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by Heads Up Eng
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:24 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring
Replies: 23
Views: 45112

Re: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring

I sort of compare online/f2f teaching with online newspapers, magazines, and books with the ones you can hold in your hand. Although most of the content I read is online, it just feels right about sitting down with something paper in hand. Many other people similarly prefer to read books and other l...
by Heads Up Eng
Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching methods
Replies: 5
Views: 8404

Re: teaching methods

Here's the link to the article. It focuses on structuring the lesson. A sound lesson structure leads to confidence and familiarity with new material, which in turn often leads to improved speaking/participation. I hope it helps. http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id...
by Heads Up Eng
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: teaching methods
Replies: 5
Views: 8404

Re: teaching methods

Congratulations on the new job and career! Teaching is a wonderful and challenging profession. I hope you enjoy it. In any class, you want to give students the chance to practice the new material. This builds confidence as they become increasingly familiar with the target language. Drills, gap fills...
by Heads Up Eng
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Your opinions please
Replies: 5
Views: 6804

Re: Your opinions please

There are a lot of small thinks that I like, as well as small things that I hate. But I assume the big likes/hates are the ones that either keep you in the classroom or have you move on to some other career. I love working with students and teachers, helping them learn a foreign language or become b...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu May 21, 2009 4:17 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: esl speaking classes
Replies: 3
Views: 8347

Re: esl speaking classes

A lot of students in Japan (where I work) have a similar problem because they spend years and years doing grammar study. Their receptive levels are okay, but their productive levels are quite low. I've used this activity with a lot of success because it gives the students more than one chance to pra...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: mispronounced words
Replies: 8
Views: 8537

Re: mispronounced words

Good pronunciation is important for effective communication. However, it's been my experience that students place far too much emphasis on this aspect. Teachers can and should encourage clear pronunciation with drills, reading aloud, and pair work in the classroom. Teachers should also have students...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: using l1 in fl classroom
Replies: 5
Views: 4731

Re: using l1 in fl classroom

I found this article on Japanese in the EFL classroom. Very interesting and very long, and it contradicts what I just posted. Well worth a read, and definitely shows that valid arguments exist for both sides of the debate.

http://iteslj.org/Articles/Weschler-UsingL1.html
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: using l1 in fl classroom
Replies: 5
Views: 4731

Re: using l1 in fl classroom

Using the mother tongue of the students can be helpful, especially when giving instructions or to promote comprehension on something difficult like grammar. But there are a lot of techniques that allow you to use solely English in the classroom. Demonstration, examples, and simple activities that bu...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How to locate students for online English lessons?
Replies: 1
Views: 2246

Re: How to locate students for online English lessons?

I don't teach online, but here are a few suggestions which should help regardless: 1. Get your name out there. That means posting and participating in discussion forums at various ESL sites. Participation is the key, as you need to add value to the discussion (and not just advertise your services). ...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:26 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: interview questions
Replies: 2
Views: 6813

Re: interview questions

Thank you, Ben. That's helpful. I've put together an article and some questions, which can be found here: http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=171&Itemid=75 If anyone has additional questions to add to the list, as well as ideas, let me know. Chris Cotter Heads Up ...
by Heads Up Eng
Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:54 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: interview questions
Replies: 2
Views: 6813

interview questions

I'm putting together a short article on the hiring process at ESL EFL schools -- something to prepare job seekers and a little more targeted than the usual information found at career sites like Monster. Other articles I've written for Heads Up English can be found at: Articles | Heads Up English | ...
by Heads Up Eng
Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Can I get some help of making a textbook
Replies: 1
Views: 2360

Re: Can I get some help of making a textbook

Hi Jacktech, I design materials for upper-level learners, a lot of which you can find on my site http://www.headsupenglish.com. Take a look to brainstorm some ideas. I have other resources and ideas, so you can e-mail me, too. Will your lessons be private? Will each lesson focus on one unit, or will...
by Heads Up Eng
Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching over the internet
Replies: 13
Views: 16032

Re: Teaching over the internet

I watched a few online classes recently with my company as a first step into integrating those teachers into our training program. To be honest, every part of the online lesson fit with traditional EFL methodology. The structure of the lessons generally were: 1. The teacher warmed up the students wi...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:01 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Out of touch with western salaries
Replies: 3
Views: 3125

Re: Out of touch with western salaries

Yes, the EFL industry can be hugely and horribly exploitive. But there are a lot of good schools and programs which offer fair salaries coupled with the chance to live overseas. It's the responsibility of the would-be teacher/traveler to research the school, which is the same advice any jobsite offe...
by Heads Up Eng
Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:23 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Newbie Looking for Advice on Overseas Teaching
Replies: 3
Views: 3215

Re: Newbie Looking for Advice on Overseas Teaching

I would guess the easiest job markets overseas would be in Asia, although this is purely speculation. I have heard that jobs for Americans are more difficult to come by in Europe, because of the focus on British English and getting a visa. Schools won't hire you without a visa, and you can't get a v...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:31 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: conversation with intermediate adults
Replies: 2
Views: 3035

Hi Claraisa, Welcome to the forum! If you just want to practice fluency - getting students to speak as much as possible and use past grammar and vocabulary studied - then consider providing themes. I'm not sure of the level, because Intermediate can be pretty broad. But you could provide ten questio...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: very important
Replies: 2
Views: 3827

I think you've already answered your question: talk, talk, talk, and then talk some more. The only way to improve your productive skills, such as speaking or writing, is through a lot of practice. Most everyone has the English they've learned locked away in their head; their receptive ability (liste...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help is needed
Replies: 7
Views: 5916

The first few weeks or months in front of the classroom can be difficult and nerve wracking. As long as you assess the positives and negatives of your lesson, you'll improve. Look at the good points, so that you can recreate them in future lessons. Look at the weak points to understand the problems,...
by Heads Up Eng
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: You can make the students fluent-------- speedy game
Replies: 1
Views: 3461

This is a good activity, and I've used it many times, too. I would add that questions on a topic often help students begin the conversation. With lower-ability students, a few minutes of prep time also goes a long way in increasing speaking time. I've discussed this same activity (more or less) at E...
by Heads Up Eng
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:36 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Best Books for Beginning ESL Teachers
Replies: 6
Views: 10707

Scrivener is good, and I believe his book gets used in CELTA courses from time to time. I'm partial to H. Douglas Brown's "Teaching Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy." Don't let the title scare you away, as it's not a difficult read. Take a look at "How Languages are Learned" ...
by Heads Up Eng
Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:08 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: 2-year?
Replies: 3
Views: 4330

We hyphenate compounds when they appear before a noun. For example: fire-resistant curtains, fixed-rate mortgages, out-of-date credit cards. We do this to avoid confusion. Compare the following: an old furniture salesman -and- an old-furniture salesman The first one indicates that the salesman is ol...
by Heads Up Eng
Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:29 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Essay Writing
Replies: 3
Views: 4810

I've discovered that students in Japan don't have the ability to properly structure their thoughts in a written essay. Each class that I've taught has always had to include how to structure an essay. This usually means an overall look at essays, but with class sessions devoted to constructing effect...
by Heads Up Eng
Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Need advice re: adult esl class
Replies: 6
Views: 7855

Poor attendance doesn't necessarily reflect on your skills as a teacher, or how enjoyable your class is. Just think: How many people get all gung ho about joining a health club, only to quit after a few sessions? The same holds true for college extension courses, or whatever. In the busy world of to...
by Heads Up Eng
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:18 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Give your opinion
Replies: 5
Views: 6000

I don't think we can get students to plan their own lessons. But we can motivate them to discover and experiment with language on their own. This could be researching a topic before or after a lesson, looking on the Internet for self-study materials, or purchasing ESL books and CDs. In the classroom...
by Heads Up Eng
Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Listening Lecture
Replies: 1
Views: 3559

There are so many ideas to approach listening. You can focus on key information, grammar points, vocabulary, or you can listen for the main idea, purpose, or mood of the piece. And you can always try something different in each and every lesson. Not much in the way of specifics, I know. But here's s...