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  • TEFL training courses – accreditation and certification September 15, 2010
    Every TEFL teacher training course should be accredited with “accredited” meaning that an outside institution has reviewed the course, course content and the trainers delivering the course. Accreditation is important for teachers looking to enroll because it is a way of telling that the TEFL course meets a minimum of standards with regards to [...] […]
  • International TESOL training and EFL contexts: the cultural disillusionment factor. September 14, 2010
    Md. Raqibuddin Chowdhury’s article reports on a study examining the implementation of communicative language teaching (CLT) in Bangladesh in general and at the University of Dhaka in particular. When CLT was first introduced across Europe, the English as a foreign language (EFL) context in which it would inevitably be applied was not considered. Here univers […]
  • Exploring a new pedagogy: Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL) August 31, 2010
    The role of teacher educators is to develop the capacity in pre-service teachers for complex teaching that will prepare them to create and teach in “learning communities [that are] humane, intellectually challenging, and pluralistic” (Darling-Hammond, 1997, p. 33). To establish and maintain such learning communities, however, requires knowledge of intellectu […]
  • Teaching factual writing: purpose and structure August 26, 2010
    David Wray and Maureen Lewis remind us of the need to focus on the teaching of factual texts in primary classrooms. They offer one particular teaching strategy, ‘writing frames’, trialed by teachers in the EXEL (Exeter Extending Literacy) Project, as a useful strategy in assisting young writers learn to write factual texts. Introduction As members [...] […]
  • Who qualifies to monitor an ESP course: a content teacher or a language teacher? August 24, 2010
    As it is known, ESP materials are developed in order to respond to the specific needs of English learners. ESP is a branch of applied linguistics in which investigators attempt to put their fingers on the specific needs of individuals or groups of individuals in English in order to design materials related to their specific [...] […]
  • Defining whole language in a postmodern age August 22, 2010
    Can whole language be ‘defined’ in the true sense of the word? Lorraine Wilson believes that while whole language can never be ‘defined’ in the sense suggested by the word’s Latin root (definire = to finish, finalise), certain core principles and assumptions can be made explicit. In this article she describes how a group of [...] […]
  • Generic practice August 18, 2010
    In this article Jo-Anne Reid postulates the benefits of postmodern thinking in language and literacy education. She encourages literacy educators to think about what we are doing, each and every time, without relying on what we might accept (without thinking) as rules for the genre of teaching. Rather, she says, we should be engaging ourselves [...] […]
  • A guide to the advantages of a TESOL Course August 14, 2010
    TESOL is the condensed form of Teaching English to the Speaker of Other Languages, a globally acknowledged qualification. This course, suggests Manuel Kupka, offers you an insight into the fundamental approaches of instruction and learning in English. After finishing your course you will become a professional educator who can teach English to people who spea […]
  • Beginning reading: phonemic awareness and whole texts August 11, 2010
    By Paul Richardson It may be serendipity, or a function of the news media I sample during the course of each day, but I have increasingly heard it claimed from various sources that Australia is again facing a literacy crisis. Politicians, radio broadcasters and journalists have all claimed that a proportion of children in schools around [...] […]
  • Will an online TEFL course help me find jobs abroad? August 2, 2010
    There’s a lot of debate around online TEFL courses, notes Bruce Haxton. Are they as good as classroom TEFL courses? Do language schools accept them? And will they prepare you for a life of teaching English abroad? The truth is; they have their pros and their cons – just like classroom TEFL courses. For some [...] […]

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Teaching English in Korea… an unofficial guide

Over the last few years Mike Pickles has received many questions about teaching English in Korea. He has prepared this unofficial guide to give teachers basic information on the background of teaching English here so that they can be better informed before committing themselves to any particular job.
Unfortunately some people come to Korea under [...]

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The Advantages of Teaching English in Korea

By Ron Marks
English teachers have become on very high demand in Asian countries over the past few years. Parents want their children to speak English as a second language and companies want their employees to communicate better with international partners. If you’re an English teacher and would like to travel to a foreign country in [...]

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