Surviving Subbing

Subbing ESL Teacher - Substitute English TeacherFor 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:

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3 Communicative Activities for Teaching Relative Clauses

Teaching Relative Clauses - TESOL / TEFL Teaching EnglishRelative 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.

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The Importance of Integrating Skills When Replacing the Textbook

Integrating Skills When Replacing the TextbookOne 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.

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Engaging Reading Activities For Your ESL Class

Teaching Reading Skills ActivitiesAs 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 Tips for New ESL Teachers

Lesson Planning Tips for New TeachersLesson 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.

About the author: Clare is a new teacher in Toronto and she recently completed the TESOL certificate with Practicum.

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Is Teaching Online for You? 5 Qualities of an Online English Teacher

Teaching English online: Qualities of an online ESL teacherTeaching 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.

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Fun Activities for Teaching Beginners in Immersion Programs

How to teach English to Beginners in Immersion programs - fun activitiesOften 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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Pros and Cons of Teaching English with Technology: It’s About Authentic Communication!

Teaching English with technology 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.

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Teaching Grammar: How to Elicit Function and Form

Elicitation - Teaching GrammarThe idea of eliciting questions in TESOL is not necessarily to get students to produce the target language. It is to elicit the function and the form. So, for example, if the target language is wh-questions, the goal in the elicitation is not to get students to produce a wh-question, but to get them to realize what the function is (asking) and what the structure is (grammatical form). So, their answers will not be the target form (like What is your name); it will be things like Ask a question or Question-word and do and base form.
Below you can find an example of eliciting function and form using past perfect. The assumption here is that students have not learned the form or function before (You have a bit more to lean on when students have some prior exposure).

 

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How to Teach Gerunds and Infinitives

How to Teach Gerunds and InfinitivesGerunds — 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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