You don’t bother to get to know the new teacher (or even learn their name) until they’ve worked at least three months (or pass probation, whichever is later)…
Every day well-intentioned language teachers go into class and sabotage their students’ learning.
They do it unconsciously, without even realizing. They do it by not monitoring the language they use when talking to students. Language that is…Read More
Most teachers have no idea why they do what they do.
The best teachers you’ll ever meet are the ones that take the time to analyse their actions and decisions in TEFL teaching. They consider how each action affects their students and colleagues.Read More
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?Read More
Coursebooks suck. Most teachers I know don’t like the coursebook they use. Some actively hate it, and blame it for making their lives worse. They say it’s irrelevant to their students. Linguistically it’s too easy or too difficult for 80% of the class. Culturally there’s no point of connection for students (they’re not middle class American kids).
Also, it’s just ‘plain boring’.Read More
he best error correction has three elements.
Timeliness – it happens as close to the error occurring as possible.
Personalisation – correction is tailored to individual students’ errors (rather than giving general class feedback)
Reformulation. The student has a chance to try again until correct.
Keeping a reflective teaching diary is a pain in the bum.
We’re all told to do it to make us better teachers. What ‘they’ don’t realise though, is that in the real world, it’s just not possible (at least not to the standards that they hold).Read More
It’s a powerful precision tool, that’s why.
Teacher talking time (TTT) has a bad reputation. It’s easy to see why – too many teachers talking too much, stealing their students’ talking time, and being boring. This hurts students’ motivation and willingness to communicate in class.Read More
Data is not a dirty word.
Data can improve your school, your students’ experience and your teaching performance.
Data identifies longer term trends about you and your students which you can use to inform your teaching and managing, and become a better TEFL teacher.
Which are the most important figures to look at?Read More
I have wasted thousands of hours lesson planning.
I’m not saying that lesson planning is a waste of time, but that I’ve lost days of my life typing the same phrases and language chunks over and over again.Read More
As a language school customer, once I’ve paid my money I have some demands you need to meet.
Fail to meet them, and I’ll go spend my money someplace else. I’ll probably bad mouth you to all my friends on and offline, too.Read More
Repeating the same activities with the same class over and over again sucks. Stealing lesson ideas is the answer. Just because you don’t have the time and energy to think of any new ideas doesn’t mean you have to condemn your learners (and you!) to the same mind-numbing activities every class.Read More
Even though you may love TEFL teaching, at some point reality will punch you in the face. Staying as a teacher won’t necessarily give you the salary you need as you get older, especially if you want to buy a home, get married, and have a family, and have a pension.Read More