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Preparing for the CELTA etc 15 practical suggestions on what you should do prior to taking any CELTA or similar TEFL certificate course 1. Learn a language This can help you put yourself in the shoes of your future students and get some ideas on what ways you like learning and therefore are most likely to choose when teaching. If possible, try studying in a monolingual class (one where English isn’t used), learn to use phonetic symbols in a dictionary (languages where the spelling is irregular like French are good for this), and learn as much grammar terminology as you can. Learning another script like Thai or Russian can also be good experience. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Leave a comment...

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers by Terry Heick and TeachThought Staff Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Revisions: Persistently updated. Ed note: As stated, this is an ambitious work in progress that we’re choosing to share as we proof, revise, iterate, and generally improve for wider dissemination. Ed note 2: If you’d like to help update and improve this page, and have the background, curiosity, and/or expertise to contribute, email me. A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology Activity-Based Learning

CELTA Syllabus - Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages :: CHESTER School of English, Madrid :: CELTA Syllabus information - taken from the Cambridge ESOL CELTA Syllabus & Assessment Guidelines Course Aims The course enables candidates to: Candidates who complete the course successfully can begin working in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world. Syllabus Overview This document outlines the syllabus and assessment criteria for CELTA. of prospective candidates and outlines both the subject knowledge and the pedagogic knowledge and skills required for beginner ESOL teachers. The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas: Assessment Overview CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments. The overall assessment aims for each topic are that candidates should be able to: Assessment Framework There are two components: Syllabus Topic Details Topic 1 - Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context 1.1 Cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds 1.5 Varieties of English

IATEFL 2015: The Why and How of Self-Publishing – Johanna Stirling And time for another talk on the topic of materials development! Johanna is going to talk about the nuts and bolts of self-publishing. It’s really the why, what and how, but it just didn’t fit! We’re going to look at why you might want to self-publish to start with and Johanna starts by telling us about the experience of holding her published book for the first time! Johanna’s baby! She used print-on-demand, which means she did almost everything herself except for the cover (an ex-student graphic designer did that!). Why did she self-publish? She had complete autonomy – no compromises had to be made. Why did other people self-publish? Nicky Hockly traditional publisher wouldn’t take it because the audience would be too smallwanted the speed of getting the book out which isn’t possible with a publishershe feels much more sense of ownership with this one than ones she has traditionally published. Jamie Keddie Rod Bolitho But it’s not for everybody…not for you if… you don’t know what to do.

Free EFL English resources for teachers & students: - Life as an Online Tutor When I first became a teacher of English as a second language, I explored various sources of supplementary income from tutoring to translation. I tried online essay correction but found the pay was really poor. Then I discovered live webcam tutoring. I was excited by the possibility of holding face-to-face conversations with people on the other side of the world. I welcomed the opportunity to broaden my teaching horizons and gain virtual overseas teaching experience. Equipment All you need to set up as an on line teacher is have a fast, reliable internet connection, a free video chat application such as Skype, a webcam and a computer headset. Logitech HD Webcam C310 Amazon Price: $49.99 $27.49 Buy Now(price as of Apr 2, 2015) Although it is possible to use the built in camera in your laptop or smartphone, the video quality may be quite poor. Working for an Online School I started out working for an online language school. Does the website appear professional? Freelancing Teaching Techniques

Certification Note: We mainly use the term TEFL on these pages but in most cases the terms TESOL/TESL could equally well be used. Frequently Asked Questions General What does “TEFL certification” mean? What’s the difference between a TEFL certificate and a TESOL certificate? What kinds of jobs can I get if I pass a TEFL certificate course? What TEFL certificate has the best name recognition? Are there any international accreditation bodies for TEFL certificates? How can I compare two (or more) different TEFL certificate courses? How can I tell if a course is really equivalent to a CELTA or not? I’ve heard that TEFL certificates aren’t really valued in the country/school that I want to work in/I won’t get any extra pay for having a TEFL certificate. My future boss says/The visa regulations say that any TEFL certificate will do. What TEFL certificates does the British Council accept? There are wildly differing reports online about the TEFL course that I plan to take. Why are TEFL courses so expensive?

Internet TESL Journal (For ESL/EFL Teachers) TESOL Certificate or Diploma - Travel Forum Hi Mike, Yes they are different, particularly the course you've provided a link to. If you’re talking about getting work teaching English as a second language overseas then you only need the certificate, and I’d say get as much ‘practical’ experience as you can during your TESOL studies. Regarding the diploma, this is more suited to the management and string-pulling side of things, if that’s what you’re looking for. Louise is right by the way, I totally agree. And… degrees don’t make good teachers. PB, for what it’s worth I have to say I’m not ‘really’ using any of the documented techniques I studied on the 120hr practical TEFL course. NB: - The TESOL Diploma is a further 250 hours of own-time online study (beyond the original certification) with milestone examinations along the way..

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher — The Atlantic Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from "content expert" to "curriculum facilitator." Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation’s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The "virtual class" will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record. "So if you want to be a teacher," I tell the college student, "you better be a super-teacher." I started reflecting. Well then.