Activities for Language Teaching – Book Review

Lessons from nothingLessons from Nothing: Activities for Language Teaching with Limited Time and Resources  is a great book for teachers short on time and with little or no resources.

There are over 70 activities in the text. The majority are fun word games that focus on improving grammar and vocabulary. The most they require is that the students have a paper and pen, but many activities require no resources at all, not even photocopying! The exercises can be tailored to all levels but are generally more appropriate for lower levels. It’s a great book if you’re going to teach in Asia with large classes and minimum resources.

TEFL Jobs in London

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

TEFL Jobs in London

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London is the heart of the UK TEFL industry . There are over 200 language schools in the UK capital, thousands of TEFL jobs in London, and tens of thousands of English language students at any one time in the city. Most of the schools are located in the more fashionable and upmarket areas of central London such as Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Kensington.

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ESL Books – Keep Talking

Keep TalkingKeep Talking is a useful ESL book for introducing communicative activities into the classroom. There are activities for all levels of English student.

The text is split into two parts. The first part contains over 100 different exercises including role plays, interviews, guessing games and questioning activities. The teachers notes to go with each activity are well structured and include the aim, language level suitability and preparation time of each exercise. The second part of the text contains worksheets for many of the activities making them instantly usable in class.

This book contains many exercises that will help reinforce grammar points and activities that will engage many different learning styles.

Teaching English Abroad – Book Review

teaching english abroadTeaching English Abroad is a useful resource book for teachers looking for practical information on how to get TEFL teaching work abroad.

The book is split into 3 main sections; Teacher Training, Finding a Job and Country Guides. The training section explains the range of courses and how to choose the best course. The finding a job section lists various recruiters and offers advice for teachers interested in freelance work. There are over 50 country guides that contain useful advice and information specific to each country.

The book is easy to use and well laid out so you can quickly find the information you need. On the down side there are a lot of adverts in the book and most of the information can be found on the Internet.

TEFL Jobs in the Philippines

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

TEFL jobs in the Philippines

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The Philippines is a welcoming and friendly country often overlooked because of it’s location on the edge of south-east Asia. There aren’t as many TEFL jobs in the Philippines compared to other countries in Asia but if you look hard there is still plenty on offer.

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TEFL Training – The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other LanguagesThe Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a book that works as comprehensive overview to everything a teacher needs to know about TESOL. It is useful for those about to embark on some form of TEFL training.

The book calls on various leaders in the field of TESOL to write individual chapters on a wide range of topics. Amongst other things the text covers teaching methods, syllabus design, using computers and the Internet to aid teaching as well as how to introduce literature into the classroom. Each chapter also contains a useful bibliography section.

This is a great all round book for teachers who want to gain a grasp of the main issues in TESOL.

TEFL Jobs in Indonesia

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

TEFL jobs in Indonesia

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In recent years there has been increasing opportunities to find TEFL jobs in Indonesia. The warm climate, fresh and tasty cuisine and friendly culture make it an attractive place to be.

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TEFL Teaching Methods – Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching

Approaches and Methods in Languge TeachingApproaches and Methods in Language Teaching is a useful book to help teachers understand a variety of TEFL teaching methods.

The text reads more like a history of language teaching rather than a practical guide that can used in the classroom. It’s a book that would suit more experienced teachers or those doing a higher qualification such as the DELTA or an MA in Linguistics. It is a helpful guide to understanding the different ways you can approach learners with the same material.

The book serves as a critique to the various language teaching methods around the world. Methods such as grammar translation and communicative language teaching are surveyed in the text. There is also a section on multiple intelligences. This chapter explains the theory of different intelligences and how a teacher can make their lessons appeal to each one.

TEFL Jobs in Japan

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

TEFL Jobs in Japan

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Working in Japan is an amazing experience. TEFL jobs in Japan are plentiful and schools are usually very helpful in assisting teachers to settle in to the way of life.

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