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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TESOL Teacher in Madagascar: Using Authentic Material in the ESL Classroom

Using Authentic Material in Rural ESL ClassroomsThe use of authentic material in the classroom can boost a student’s confidence and introduce them to real life language, all while supplementing the text.  Authentic material can bridge the gap between classroom language and real life language. It brings genuine and realistic linguistic situations and material right into the classroom setting.

Jessica Whitehorne is currently teaching in rural Madagascar. She is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma,  Teaching English to Young Learners and Teaching Business English courses.

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Supplementing The ESL Textbook in Madagascar

Teach English in MadagascarI have been teaching English for over 2 years in north-western Madagascar. It was here where I was hired by a large aquaculture company to implement an English training program for their 900 employees. I also work directly with the people and children in the neighbouring village with a foundation named Fondation Ecole de Félix. This foundation brings access to education and healthcare for the Ankarana people.

Jessica Whitehorne is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma, Teaching Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners specialist courses.

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