How Licensed Public School Teachers Benefit From a TESOL Certificate

TESOL certificate for licensed teachers A TESOL certificate is highly recommended for licensed teacher in Canada and the United States who teaches newcomers or are planning to teach abroad.

A teaching license or a degree in Education will put you ahead in some teaching programs abroad, especially in public school programs such as ADEC in the United Arab Emirates, NETs in Hong Kong, and EPIK in South Korea; however, a TESOL certificate is recommended for licensed teachers who want to teach English abroad and many employers often ask licensed teachers to upgrade their credentials to qualify for higher wages. This is because TESOL is a very specific subject and the methods used in the English classroom are not learned in a degree in Education. This article will explain more about the lesson planning formats, the teaching methods, and other topics licensed teachers would learn in a TESOL certificate course.

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EPIK: Passed The Interview? Now It’s Crunch Time!

EPIK Interview Application HelpCongratulations! You passed the interview with EPIK! Now, passing the interview does not mean that you got the job. Your documents have to get to South Korea before the application deadline before EPIK sends you the contract.  The deadline may be a few months ahead, but do not fall asleep! There are many applicants and jobs are filled on a first come, first serve basis.   You have to send all the required documents to your EPIK recruiter as soon as possible in order to avoid being placed on the waiting list. In general, positions get filled three weeks before the deadline and those on the waiting list may travel to South Korea a few months later than expected, if they get to travel at all.

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Teaching Pre-Advanced: Supplementing the FCE Oxford Textbook (Unit 8) With Communicative Activities and Authentic Material

Teaching Pre-Advanced: Communicative Activities and materialsFood is always a fun topic to teach English, especially if you have a very multicultural class. The best way to engage the students is to continuously bring the discussion back around to the food and restaurant experience in their country. You will be amazed at what you learn about cultural traditions and different students’ perspective on the food they eat. In this article, our star graduate explains how she supplements the FCE Oxford textbook with communicative activities and authentic material.

About the Author: Clare completed the 120-hour TESOL certificate course. She is currently teaching English in Toronto.

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Incidental Language: The Ultimate ‘Do Not’ in the Online ESL Classroom

Incidental language - Teaching English online Incidental language is one of the major infractions that will automatically get points docked from your interview/mock lesson score and lower your performance review. This is because when practiced in an ESL classroom, especially with newer learners, it throws off the flow of your lesson and puts your students in a confused, agitated, or non-responsive state which, in turn, can lose both you and the company clients. This type of language is speech that would not be a problem to use when conversing with native or fluent English speakers. However, when teaching in an ESL classroom, especially an online one, it’s the ultimate killer. This is because, as foreign language teachers, we are required by duty to speak slowly, carefully, clearly, and to the point, catering to each student’s individual capacity and level. It’s only natural that we use it in our daily lives, so we are completely accustomed to it. Most times, we don’t even realize that we are doing it. In fact, it takes a conscious effort to train yourself out of the habit. Here are some examples of the incidental language that I was guilty of using in my early online ESL teaching days and tips for how you can easily tweak or totally avoid it.

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Top 10 Total Physical Response Techniques for Online ESL Teachers

Total Physical Response (TPR) Techniques for teaching English onlineThere is one common denominator that dominates the teaching criteria required by all online ESL companies, especially the ones geared toward teaching beginners and young students: Total Physical Response (TPR). This methodology involves a series of techniques that focus on using the body through gestures and facial expressions in order to facilitate understanding and solidifying learning. Every online company that I’ve interviewed with and/or worked for has prioritized TPR above all else, as it is the one nearly fool-proof way to get your point across to students. While TPR motions can be considered fairly obvious, it is crucial to remember to be consistent when using them. If you are going to assign a gesture to an action, word, or sound, make sure you use it all the time, and encourage your student to use them, too. Below I’ve listed the TPR gestures that I use most frequently with short descriptions on how to put them into effect. Good luck!

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Teaching English Online: How to Build Your Own Clientele

Teaching English Online - Own your own teaching businessWhether you’ve just been hired by an online teaching company or are branching out on your own, you need to approach your new teaching position as a personal business. Like any other business, teaching English online requires reaching out and selling yourself to students, building up clientele, and keeping them loving the service that they receive. Don’t expect this to happen overnight. Students from all over the world have an increasing number of options when it comes to choosing an English company and specific teacher, so making yourself stand out is definitely a crucial element of success- and I don’t mean just by offering the lowest rates. After all, teachers deserve to be compensated fairly for their work in order to support themselves. Getting students for your online business will take a while, but I do have some tips for kickstarting the process and getting you well on your way.

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Teaching English Online to Children: Dealing with Parents

Teaching English online to childrenWhen teaching young students online, particularly if they are beginners to the language or new to your classroom, it’s typical for parents to sit and watch. Often times, these parents will scrupulously dissect your lesson and leave pretty strong feedback. The expectations are high, and you are expected to deliver. Certain elements of teaching should go without saying and be inherently understood, such as a commitment to professionalism and being on time. It should be considered common sense to act courteously, refraining from yelling, aggressive behavior, and giving excessively negative feedback and reprimands. Dress should be modest and not distracting, and personal upkeep is important, as well. While it might seem like a huge bonus to wear your pajama bottoms while working through a computer screen, it’s important to project the impression that you’ve prepared for class and not just rolled out of bed- fixing your hair, wearing a plain top, etc.. Being on time should also go without being said, just like with any other job. However, there are some common complaints from parents that new online ESL teachers might be unaware of. Avoiding certain behaviors will make your ratings higher and your schedule more bountiful, which is good for everyone, right?

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How to Teach English Online: Free Tutorial by Golden Voice English

 

How to Teach English Online

Golden Voice English (GVE) is a Toronto based company that teaches online English lessons to Chinese elementary students across grades one to nine. GVE offers a range of packages for students to meet online with a regular tutor between one and five times per week. We have created engaging and interactive lessons that are based on the Chinese government mandated English curriculum. All curriculum, including powerpoint presentations and lesson plans, are created in GVE’s Toronto office by a talented team of Chinese and Canadian education experts.

GVE is part of a growing industry of online English education programs that are available to Chinese elementary students. Three important factors make GVE a particularly unique and desirable company for ESL teachers seeking new tutoring opportunities:

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How Long Does It Take To Complete the TESOL Certificate Courses Offered by OnTESOL?

How long does it take to complete the TESOL certificate course?Our online TESOL certificate courses are self-paced, so you can complete the program in under 4 weeks or take up to 8 months to study! OnTESOL is the leader in advanced TESOL certificate courses. Get the best training to pursue a career in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)! Our TESOL courses are recognized all over the world, so you can use the certificate to teach English abroad or in your home country.

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How to Supplement The FCE Oxford Press Textbook With Communicative Activities and Authentic Material

How to supplement the FCE Oxford Press TextbookThe FCE Oxford Press textbook acts as a good guide for teaching each topic, but it is not necessarily something to be depended on to engage your students. The activities presented in the textbook are often dry and lack excitement. Many of the topics are often outdated as well so teachers must find more modern and up-to-date material to work with. If we put ourselves in our students’ shoes, who really wants to sit in a chair staring at a textbook for 4-5 hours?! Here are a few ways you can supplement the FCE textbook with fun and engaging activities.

About the author: Clare Esler completed the 120-hour TESOL Certificate Course and a 20-hour Practicum

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