For many TESOL teachers, the first step in their careers will involve substitute teaching. Subbing jobs can range from last minute fill-ins for single classes to short-term contracts to cover vacations or illness. While it can be stressful not to know where you will be teaching from one day or week to the next, making a good impression as a sub can lead to more permanent work in the future. Here are five useful tips to help make your subbing experiences as successful (and unstressful) as possible:
Relative clauses are a rather complex grammar structure, but teachers can help their students to learn this structure in fun and communicative ways by thinking about where the ‘language lives’ in our every day life and how we use it. The three games and activities I will explain below are a great way to teach relative clauses while integrating writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills.
One of the worst things about professionally published language teaching materials is that they often tend to focus on one particular skill in a fairly unnatural way. Indeed, a lot of language courses even go as far as focusing solely on productive skills. In such courses, reading and listening become secondary skills (while other courses do the exact opposite, of course). Authentic materials, in the other hand, allow teachers to plan for integrated skills lessons.
As many teachers know, ESL students struggle with reading activities, especially those that are reading out loud. Reading activities can be fun! Here are a few different activities for engaging your students and helping them to love reading!
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Lesson planning should follow ‘the rhythm of your class’ and your students’ needs. Finding this “flow” will require getting to know your students and the curriculum requirements of the school you teach at. You could get students who benefit greatly from structure or you could get students who need less structure. It is up to the teacher to read the students and to get to know them over time. Here are 3 tips to help you plan lessons that meet your students’ needs.
Teaching English online is very different from teaching in a classroom. The lesson planning skills you acquired in the TESOL certification course will definitely help you to create interactive activities for your students and replace the textbook with songs and videos, but your personality will also make or break your experience teaching English in front of a screen. Teaching online just doesn’t work for some people! This blog we will look at different qualities that online ESL teachers must have in order to succeed.
Often teachers fall back on the direct method when teaching beginner students, as it is difficult to engage them communicatively when they speak little or no English at all. Well, think again! Beginner students can be engaged with such simple tools as photographs and cellphones, which teachers often struggle to tear students away from. This blog will explore communicative activities for teaching beginners in immersion programs and give you step by step guidance to implement these activities in the classroom!
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As a new teacher in Toronto, I have worked at a few of the city’s top language schools and I have had the chance to work with both textbooks and technology. Here’s my view on the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom and how teachers can provide the best service to their students.
Gerunds — Parts of speech, but not quite. They are a verb but act like a noun as part of the subject or object of a sentence. It is no wonder this grammatical structure is so confusing for students to understand and even trickier for many ESL teachers to teach! This post will offer a clearer explanation of their function and further resources for how to teach these structures with ease.
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