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‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

Lesson plan: Describing Places

Greenwich VillageIn this lesson, learners use a range of skills, focussed around the topic of describing an area within a town or city. All the materials and procedures are provided as attachments.

Level: Upper-Intermediate (B2) to Advanced (C1)

Time: 70 – 90 minutes

Topic: your favourite area in a town or city
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Lesson plan: modals of deduction and speculation

FamilyLevel: Intermediate+ – Upper-Intermediate (B1+ – B2)

Lesson aim: To introduce, highlight and clarify the form, function and pronunciation of past and present (simple) modals for deduction / speculation.

Time: 50 – 60 minutes

Topic: Famous photographs / Photography

Framework: Test-Teach-Test
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MAKING A MISTAKE in an ESL lesson – how to follow through — AIYSHAH’S ENGLISH PAGE

(Photo credit: http://bit.ly/1Sd1yiA) I think most teachers, no matter how experienced they are, couldn’t say that every lesson they deliver these days is a perfect lesson. It can never be perfect because, well we as human’s aren’t perfect and those who we teach aren’t perfect either. So for any new teacher, the thought of making […]

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Song lesson idea: The Beatles “Revolution” and word-building

Good_Day_SunshineLevel: High Intermediate (CEFR B1+) – Upper-Intermediate (CEFR B2)

Time: +- 45 minutes

Revolution worksheet and teacher’s notes

(I first started using this song as an introduction to Part 3 of the Use of English paper when training students who were planning to take the Cambridge First Cetificate in English course.)

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Finding a teaching job: Dos and Don’ts

globe-flagsFor freshly-qualified teachers, the world of English Language Teaching is expansive, both literally and figuratively. Below are some tips for finding that perfect first teaching job.

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Surviving your first interview – a guide for recently qualified teachers

TEFL Interview

Having just completed your TESOL / CELTA course, finding that perfect first job is potentially nerve-wracking. Then, when you find it, you only have to go in for an interview.

This article, following on from this article on how to find a job, is aimed at providing specific information about TEFL job interviews that may set your mind at ease and ensure you’re 100% prepared for that all-important day.

So, what does the interview involve?

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