For example, a student with fluent conversational skills will often learn to read and write more quickly than a student who is less fluent, whereas a student w....

    Volunteering in a Chilean public school (views: 896)

    - Chile - Sat, 16 Feb 2019 Posted by Teacher Charles

    Hi !   I taught English for 8 months as a volunteeri in a Chilean public school through the The English Opens Doors Program. If you want to read about my experience, follow this link !   Teacher Charles....

    Warning - Victoria House of Foreign Languages - Tieling, China! (views: 1055)

    - China - Mon, 28 Jan 2019 Posted by Stephen Radke

    Warning - Victoria House of Foreign Languages - Tieling, China!  I will address the main issues in two sections the school and the town of Tieling. The good things about this school is that you will get paid eventually, be provided an apartment and your visa will be paid for by the school.   The School! The pay situation: The pay is always late at this school, during my 12 months  there, was paid on time only twice. The situat....

    Key Issues related to assessment (views: 1011)

    - United States - Fri, 23 Nov 2018 Posted by Kathryn Jones

    I know that valiable and reliable assessments are extremely important to the success of the language learners. These assessments can encourage confidence and increase second language acquisition opportunities. As I am learning more about assessments, do you feel that a domain is more important than the other? Should there be a specific focus on listening, speaking, reading, or writing?  Looking forward to hearing a response! kj....

    Re: Key Issues related to assessment (views: 972)

    Asia () - Sat, 24 Nov 2018
    Posted by Michael

    With regards to assessments for the 4 skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), it would come down to the course you teach.  What is the focus of the course?  If you are mostly conversation with some reading comprehension, your test should reflect that.   Another factor would be preference of the school.  Many schools love speaking tests to assess ability.  That being said, speaking tests are time consuming and....

    TEACHER FEEDBACK (views: 1195)

    SINCELEJO - Colombia - Tue, 30 Oct 2018 Posted by Enier Montes

     I would like you to give me  some recommendations or suggestions of a problem I am facing, I am an English teacher and in a public school and class I have 40 students who all want to participate and because of time factor(time consuming) not everyone can participate and get angry and do not participate anymore, my question is, what activities should I do or what should I do to get everyone to participate in class?....

    Re: TEACHER FEEDBACK (views: 1075)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Wed, 31 Oct 2018
    Posted by Michael

    Getting activities that involve all students is difficult but there are some out there.  Will just take time and some creativitiy.  Search online for "activities to get large groups speaking English" .  I found this:  ....

    TEACHER FEEDBACK (views: 1135)

    - United States - Mon, 22 Oct 2018 Posted by Stephanie

    HI!I am a graduate student and have a question for any teachers who may have experience with ESL students in the classroom. From experience, do you think incorporating scaffolds or multi-modal approaches to teaching content for ESL students during class helps and specifically does it tend to also help teach non-ESL students or is it instead using up extra academic time without benifiting non-ESL students? If it is time consuming, how do you decid....

    Re: TEACHER FEEDBACK (views: 1102)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Tue, 23 Oct 2018
    Posted by Michael

    With regards to scaffolding strategies, I find that modeling and graphic organizers are very good for comprehension.  When looking at multi-modal approaches, there is always a benefit to using a combination of text and images to increase understanding. The mind distinguishes more in the visual cortex as visual memory.  As such, the more visual educators make learning, the greater the amount of subject matter that can be memorized and re....

    CAKABEY Schools in Izmir: AVOID (views: 1693)

    Izmir - Turkey - Wed, 20 Jun 2018 Posted by albatross

     Unprofessional, unethical, disrespectful and rude. Worst experience I have had with any school in eight years of ESL teaching overseas. I can provide details and names. Strongly recommend to avoid Cakabey School in Izmir! "Actions have consequences."....

    Ksau-hs in Riyadh Saudi Arabia Sham (views: 1988)

    - Saudi Arabia - Wed, 23 May 2018 Posted by Disillusioned

    I worked for King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences as an English teacher.  The university is a sham. The students are passed even though they never show up and fail the exams. The non-native English teachers can’t produce basic English. And the chair of the department just makes excuses for all the bad teachers. For instance, a number of the teachers are running illegal English schools and scamming the university stude....

    Beware Sherry Aokai at (views: 4667)

    - China - Tue, 10 Oct 2017 Posted by Adam

    I debated whether to report this as a scam but decided against. It is not a scam because the jobs (at least, I think) exist. The problem is this recruiter is vague on details. She doesn't really know anything about the schools she is looking for teachers to work at.  She will spam you with 100s of jobs but, aside from the basic info (address, start date, salary, etc.) there is nothing to go on.  I felt like I was being spammed any job s....

    Re: Beware Sherry Aokai at - Find Work Abroad (views: 3615)

    Asia (China) - Tue, 10 Oct 2017
    Posted by Christy

    I agree but I also know that Find Work Abroad which is a China job site. Same thing. They promote and post hundreds of jobs but don't even know anything about them.  They are like a teacher mill that just spams out jobs they don't know anything about.  They shove you towards a school they don't know anything about and then collect money from the school. They don't really care what happens to you after they sell you the job.  H....

    British School of Nardo, Italy (views: 3822)

    - Italy - Sat, 16 Sep 2017 Posted by Justin

    The British Schools in Italy are very common and spread all over the country. They are a franchise, but each school can be run very differently, depending on the kind of staff who run them. The British school of Nardo is run by a disgusting man who is rude, very selfish and aggressive to his teaching staff. He seems nice during a Skype interview. He can promise you many things. But after you arrive in Italy, then you realise that the director is ....

    ESL Teaching Activities (views: 3843)

    - - Tue, 11 Jul 2017 Posted by Ron Waldbaum

    Could someone suggest any "physically active" activities that I could do with students (private and groups) as part of their English lesson?....

    Re: ESL Teaching Activities (views: 3444)

    North America (United States) - Thu, 24 Aug 2017
    Posted by Theo

    I've just created a channel on this: you're welcome to watch and perhaps take one of my ideas to your class!   Best,   Theo....

    Beware SangSang Language School (views: 4802)

    Gunsan - South Korea - Sat, 06 May 2017 Posted by Jack

    At SangSang Language Academy I met the worst person I could ever imagine.   An insecure, small minded, vindictive - spiteful bully.   She is the director/owner/slave driver of the school and is the worst boss you could wish for.   Stay well away - email: for more info  ....

    Teaching English in North America (views: 5878)

    - - Sun, 19 Feb 2017 Posted by Sarah

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for advice. I'm an EFL teacher from the UK and I'm looking for work in North America. Is there anyone who has moved there who can give me advice about looking for work and all the visa issues that come with it? I need a better approach thanks....

    Re: Teaching English in North America (views: 5808)

    North America (United States) - Sun, 19 Feb 2017
    Posted by Michael

    I wish you luck but getting visas (especially for work) in the U.S. is not easy right now. :-(....

    Thái Bình Dương language centers Vietnam (views: 7209)

    - Vietnam - Thu, 19 Jan 2017 Posted by garcia

    Watch out for the Thai Binh Duong or Thái Bình Dương language centers or schools if you are teaching English in Vietnam. They don't stick to their own contracts, take money from you with all sorts of inflated fees and suddenly fire teachers deliberately before holiday periods to save money, offering a helping hand with overcharged prices on accommodation to easily earn back money they paid you etc. You also have to invest your own....

    Quizlet and Advanced Students Survey (views: 7076)

    - Czech Republic - Thu, 17 Nov 2016 Posted by Tereza Noži?ková

    Hello, I'm working on a thesis that explores whether advanced users of English language use for learning vocabulary and if teachers introduce Quizlet into their lessons. If you have any experience with Quizlet, whether as a student or teacher, and you have 5 minutes. I would be very grateful if you could fill in the following questionnaire. Thank you very much. Students:  Teachers....

    LTC - Language Training Center Astana KAZAKHSTAN - Warning Review - Unethical and Illegal (views: 8020)

    Astana - Kazakhstan - Sat, 03 Sep 2016 Posted by Fiat Justitia

    LTC is owned and operated by a sociopath who changes teachers’ schedules, housing arrangements and contracts often without a moment’s notice. He relies upon his family’s wealth and political clout, the remoteness of Astana and relative expense of obtaining work permits to dissuade teachers from objecting to these sudden changes – in addition to having nearly every foreign member of staff on a different contract and with di....

    Re: LTC - Language Training Center Astana KAZAKHSTAN - Warning Review - Unethical and Illegal (views: 1901)

    North America (United States) - Tue, 05 Jun 2018
    Posted by James Monroe

    Disclosure: James Monroe isn't my real name, but I'm an American currently working for LTC. Even though this isn't going to be a bad review, I don't like using my real name on the internet.   To be honest I'm surprised by this intensely negative review for LTC. It really isn't all that bad and the money, students, and co-workers are great! Want to work in a drama-free environment teaching students who are (usually) motivated, and always get ....

    Warning: Foshan Shimen Middle School (views: 7202)

    Foshan - China - Sat, 27 Aug 2016 Posted by Dave

    Hi, I would just like to warn all fellow esl teachers out there that even teaching in a government school is not safe in China. Foshan Shimen Middle School is supposed to be no1 school in Foshan. Part of the reason I accepted the job with them and overlooked a few small red flags - oops. The school lied to me from before I arrived saying things like - oh we can't get photos of the accommodation because it's occupied. However assuring me the accom....

    Warning about LCF Kids Club Spain (views: 7420)

    Huelva - Spain - Tue, 23 Aug 2016 Posted by Ciarán Elster

    I worked for an academy called LCF Kids Club Spain in a small town called Palos de la Frontera in the province of Huelva, from January to July 2016. The same company also has an academy in Huelva city, and in a few other places in Spain. Having worked at their summer camp in the last week of June and the first three weeks of July, I still haven't been paid for it. Myself and my partner were offered €400 each to do the summer camp for the fou....

    Need help and few example for reference. (views: 7132)

    - Online - Thu, 18 Aug 2016 Posted by moht / TEFL

    Hello,Could someone please help with this question below. I just need a few example as to how I should start this paragraph using the word given. Anything would help even explaining how I can start on the paragraph would do. Your students are intermediate and above. They do not know these words but they may know synonyms or antonyms of these words. How would you best convey the meaning and teach the vocabulary ítems to them? Write a paragr....

    Re: Need help and few example for reference. (views: 7017)

    Online (Online) - Sat, 03 Sep 2016
    Posted by Mark

    Try ....

    Re: Warning! Fun Language Ltd, Thailand (views: 6911)

    - Thailand - Fri, 05 Aug 2016 Posted by Emmy

    The only good thing about this company is the friends you will make. Your salary will vary for no obvious reason but your contract is 26pages long so don't worry they will find a "valid" reason. The company says that your salary is post tax so you should be happy. However most Nationals from English speaking countries are tax exempt for their first 2years in Thailand. So that is BS. The current recruter is a joke. He misses more days for being ha....

    Re: Re: Warning! Fun Language Ltd, Thailand (views: 7182)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Fri, 05 Aug 2016
    Posted by Adam

    "However most Nationals from English speaking countries are tax exempt for their first 2years in Thailand." This is another example of someone who thinks they know something but never bothered to learn or ask. NO-ONE is exempt from personal income in Thailand for a period of time, resident or non-resident.  There are exemptions for income less than 150,000 baht per year but that it is.  After that, you pay income tax or you can't renew ....

    LTC - Language Training Center Astana KAZAKHSTAN - Unethical and Illegal (views: 7467)

    - Kazakhstan - Wed, 20 Jul 2016 Posted by Fiat Justitia

    LTC is owned and operated by a sociopath who changes teachers’ schedules, housing arrangements and contracts often without a moment’s notice. He relies upon his family’s wealth and political clout, the remoteness of Astana and relative expense of obtaining work permits to dissuade teachers from objecting to these sudden changes – in addition to having nearly every foreign member of staff on a different contract and with di....

    Re: Warning! Fun Language Ltd, Thailand (views: 7090)

    - Thailand - Wed, 13 Jul 2016 Posted by Tomas

    Yes can confirm that this company has a lot of internal problems and will say anything just to get you to sign a contract....   some problems i found were that i was promised a work permit which never came which meant i was illegally working for the duration of my contract, this is very unprofessional and in fact a risk to foriegn workers if they get caught. I also found that the salary advertised was also not accurate- i was told 42000 baht....

    DO NOT WORK AT LAL Language Centres (views: 7374)

    - United States - Tue, 12 Jul 2016 Posted by Mimi

    I am sending this as a warning to anyone seeing LAL Language Centres employment ads. They have camps set up all over America. They will establish a contract with you and when you arrive on campus all of the terms will be different. Terms such as your hours, the curriculum, working conditions, pay, etc. Most of the teachers did not know the additional hours the camp will require of you until they arrived. The teachers have not been paid by the dat....

    US K-12 teaching requirements for TESOL/Bilingual Education (views: 7130)

    Illinois - United States - Thu, 07 Jul 2016 Posted by Olivia Bohnhoff

    Hi all, I was wondering if any U.S. ESL/Bilingual Ed teachers could give me some advice. I previously did a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico, and now I'd like to teach ESL in the U.S., preferably at the K-12 level. However, I did not get an education degree. My question is, should I do just an alternative certification program to be able to teach, or a Master's program that leads to teaching licensure at the end? I have heard it....

    Re: US K-12 teaching requirements for TESOL/Bilingual Education (views: 6964)

    North America (United States) - Thu, 07 Jul 2016
    Posted by Michael

    I would say the decision is really a persnal preference but, in my opinion, the Masters of Education is the way to go.  A Masters will also allow you to be eligible for promotions, etc. For more advice, you can also ask teachers at our group: ....

    Survey: EFL Teacher Perceptions of Coursebooks (views: 7419)

    - United Kingdom - Tue, 28 Jun 2016 Posted by Oli McVeigh

    Hello,I am a current Masters Student at the University of Kent looking for EFL teachers to help me with some research I am undertaking for my dissertation in Applied Linguistics for TESOL. I have taught EFL for 3 summers now and this is my final bit of training before teaching full time.I have a really short survey that I am trying to find teachers for, it will take around 10 minutes to complete. It is about Coursebooks as published teaching mate....

    How to onboard New (or prospective) ESL students Webinar (views: 16314)

    - United States - Mon, 13 Jun 2016 Posted by Kris Off2Class

    Dear Teachers I held a webinar last week on strategies for onboarding new ESL students. Great watch for both classroom and online ESL teachers!    The recording and the PPT I used in the webinar is live on the link above!   Enjoy....

    Retaining Online ESL Students (views: 7359)

    Toronto - Canada - Mon, 30 May 2016 Posted by Kris Jagasia

    Dear Teachers, A short post I wrote about strategies I've used to retain online ESL students to grow my own independent teaching business: Retaining Online ESL Students   Enjoy! ....

    Four Tips finding a good ELT job in South Korea! (views: 7886)

    - South Korea - Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Posted by Luke

    Recruiter Assistance A simple “ESL Jobs in Korea” Google search will return numerous listings. However, weeding through these to find not only one that matches your goals, but is also from a reputable school, takes time. If applying for private jobs, it’s highly recommended to use a recruiter. The schools pay these businesses to find them good teachers, so there’s no cost to you. The recruiter will listen to your preferenc....

    Useful Information I Received About China Work Visa for Teaching (views: 7506)

    - China - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 Posted by Gary P. Seanor

    Hi Gary, Unfortunately the government now rarely give approval to apply for the work visa in Hong Kong either. If you have a work visa for Indonesia there are possibilities, but not with a tourist visa. This policy has become strict since end of last year. It gives us a lot of trouble too. Really sorry about the situation.... Robyn SEEMS IF YOU WANT TO TEACH NOW IN CHINA YOU MUST APPLY FROM YOUR HOME COUNTRY.....

    International Language School of Poland (views: 7954)

    Warsaw - Poland - Tue, 05 Jan 2016 Posted by Brittany

    Hello. Does anyone have any experience working for the International Language School of Poland ( Thank you.....

    Re: International Language School of Poland (views: 7818)

    Europe (Poland) - Tue, 05 Jan 2016
    Posted by Michael

    I don't see much online about them but that can be because they are new or because not that large.  I did find: ....

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