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I've been teaching since 2006 and a while ago I created a community (erika_esl_files) to put together the resources I've created over the years but I ended up neglecting it. I'm back to it now and posting a series entitled English Course for Absolute Beginners. I welcome all to participate on the discussions.
I usually teach university students. For the next 5 weeks my university is running an English program for students who are between 13 and 16 years old. I am totally petrified. My students will be the lowest beginner level students.

Any tips from teachers who teach this age group regularly? These students are Turkish.

Thanks in advance!

PS: Cross posted on my other ESl teaching community journals.
10th-Feb-2011 08:56 pm - Fired in Korea - what next?
I was fired yesterday after five months of work, when I finish it will be six months. This is all the teaching experience I have, do I include it on my resume or do I leave it out?

I was dismissed because some students have apparently complained that my classes are boring. I've had a few disputes with my boss (unpaid overtime, late pay, no holidays etc) and I'm taking it to the labour court. So it's not like I turned up drunk. But I'm really not sure what to do.

Any advice appreciated. TIA :)
14th-Nov-2010 12:17 pm - Individual lessons
Hi all,

I'm an English teacher (native speaker of British English, CELTA and PGCE) living and working in Rome.

Two of my neighbours have asked me for private English lessons. I suspect them to be about the lower end of intermediate, possibly pre-int level. One is a lady in her thirties, the other is a high-school student who's only 14.

I naturally tend towards conversation-based lessons: if there's a stimulus (such as a reading text) so much the better, although of course I understand students need to practise all four skills. I'm especially clueless about how to provide for my younger student...

I'm asking you for help with suggesting some resources!

Please help: I'm basically looking for a resource/book to help me structure one-to-one lessons. It doesn't have to do all the work for me, but I'd like somewhere to start!

Thanks :-)
4th-Nov-2010 11:30 pm - Advanced class ideas
Hi folks,

Advice solicited on teaching advanced English classes. Material, lesson plans, and links welcome. The students are young, 25-30, graphic designers, programmers, creative dept. at an internet marketing firm. They are very advanced and sometimes correct me. They say they want to learn professional and conversational English. I want to respect the professional part, but also respect that the class is the last thing they do at work on a Friday.

On another note, does your English sometimes get buried while talking to students or non-native speakers, and what do you do about it?
Hello everyone. I'm a teacher currently teaching Elementary/Middle school in a private school in Daejeon, South Korea.

I've been in the job two weeks. And I've just been asked to write the curriculum for the next two years (this is my first teaching job...)

Does anyone know any good ways of teaching writing? I deal with Middle School students. The students complained that the curriculum was too boring, and to be honest I have to agree. We're using a group of books by Heinle that in my honest opinion are far too advanced for their level of English and the subject. You're talking essays on Clinical depression and freaky meteorological phenomena and that kind of thing and the expected homework is an essay a week on the topic of their choice. To be honest that's far above their capability or rather, their motivation. So I've been working in paragraphs up to an essay. I've been trying to veer towards more relevant topics for them or give them essay models (like bullet points etc) for them to work from and form sentences from. But they still don't know how to write paragraphs...

Does anyone know of any good resources or textbooks or just anything? I would be so grateful. I've been looking at textbooks that are more at their level, but the subject matter is far too young...like late elementary standard. For some reason it's really tricky.
6th-Sep-2010 02:24 pm - Schools in the UK
An adult pupil of mine wants to go study in Brighton, Eastbourne or Bournemouth for a couple of weeks or a month or so. Can anyone recommend some schools? Thanks in advance!

3rd-Sep-2010 10:53 pm(no subject)
x-posted from other comms... sorry for any repeats.

I'm a children's English teacher in Japan. Over the past three years, I have accumulated a lot of great teaching material. Some stuff I made, some I bought. Much of it was brought from the US when I returned from vacation. Last night, someone stole two bags from my car. They contained most the class materials that I use everyday. So of course, I need to replenish my stock. I'm in a bit of a tight spot financially right now, so I need to do it as cheaply as possible.

Might be a long shot, but does anyone know of any websites that ship to Japan at a reasonable price, where I can buy children's games and learning material? For example, I had a Candyland game from America, some ABC flashcards, several Go-Fish games, memory games, that kind of thing. Amazon.co.jp's prices are pretty steep, and their selection of English stuff is limited. I'm particulary bummed about the Candyland game, as I had JUST brought it back from the states...

So yeah... websites that ship to Japan, and sell ENGLISH versions of educational games/etc. and won't cost me an arm and a leg. It is VERY hard to find this stuff at reasonable prices in Japan. I often make my own materials, which is cheaper, but the real deal is usually much sturdier and more appealing to the kiddies.

ありがとう ございます!

(x-posted to a few other comms.)
11th-Jul-2010 12:39 am - If Clauses - games or cool activities
I am teaching a demo and I have been asked to teach the differences between if clauses ( 2nd and 3rd conditionals) based on a communicative approach for an intermediate adult class.

Any ideas for games?
I was thinking maybe playing a fortune teller game but I thank that is been done many times before. I welcome any and all input from you.

Pretty please and thanks in advance!
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