Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Mexico

Here's the information for Mexico for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. The LA Job List has more schools that you can work for in Mexico. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

I only know of one, so if you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  1. Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM): Good pay, pay on time, do the paperwork for your visa (although you have to pay for it), and enroll you in health insurance 

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Guatemala

Here's the information for Guatemala for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. The LA Job List has more schools that you might want to work for in Guatemala. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

I only know of one, so if you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  1. Maximo Nivel: They have institutes in Costa Rica and Peru as well. Their trainer positions pay between $1000 and $1800 a month.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Advantages and Disadvantages of Peer Observations in the Classroom

Having someone come into your classroom and observe you is nerve-wracking. You feel like you're being put to the test. More often than not, during peer observations your colleagues observing you don't really know what they're looking for. Nor does management help prepare them to observe classes. It can often lead to negatively and teachers thinking they're being compared to others. It's not all bad and below you can find some advantages, disadvantages and further reading about peer observations.

Advantages
  • Both parties can get new ideas.
  • It provides instant feedback.
  • It causes the teacher being observed to re-think their lesson. 


Disadvantages
  • The observer is often biased and may give high marks to avoid confrontation.
  • Is often only done once so there's no way to compare how the teacher has improved.
  • It's often unreliable and unorganised. They're only observing one class and the time of day, class, being nervous, and more can affect the observation. In addition, it's usually not video taped, observers aren't trained, and the feedback form isn't valid.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Ecuador

Here's the information for Ecuador for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. The LA Job List has more schools that you might want to work for in Ecuador. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  1. British School of Language: Formerly known as Southern Cross. They help with visas and pay well.
  2. EIL (Experiment in International Living): They help with visas and pay well. 
  3. REACH Language Program through Kansas State: You'll need an MA plus 3 years teaching experience. There's orientation in Kansas. You have to be willing to commit for a minimum of 6 months and a max of 12. $38,000 a year working 8-5pm, may involve evenings and weekends. They usually advertise on TESOL.org. Here's an old job advert of theirs.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Cool Link: ESL Heaven


I found ESL Heaven through one of my Linkedin contacts, Daniel James. The co-founder of ESL Heaven also works at a university here in Korea.

The site has information for both students and teachers. Students can find great resources such as idioms, phrasal verbs, English lessons, and essay writing help. Teachers can find jobs, country guides, games, lesson ideas, and classroom management help. They can also post their CVs.

ESL Heaven also has a handful of forums in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. With over 125,000 register users since they've started about 2 years ago, ESL Heaven is going to take the ESL and EFL community by storm. I know they'll be expanding their site soon. Here's hoping they'll have reviews about schools and TEFL certificates. 


Got an idea for a cool link?
Email me with your cool link, name, and website (if you have one) and I'll post it ASAP.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

10 Qualities You Need to Be a DOS

PC Parrot wrote a list of 10 qualities necessary to head the PD (professional development) department at this post on Dave's. I think that all of these apply to those who want to become a head teacher, HD (head of department) or a DOS (director of study). Oxford TEFL has an online course for those wanting to be DOSes.
  1. Qualified teacher who holds a teaching license, a DELTA, and an MA TESOL.
  2. Qualified teacher trainer.
  3. Can accept criticism.
  4. Doesn't resort to put downs like "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem" .. because they actually want to encourage feedback - both negative and positive.
  5. Doesn't believe that professional development is voluntary if it forms part of the teacher evaluation system.
  6. Doesn't believe that a department which invests heavily in professional development will look equally upon those who take part in the devised program and those who chose instead to pursue their own private professional development.
  7. Doesn't come to the table with the belief that teachers are lazy and do nothing but pop into class for a couple of hours a day.
  8. Doesn't believe they are a great teacher, but instead aspires to constantly improve themselves.
  9. Doesn't worry about their popularity, but is more concerned about earning the trust and respect of the teachers they will be training.
  10. Someone who allows people to question the value of what they are doing - especially when the crticism comes from people who are more qualified.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Costa Rica

Here's the information for Costa Rica for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. The LA Job List has more schools that you might want to work for in Costa Rica. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

I only know of one, so if you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  1. Maximo Nivel: They have institutes in Guatemala and Peru as well. Their trainer positions pay between $1000 and $1800 a month.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Colombia

Here's the information for Colombia for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. The LA Job List has more schools that you might want to work for in Colombia. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at naturegirl321@yahoo.com
  1. British Council
  2. International House Bogota They pay around $2 million pesos a month.
  3. Universidad de la Sabana
  4. Universidad de los Andes
  5. Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla: You'll get about US $2400 a month, 30 days paid vacation, and Carnival and Holy Week off. Tenure is also possible after one year. If you have a year-to-year contract, you'll get 15 days paid vacation and a ticket home every year, instead of every two years.
  6. Universidad EAFIT
  7. Universidad EAN: They pay around $3-4million pesos a month.
  8. Universidad Externado de Colombia
  9. Universidad Manuela Beltran: They pay around $3million pesos a month and have locations in various cities.



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Monday, 8 September 2014

Poll Results August 2014: Do you let your students use phones in class?

August's poll was "Do you let your students use their phones in class?" Here are the results.
    From rmsbunderblog.wordpress.com
  • No, never: 25% with 3 votes
  • Yes, always: 8.33% with 1 vote
  • Yes, sometimes: 50% with 6 votes
  • For emergencies: 8.33% with 1 vote
  • To access dictionaries or course related material: 8.33% with 1 vote
It seems like you just can't get away from phones. I've written about surrendering to cell phones as well as if you can't beat 'em, you should join 'em.

Be sure to vote in this month's poll: Does your employer give you gifts for the holidays?

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Top 10 Presentation Errors to Avoid

Teaching presentation a lot different than teaching speaking. Some people are gifted speakers and some aren't. One of the best speakers I've ever seen was Joshua Davies. He worked at one of the universities I was at in Korea, but was there a couple years before me. He was recruited by the LAM Institute and travels all over Southeast Asia teaching people how to give presentations.

He still gives presentations at KOTESOL (Korea Organisation of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conferences. The one I went to was packed full of people wanted to see him speak. So it just goes to show you that being a TEFL teacher isn't an end-all job. You can easily use your skills to transition to another field.

Another great speaker is Liam Lusk who together with Carl Kwan have a website dedicated to teaching people about presentations. Their website, Pesentation Expressions has a neat post about the Top 10 Presentation Errors to Avoid. If you think about it, every time you give a class you're giving a presentation. So even if you don't teach presentation per se, this post should be able to help you out.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

How To Do Comprehension Checks

Thanks go to Heidi Vande Voort Nam from Chongshin University who presented this at the KOTESOL Suwon Chapter Workshop on September 17, 2011.

Bad Ways to Check Comprehension
There are good ways and bad ways to check comprehension. Asking your students, "Do you understand?" probably isn't the best. Although it can work in some situations, most of the time your students will just smile and nod and hope that you continue on with your lesson. Or just look at you with blank stares and not say anything.

First Things First
She gives four tips about comprehension checking. First, the teacher should give an example, then do an example with the class, and finally students should work on their own. Second, you need to do comp checks frequently. Third, you need to do them before it's too late. Lastly, if you're going to ask for volunteers, you might want to put a limit on the number of times someone can answer. At this workshop, Heidi presented six different ways to do comprehension checks or comp checks.
  1. Translation
  2. Total Physical Response
  3. Positive, Negative, Or, Demonstration
  4. Written
  5. Pair
  6. Cold Calling

1. Translation
When it comes to using L1 in the classroom some people are totally against and some people are completely for it. While I'm not advocating that you translate everything, there are times when translation can save you lots of time and headache. Some words or concepts are very difficult to explain.

If you speak the students' L1, then you could explain the idea to them. If you don't, get someone to write it down for you. Then you could write it on the board, or have a student read it. Additionally, with all the technology out there, have students use their smart phones in class and look up the word. By doing this, you're passing responsibility onto the students and using technology in the classroom.

2. Total Physical Response
While commonly used with children or beginners, it can also be used to check older or more advanced students. For example, with younger students or beginners you could tell them to go open the door. With older or more advanced students you could tell the to conjugate verbs with a partner, tell a story in a group, or change sentences to the passive voice. The options are limitless.

3. Positive, Negative, Or, Demonstration
For this comp check you'll be asking students questions and anticipating certain answers. You'll want them to answer either positively or negatively for the first two. The third one is where you give them a choice. For example, do you live in London OR Birmingham? The last one is an open ended question that you ask. It usually begins with who, what, where, when, why, or how.

4. Written
This is often used in the form of a quiz or test, but you can also give them homework or class time to answer questions. Written checks are done individually. If you doing them in class, be sure to walk around and help when needed.

5. Pair 
Remember when you had spelling tests and your mom helped you study by reading the words and you'd spell them? That's a perfect example of pair comp checks. They're perfect for vocabulary.

6. Cold Calling
I'm sure everyone's familiar with this. This is when you pick a victim, or rather a student, and have them answer a question. Yes, it is horrible to be put on the spot but sometimes it's necessary to see if your students understand.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

$100 discount on the University of Toronto's online course until September 30th!

Save $100 on the University of Toronto TEFL Online Offer ends midnight September 30th, 2014!

The University of Toronto has 100, 120, and 150 hour TEFL certification courses. Save $100 during the September back-to-school special.

More and more employers and countries are requiring TEFL certs, so if you don't have one you should seriously consider getting one. Even though the University of Toronto does offer a 100-hour course, many employers are asking for TEFL certs with at least 120 hours, so consider taking the 120 or 150 hour one.

Earning your TEFL certificate online from the University of Toronto gives you the best quality TEFL training, combined with job placement from a global leader in international teacher recruitment. Travel the world while teaching English overseas as a TEFL-certified teacher.

Advantages of the University of Toronto’s TEFL Online 
ESL teachers who enroll in the University of Toronto’s online course have four distinct advantages:

  1. The best quality training – The University of Toronto ranks in the top 20 universities worldwide. Graduates of the course receive a certificate with the official seal of the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), ensuring that the certificate is recognized internationally. 
  2. Worldwide accessibility – The University of Toronto’s TEFL course is 100% online and entirely self-paced. Access the course anywhere, at any time, from any internet-enabled device. 
  3. Opportunities for elective specialization – The 120-hour and 150-hour TEFL certificates give teachers the chance to choose elective units tailored to their professional interests. By specializing in areas of TEFL, graduates stand out in their fields. Areas of specialization include Teaching English to Arabic Speakers, Teaching Business English, Teaching English to Young Learners, Teaching English to Korean Speakers, and many others. 
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  • Six core course units

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  • Six core course units
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  • Eight core course units
  • 2 elective specialization units
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