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Searching for Learning materials for your students

Before leaving on my trip back to the States I was really looking forward to getting away from it all. I never expected that I would suddenly be obsessed with the search for authentic materials. However, in planning the trip I started to consider what I wanted to bring back to Japan. The list of things for the classroom started getting longer than the personal items. So, before leaving I listed all the materials I would try to look for. Nothing big, nothing heavy and nothing expensive became the rule.

Where to look

First, I had to categorize what I wanted based on what I knew I could probably find easily. The airport and plane, of course, are an excellent source of such material. Among others on my ‘shopping list’ were; airport information guides (San Francisco International Airport was a great resource, while my final destination, Boston was not), menus (small shops inside shopping malls were an excellent source of simple one page menus that you could take home and could be easily used in the classroom). Not only were the proprietors willing to have you take them, but they also turned out be useful for in-class activities. Information desks around the city offered a wide variety of information that was free and could be used in classroom activities. Continue reading

How to best write a TEFL CV

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a popular option not only for graduates but also for career changers. How you should write your CV best is depending on your specific background and the job specifications.
Guidelines, general qualifications, and experience are two crucial factors, but it’s good to note that different countries have different and specific requirements.

In most countries, you need to have a degree to obtain a visa, while TEFL qualification often comes in only as secondary. Most European countries, though, as well as a lot of organizations, require both a degree, Trinity Cert Tesol or CELTA certification, and relevant experience, also for entry-level positions. Further qualification, for example, a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics or Delta qualification, may be required for a higher-level position.

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Laughing Matters Humor in the Language Classroom

Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers – Series Editor: Penny Ur

Laughing Matters is a resource book dealing with humor in the language classroom. It provides over 120 activities which will inject some light-hearted fun into lessons whilst still being grounded in respected language learning theory.Jokes provide teachers with a rich resource of patterned language use and cultural knowledge. Humor is also a very effective way to help students remember key concepts and structures. Humor can be one of the hardest aspects of a foreign language for students to understand; yet it is also one of the most rewarding.

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