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by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

I am rather lucky to work in a school within a college, providing resources aplenty. This week I took advantage of that and decided to film my students doing a presentation. I’d seen other teachers use cameras in their classes but had always stayed away because I wasn’t sure if my classes would take to the idea. Fortunately, by the time I got round to it, it all worked out rather nicely. Hooray for me!

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by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

Do you make the same effort with unruly students?

I must say I’ve been fairly spoilt when it comes to students. I started teaching over a year ago now (something I still find a little unbelievable) and ever since, I have had lovely students. If ever there was a bad apple, there was always 5 other lovely ones as well. Some students who I met last year, as I was starting out have left the school recently making me nostalgic, new students who arrived over the summer have been and still are a pleasure to teach. For the most part, there are students who make laugh, those who fascinate me and those I am happy to see upon entering the classroom.

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by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

Recently I returned from a sun-soaked holiday in the Algarve with three of my best girl pals. It was just what I needed after a hectic summer of EFL. However, I don’t know about you but I can’t seem to turn off my English teacher head completely and when travelling abroad, I am always listening out and analysing English ability; not in a scrutinising way but just out of interest. I am always envious of my students who can speak many languages with ease. My friends and I discussed that we feel inferior merely speaking English.

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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 Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

My goodness, gracious me! I have become obsessed with the Olympics. I did not see this coming. I’ve always enjoyed the Olympics, that much is true, but this year, I am hooked! The coverage is everywhere and constant, so much so that I’m pretty certain I’m more tired this week because I’ve stayed up to watch it, whatever sport it might be from basketball to the canoe slalom. I am fascinated by the fact that there are human beings this good at what they do, it’s incredible.

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