Working as a Millennial EFL Teacher in a Millennial EFL World

Working as a Millennial EFL Teacher in a Millennial EFL World

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⋯ By Kenneth Charles Lambo ⋯ What does it mean to be a millennial EFL teacher? This is a question that haunts me for weeks now while under quarantine. For this reason, I did some thinking and ended up writing about it. Millennials and our students live side by side in an era of social media, e.g., Instagram, Twitter. We have grown with social media, innovative technology and rapid social changes happening right before our eyes. And all these put together our experiences develop the millennial teacher inside us. So, who better to understand the students? Millennials. Before we start digging fellow millennials, just a quick caveat: this is my personal experience and my views are based on my time as a teacher in China. This article does not pick…
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Planning to Teach in China? 9 Awesome Tips for the Big Move

Planning to Teach in China? 9 Awesome Tips for the Big Move

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⋯ By David O Connor ⋯ The Best Advice You Need to Hear Before Moving to China to Teach Scour the interwebs for 101 ‘insider tips’ on how to best negotiate a big move to China as a TEFL teacher and don’t be surprised if you come up with more questions than answers. Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us. Gathering every bit of useful advice is a utopian dream many of us never managed to achieve – the main incentive for compiling this guide of honest advice about moving to China. We may have learned through trial and error but that doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes, a head’s up is all you need to make the whole ordeal easier. You should note that your introduction to life…
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Experimental Education: 9 World-Famous Alternative Schools

Experimental Education: 9 World-Famous Alternative Schools

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⋯ By Melisa Marzett ⋯ What associations do you have when it comes to a school? Desks, blackboards, and books? Algebra problems you cannot solve or a long paragraph on history? Most regular schools and private ones are like two peas in a pod. Students get assignments, books, grades, and exams with the hope that they will enter a university after graduation. Now, let us not talk about the advantages and disadvantages of traditional schools. Instead, let us talk about experimental alternative schools, which have already proven their effectiveness. [caption id="attachment_27805" align="alignnone" width="900"] Source: Pexels[/caption] What are alternative schools? Alternative schools have nontraditional curriculums and a diverse range of teaching methods. These institutions typically cater to individual students’ skillsets, integrate cultures, encourage creativity, and use integrated educational approaches. What’s more,…
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Using Vocab Victor in Your Blended Classroom

Using Vocab Victor in Your Blended Classroom

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⋯  By Heidi Brumbaugh, PhD ⋯ A blended classroom is a learning environment that incorporates technology in a supporting role. Vocab Victor is a vocabulary-building app for English language learners. Even though I have dedicated my career to developing software to help students learn languages, I don't believe that computers can ever replace teachers. Rather, I think that software and teachers have different, and at times complimentary strengths. I strive to identify uses for technology that leverage these strengths, with the heartfelt hope that doing so will free up more time for English language teachers such as yourself to do what you do best. What teachers are good at Teachers are good at so many, many things. You make personal connections to your students that encourage and inspire them to…
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ESL Students Have Difficulties Learning English… Here’s Why

ESL Students Have Difficulties Learning English… Here’s Why

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For students and professionals hailing from countries that don’t have English as their primary language, having to learn how to speak and write in fluent English can be difficult. English is a highly technical language, and not being able to converse properly can have negative effects in a person’s career or studies. As distance learning becomes more popular and the world is becoming more interconnected, non-native English speakers need assistance, whether it’s getting help with English homework or help with drafting a business proposal in English. [caption id="attachment_27354" align="alignnone" width="900"] Source: pxhere[/caption] The Burden of Speaking and Writing in Fluent English In business as well as in the academy, English is commonly the primary language spoken. This is the reason why passing an English Proficiency Test (EPT) is still a…
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How to Pay Off Student Loans While You Travel

How to Pay Off Student Loans While You Travel

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Student loans are very helpful for anyone interested in advancing their education, but have you ever thought of how hectic it may be to paying off the loan? These loans may take most of your time that could have otherwise been spent with friends, family, or even traveling to places. Here are some essential tips that will give you the freedom to travel and pay off your student loans. Looking at the amount of loan you are to pay before traveling Traveling is a very beautiful thing to think of, especially away from the normal life working schedule, but this will not be possible if the bills and loans are on your mind. To avoid stress while traveling, you need to look at the debt that you have and consider…
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Translation as a Way to Save Indigenous Languages

Translation as a Way to Save Indigenous Languages

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⋯ By Melisa Marzett ⋯ Most of the indigenous languages of the Americas are becoming instinct; meanwhile, others do not speak anymore, so the question arises whether interpretation is even necessary when a growing number of indigenous people are either English or French-speaking. However, this is the case where he came to this situation, which makes translation needed, for all of the languages and behind them, progressively relevant. [caption id="attachment_27162" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Source: Pxhere[/caption] A small amount of them in Canadian cities stay respectively essential: children are still studying them. Translation is required and meaningful undoubtedly oftentimes, especially in the context of medicine, cost-effective use of resources and legal ones. Though, interpretation has become essential in order to exchange erudition, background, and heritage. Taking no account of the tongue pair,…
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Escape The Millennial Trap by Teaching English Abroad

Escape The Millennial Trap by Teaching English Abroad

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[caption id="attachment_24554" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Source: Pexels[/caption] ⋯ By Adam Gootnick and Lauren Brose ⋯ “You’re not supposed to like your first job,” my previous roommate once told me. Four months in, I had never felt more conflicted in my entire life. I graduated college with two offers and did what everyone else in my class did––packed up my whole life, moved to a new city, and started my full time entry-level job. I had never seen my parents more proud, swelling with joy as they boasted to friends and family that I had it all figured out. The truth is, I had a dirty secret. I hated my new job and I did not know how to break it to them. While I wanted to quit, it wasn’t that simple anymore.…
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3 Fun Ways of Teaching English as a Second Language

3 Fun Ways of Teaching English as a Second Language

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⋯ By Johanna Cider ⋯ [caption id="attachment_23932" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Image Source: Pexels[/caption] Every day, more expats are taking up the enterprise of teaching English as a second language. But being an ESL teacher isn’t just about paying your way while overseas; it’s also about gaining a whole new skill set as an educator. The foremost of these skills is the ability to make learning English – which is, at times, a frustrating and challenging language – genuinely fun for your students. So, if you’re looking for some easy and fun strategies to implement into your classroom, keep on reading. 1. Play a Game Even adult learners learn effectively through games. Getting your students to practice their oral English while playing Two Truths and a Lie, Simon Says, or good old-fashioned…
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5 Tips for Teaching English the Fun Way

5 Tips for Teaching English the Fun Way

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⋯ By Todd Persaud ⋯ Many реорlе аrоund thе wоrld are looking for unique wауѕ to lеаrn a foreign language, аnd Engliѕh iѕ thе most соmmоnlу learned fоrеign language in most соuntriеѕ in Asia. Whenever I ask cab drivers in Vietnam “habla espanol?” they usually think I’m just speaking English, but English they don’t understand. Nevermind the difficulties with learning various accents. I make one slip of a vowel because of my accent—because it doesn’t happen to sound like an Gillian-Lane Plescia audio series—the Vietnamese will totally miss the word. [caption id="attachment_17441" align="alignnone" width="900"] Teachers who create fun lessons for their students will encourage more participation in class. | Image source: pexels.com[/caption] Mоѕt реорlе will hаvе a diffiсult time lеаrning English, аnd mаnу реорlе will асtuаllу ѕtrugglе ѕо muсh thаt they…
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Top 3 Apps to Learn English for Free

Top 3 Apps to Learn English for Free

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⋯ By Anna Kokkali ⋯ Turning to language apps has changed the way people learn and retain a new language. With apps like Open Language, FluentU and KnowbleReader, they’ve all helped people learn English in substantial ways. The best part about these language apps is that you can kick start your learning experience, immediately, from the comfort of your house and office, with minimal or no cost. In this blog post, let me introduce you to three language apps that I personally find really useful for learning the English language. [caption id="attachment_16694" align="alignnone" width="900"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] Reviewing 3 of the Best Apps to Learn English for Free 1. Open Language It is an app that aims to facilitate the way of learning English, especially if you have a busy schedule and…
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Why Getting a TEFL Certificate is Worth It

Why Getting a TEFL Certificate is Worth It

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Thinking of landing your dream teaching job abroad? If the answer is yes, then you will likely need at least a 120-hour TEFL certificate in order to do so! If you haven’t heard of TEFL at all, then it is good to know that it stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and is mostly used when English is being taught where it is not the native language of the country it is being taught in. Although there are quite a few different certificates with similar names, the TEFL is great because it is not aimed at a specific age group. So, whether you plan to teach young children or adults, you will get the skills you need to become a successful teacher. So… why is getting a TEFL…
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How to Learn English Fast and Effectively by Yourself

How to Learn English Fast and Effectively by Yourself

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⋯ By Melisa Marzett ⋯ Everyone has language ability. Even people who are linguistically challenged can talk, read, and write. However, there are a lot of lazy potatoes who make excuses to say that they are incapable of learning in order to hide their laziness. These "incapable" people attempt language courses and go around in self-study circles but only spin their wheels. If you find yourself in this type of cycle, what can you do to learn more effectively? The Best Way to Learn English Fast For a start, decide whether you actually need or want to learn the language. If the answer is yes, go ahead and fight for it. If you have doubts, leave it or stop being in doubt. It is useless to wait. Just do it. Now…
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Managing Culture Shock When Working Abroad

Managing Culture Shock When Working Abroad

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⋯ By Will Perrins ⋯ Moving overseas to teach is one of the most unique and exciting experiences you’ll have. Not only does it give you the opportunity to attain and enhance an employable skill set, including the ability to adapt to new surroundings and work flexibility in a cross-cultural environment, it provides a chance to learn new languages. I was fortunate to live and work as an English Teacher, and later in Education Management, in China for a number of years. By the end of my teaching job in China, I was able to look back on these accomplishments with pride and consider how I could best sell these new skills upon my return home. But while in the thick of my international working experience, I must admit, that it…
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