Children must be allowed to play an active part in the process of mastering skills and extending their knowledge of the world around them. To ensure that they play an active part in the learning process, not only must their interest be aroused and maintained but they must also be provided with an environment which will enable them to talk and act as if they were living a real experience.
In his article, Harbord (1992) recommends that an English-language strategy should replace L1 strategies whenever possible. Using the L1 to save time, such as giving instructions for an activity, classroom administration, or chatting with students, is never a good reason. As mentioned in Part I, this is because using the L1 during these situations actually results in the loss of valuable opportunities for using English. It also sends a message to students that English is only a subject for learning, and they are not proficient enough to use it as a means of communication. So how can teachers demonstrate to students that they are capable of using English to communicate when it would be much easier and faster to use the mother tongue?
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.
Teaching writing skills can be boring because writing is traditionally a lonely, isolated pursuit; however, the ESL writing class offers many opportunities for collaboration whereby both students and the instructor can work together at various stages of the writing process.
Bringing 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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In 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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If you are teaching writing, especially for learners with academic goals, it can be very helpful to explore some of the differences between spoken and written language with your class. Although misunderstandings in spoken communication can be negotiated and overcome, even small inaccuracies in written language can present barriers to effective communication. This need for grammatical and lexical accuracy is one reason why most L2 learners find academic writing to be the most difficult skill to learn.
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
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.