As 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
With so much emphasis in the ESL industry on teaching young learners. It might be time for us to consider teaching older people. They may not always be the students we want to teach, but they are still customers just the same. And, they’re still fellow humans with hopes, dreams and aspirations. So, if we’re not thinking of how to serve them better, we may lose them.
It may not happen often, but if you teach adults online for long, you’ll probably encounter a lesson with elderly folks—people over 65, and even in their 80s, and possibly 90s (yes, I’ve taught such classes). In my experience, teaching seniors isn’t uncommon. And what I’ve noticed, is that they need a little more care than the average student. They can come across as shy, quiet, and non-participative, perhaps because we fail to realize the dynamics involved with teaching them.
Our blog today will give you a few pointers on how to manage elderly students in your online ESL classes. These tips are not meant to stereotype older learners but to be used as general rules of practice when teaching them. Read more
The International English Language Testing System, otherwise known as the IELTS is one of, if not the most popular English proficiency test out there. As such, it’s a common lesson among university and adult ESL learners who want to live, study, or work abroad. The IELTS consists of four sections:
reading, writing, listening and speaking. Read more
As far back as I can remember I had a passion for the intricacies of the English language. I think my ‘love affair’ with the English language began when my first-grade teacher invited me to become a ‘reading helper’. It was in this position that I helped my peers gain confidence and competence in phonics and then onto basic reading mechanics.
Have you ever taught a speaking class where you distributed textual conversation starters but it seemed your students didn’t really know what to say? If you’ve experienced this before I have a simple three-level approach called progressive questioning to get ESL students speaking.
In today’s blog, we’ll look at ways to create systematic questions so you can be more interactive and methodical with your students. In this article, I break down Progressive questioning into three levels and it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Read more
As a teacher, how do you handle dialogues when you encounter them in ESL textbooks? Do you brush past them thinking, no one talks like that? Do you think they’re irrelevant to learning? Are your learners just reading them like text from a book? Or do you use them as effective tools that can provide opportunities to use English in realistic ways? Today’s blog will show you how you can view dialogues differently then use them to help English language learners develop greater fluency. Read more
Many times I’ve taught conversation classes where English language learners were so silent you could hear a pin drop. If it’s been your experience too, we’ll show you how to change that. We’ve prepared a planned conversation lesson strategy for you to use. Read more
There’s a common difficulty I’ve encountered among language learners around the world, at various levels, and with different backgrounds—the hardship of introducing themselves. You might be surprised how many people cannot introduce themselves in a concise, coherent manner. It’s not limited to lower-level language learners either. Higher-level learners struggle with this at times and even native speakers!
Our focus here will be on using an introduction activity to aid beginner-level learners. We’ll show you how to help them gain a sense of accomplishment by class end. Today’s blog will not only offer an idea to work with beginner-level students, but also present a way to engage them in a meaningful, practical, and useful activity. Learning how to introduce themselves will serve them well both inside and outside ESL classrooms. Read more
Once in a blue moon (or more) you may be tasked to teach the same group of ESL learners all day. It might not happen very often, but it does happen. For example, I taught a daily six-hour program at the Samsung Corporation in South Korea for three years. The class members enrolled for a 10-week English intensive course program. So, each day, we met for class from morning to afternoon. After every cycle, a new batch of ESL learners began another term. It was definitely challenging, but I discovered a way to manage such situations that you might be able to use. I’ll share below some insights I learned for developing a syllabus to manage all-day ESL lessons with the same class members. Read more
The students at my school struggle to pay attention and to maintain interest when learning English. They avoid speaking in English, especially with their classmates, because they lack confidence. This reduces interaction and thus, they do not communicate well in English in the outside world. In this article, I present a lesson where I used a technique to educate students in a fun and interactive way.
About the Author: Zarin Tasnim completed OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma and Teaching English to Young Learners Specialist Course and is now teaching primary English in China. Read more