We’ve been writing our teaching blog for nearly a year now, and it has been a roller coaster experience. We’ve had positive feedback, negative feedback and met and spoken to some really interesting people. We wouldn’t change our experience as we found it quite cathartic, whilst living and working in Northern Spain, and we love hearing different teachers opinions. We are not the only ones: there is a huge world of EFL out there and hundreds of posts are written and shared everyday. People want to hear what you have to say, and being teachers we all seem to be fond of, and good at, writing.
Continue reading “How to start your own teaching blog”
The Twitter world is buzzing with ELT knowledge, venting and support. Whether you are a newbie to the ELT world or a grizzled pro who has considered giving up at least twice, then here are three things that we recommend you keep up to date with in the twitter world:
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Flying to Brussels for a birthday weekend was a great idea. I highly recommend a weekend trip if you like good food, nice people, great museums and lovely parks. Despite some bad press over the last few months Brussels retains and will always retain its beauty, charm and amicable populous.
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The summer is ending (unfortunately) and it is time for many new teachers to go abroad and experience their first proper post CELTA job and a time for many returning teachers to get back into the teaching zone. Here are some tips, collected from several teachers, about how to start the new academic year, some are obvious, and maybe some will be very helpful indeed.
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Working in a Summer School happened to me through a random job application, whilst unhappy with my job in Spain. I applied; I left it and I didn’t think anything of it, but what I didn’t realise was that the 8 weeks I do every year would serve as the best teaching environment and experience I would have as a teacher, despite being in Spain for 3 years.
Not only was I being paid over the summer, which for many teachers is a dream, I got to do so in the city I went to University and where most of my formative years occurred. I could choose either 15 hr weeks or 30 hr weeks and I had a say in what levels I was interested in teaching, so as to help with my career development, something the school takes seriously, and although only an 8 week contract, I honestly felt a better teacher for it and that my skills had actually developed. I learnt a lot of new activities to use in the classroom and I actually got to use my CELTA knowledge.
To give a better idea of my experience and hopefully many others, here is what I did on a typical day in a typical 30hr week: Continue reading “A day at a Summer School in England”
If you’ve been teaching a while you will definitely have seen bosses of all shapes and sizes. Some are great and some are the embodiment of your nightmares.
Here are 5 types that we have seen in our teaching exploits across Spain (this is all tongue in cheek of course): Continue reading “5 types of ESL boss”
Guest blogging for us today are Kat and Mark from High Level Listening (HLL), a listening and speaking practice website for students and teachers. Continue reading “Guest Blog: High Level Listening”