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Using The Mother Tongue In The English-Language Classroom

Using L1 in The ClassroomIn this TESL article, the advantages and disadvantages of L1 use in the English-language classroom will be explored.  Suggestions on how to capitalize mother tongue use in an effective and judicious manner will be offered in Part II.

On the topic of language learning, there are many stories of students going abroad for a period of time and returning home fluent in the foreign language.  The reason for this dramatic change is often attributed to the fact that the student was completely immersed in the culture and the language, and “nobody spoke my language so I had to learn theirs.”  Because of the seemingly huge success, many language schools and teachers all over the world (in English-speaking countries such as Canada, United States, and England, and non-English-speaking countries such as Costa Rica, Thailand, and France) choose to adopt and enforce an English-only policy to recreate that full immersion experience for their students.  But does it really make a difference?  And what are the benefits and repercussions?

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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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The Web in the ESL Classroom – Teaching English with Technology

Using technology in the ESL classroom - Internet in the ESL classroomToday, teachers around the world are able to access Internet technology for use in the language classroom.  The availability and variety of internet-based resources for language study increases on a daily basis.

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Save Money When Teaching English Abroad

ESL teachers find that most of their money slips off their fingers because they are overspending on restaurants.

There are plenty of cheap local ingredients that you can turn into a delicious meal . You just have to learn how to cook them!

Find thousands of free recipes online and watch free videos on You Tube. Learning how to cook local foods will save you lots of money when teaching English abroad and will also help you to overcome culture shock much quicker. Instead of becoming home-sick, you’ll learn to explore and you’ll be able to cook a nice meal for your family and friends when you come home.

While you are at it, integrate food into your lesson plans and practice what you’ve learned from your TESOL course. You will find many valuable resources that you can use in your class, so use authentic materials to create fun activities!  How about asking your students to role play a food channel? Food is a universal language and showing your students that you are interested in learning from their culture will help you create a better relationship with them.

Difference Between UK, Canada, US TESOL Courses?

Good TESOL / TEFL / TESL courses are standard across the world. They cover grammar, phonology, and methodology.  Some courses include a Practicum module, others offer the option to take it after the TESOL course, and others do not offer this module at all.

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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.

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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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