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How to Introduce New Vocabulary

How to introduce new vocabulary - teaching vocabulary ESLActivating Schema – Teaching Vocabulary

Activating schema is an essential part of introducing new vocabulary. In most cases, the majority of the vocabulary that your students end up using in a lesson comes directly from you and the materials you’ve chosen. Introducing vocabulary is usually best done in context. It’s not so effective to start a lesson by giving your students a list of 15 new words and having them read their definitions. At that early point, they haven’t activated their prior knowledge and they are not clearly seeing the purpose of the words. Instead, introduce the theme and get the students thinking about what they already know. In linguistic terms, we call this activating schemata (link), and it is a crucial early step. Start with a short discussion between pairs or groups, for example, that will elicit from students what they already know about the vocabulary in that scheme. In this way, you and the students know where they are and where they need to go. This is called diagnostic assessment, and it’s a necessary part of effective teaching.

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Teaching Large ESL Classes: Problems and Advantages

Problems and advantages of teaching large ESL classes Teaching large ESL classes is a great unexpected challenge for most new teachers, who feel quite confident about organizing activities for a class of about 15 students, only to find themselves confronted with a class of 30, 40, 50 or even more students.

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Correcting Mistakes

Error correction is a very important part of teaching a language. ESL teachers have to know when to correct mistakes and how to do it effectively. This article will teach you why students make mistakes, how to reflect on the types of mistakes that students make, and what you can do to help them improve. You will also find various links to other resources on error correction in the ESL classroom.

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Teaching Large ESL Classes: Managing Class Discussions

Managing class interaction during a class discussion when teaching a large ESL classSometimes it can be difficult in large ESL classes to get students to speak up and participate in class discussions, so teachers will often have students form smaller groups for speaking activities.  There are occasions, though, when a whole class discussion can really take off if students are enthusiastic about a topic and are eager to participate.

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Teaching Writing: Peer Editing

Teaching writing skills - peer editingTeaching writing skills can be boring because writing is traditionally a lonely, isolated pursuit; however, the ESL writing class offers many opportunities for collaboration whereby both students and the instructor can work together at various stages of the writing process.

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Can Non-Canadians Qualify For TESL Canada Certification?

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 for TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification once a supervised 20-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, including Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, and anywhere in Europe (A 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 Practicum Required For TESOL Certification?

The Practicum is a separate module and is not required for OnTESOL’s 100-hour TESOL certificate or 250-hour TESOL Diploma. The Practicum, however, is necessary for applying to TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification (250-hour + Practicum). There isn’t a deadline for completing the Practicum after the online TESOL course, so trainees can wait until they get a job to take it free of charge at their employer’s premises. Although the Practicum is not required by many employers, it is highly recommended because the 10 hours of class observation and 10 hours of teaching experience provide confidence and feedback to new teachers.

 

When Does EPIK Application Start for 2012?

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.

What Are TESL Canada Standards?

TESL Canada is the leading accrediting TESL organization in Canada and they recognize teacher training courses at three different levels:

Standard 1

Courses that are recognized by TESL Canada at their Professional Standard 1 require a minimum if 120 hours (including Practicum). Courses at this level meet the minimum standard for teaching English in Canada at the entry-level.

Read: 3 Reasons to Avoid Oxford Seminars

Standard 2

TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 consists of advanced TESOL courses with a minimum of 250 hours and a 20-hour Practicum module. Teaching experience or prior TESOL certification is not necessary to pursue this level of accreditation.

The main reasons for pursuing TESL Canada Standard 2 certification are that trainees get more training than with the standard 4-week course, greater job opportunities in the long term, and the convenience of online education because most advanced 250-hour  programs are offered online.

Why are online courses more popular for Standard 2 certification? It is more convenient to complete an advance course on a part-time basis because trainees are not required to travel and they can continue to work or study something else. OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma program takes anywhere between two and eight 8 months to complete, so trainees can study at their own pace in order to learn better and meet other commitments.

Those who hold TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 are better positioned when applying for jobs anywhere in the world or when applying to a Masters program.

Standard 3

TESL Canada Professional Standard 3 is a Masters program in Applied Linguistics or TESOL and a Practicum module. There isn’t any other accrediting institution in the world that reaches the level of an MA program! Candidates are required to have an advanced TESOL/TEFL qualification and a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience.

For more information, visit TESL Canada at tesl.ca

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Your Online TEFL Tutor

OnTESOL provides a qualified teacher trainer to every trainee so the online experience is as close as taking an on-site TESOL or TEFL course.

Tutors are available to correct assignments, provide feedback, and answer any questions the trainee may have. To take the most advantage of your personal tutor, ask questions before submitting an assignment or exam, take a close look at the feedback provided on your work, and ask further questions on that feedback.

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