If you teach EFL, especially in Europe, you're probably preparing at least one of your classes for an English exam, and probably a Cambridge exam. These exams are a necessary evil in TEFL, and usually students and teachers don't find exam prep useful nor fun.
It doesn't have to be that way
In this episode of the More Than English Podcast, we talk with Terry Lodge, an expert teacher, teacher-trainer, Cambridge exam coordinator and examiner, and he shares his insights from the other side of the exams. He also shares some of his most effective lesson ideas for you to prepare your students in exam-taking skills and psychology.
Jesse and Terry share language teaching and learning philosophy, and you can watch tutorials on how to give engaging English lessons for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This will serve you especially well in the classroom because these activities will prepare them for the exams, but more importantly, they have a real-life English focus on them.
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Modify and Adapt - Use these ideas as a guideline and adapt how you use them to your style and your individual classes. (For example, I have a smaller class of 6 students, and I brought in 3 tennis balls to have the students pass pack and forth.)
Routine - Do these activities on a regular or semi-regular basis so the skills will become automatic for what the students need them whether for an exam or real life.
Real Life English - Remember, the purpose of exams is to get the candidates to prepare to use English in real life. Train them for this in your lessons.
Easter Egg Lessons
Pressure - Get your students used to pressure (eventually) by stepping them out of their comfort zone with some of these ideas.
Learning without Learning - For many of these, the students don't feel like they're "studying", but they are improving these skills.
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Asia is a hotbed for English education, and it has been for well over a decade. If you're making the move to teach English in South Korea, this episode will give you ideas and things to consider as you're making your decision and will help you with advice if you decide to make the move.
If you're already teaching in South Korea, you will find this episode interesting, and we'd love for you to share your opinions and best advice below to help others to be more informed.
A Different Perspective
We're talking with Luke Kim, the founder of Luke Look English. He will share a very unique perspective that many have never thought that much about... "What is a Korean person's advice to an ex-pat who is moving to South Korea to teach English?"
Luke shares some of his ideas and advice on:
- deciding to make the move
- adjusting once you're in South Korea
- expanding your options to make more money
- teaching adult students
Luke and Jesse discuss ways to treat yourself like a professional at your EFL teaching job.
Whether you're beginning your English teaching adventure, or you've spent a few years in South Korea, or any country, there is valuable information that you can take that will help you get to the next level in your teaching career... or after you are finished.
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If you are a teacher of young learners... I mean very young learners, you understand certain challenges that come with that job. It takes a lot of energy, love, and patience to teach a roomful of 4-year-olds, and on today's episode of the More Than English Podcast, you are going to learn THE ART of teaching kids a foreign language. Listen to the episode below or click here for the podcast homepage.
Jessica Yip is today's special guest teaching us the fundamentals of teaching very little kids. She talks to us about:
The main idea...
Make emotional connections with he kids. This is a principle that is consistent in being a good teacher no matter what age you're teaching. This also applies to little kids and babies. Jessica talks about teaching without teaching to make the students learn without realizing it.
Make the students feel powerful
By making the students feel powerful, you are helping them with more then English, you're helping them grow as people. In the episode, you will hear tricks like giving the students freedom and let them choose what they want to do, but within a set of boundaries.
One of the biggest messages from this episode is that positive reinforcement is your best friend. It will help you with class management, teaching your class material, and it will make the students look forward to your class time because you're making them feel BIG.
If you teach or have little ones...do yourself a favor
This episode is so full of great advice for working with kids in general because Jessica's tips are psychology tips for teachers of all ages.
If you teach older kids, teens, or adults, be sure to check out our FREE Lesson Resources that will help you lead dynamic and engaging classes with fun activities that will have your students practice real English.
If you live in Seville, Spain...
Jessica teaches in Seville center. If you're interested in signing up your students to learn from Jessica, visit Centro Norteamericano and find out how to enroll. Tell them Jesse sent you!
On the surface, teaching EFL/ESL is a straight forward subject. You help people with their English.
However, there's more to it.
The more you look, the deeper it goes. There are many moving parts in the EFL classroom, and if you want to be an effective English teacher, it's important to teach students the way they learn, and more importantly, teach English the way we use it!
We're going deep in this episode of the More Than English Podcast with Dr. Peter Crosthwaite Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. Peter shares some ideas to remember in your LISTENING, WRITING, and CONVERSATION classes as well as introduces us to some CORPORA software that will revolutionize how we research words in English.
This episode is a bit longer and a little dense with information, but if you are interested in taking your EFL classes and teaching to the next level, this is full of insight into the EFL/ESL world. Not to mention, Peter roasts Jesse in a few parts.
So, what if...
- we looked at conversation classes differently and focused on LISTENING and SPEAKING together.
- we used Corpus software to teach vocabulary words IN CONTEXT?
- we taught HOW TO LISTEN in different ways for different situations?
To find out more about Dr. Crosthwaite, find his bio here.
Bad news: Learning English is difficult. Good news: It's not as difficult as many people think.
Do you know what the key to improving at a language... or anything else is?
Time and times.
You need time to perfect your skill, and you need repetition (times) of doing it correctly. This is the key to improvement. Think of learning a new language in the same way you think of learning a new sport, instrument, or any other skill. It's NOT impossible, it just takes time and repetition to improve.
In today's episode, Jesse discusses this idea and shares some insight from his own life and path about how he's applying this to his progress is things he's learning. Experience is the best teacher... if you learn from it. This is why repetition is so important. Repetition is experience.
If you remember from Episode 33 of the More Than English Podcast, if you can dedicate just 10 minutes a day toward learning this new skill, you will be shocked at how much you can learn.
You will also be able to learn valuable expressions and phrases to become more fluent in English. Share this with somebody who is learning something new.
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What are your keys to learning something new? Share ideas and tips below to help out the community.
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Learning language isn't much different than learning a sport, an instrument, or how to do anything. Repetition repetition repetition. You will perform how you practice.
In this episode, Jesse talks about studying English in a different way. Focus on the muscle memory with your brain and your mouth to get used to doing it the right way.
Jesse gives some tips and examples for you to practice this on your own or with your teacher. If you would like to study with Jesse, visit sweedacademy.com and sign up for a lesson.
Listen to the full episode below and then answer the listening questions.
True/False Listening Quiz
Answer these True/False questions as you listen:
1. Jesse is a sports trainer.
2. Muscle memory helps in sports, playing an instrument, and language learning.
3. The way you brush your teeth is an example of muscle memory.
4. Repeating yourself is boring and unhelpful.
5. The phrase 'I would like' is followed by 'to verb'.
6. Repeating words in your mind is a great way to improve pronunciation.
7. If you say a sentence correctly once, you know it.
8. Drilling will help you improve in everything.
This is part 2 of my interview with Camille. She is a native French speaker and a French, English, and Spanish teacher. I'd say that qualifies her as an expert in learning languages. Listen to this episode as we talk about some experiences we've had learning different languages and you'll hear TWO great pro tips from Camille to help you improve your language learning. As always, in the final segment, you'll get an English lesson based on the conversation.
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