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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Giving Effective Feedback in ESL Speaking Classes

Learn how to teach an effective ESL Speaking classFor many ESL students, the most significant skill to learn is speaking. Although they would agree that writing, listening, and reading are all important, nothing demonstrates your mastery of a language like the ability to speak fluently. As such, speaking-focused classes are becoming increasingly popular for ESL students, especially those living in Asia. From the teachers’ perspective, however, giving effective and practical feedback in a speaking class can often be a challenge. 

About the author:  Kyle Doré is currently teaching English in Toronto, Canada. He spent four years teaching English in South Korea and graduated from our 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate.

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Teaching Pronunciation: Using Poetry in the ESL Classroom 

As an English major, I enjoy teaching literature and drama in the classroom. This being said, this kind of content is often challenging to learn from for non-native speakers. Nonetheless, poetry is a great way to include creative and artistic content into the ESL classroom and can be used for a wide range of English levels. Due to the variety of structures, themes, and vocabulary, poetry is a great tool to enhance a multitude of ESL lessons and topics. TESOL Tips: Teach Poetry in the ESL Classroom

About the Author: Kyle Dore taught English in South Korea  for over 3 years. He is now teaching English in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Kyle graduated from OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate program. 

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TEYL Tips: Using PowerPoint To Teach English to Young Learners

Let’s be honest, PowerPoint is often overused in the ESL industry and can be a forgettable aspect of many lessons. However, it is a powerful tool for creating interest or for emphasizing important lesson elements, especially for young learners. Use Powerpoint to Teach English to Young LearnersBelow is a list of tips and topics where PowerPoint can be especially useful in the classroom.

About the author: As a graduate of the 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate, Kyle is well-versed in various communicative teaching methods. Kyle taught young learners in South Korea for 3 years and is now teaching English in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Read more

Cultural Activities to Engage Young Learners In South Korea

While teaching abroad, you may notice that your foreign identity becomes a large part of your teaching identity, especially toTeach cultural activities in English to young learners your students. This part of teaching abroad is mostly unavoidable, but it can be really helpful in the classroom. Younger students, in particular, will likely have little experience communicating with a native English speaker. In addition, they might be curious about your life and home country. Introducing cultural activities enriches your lessons, engages young learners and easily encourages your students to get to know you more.

About the author: Kyle Dore  graduated from OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL course. He taught English in South Korea to young learners for over 4 years. He currently teaches English in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

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Using the Communicative Approach to Teach Vocabulary

In this article, I demonstrate how I teach advanced learners how to develop richer and more expansive vocabulary. This article demonstrates perfectly how to use the communicative approach to teach vocabulary in a way that is both meaningful for the teacher and student.

About the Author: Melissa is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate course. She recently returned from teaching English in Japan. She runs her own private teaching business where she teaches English to Korean students in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Read more

Creative Back-Up ESL Games

        No prep Games for TESOL Teachers If there’s one thing to be learned in teaching, it is that no matter how thoroughly you plan, the unexpected will always occur. In addition, it could be that the homeroom teacher asks for a last-minute lesson extension. Perhaps your boss forgot to mention the 8:00am kindergarten class.  It could be that your planned lesson took half the time you expected. You could’ve just forgotten your flashcards on your desk. Stressful as this is, it’s much less so if you have a few games in your back pocket to pull out at a moment’s notice – no prep required.

About the author:Rosemary Hanson is a teacher specializing in English and early education, and a graduate from OnTESOL’s 250-hour program. She now teaches English to elementary students in Nagoya, Japan

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TESOL Review: How to Make Money Teaching English Online with Qkids!

Teach English to Young Learners Online with QkidsI am a stay-at-home Mom and I make around $1,500 a month with a part-time schedule teaching online with QKids. Join us at QKids, a fun interactive program where you can teach English online to Chinese students aged 5 – 12.

About the author: Jaclyn Roche is a Full-time Mom, Writer, and teaches English Part-time online Teacher with QKids. Read more

Writing a Short Book is a Fun TEYL Writing Skills Activity!

  Writing Skills activity for English teachers Writing a short book is a great way for students – especially young students – to use their written language in a meaningful and creative way. This is an activity that lends itself to mixed-level classes. In addition, if these books are kept, displayed, and referred to, they also offer a method of passive review – either as a class or by individual students. Finally, in teaching a book lesson, it is important to read a completed book to the class before starting the activity, so that students can see the goal and understand the target of the story. Here are some examples of simple books that can be made by young ESL/EFL learners:

About the author: Rosemary Hanson is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma and 20-hour TEYL specialist course. 

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