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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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TEFL Recruitment in China

OnTESOL  provides free recruitment services in China. Native speakers who hold a university degree and a TESOL certificate are welcome to apply. Teaching experience is not required!

English First has language schools in China’s biggest cities. Apply now to teach English in China!

There are over 30 different cities to choose from! The average salary is 8000 RMB per month, which is almost twice as much as what the majority of schools offer in China. Accommodation, work visa, and other benefits are also provided.

You can also apply for English teaching jobs China via Reach to Teach recruiting.

 

Ontesol in 2012

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.

Happy 2012!

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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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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Group Work in The ESL Classroom

Grow work ESL classroom managementHaving students work in groups offers many advantages. Group work can increase the amount of practice available to each student and help to individualize instruction.  Furthermore, group work can create a more relaxed learning environment and motivate learners by involving them personally.  Perhaps most importantly in terms of SLA, group work can facilitate learner interaction, providing learners with access to the linguistic input they need in order to advance their language skills.

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TESOL: Games in The Classroom

ESL games bringing games in the ESL classBringing games into an ESL lesson can be an effective way to engage and motivate students in the sometimes less than exciting task of language learning.  There are some excellent resources for language games in TESOL textbooks, in ESL course books, and on internet sites. Many students and teachers enjoy games in the classroom, but does fun mean that games are always a good activity to include when planning instruction?  When are games appropriate?  Are there times when games aren’t appropriate?

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What is Ontesol’s Job Board?

Ontesol offers the most complete job placement service. It’s honest, reliable, and free of charge!

Ontesol’s free job placement service starts with freetefljobplacement.com, where people can learn about the requirements and working conditions in top ESL destinations. Every month, there are 10,000 TESOL jobs available worldwide! Access your student account and find the job board on the first page. You can download the application for EPIK, access job positing from the top ESL destinations, and find a list of schools, websites, recruiters, and resources.

Choose a TESOL course that is right for you.  If you have any questions, contact us by email or use one of the toll free numbers.

Communicative TESOL: Are You Teaching or Testing Listening Skills?

Teaching Listening Skills ESLIn the communicative classroom, teaching listening skills should be approached in the same way as the other skills – with a communicative purpose.  Often, listening is taught with a linguistic purpose first and foremost – to improve and develop listening skills in the target language (this applies to other language skills as well).  This is, of course, a key goal of most listening lessons; however, in the “real world,” how often do we listen with this goal in mind?  Do your students go to the shopping mall on the weekend to buy a cell phone, and then listen to shoppers and store workers intent on improving their listening?  In the shopping mall we listen because we need to get certain information, whether that information includes specific prices and options on a cell phone, or another shopper telling you why she prefers shopping at one store instead of another.

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First Language Use in The Classroom

Many ESL instructors implement an “English Only” policy in their language classrooms, and there is strong rationale for this policy.  Obviously, we want our learners to take advantage of every opportunity they get to develop their language skills, and the language classroom is a controlled environment where there should be a focus on using English as much as possible.  Read more