It’s quite likely that many of the adult students you meet will be business people. And teaching business students can be a little daunting. It means working with professionals who don’t want to waste time on chit-chat. That’s because they’re learning English to help them get results.

They may be working in corporations where clients are from different countries. Or they may be employed by international companies and regularly interact with foreign colleagues. Either way, it means they need to speak English.

Socializing in business settings is an important aspect of doing business. It’s also one of the weaker areas for business English learners in my experience. In today’s blog, we’re going to focus on how you can teach a practical business lesson within the scope of socializing with colleagues.

The idea is to help learners be more capable and confident meeting foreign colleagues visit their offices. This lesson should take you through one fifty-minute session or more. So, let’s get started.

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Recently, we posted a blog on communicative competence for our students. The point was to utilize English language training to equip them for interactions in their target language environments. One of the areas of competence was sociolinguistic competence. This means using English in a socially acceptable manner. That could be anything from avoiding taboo topics to using appropriate word choices for particular situations, using polite language, and even allowing others to speak. In today’s blog, we’ll focus on that last part—how we can teach learners to take turns when speaking. 

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Communicative competence is a concept set forth by Dell Hymes (1966). The idea behind his concept was that (English) language is not to be learned within a vacuum. In other words, language is used for communication, and as such, it must follow conventions. He divided those conventions into competencies. And they cover a broad range of communication elements: grammatical (or linguistic) competence, discourse competence, strategic competence, and sociolinguistic competence. 

In our blog today, we’ll discuss each competency as it relates to speaking, what that means for teachers, and how you can approach them in your ESL classes.

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Teaching ESL is often advertised by recruiters as an opportunity to see the world. The industry term is a backpacker, or backpacking teacher. There are teachers who do one, maybe two-year stints in an academy or school, then take another teaching job in a different location. This is not so much for the high pay or good position, but a way for them to experience different cultures and travel the world. 

And why not? Many academies and schools will pay travel expenses either upfront or reimburse the teachers after a year. That equates to being able to see the world and getting paid to do it. So, this makes teaching ESL an attractive line of work for not just single folks, but even backpacking couples. 

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There is some debate between teachers and even researchers that one way of teacher speech is better than others. Some propose not changing your speech rate, clarity, structure, or vocabulary, believing that learners need to hear real English speaking to improve. They consider this more of a natural way of language teaching. 

Others say that students need to hear clear, slowed, conventional, understandable teacher speech to follow along and pick up the language. This is what we could call a more nurturing method of language teaching. In our blog today, we’ll discuss both sides of the discussion and in the end, you’ll have a better idea that works best for you and your learners. 

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We’ve been writing a lot about online classes lately since that’s become the trend in 2020. More time at home has equated to more people investing their time and budgets toward self-improvement or professional development. In past blogs, we discussed how you can be better prepared for interviews with online ESL teaching companies, how you can submit a practical resume to these same companies, how to engage learners in online lessons, how to teach elderly students online, and even how to gain first-timers in your online classes. Today, we’re going to continue our online teaching tips for 2020 by showing you how you can keep students coming back. 

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How to Impress First Time ESL StudentsAs online ESL teaching has become more common over the past years; almost exponentially so in 2020, students have more choices. With their choice of teachers and companies, students need to be able to see something different in you and how you manage the class. Moreover, if you want to keep them, they’ll need to see what they can gain from your lessons. Today’s blog will show you how to get those first-time students to stay with you. Read more

Online English Teaching is on the riseDue to the rapid spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, most industries, if not all, have shifted from physical operations to online setups. 

Within just a few months, the outbreak has affected at least 185 countries and 10.4 million individuals all around the world. To slow down and contain the spread of the virus, several regions from different nations called for lockdowns and travel bans. Governments around the world prohibited large physical gatherings, physical stores and establishments closed, and public transportation halted. People were forced to stay at home and, as a result, economic activities significantly reduced. Read more

Just as people are learning English from home, so too, companies are hiring ESL teachers to work from home. As home-based online ESL teaching jobs become increasingly more common, companies are giving a lot of effort to recruit and screen new hires. One of the first places this begins is with your resume. In today’s blog, we’ll show you how to prepare a resume that shines brighter than others. So, continue reading to learn more about what you should be focusing on and highlighting in your ESL teacher resume. Read more

How to prepare for an online teaching interviewAs online teaching has become increasingly more popular and convenient, the demand for good quality teachers is rising. You can cover quality training with a certificate course from OnTESOL, but the interviewing part is something you’ll need to work on to get the job. But, we’ve prepared a few tips below on how you can be better prepared for an interview with an online ESL company for a home-based ESL teaching position. Read more