The main purpose of this blog is actually to create a personal learning network for myself as part of a Master’s course I’m taking called the internet, adult education and community development (I’ve written a post earlier with more information about this). In order to keep my network growing, I am going to continue adding resources to the blog which will help me with my upcoming EFL teaching job this summer in Toronto!
I don’t use youtube for many purposes but I was always aware of their channels. Something useful to note is that if you search ‘English’ pages upon pages of free English lessons come up. These can be useful for teachers in terms of activity or homework ideas, or can be recommended to students who want extra practice. Here are some of the most promising ones, including a variety of accents:
Doing English with Julian
Voice of America
engVid (8 different teachers)
BBC Learning English
Speak English with Steve Ford
Two Minute English
Speak English with Misterduncan
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:
Another great website that helps with organization is feedly, a news aggregator that compiles 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!
What do they mean?!
I should’ve posted this earlier because there are so many acronyms in this field but better late than never.
My goal is to develop a PLN based on teaching English abroad. Why? I have three reasons:
1) Teaching English abroad is not a new phenomenon but is one that has become increasingly popular.
2) This is a job field that has benefited greatly from advancements made in the internet and technology in general.
3) My personal interest in this topic stems from my experience as an English teacher in South Korea and Morocco.
Casablanca street art
The general questions that I want to find answer to are:
1) What kind of certification do I need and where can I get it?
2) Where can/should I teach English?
3) How can I find a trustworthy employer? Should I go through a recruiter?
4) What can I expect during the interview? What questions should I ask?
5) Where can I learn more about the city/country I will be moving to?
6) What are the best ways to keep in touch with friends and family?
7) Where can I find reliable teaching resources?