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Advice for new TEFL teachers

by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

When I first started teaching, I used to get ever so frustrated that all the material I needed had to be new to me. I would woefully look around at more experienced teachers who had go-to material whilst I was rifling through books and internet resources. Of course, many teachers would give me recommendations or even give me some of their own material which I am eternally grateful for, but I’d still have to familiarise myself with it.

Recently though, dear readers, I have come to discover that I too have started on the path of go-to material and the effects are amazing. For one, I don’t spend hours planning and familiarising, and two, most of it is saved on the computer so no digging around in files or folders. I tell you, it has begun to revolutionise my teaching. I am so glad I have reached this point but at the same time I’m well aware that this is only the beginning, there is so much more I must accumulate.

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by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

Teacher Observations: You’re being watched

By Woodwalker, with a retouche by Poxnar [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I had been managing to avoid it since finishing my CELTA, but the dreaded observations have come back into my life once again. I had to be observed first by the DOS and then by a colleague for a peer observation. Thankfully, in separate lessons which were about 3 weeks apart.

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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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