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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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Authentic Material: How to Teach English Using Radio or Podcasts

By Margaret Hurley. Co-writer You Can Teach Grammar

Podcasts and radio in the ESL classroom - Authentic Material TESOLThe benefits of using authentic material in the TESOL classroom are many. They generate interest, they are certainly more varied in range than the material embedded in textbooks, they can be extremely practical, they can be fun and they can be very current. Especially for teachers who are not in an English-speaking country, authentic material are an excellent way to bring the English-speaking world into the classroom. In this series, different specific ways of using authentic materials will be covered. This inaugural issue covers some tips for using (non-musical) radio or podcasts in the classroom.

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Get Your Students Moving

Get your students moving in the ESL classroom. Teaching English activitiesLearning a new language can be tough. Sitting in one place for an hour or more doesn’t make it any easier. Adding some opportunities for movement during class time can help keep your students motivated and can help them learn better.

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Error Correction in TESOL

Error Correction in the ESL class - tips and solutionsESL teachers and students often have differing views on the importance of error correction. Some students insist that they want the teacher to note and correct all errors made at any time in a lesson. Some teachers want to encourage their students’ confidence and don’t feel comfortable correcting students as they feel corrections may interfere with the development of the students’ fluency in English. What’s a teacher to do?

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TESOL: How to Teach Listening Skills

Teaching listening skills issues and solutionsListening comprehension is an area that many students feel they need improvement in. They feel lost when they have to deal with English outside the classroom, and don’t always feel that they are making progress fast enough.

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Helping Learners Become Independent

What is independent learning?

Independent learning is:

Reflective: students think about what they have learned and what it means

Connected: students make connections between what they are learning, what they know already, and what they experience in the world outside the classroom

Self-directed: students do not wait  for the teacher to tell them what to learn- they are read to create learning experiences on their own

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Communicative TESOL – Teach Science In The ESL Class?

Teaching English communicatively requires creativity and good authentic materials.

Your educational background and interests play an important role in becoming a better ESL teacher, but you don’t necessarily need to be a science major to teach difficult science topics. Browsing the science section of the local newspaper will lead you to interesting and fun articles that you can use in the ESL classroom.

Communicative TESOL goes beyond teaching ESL.  The Communicative Approach is the most effective method for teaching a language because students study the language in real context and it helps them expand their knowledge of the world using the English language. Communicative TESOL is both fun and effective.

Social media sites such as You Tube and Facebook are excellent for finding great authentic materials. You Tube provides millions of free documentaries, songs, and movies, and Facebook pages feed updated material to your account.

TESOL: Using Songs with Adult Learners

Teaching English with SongsWhy teach English with songs? Songs are an excellent tool for learning English while having fun. They can be used to learn or practice the target language in a motivating and enjoyable way.

Many teachers think that using songs in the classroom is only for young learners, or as a means for motivating teens. While it is true that children learn most by doing and singing, and teens love learning the lyrics of their favourite singers or bands, songs work equally well with adult learners.

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Classroom Activities for Teaching English and Culture – Communicative Approach TESOL

Teaching English Using the Communicative Approach TESOLThere are many strategies in the Communicative Approach that ESL teachers could employ to teach language and culture at the same time.  What’s important to keep in mind is that the two should be taught simultaneously and at all levels of learning.  Learners begin by becoming familiar with the new culture, progressively moving toward comparisons between cultures, and eventually gaining an in-depth knowledge of both (Sellami, 2000).  The classroom activities described below teach language and culture simultaneously; however, all language lessons have an element of culture in them.

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Correcting Mistakes

Error correction is a very important part of teaching a language. ESL teachers have to know when to correct mistakes and how to do it effectively. This article will teach you why students make mistakes, how to reflect on the types of mistakes that students make, and what you can do to help them improve. You will also find various links to other resources on error correction in the ESL classroom.

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