At Ontesol, you can take a professional TESOL certification course online and combine it with in-class teaching experience.
Teaching English communicatively requires creativity and good authentic materials.
Your educational background and interests play an important role in becoming a better ESL teacher, but you don’t necessarily need to be a science major to teach difficult science topics. Browsing the science section of the local newspaper will lead you to interesting and fun articles that you can use in the ESL classroom.
Communicative TESOL goes beyond teaching ESL. The Communicative Approach is the most effective method for teaching a language because students study the language in real context and it helps them expand their knowledge of the world using the English language. Communicative TESOL is both fun and effective.
Social media sites such as You Tube and Facebook are excellent for finding great authentic materials. You Tube provides millions of free documentaries, songs, and movies, and Facebook pages feed updated material to your account.
2011 has been a great year for ESL teachers. Over 300,000 TESOL graduates are currently teaching English worldwide! Even during the never-ending recession, there are plenty of jobs available and schools are offering better packages than ever.
Stricter requirements for TESOL certification are motivating teachers to take a reputable TESOL course. As a result, ESL teachers are enjoying their career more than ever.
Our graduates know that TESOL is not just about certification. Lesson planning is about being prepared, unleashing your creativity, and becoming better communicators of important life values.
It’s been almost a decade since Coventry House International launched Ontesol and we are proud to see how much we have grown since 2003. Nine years ago it was unthinkable for an online TESOL institute to surpass CELTA in quality. Through hard work and dedication, Ontesol’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma has become one of the most popular courses in Canada and the World.
Ontesol is always looking to offer more than the features required by our accrediting organizations. This year we created more resources, hired more tutors, expanded our free job placement service, and established more partnerships worldwide than ever.
Next year we will continue to push our limits with our trainees, their students, and the whole ESL industry in mind.
TESOL certification courses are continuing education programs that generally last anywhere between two and eight weeks, so there isn’t any government funding available in Canada, US, or UK.
The good news is that it is possible to pay off your TESOL course after just one month of teaching abroad. The tuition fee for Ontesol’s 100-hour course is only CAN$285 as of September, 2011. EPIK, which is a national English program run by South Korea’s Ministry of Education, offers $300 extra per month to those who have a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL certification!
If you have taken a course with Ontesol or you are currently enrolled in one of our internationally recognized TESOL courses, we are one of the few TESOL/TEFL institutes in the world that has a contract with EPIK for helping qualified ESL teachers with the lengthy application process. Send us an email to request an application form!
Photos or pictures are excellent tools to integrate writing and speaking skills in a lesson. You know how the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Choose a picture or photo that shows a place and one or more people. Divide the class into two groups. One group has to write the story of what happened before the photo was taken and the other group has to write the story of what happened after it was taken. Then, the two groups put the two parts together to make one story.
Flashcards are excellent tools to use with classes of all levels.
They are simple to use and you can use them to present or review vocabulary, grammar topics, practice pronunciation, play games, get your students to make sentences, or write stories.
You can create your own flashcards with cut-outs from magazines, photos you can find online, or have your students make them as a task when practicing vocabulary or any grammar topic.
Another good thing about flashcards is that once you create them, they can be reused with different groups of students for different topics.
Simplifying the way we word the language of instruction, especially when teaching beginners, is very important. As teachers, we have to remember that we are talking to learners of the English language, not to native speakers. The more difficult the words are and the longer and more complex the sentences are, the less our beginner students will understand our instructions, or explanations.
When you plan to use an activity in any section of your lesson, make sure that it has a focus. Let’s consider, for example, a listening activity. One of the most common mistakes made by a teacher is to play a recording and then ask the students to say what it is about. There isn’t any focus in such activity. The students may get lost as there could be a lot of information in that recording. When you focus the activity on certain information, for example, “Listen and complete the chart with all the numbers you hear” you are helping your students improve their listening skills in a very measurable way.
Lesson plans definitely take a long time to prepare at first. There is no question about it. However, the more you practice and understand the basics of lesson planning, the less it will take.
The type of lesson plan will depend on the approach you use, but in any approach or method there are steps to follow. At first, it is not easy to see the whole picture and how each step paves the way for the next, in order to make the lesson flow smoothly. Once you have internalized the steps and the purpose of each, you will find that the ideas come much more quickly.
Do not forget that writing detailed lesson plans will help you be very well prepared for teaching any sort of lesson. It is important to know that many ESL schools ask for detailed lesson plans and some ask for them in advance so they can be approved or rejected.
Another reason that learning how to write professional lesson plans is very important is because many employers ask applicants to write a lesson plan on any given topic and on the spot. So, practice writing lesson plans to impress your future employer.
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