Guest Bloggers

All the guest posts from the TEFL teachers that have provided articles for our blog.

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How To Have Fun And Stay In Control Of Your TEFL Class

By Kivak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Teaching English at a UK summer camp? Prepare yourself for a fun-filled environment…and a lot of hard work! The tricky part to any teaching job is getting the balance right between being your student’s teacher but also someone they respect, like and trust. Yet when the main draw for many English learners to a UK summer school is the fun environment, with many summer schools offering music, sport and other extra-curricular activities, how does the teacher stay in control?

In this article I’ll share with you three top tips for every TEFL teacher considering teaching at a summer school.

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Guest post by Andrea Picaso Fritz

Language Immersion

By Shawn Lipowski (Shawnlipowski) (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Immersion is generally thought to be the best technique for learning a language. The basic idea is: if you are surrounded by a particular language, hearing and speaking it every day, then you will learn it far more quickly than you would if you were just learning in a classroom. Of course, classroom learning has its place – learning the rules of grammar provides the basis for greater linguistic sophistication. But immersion, whether alongside classroom learning or not, is guaranteed to dramatically help with vocabulary and fluency. Summer school students in the UK have a great opportunity to be immersed in English during their time away from home. Here are some ideas for you and your students to immerse yourselves in a language:

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by Clara Harland

Preparing For Hot Potato Syndrome

Tilmann at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

After stumbling my way through a Trinity qualification in Prague during which I’d had to face and start to overcome The Grammar Fear, my first teaching job turned out to be back in a UK summer school. There’s nothing quite like a summer school for that all-immersive, chuck you in at the deep end type of teaching experience and that first season provided what felt like an Everest steepness of learning curves for me.

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by Amy Harris

5 Ways to Make Your English Language Lessons More Teen-friendly

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Teaching teenagers can be a challenge, however they will be only too aware that learning the English language is the gateway to many opportunities for them in the future and they should therefore be keen to engage.

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by Manjusha Nambiar

How To Teach Formal And Informal Language

People speak and write in different ways on different occasions. In Indian languages, for example, there are some complicated rules about how to speak to older people. English doesn’t have a system of this kind. However, in English too, some words and expressions are mainly used in formal situations. There are also words and expressions that are only used in informal situations. Writing tends to be formal whereas speech is usually informal. Here are a few tips to teach formal and informal language to your students.

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A day out with students in London

by Jonathan Last @JonathanLast1
TEFL teacher and author of Teaching English with Chopsticks: TEFL from the Frontline

Learning a language is an active pursuit.  It’s not about abstract theory – even if it has theory – but rather it is grounded in the real world as one of the most practical things you can study.  Commanding a new dialect, being able to read, write, listen and speak it as well as understanding context, is about learning to interact with the environment around you.

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Residential summer schools

Home or Away?

Residential or Non-Residential Summer School?

Working in Summer Schools can be exhilarating, developmental, fun and lucrative (yes, lucrative!), depending on the choices you make.

First, you might like to decide whether you want to work in a residential or non-residential environment.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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By Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

Hi again!

studentsIn my last article I mentioned an activity I used with my students and some photos they had taken of when they saw the Queen. Today I’m going to explain how you can do it too. You– and your students – are going to love it! Discussing pictures, videos and other documents will never be the same again, and your students will love to “show off” to parents and friends! It’s not complicated at all! Let’s go step by step.

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