Finding Reliable Teaching Resources

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Marrakech, Morocco

So you’ve gone through the whole process, gotten a job, moved abroad and are settling into your new home. Now it’s time to start that new job and if you’re a new teacher you’ll probably be pretty nervous. Like most other things, it gets much easier with time.

As a new teacher, you’ll have a lot more work to do in terms of preparing lesson plans because all of the older teachers already have their resources in order. It’s a good idea to introduce yourself to your new coworkers and be friendly and see if they are willing to share some of their resources. Most teachers will be happy to do so!

If you completed a solid TEFL/CELTA course you should have some great ideas and things that you can use from that but even so, every teacher is looking for new creative ways to teach the same old lessons. So here are some websites with great activities:

http://www.eslcafe.com/teachers/
http://busyteacher.org/
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/
http://www.esldiscussions.com/
http://iteslj.org/questions/
http://www.oxfordseminars.ca/esl-teaching-resources/
http://www.tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans/esl-activities.htm
http://www.eslsite.com/
http://a4esl.org/
http://www.manythings.org/
http://www.eslresources.ca/
http://esl-kids.com/

Another great website that helps with organization is feedly, a news aggregator that┬ácompiles news feeds from a variety of online sources that can be customized and shared with others. Here is a screen shot of my feely account where I’ve organized activities based on skill – listening, writing, etc.

Get inspired and creative and make the most of your new job!

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