Should Every TEFL Teacher be a Language Student?

Should Every TEFL Teacher be a Language Student?

Does it strike you as strange that as language teachers, we teach something that many of us have never done? I’m talking about learning second language to a high level.

For those of us that have learned or are learning a language to a reasonable level, we can empathise with our students and help them to a greater degree.

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Successful Language Teaching is about Connection

Successful Language Teaching is about Connection

What is language, if not a means to connect with other people? We all have an innate need to communicate, to connect with other people.

In education, this is especially important. Too many teachers communicate without connecting. They just ‘don’t care anymore’.

So why does connection matter in language teaching?

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An Incredibly Profound Way of Looking at Language Education

An Incredibly Profound Way of Looking at Language Education

I’m sure that many of you are already familiar with TED.com, the site that spreads ideas from leading thinkers in their field.

There’s one talk I’d like to draw your attention to, as it holds so many ideas that are relevant to us in the TEFL and language education field. As a bonus, it'll even make you laugh a couple of times.

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Why You Can Deliver a Technically Perfect Lesson ... and Still Suck

Why You Can Deliver a Technically Perfect Lesson ... and Still Suck

You walk out of class and do a fist pump “YESSSS!”. A technically  perfect lesson.

You delivered everything in the lesson plan exactly as planned. Down-to-the-frickin’-minute. Instructions were sharp. Classroom management was impeccable. Your graded language was flawless. The students completed their tasks on time and to spec.

So why do you have a little voice of doubt nagging at the back of your mind?

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