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by ICAL_Pete
Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching a group of 12 year olds (English as a foreign lang)
Replies: 2
Views: 7673

Re: Teaching a group of 12 year olds (English as a foreign l

I think you have to approach it as you would any other class. That is to say that you need to tailor your lessons to precisely the needs of the class. So this means making a detailed Needs Analysis of the class before going any further. Once you have that you can sort out the syllabus and lessons to...
by ICAL_Pete
Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:42 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: word order
Replies: 5
Views: 7299

Re: word order

Unless I'm missing something obvious, both options look good to me!
by ICAL_Pete
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: How to write curriculum vitae and cover letter
Replies: 2
Views: 5689

Re: How to write curriculum vitae and cover letter

There's a lot to go into from the general style of the CV (thematic or chronological) to ways in which you can cover up embarrassing periods of no work. Take a look here where all this is covered in detail: CV/Resume Writing for TEFL . Also, if you're feeling adventurous, you could try a video CV wh...
by ICAL_Pete
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Employment Discussion
Topic: Schedule Flexibility for ESL teachers
Replies: 1
Views: 7778

Re: Schedule Flexibility for ESL teachers

It depends. In some countries like Greece, for example, most of the teaching in private English language schools takes place in the late afternoon/evening with lessons often finishing at 10pm. Private lessons also give you more flexibility especially if you teach adults, who are mainly available in ...
by ICAL_Pete
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring
Replies: 23
Views: 48629

Re: online tutoring V/S in house tutoring

Online training: advantages worth considering. • Online courses offer a great training opportunity at entry level. They can provide a thorough grounding in a new career and the right tools to approach a new profession within a manageable amount of time and finances. • Online courses offer a convenie...
by ICAL_Pete
Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:46 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: infinitive complements
Replies: 2
Views: 6952

Re: infinitive complements

"To turn on" is the infinitive whilst "it" is its object complement.

To learn more about infinitives and complements see the ICAL Grammar Guide in the ICALwiki.
by ICAL_Pete
Mon May 18, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: TEFL Training Discussion
Topic: TESL Training for CT Certified Teacher?
Replies: 3
Views: 20692

Re: TESL Training for CT Certified Teacher?

Your teaching experience - even though not strictly in ESL, is going to be a plus when it comes to your job application, however you will probably find that standard qualifications required in most countries and jobs are a degree plus a TESL Certificate. Being certified will certainly make you more ...
by ICAL_Pete
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: to read or reading
Replies: 3
Views: 6514

Re: to read or reading

I am trying to help out some people in the law firm I work in by giving them English lessons (which I'm getting from a book or the internet - I've had no training in how to teach). I came across something I struggled to answer and wondered/hoped someone could help? The following sentences appear wi...
by ICAL_Pete
Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: The use of songs in teaching vocabulary to Primary School Ss
Replies: 6
Views: 8952

Re: The use of songs in teaching vocabulary to Primary School Ss

See also these 2 articles in the ICALwiki:

Songs in the Classroom

Karoake in the Classroom
by ICAL_Pete
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: grammar doubt
Replies: 2
Views: 5672

Re: grammar doubt

You can say either.

Lisa takes ten minutes to have breakfast.
It takes Lisa ten minutes to have breakfast.

Both are correct.

See the Grammar Guide in the ICALwiki for more.
by ICAL_Pete
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Classroom and Problems encountered
Replies: 12
Views: 13668

Re: Classroom and Problems encountered

There is an article in the ICALwiki that deals with the various Seating Arrangements available to the ESL teacher, their advantages and disadvantages, and how each one can contribute to improve your lesson, making it more effective.
by ICAL_Pete
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: mispronounced words
Replies: 8
Views: 8827

Re: mispronounced words

Minimal pair work is a good way to help students overcome specific pronunciation problems.

Read the article on Minimal Pairs in the ICAL wiki to learn what they are and how you can use them.
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore
Replies: 2
Views: 3960

Re: Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore

See the ICAL video Red Card Yellow Card for an alternative and effective way to keep order in a classroom.
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Can anyone give me a little prepositonal help?
Replies: 2
Views: 2901

Re: Can anyone give me a little prepositonal help?

"to be up against" is a compound phrasal verb (verb + preposition + preposition)

See the free, online Grammar Guide in the ICALwiki for more.
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Share ESL activities and materials online
Replies: 5
Views: 12159

Re: Share ESL activities and materials online

For more, free online TESL/TEFL resources see also the ICALwiki. With over 440 up to date articles on all aspects of teaching and learning English the ICALwiki is a great ELT resource all TESL/TEFL Professionals.
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: A refreshing question
Replies: 2
Views: 5539

Re: A refreshing question

If you are interested in more on both the present and past participle you might like to the check the free, online ICAL Grammar Guide on the ICALwiki.
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: TEFL Training Discussion
Topic: LOOKING FOR A REPUTABLE TESOL/TEFL ONLINE SCHOOL
Replies: 13
Views: 66619

Re: LOOKING FOR A REPUTABLE TESOL/TEFL ONLINE SCHOOL

Checking posts on Forums is a good way to go about finding feedback on various courses. You should also contact those course providers you like the sound of and ask for their course syllabus to compare it to others. Check their tutors’ credentials. Make sure the course requires some actual work on y...
by ICAL_Pete
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teach adults
Replies: 7
Views: 5716

Re: Teach adults

Hi Camila, you might like to join the ICAL Newsletters for teaching tips, ideas, and practical solutions to help you teach all age groups, including adults. You can find back issues of the Newsletters on the ICALwiki http://www.icalwiki/web.com or search the wiki's directory for interesting lesson p...
by ICAL_Pete
Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: 1ST conditional
Replies: 2
Views: 3184

Re: 1ST conditional

Hi there! I am teaching a class using a business text. Under the grammar reference for the 1st condtional it says: if+present simple,will+infinitive(without 'to'). Basically I understand it except the last part "infinitive(without 'to')". For example, is "If I change my job, I'll move to New York" ...
by ICAL_Pete
Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Teaching in South Korea
Replies: 3
Views: 3418

Re: Teaching in South Korea

2.3 Million Won per month sounds OK. I assume you have also been offered some benifits.
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: TEFL Training Discussion
Topic: do you think a certification of ACTDEC would help
Replies: 6
Views: 34493

Re: do you think a certification of ACTDEC would help

It really depends on where you want to teach and at what level. CELTA has a high profile in Europe, having been massively advertised and promoted for years. It is undoubtedly a popular qualification that will open many doors. However in most places the basic requirements for entry level teaching pos...
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Advice for teaching in Taiwan?
Replies: 4
Views: 4665

Re: Advice for teaching in Taiwan?

If you want to teach in Taiwan legally then you will require a university degree in order to get your visa. In lieu of a BA, an Associate degree with a TESOL/TEFL Certificate may also be accepted.
by ICAL_Pete
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: help :)
Replies: 5
Views: 3485

Re: help :)

You could start by taking a look at the TESL/TEFL training videos on the ICAL website but to be honest what you are asking for is more involved than you might think. Rather than going in totally unprepared and basically learning by trial and error at your students’ expense, you should consider at le...
by ICAL_Pete
Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Newbie Looking for Advice on Overseas Teaching
Replies: 3
Views: 3347

Hi Nicole,

I think it would help a lot if you could give us at least a rough idea of where in the world you wish to go. Employment opportunities, pay levels and work conditions, and last but not least requirements in terms of qualifications vary from country to country.
by ICAL_Pete
Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:30 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: are these two sentences correct
Replies: 1
Views: 6025

Both sentences are correct. One refers to the present, the other to the past.