10 Ways To Give Feedback in English Conversation Classes

How To Provide Effective Feedback in a Conversation ESL ClassA teacher may have one of the best lessons of all time prepared, but without providing feedback, learner development can only go so far.

Feedback in the context of TESOL is providing information to improve English language use. This information can be grammatical, lexical, or phonetic.

When a dull pencil does not produce fine print, we use a pencil sharpener to get back that fineness. Feedback in an ESL lesson is the pencil sharpener that hones the skills of your students. Without it, their English simply becomes dull, lacking, and fails to improve.

Many teachers equate feedback with correction, but they are different. Correction points out errors, but feedback is meant to assess and provide both positive and negative reinforcement. Teachers can use feedback to collaborate with their learners and assist them in developing their skills. Correction simply tells them they are wrong and what the right answer is.

The nice thing about feedback is that it does not always have to be given in an in-your-face manner that may embarrass students, especially those from save-face cultures. There are a variety of ways feedback can be shared. Feedback falls into two delivery methods: real-time and delayed that are explained below.  Read more

Is a Conversation Lesson a License to Just Talk?

Teach a Free-Talking ESL LessonAfter a long and tiring few days of teaching, you see that you have a conversation lesson today. You say to yourself, “oh, this good, I don’t have to teach anything, just talk with my students”. So, you enter the classroom with a potential topic or two to talk about with your class. After all, it is a conversation lesson, so you can talk about anything. But is that the idea of a conversation lesson? Read more

Lesson Planning 101: How to Develop Meaningful ESL Lessons

Teaching English Using the Communicative MethodSo many new teachers spend hours at a time preparing for a lesson they believe their adult students will appreciate. And why would they not appreciate it—you think it is a great lesson! 

Then you bring your lesson to class eager to present it, and to finish it. Why? Because you know it is what the class needs! But do they need this lesson you have laboured over, or do they need something more? 

More, you say—I have just spent hours working on this lesson, and I will finish it! Yes, more. Have we  ever stopped to ask the question, should I be teaching the lesson, or should I be using the lesson to teach?

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Teaching English With Little to No Technology

How to Teach English Using Less Resources  Throughout your career teaching English,  you are often exposed to technology used to deliver your lessons. Some technology can even run on autopilot these days. You prepare lessons using videos, podcasts, and images that your students finds interesting.

You adhere to pedagogical methodologies using technology to engage your learners. However, there is one critical component missing…the classroom you are now walking into does not have access to the technology you are used to. In fact, the only technology they do have (a computer) is dedicated to the admin office!

You have just stepped through a time warp from modern technology and teaching conveniences into a world where there are no classroom computers, projector screens, podcasts, YouTube, PowerPoint, iPods, iPads, or other electronic teaching aids that we often take for granted.

In fact, all you can see in your classroom is a whiteboard, chairs, windows, and four walls. What do you do now? What is your Plan B? Here are a few fallback ideas for teaching in situations with little to no technology that may help you gain confidence in such situations.

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Do I Need To Speak A Foreign Language to Teach English Abroad?

Do I need to speak another language to teach abroad?This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety.  Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.

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Can Non-Canadians Qualify For TESL Canada Certification?

Apply to get TESOL/TEFL certified Yes! Now, anyone who meets the following requirements qualifies for TESL Canada certification:

-Native speaker or valid proficiency score.

-University degree from Canada or equivalent.

-TESOL certificate from a recognized TESL Canada centre.

Ontesol’s online 250-hour TESOL Diploma is recognized as TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification once a supervised 50-hour Practicum is completed.  Take the course from the comfort of your home and then complete the Practicum at any ESL school in the world.

TESL Canada is necessary for teaching English in Canada and is highly recognized in some of the strictest countries when it comes to certification. These countries include Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, and anywhere in Europe. An EU passport is also required to teach in Europe.

TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 is equivalent to CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL, while TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 courses provide over 270 hours of advanced TESOL training.

Is The TEYL Course Enough To Get A Job?

Teach English to Young Learners TEYL is a specialization course that covers how to Teach English to Young Learners (TEYL) and is not enough to qualify for teaching positions worldwide. Schools look at the TESOL certificate first and foremost and if the position is for teaching English to children, as many positions are, then a TEYL certificate comes in very handy. For this reason, Ontesol offers a 50% on the TEYL course when you enrol in one of our internationally recognized online TESOL courses. To learn more about the difference between each TESOL program and what’s included in the TEYL course, take a moment to compare the syllabi.

What is Ontesol’s Job Board?

Get access to our TEFL/TESOL job board!Ontesol offers the most complete job placement service. It’s honest, reliable, and free of charge!

Ontesol’s free job placement service starts with TEFL Jobs by OnTESOL, where people can learn about the requirements and benefits from schools in top ESL destinations. Every month, there are 10,000 TESOL jobs available worldwide! Access your student account and find the job board on the first page. You can download the application for EPIK, access job positing from the top ESL destinations, and find a list of schools, websites, recruiters, and resources.

Choose a TESOL course that is right for you.  If you have any questions, contact us by email or use one of the toll free numbers.

TESOL Madagascar – ESL Summer Camp for Young Learners

Teaching English to Young Learners in MadgascarSummer Camp is designed for students to enjoy learning and to take them outside of the sometimes boring classroom setting. It is an opportunity to use and to adapt activities to learn and review vocabulary. Learning, innovation and adventure are a big part of summer camp to encourage ESL learning.  With this in mind, I designed a week-long action-packed ESL Summer Camp program for young learners in the village of Ampampamena in northern Madagascar. This program encourages students to use their imagination at every moment, all while learning and reviewing English.

Jessica Whitehorne is currently teaching and developing curriculum for young learners in Madagascar. She is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma, Teaching English To Young Learners course and Teaching Business English Course. 

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