There are many strategies in the Communicative Approach that ESL teachers could employ to teach language and culture at the same time. What’s important to keep in mind is that the two should be taught simultaneously and at all levels of learning. Learners begin by becoming familiar with the new culture, progressively moving toward comparisons between cultures, and eventually gaining an in-depth knowledge of both (Sellami, 2000). The classroom activities described below teach language and culture simultaneously; however, all language lessons have an element of culture in them.
A good dictionary is very helpful for studying a language. It helps students with meaning, spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. It is a good idea to use a dictionary which shows all aspects of a word so that students can see how the word is used, and which uses the IPA (International Pronunciation Alphabet) to show how the word is pronounced. Always encourage your students to use an English-English dictionary, especially at a pre-intermediate level and above.
Experienced language teachers know that it is essential to establish a classroom environment where learners feel comfortable enough to take risks and make mistakes in front of their peers and the teacher. Teachers often use icebreaker activities at first class meetings to set the tone and to start building a comfortable class atmosphere. There are many ways to do this, and one of the most popular icebreakers is “Find Someone Who.”
It has come to our attention that some graduates are looking at expensive recruitment services in Argentina. This company is charging $1,300 to help teachers find a job for the school year that starts in March 2012.
In order to get a job anywhere in Latin America, you have to go there and apply in person, so we understand how some people think that paying some kind of fee for recruitment service may be justified, but $1,300 is an obscene amount. Reputable recruiters charge the schools for finding qualified teachers and if you are worried about getting a job, $1,300 pays for 3 months of rent in Latin America.
Native-speakers who hold a university degree and a reputable TESOL certificate can easily compete for a position. You just have to consider that the hiring season varies a lot throughout Latin America, so go there when it’s easiest to find a job. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact us.
Ontesol is one of the few TESOL/TEFL institutes that has a contract with EPIK, South Korea’s Ministry of Education national English program, to supply them with qualified teachers.
Applications for the next term will be considered starting on October 2011. Only those who hold a TESOL certificate or Diploma from Coventry House International, Ontesol, TESL Canada, ACTDEC (100 hours and up), Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA are eligible to apply.Please note that a university degree is also required and applicants must be native speakers, citizens of South Korea, or have completed their studies at a native-speaking country from grade 7 up to the university level.
To apply, you can request an application form via email, or send us a message through the contact form.