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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 Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

I loved doing my CELTA. I worked my last shift in a bar on the Saturday and by the following Monday morning I was told that the very next day I would be meeting my first set of students. An ACTUAL class were supposed to be learning from me. Crazy! But first, let’s journey back just a smidge…

interview prepWe must first get through the rigmarole of online forms and interviews. Aside from the usual requirements: education, past employment and the fact you have a strong individual initiative as well as being able to work well as part of a team, there are a couple of extras. For instance there are a few language awareness questions, and for mine, I also had to write 500 words on my best language learning experience. I must admit, the first time I was faced with this online form, I closed the window and had to return to it at a later date. However, I did manage to re-group and was called for an interview.

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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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By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

studyingThe CELTA. Where it all begins, where you learn from the oracles of TEFL and begin your emotional rollercoaster of a journey into the unknown TEFL world. I mean, yes, this is true, my tutor Danny was an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful TEFL being, without whom I would have no clue how to function in this world in which I currently reside. BUT, it is one’s motivation to do a CELTA that I feel is wholly more fundamental.

My pre-CELTA days were spent doing the usual: gap year (yah), university (BSc Psychology) and working in bars.  I couldn’t help feeling, however, that there was something out there that would be better suited to my brain and my heart and my sleeping pattern.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs London

How to find a TEFL Job in the Autumn.

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With the wonderful warm weather we are having in London at the moment it certainly doesn’t seem like the summer is over. However on the job front things are quite different and there is certainly a lot less work about for TEFL teachers.

For those new to TEFL teaching or the London TEFL scene summer is by far the busiest time for language schools. This is because there is an influx of students and young learners from Europe who use their summer break as a chance to come to the UK to improve their English. This in turn means a huge demand from the language schools for additional teachers. Once these students start to make their way back to Europe at the end of the summer the demand for teachers also starts to dry up.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs London

TEFL Teaching in London over Summer

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Summer is the busiest time for English language schools in London, with many schools taking on two, three or four times their average student numbers. This often requires language schools to hire out additional buildings from schools and universities nearby in order to have enough classroom space. The additional students are mainly from Europe, keen to improve their English while they are away from work or university during the summer holidays. The summer also sees a higher proportion of young learners in London than throughout the rest of the year.

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