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No Prep/Low Prep ESL Activities

Having some ESL activities ready to use at a moment’s notice can help you feel more relaxed in the classroom. No matter how experienced you are as a teacher, there are always those days when things just don’t seem to work out as planned. Here are a few suggestions for some low-prep materials that you can use again and again:

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Teaching Vocabulary: Journals

When ESL learners are asked to discuss their weaknesses in English, many will mention “lack of vocabulary” as an important concern.  Contrary to what most students believe, a teacher cannot actually “teach” them new vocabulary.  A teacher can present and explain words from classroom activities, but the responsibility of actually learning new words lies mainly with the students.  Vocabulary journals are one popular approach that teachers use to help students with this challenging aspect of language learning.

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Icebreaker ESL Activity: “Find Someone Who”

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.”

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EPIK South Korea, Apply Now!

Ontesol is now recruiting qualified teachers for EPIK. Login your student account to find the application form or contact us via the inquiry form for more information.

The deadline for submitting your application is December 20, but positions get filled quickly, so apply as soon as possible, even if you haven’t completed your online TESOL course.

EPIK is an English program funded by South Korea’s ministry of education. Each semester, they hire 1,100 teachers who receive the best employment package in East Asia. Earn 1.8-2.3 million won per month plus paid accommodation, bonuses, health insurance coverage, work permit, and more! Applicants need to be native speakers or Korean citizens with a good level of English, have completed their university degree, and hold a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL qualification such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA.

Why Are Online TEFL Courses More Affordable?

The price of an expensive on-site course is not indicative of quality. Online TESOL courses can be offered for a much lower tuition fee because the need to rent expensive downtown classrooms is eliminated. Furthermore, online education provides great economies of scale because schools have a global reach. While online courses provide a private tutor to every trainee, quality on-site TESOL courses cannot accept more than 15 students.  As TESL Canada and CELTA recognize some online TESOL courses, this method of instruction is the way of the future.