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by becki
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:37 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Motivating Students
Replies: 1
Views: 4081

Re: Motivating Students

I understand your frustration. In Japan it is the electronic dictionaries. In this situation, I think it's best to introduce a new rule - no dictionaries in class. Explain the reasons behind the new rule, so everyone understands that you are not just being mean. Be strict with students who break the...
by becki
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice on teaching with no books
Replies: 11
Views: 17893

Re: Advice on teaching with no books

What exactly are you supposed to be teaching (i.e., conversation, grammar, business english, etc.)? Can you give more examples of the "frameworks"? Do you mean definite and indefinite articles ? If there are no books or resources, it sounds like the school wants you to do conversation classes. These...
by becki
Fri May 09, 2014 5:49 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Present Unreal Conditionals
Replies: 4
Views: 5350

Re: Present Unreal Conditionals

I know what you're saying. Students can generally understand the grammar point, but have difficulty putting it into practice. I recommend taking note of common errors that you hear during the production stage. Then, review the errors at the end of class and also at the beginning of the next class. T...
by becki
Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: TOEFL exam
Replies: 2
Views: 6573

Re: TOEFL exam

First, I recommend educating yourself about the TOEFL test. Just look online to get the gist of what the test is all about. Once you're familiar with the test, find a textbook that you like that includes practice tests. ETS makes The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, which would do the job. Give you...
by becki
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Attentive Listening
Replies: 1
Views: 6816

Re: Attentive Listening

According to businesslistening.com, Attentive Listening means thinking and acting in ways which connect you with the speaker. It is important for the teacher to fully listen to students and understand what they are saying. In addition, it is equally important for students to actively listen to each ...
by becki
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Employment Discussion
Topic: ESL Jobs in Japan?
Replies: 4
Views: 25062

Re: ESL Jobs in Japan?

I've taught in Japan for over 10 years, and I would recommend it to anyone. However, there are some really bad jobs that can make the experience less desirable. I would recommend the JET Program and Westgate. JET Program This is a really good job working for the Japanese government as an assistant l...
by becki
Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Do you think it is useful to listen to songs during lessons?
Replies: 1
Views: 5254

Re: Do you think it is useful to listen to songs during less

I like using music in the ESL classroom. I think students appreciate using different methods of learning. You can do a simple gap fill, arrange the lyrics in order, or talk about rhyming words, useful expressions, or culture. Also, check out this page on EFL Sensei about using music in the classroom...
by becki
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Need advice
Replies: 4
Views: 7395

Re: Need advice

Hi, What is the lesson plan? Are you going to have some discussion questions? I would start the lesson with some conversation questions for students to discuss in small groups. For example, you could ask the students to brainstorm common stereotypes, or ask them what kind of racism exists in Romania...
by becki
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: 1 more quick 2nd conditional question
Replies: 4
Views: 13394

Re: 1 more quick 2nd conditional question

SaritaAgerman, nice explanation. I completely agree, the correct use is "were".

I have a couple of speaking activities using the 2nd conditional, if you need them for class

Best of luck!
Becki
by becki
Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: how to start a class?
Replies: 1
Views: 4918

Re: how to start a class?

I would try to make your conversation with the students as natural as possible. A lesson on greetings is a great way to start the course. You can teach them common greetings, and then use these greetings for the rest of the term. The following are some suggestions. Enter the room: Hello everyone. Hi...
by becki
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: When should children start learning English?
Replies: 1
Views: 4257

Re: When should children start learning English?

I agree. Children should start learning a foreign language as early as possible. When they are young, they have a keener ability to perceive segment sounds in the second language, which allows them to have better pronunciation and sound more like a native speaker. In addition, children are less rese...
by becki
Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Grammar problem
Replies: 5
Views: 9630

Re: Grammar problem

I think it is amazing that he can identify and correct his own mistakes. That is no small task. If he is able to catch his mistakes, then he is on the path to learning the correct usage. Learning a language takes time. I would continue to encourage him and show him how he is progressing. In addition...
by becki
Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New teacher classroom tips
Replies: 2
Views: 4389

Re: New teacher classroom tips

First, let me say that is really exciting! As for how to start, it depends on your teaching situation. Are you teaching children, young adults, or professionals? Is the setting in a language school, public school, or university? Is there a set curriculum with specific textbooks, or do you have the f...
by becki
Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Airfare, accomodation, insurance
Replies: 1
Views: 5252

Re: Airfare, accomodation, insurance

I've been teaching overseas for over ten years, mostly in Asia. While I don't have any experience in eastern Europe, I believe conditions are fairly similar. I think it's important to note that there really are not any standards, but what I would classify "good jobs" and "not so good jobs". I'll dis...
by becki
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can I speak without an accent?
Replies: 10
Views: 43099

Re: How can I speak without an accent?

There are so many English speakers in the world that I wouldn't worry about your accent. For example, would you want your accent to be British, American, or Australian? Everyone speaks slightly different. Just speak clearly and be confident in your speech. If you are really worried, you can try a on...