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Masters in Special Education – What Does it Take

Special education is a broad discipline in the teaching profession that caters to the individual differences of students with all kinds of special needs, including autism, communication difficulties, developmental disorders, learning difficulties, emotional disorders, and physical disabilities. So read on this post “Masters in Special Education – What Does it Take.”

What Does a Masters in Special Education Involve?

Teachers working in special education programs are usually required to have a Masters in Special Education. Such programs demand a great deal of hard work and dedication in order to be successfully completed so a student should be fairly certain in their minds that Special Education is the right teaching discipline for them before beginning a Masters Degree in Special Education at any school.

Students on their way to a Masters in Special Education have a huge range of subjects to cover in two years or so. Students majoring in special education dedicate themselves to learning about the nature of disabilities and the ways in which individuals who are classified as special needs and their families are affected on an everyday basis. Only when they understand those issues can they then go on and develop the skills and techniques they will need to educate these individuals effectively.

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TEFL – How to get started

I’ve been talking to many people about how to best get started in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). For many, just thinking about traveling abroad, and working and living in a different country, is a bit intimidating. So read this post to learn more about TEFL – How to get started.

It’s not only the idea of teaching in front of a foreign class of students that a bit scary, but it’s also about saying goodbye to the familiar environment, working and living in an unfamiliar country, and getting used to a new culture and language.  But if you feel confident and have enough knowledge of the English language, being the TEFL teacher is a great career.

When I think back some twenty years ago, I remember my own fears and that I nearly missed my plane when I traveled to my first job as a TEFL teacher in the hills of northern Greece.

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How to teach learners with special needs

I am a physically disabled person. I have cerebral palsy and I am a wheelchair user. I graduated in English four years ago and when I entered college my idea was to work as a translator.

However, after some time I realized I did not fit in the profession. Therefore, I decided to become a teacher, in spite of all the difficulties I would have to overcome.

I have just started my career as an EFL teacher and in this article, I intend to share with you the challenges I faced in my first experience as a teacher. I additionally do some interesting work for students who follow an online course with Covcell.com to get their high school equivalency diploma, a job that suits me pretty well.

How I got the job

A friend of mine called and asked me if I would like to teach Basic English to a group of about 15 physically challenged learners at the Association for the disabled in Curitiba.

The aim of the course was to increase the students’ chances of getting better jobs. This project was sponsored by state government funds; the learners didn’t have to pay for the course and the course books were included. I liked the idea very much and accepted the job. Continue reading

Moving and A New Job – TEFL!

I want to give a quick update for those of you asking how things are going. In short, they are going near perfectly. We are moving into my husband’s grandma’s house that has been empty for four years.

We’ve been doing some major cleaning and organizing (while doing Vacation Bible School every night this week) and now it’s time to move all the stuff in. Tomorrow will be an all-out blitz of carpet cleaning and furniture moving. I expect me and the hubby will be dog tired tomorrow night, but at least we’ll be in our house.

I know our presence in the saint of a mother-in-law’s house has been stressful. She’s organized and likes a clean house. Enter 7 dispossessed slobs with all their donated clothes and stuff in boxes and bags and a few random suitcases. It’s not pretty. I know she’s not freaking out about it or anything, but I still feel a little guilty about it.

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Evolution of a Teacher’s Toolbox

 

The recent  TEFL Teachers’ Conference was an inspiring experience, now I’ve had time to reflect, these are my own personal highlights from what I learned.  As with any event, each person will take away their own snapshots and apply it to their own understanding and situation.

These are very personal reflections and I will try to refer to sources wherever possible – and apologize in advance if I portray what was said in a different way to how it was intended or if I get my references wrong.

There were 2 stand-out keynote speakers for me – lots of other very interesting keynotes too, but these were my learning highlights of the week. Listening to Professor Sugata Mitra talking about his Hole in the Wall project was thought-provoking, humbling and puts teachers in their place by putting children in theirs – in control of their learning.

Just take a look at this video where Professor Sugata Mitra speaks on another occasion, but similar to the EFL conference:

David Rogers reflected on this approach to teaching in his recent blog post here.  Like David, I found this approach by accident, when trying out new tools with the children and finding that sometimes when I take a step back, then they learn even more than when I am controlling every step of their learning experience!

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Online Tools Review of StudySpider

There is a neat, new free service on the market right now aimed at both students and teachers. This cool new study notes online tool features a revolutionary system that allows you to easily upload all of your study notes or lessons plans, and store them online. The system immediately goes to work creating a searchable database of all of your notes, featuring note pages with automatically generated links to other relevant pages of notes you have.

Essentially they build a cool website out for your notes that looks and feels a lot like Wikipedia – but it’s all about your notes. It does not end there. StudyUp allows you to network with other students studying similar subjects or topics. The StudyUp “StudySpider” scans your notes and cross-references your information with all notes in the StudyUp database. Recommendations are then made to the user for networking opportunities.

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What is TESOL-TEFL and why it matters

The School for International Training (S.I.T.) offers a 130-hour TESOL course taught by individuals trained by the prestigious university. The course provides participants with an opportunity to develop new skills with the help of experts in the exciting and growing field of TESOL-TEFL. So check out here what is TESOL-TEFL and why it matters.

TESOL stands for: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL is short for: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

The innovative course curriculum was designed by S.I.T. faculty, based on humanistic, experiential and progressive teaching methods. The course provides practical training through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning & analysis, practice teaching, and feedback. Participants develop skills in teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and culture.

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TEFL certification to start a brand new life!

If you want to gain overseas living experience, discover another culture, learn another language, improve your C.V., develop more confidence, make international friends, take a break from your regular routine or all of the above, getting the S.I.T. TESOL CERTIFICATE is the way to begin. So get your TEFL certification to start a brand new life!

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. You will also hear the training and the profession referred to as TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) and TESL (teaching English as a second language).

The TESOL / TEFL / TESL profession continues to grow, propelled by the fact that English is the lingua franca of the world. Ask anyone in a non-English speaking country what skills are needed to succeed in school and business and the ability to speak English will be one of the first things mentioned.

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Being a Teacher with Visual Impairment

Following Roddy Kaye’s comprehensive coverage of organizations and survey of the current situation in ELT regarding Special Needs in Issue 158, we thought readers would be interested in the following interview with Müyesser Yenier, a blind-since-birth English teacher working in a state school in Turkey.

How did you become interested in learning English?

I started like any other student, but as time passed I realized I was interested in English. I did well at school, passed the university entrance exam, and won a place at the Aegean University, Department of English Language and Literature in Izmir. My tutors saw I was determined to learn and they helped me.

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What are poster sessions and why they matter

Professional conferences often have a category of presentations called ‘poster sessions’. Poster presenters hang their posters on panels for passers-by to see; the role of the presenter is to discuss the content with interested people. Poster presenters are generally given a public area for their displays, in close proximity to one another, and designated an amount of time, whether it is for a day or only an hour or two.

If you have ever seen poster presentations, they may have contributed to your fond memories of past conferences. To people who have experienced successful conference poster sessions, or presented one themselves, the points I am about to make may be readily apparent. Continue reading