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by Clara Harland

Journeying through the EFL Patchwork Quilt, piecing together work in a variety of schools, I have always found that a continuing challenge for me has been to find new and innovative ways of dealing with discipline in the classroom. From rowdy groups of teenagers to adults lacking in motivation because their employers have pushed them into an English course, adapting my discipline techniques to keep the class focussed on the task at hand has been both a source of satisfaction and one of immense frustration.

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by Manjusha Nambiar

Many EFL teachers are reluctant to provide IELTS training. They believe that they do not have the necessary skills. This is not true. You do not require any special skills to teach IELTS. You just need to be familiar with the format of the exam.

It is true that IELTS is different from standard English tests in many ways, but there is nothing particularly daunting. A very important aspect of the test is its insistence on structure. Here are a few tips and tricks that would make the job of an IELTS instructor even easier.

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by Manjusha Nambiar

How to deal with difficult questions your students might ask?

If you teach one-to-one classes, you will probably have to deal with students who ask too many unimportant or difficult questions. This is usually unavoidable because it is this freedom to ask questions that makes one-to-one classes popular with some students and their parents. Here are a few tips to deal with the situation.

Students in one-to-one classes might ask you questions that are not in the syllabus. A knowledgeable teacher should be able to answer at least a few of these questions without having to do much research. However, sometimes students may ask questions that no teacher can answer off the top of their head.

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by Jonathan Last @JonathanLast1
Author of Teaching English with Chopsticks: TEFL from the Frontline

Working with a diverse classroom

By Christian Fischer. (Own picture of a private globe, made in Germany.) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Teaching English has many variables.  These include the type of institution that employs you; whether you’re working in your home nation or abroad; if you’re teaching adults or children; and your learners’ motivation.  One thing that will certainly never be the same twice is your students.

If you’re living in another country, the students are likely to be mostly, if not all, indigenous – you would certainly expect this to be the case in Asian nations such as China, Japan and Korea.  This uniformity will, of course, still throw in a range of personalities and combinations of characters.

But if you are teaching to a multicultural classroom – something more than likely in London – then you will face an additional challenge unique to environments that bring together people from a diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.

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by Luke Vyner @LLELuke
Director of London Language Experience

How to make the most out of a class trip in London?

ceridwen [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The class trip is a well known dilemma with teachers, students and Directors of Studies often having contentious ideas about their purpose. From my experience I’ve seen that frequently schools do not make the most out of them, often avoiding them or in some extreme cases banning class trips entirely. I see this as a tragedy, because London is such a fantastic teaching resource that to not make the most out of it is a great shame.

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By Claire Woodall
TEFL teacher who has taught in Austria and London, and is currently teaching in Spain

Claire and her classHaving taught English in London for two years, here’s five tips I hope are useful to other teachers who find themselves lucky enough to be teaching in the cultural capital of the world.

Tip 1: Use the topic of London as a main class resource
London provides hours worth of material and can be adapted for nearly every language point.  Students will all be able to contribute – ask students what they like/dislike about London transport and the weather, and even your quietest students should come alive.

Likewise, use the resources London provides: free papers and magazines.  Headlines or horoscopes can be used as warmers, while longer articles are good for colloquial language.  With some more planning, you can create a quiz on one of the freebie papers as a longer reading exercise.

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By Kori Czuy
TEFL Teacher for 8 years

The moment I took for myself in the washroom before entering my first classroom seemed like an eternity. Checking my watch every seven seconds, counting down until I had no choice but to un-rattle my knees, remove the frog that had temporarily checked into my throat, and ‘act’ like a teacher. Although honestly, the second I saw the eager-to-learn students, intrigued to meet their new teacher, my nerves exited through stage left. But, I was still inexperienced, confused, and completely oblivious to the teachings of ESL.

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