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.”
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.
This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety. Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.
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.
The Practicum is a very important module for trainees with little or no prior teaching experience, but it comes after the TESOL course for a very good reason: You cannot stand in front of a classroom if you do not know what to do on each stage of the lesson.
During Methodology, the trainee learns about different methods for effective teaching and the structure for delivering a professional lesson. A plan is crucial as each stage of a lesson requires the use of different tools and activities depending on the type of lesson, aims, assumptions, and anticipated problems and solutions. Once you know how to create a professional lesson plan, you can stand in front of a classroom with confidence. In general, the Practicum is not required for an entry-level position, so deciding to complete the Practicum depends on your desire to obtain supervised teaching experience as well as the requirements for jobs and accreditation.
If you want to save the Practicum fee that most TESOL institutes charge (Up to $600), you can set up the 20-hour Practicum yourself anywhere in the world. All you need to do is find adult students and a qualified supervisor, who may be the DOS at a school or an experienced teacher. The supervisor must have over 2,000 hours of teaching experience and an advanced TESL, TEFL, or TESOL certificate such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, CELTA, or equivalent.
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.
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.
TESOL certification courses are continuing education programs that generally last anywhere between two and eight weeks, so there isn’t any government funding available in Canada, US, or UK.
The good news is that it is possible to pay off your TESOL course after just one month of teaching abroad. The tuition fee for Ontesol’s 100-hour course is only CAN$285 as of September, 2011. EPIK, which is a national English program run by South Korea’s Ministry of Education, offers $300 extra per month to those who have a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL certification!
If you have taken a course with Ontesol or you are currently enrolled in one of our internationally recognized TESOL courses, we are one of the few TESOL/TEFL institutes in the world that has a contract with EPIK for helping qualified ESL teachers with the lengthy application process. Send us an email to request an application form!