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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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The Upper/High Intermediate Level Learners

Learners who have reached the Upper/High Intermediate level are familiar with the main structures of the English language and have acquired a very good level of fluency and accuracy. However, they still make mistakes in some basic areas: tense usage, prepositions, clauses, and verb forms (gerunds and infinitives, for example). They also have a good level of vocabulary and have a good command of the major skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  That being said, teachers can help learners at this level to progress by taking into account the needs described below.

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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.

 

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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TESOL Icebreaker: Handshakes

Icebreaker ESL ActivityThere are many excellent icebreaker activities and game ideas for those first class meetings.  Sometimes, though, a simple handshake can be a very good way to quickly build rapport and capture the interest of your students from the very first class.

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Authentic Materials in Beginner Classrooms

Authentic material for ESL BeginnersBringing authentic materials into Beginner classrooms is important because this provides exposure to real-world language use.  However, Beginner students can become quickly frustrated with these materials if they find the associated activities too difficult.  When using authentic reading and listening material, consider the following strategies to help Beginner learners grapple with the difficulty of the language.

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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.

Do I Need To Speak A Foreign Language to Teach English Abroad?

Do I need to speak another language to teach abroad?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.

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